Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to celebrate the grand opening of the "N" Street Cycle Track Saturday, April 23. The celebration will begin with music from the Lincoln High Band at 10:30 a.m. at the Elliott Elementary parking lot, S. 23rd and "N" streets. The program will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will include remarks from the Mayor and a representative from the People for Bikes organization. The Mayor will officially open the Cycle Track at 11 a.m., and participants are then invited to use the new bikeway to travel to the Railyard, "Q" Street and Canopy Drive, for more activities, including music from PANgea.
"As the home of Nebraska's first protected bikeway of its kind, Lincoln is becoming a model for healthy living and transportation alternatives in the country," Mayor Beutler said. "Even before the Cycle Track opened, People for Bikes ranked it number four on its list of "America's 10 Best New Bike Lanes! This project is also another great example of a successful partnership, with funds coming from both the public and private sectors, including a $340,000 donation from our great partners at the Great Plains Trails Network."
Residents are encouraged to bike to the event using the City's trails and on-street bike routes, which can be found at gptn.org. Vehicle parking is available in the Lincoln High north lot or at the Lewis Ball Fields.
The Cycle Track, which runs from S. 23rd Street to Pinnacle Bank Arena Drive, has been open since December. The two-way bike lane is separated from traffic with green paint, curbs, medians and on-street parking. Every intersection has traffic control devices for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.
The Mayor said opening it in the winter has given the City an opportunity to make adjustments. The City has added more striping and reflective plastic tubes to keep motorized traffic out of the bike lanes. Landscaping will be finished this spring.
The Mayor said opening the Cycle Track in December also gave the public an opportunity to learn more about it before warmer weather brings more cyclists into downtown. Instructional videos and information for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: N Street).