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2019 Media Releases

April 26, 2019
Media Contact:
Mike Heyl, Public Health Educator, 402-441-3889
Sara Hartzell, Park Planner, 402-441-8261

May is National Bike Month

Local riders encouraged to repeat as National Bike Challenge champions.

To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the City invites area cyclists to start pedaling to help Lincoln continue its streak as National Bike Challenge champions. The 2019 National Bike Challenge begins May 1 and runs through September 30. To participate, sign up at

Last year, Lincoln won the Challenge for the third time in a row in its population category (150,000 to 400,000), with 916 riders pedaling 709,315 miles. Lincoln also placed third overall in the nation, behind San Francisco and Atlanta. Previous Challenge wins were in 2017, 2016 and 2013.

Other cycling events this spring include the following:

Bike to School Day - BikeWalk Nebraska urges schools to sign up for the eighth annual event on May 8 that promotes establishing safe cycling routes to schools. Visit for details and to register.

Tour de Lincoln - Hosted by the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN), this free event series showcases trails in all four quadrants of the City. The four separate rides begin at 6 p.m. at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 21st and "Q" streets. For more information, visit The dates are as follows:

Bike to Work Week - May 10 through 17. Events include the following:

Trail Trek - Sunday, June 23 at Haymarket Park, 403 Line Drive Circle. This celebration of Lincoln's trail system is led by GPTN and features three fun rides ranging from 10 to 37 miles. This year's event also features a performance by the NoWear Freestyle BMX Stunt Team. Each participant receives a shirt, a water bottle (first 1,000 entries), on-trail water and snacks, and lunch at Haymarket Park. To register or for more information, visit

For more information on cycling in Lincoln, visit or contact Mike Heyl, Public Health Educator, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, at or 402-441-3889.

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