City of Lincoln
2015 Media Releases
- May 6, 2015
- For More Information Contact:
- Mike Heyl, Health Department, 402-441-3889
City Encourages Residents to "Bike to Work, Lincoln!"
The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 8 through 15. Two events are planned at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza:
- A free Kickoff Rally is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 8. Cyclists will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Cycle Works, 27th and Vine streets, and 7 a.m. at the Bike Rack, 3321 Pioneers Blvd., to bike as a group to Union Plaza for refreshments. Riders also are encouraged to ride to the Trails Center from their homes or workplaces.
- A free Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 15th will feature refreshments from the UNL Dairy Store and prize drawings.
The public can register for the activities and the prize drawing at these locations:
- Bike Rack, 3321 Pioneers Blvd.
- Cycle Works, 27th and Vine
- Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" St.
- Lincoln Parks and Recreation, 2740 "A" St.
Bikers are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. The City also reminds residents that it is illegal to ride a bike on sidewalks in downtown and other congested districts. For more information, contact Mike Heyl, Public Health Educator, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-441-3889.
Other related events coming up this summer including the following:
- The Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) will host four free guided tours of Lincoln's trails as part of the "Tour de Lincoln" event. The tours will take place in all four quadrants of the City:
For more information, visit gptn.org.
- The southeast tour begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park.
- The southwest tour begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Auld Recreation Center.
- The northeast tour begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza.
- The northwest tour begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center.
- The 4th annual National Bike Challenge began May 1 and will continue through September 30. In the first three years, Lincoln placed third, first and second among communities with populations of 200,000 or more. In 2014, Lincoln had almost 1,500 registered riders bike about 807,000 miles. More information is available at nationalbikechallenge.org.
- The second annual "Bike to the Ball Park" event is Sunday, June 7. Cyclists who bike to Haymarket Park can see the Lincoln Saltdogs play the Wichita Wingnuts at 1:05 p.m. for just $5. Activities in the stadium parking lot will feature displays from local bike vendors, free water bottles and a bike parade. The event is held in cooperation with the "Stay in the Game" program of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Saltdogs. More information is available at saltdogs.com.
- The 13th annual "Trail Trek" is Sunday, June 28 at Haymarket Park. This celebration of Lincoln's trail system is led by the GPTN and the Lincoln Journal Star. Each participant will receive a shirt, a water bottle (first 1,000 entries), snacks and water and lunch at either Haymarket Park or Cortland. For registration and more information, visit journalstar.com/trailtrek.
More information on biking in Lincoln is available at bike.lincoln.ne.gov.