Mayor Chris Beutler encourages area residents to attend the City's 4th annual Biketacular and Capital City Criterium from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in the area south of the State Capitol, along Goodhue Boulevard. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Capitol off 16th Street.
Free children's activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. north of McPhee Elementary on "G" Street between 15th and 16th streets. Bike races begin at noon, and activities include a bike rodeo, bike maintenance and safety stations, face painting and freestyle and unicycle demonstrations. Children completing the bike rodeo and safety stations will receive prizes and be entered into drawings. Volunteers will help kids decorate bikes for the parade at 12:30 p.m. followed by the prize drawing.
The 5K "Race for the Place" at 8 a.m. is sponsored by the Gathering Place, a Biketacular partner. Pre-registration is required, and those wanting to run can call Michael Ryan at 402-476-7398
More than 100 adult racers from across the region are expected to compete in the Criterium from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The north side 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 and is presented by Lincoln Industries. Medals will be awarded in all races, and cash prizes totaling over $3,000 are offered in select categories.
"This is a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate cycling," said Sean Craig, Race Director and member of Flatwater Cycling, one of the event hosts.
Biketacular is hosted by the City and the Near South and Everett neighborhood associations and supported by local agencies like Cleaner Greener Lincoln, the City Public Works and Utilities Department and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
"The goals of the event are to promote safe and healthy lifestyles and foster a friendlier community," said Mayoral Aide Jon Carlson who manages the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods program. "This is a way to showcase two of Lincoln's great assets - strong neighborhoods and an energized bicycling community. 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."
For more information on Biketacular (or to volunteer), contact Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-41-7224. For more information on the Criterium, contact Craig at 402-261-3003 or visit capitalcitycriterium.com.