City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Event includes return of Capital City Criterium
Mayor Chris Beutler encourages area residents to attend the City's first Biketacular from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 in the area south of the State Capitol, along Goodhue Boulevard. The Mayor will kick off the kids bike parade at 12:15 p.m. and then draw for prizes, including two free children's bikes. The free event includes food, a bike rodeo, bike mechanical checks and licensing, kids races and the return of the Capital City Criterium with pro and semi-pro racing. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Capitol (enter from 16th Street).
The event is hosted by the City and the Near South and Everett neighborhood associations and supported by a grant from NeighborWorks America and the cooperation of local agencies and businesses. Mayoral aide Jon Carlson who manages the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods program said the idea came from a national workshop hosted by Neighborworks America in California last October. The goals of the event are to promote safe and healthy lifestyles and foster a friendlier community.
"Biketacular is a way to showcase two of Lincoln's great assets - strong neighborhoods and an energized bicycling community," Carlson said. "We hope to increase community awareness of the importance of walking and biking as well as the convenience and high quality of life you can enjoy in the beautiful neighborhoods near downtown, UNL, and the State Capitol."
"This is a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate cycling," said Sean Craig, Race Director and co-owner of Bike Pedalers, one of the event sponsors. About 100 adult racers from across the region are expected to compete in the Criterium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The main entrance of McPhee Elementary will serve as the starting and ending location of the .7-mile course. The race is a USA Cycling sanctioned event with six divisions. Medals will be awarded in all races, and cash prizes totaling $1,500 are offered in select categories.
The McPhee parking lot will host activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the bike rodeo. Volunteers will help children decorate bikes for the 12:15 p.m. parade. Children completing the bike rodeo will receive prizes and be entered into drawings. Kids races begin at 11 a.m.
For more information about Biketacular (or to volunteer), contact Jon Carlson at 441-7224. For more information about the Criterium, contact Sean Craig at 402-261-3003.