The public is invited to the City's second annual Biketacular and the Capital City Criterium Saturday, May 22 along Goodhue Boulevard south of the State Capitol. 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 1 p.m. on "G" Street between 15th and 16th streets (north of McPhee Elementary). The event includes a bike rodeo, bike maintenance and safety stations, face painting and freestyle and unicycle demonstrations as well as kids' bike races beginning at 11:45 a.m. Mayor Beutler will kick off the kids bike parade at 12:15 p.m., and volunteers will help children decorate bikes for the parade. Children completing the bike rodeo and safety stations will receive prizes and be entered into drawings. Kids races begin at 11:45 am.
More than 100 adult racers from across the region are expected to compete in the Criterium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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. Medals will be awarded.
The event is hosted by the City of Lincoln and the Near South and Everett neighborhood associations. Mayoral Aide Jon Carlson, who manages the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods program, said the goals of the event are to promote safe, 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," said Carlson. "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.
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 or visit capitalcitycriterium.com.