The public is invited to ride or take their bikes to the City's third annual Biketacular and the Capital City Criterium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21 along Goodhue Boulevard south of the State Capitol. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Capitol off 16th Street.
New this year is a 5K "Race for the Place" Fun Run at 8 a.m. sponsored by the Gathering Place. Pre-registration is required, and information is available from Michael Ryan at 402-476-7398.
Free children's activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on "G" Street north of McPhee Elementary. Activities include a bike rodeo, bike maintenance and safety stations, face painting and freestyle and unicycle demonstrations as well as kids' bike races beginning at noon. Children completing the bike rodeo and safety stations will receive prizes and be entered into a drawing. Volunteers will help children decorate bicycles for a bike parade, kicked off by Police Chief Tom Casady at noon.
More than 100 pro and semi-pro adult racers from across the region are expected to compete in the Criterium from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The north side of McPhee Elementary will serve as the starting and ending location of the .7-mile course. Sean Craig, Race Director and co-owner of Bike Pedalers, said the race is a USA Cycling sanctioned event with six divisions. Medals will be awarded, and cash prizes will be offered in select categories.
The event is hosted by the City of Lincoln and the Near South and Everett neighborhood associations and supported by local agencies and businesses.. 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.
For more information about Biketacular (or to volunteer), contact Jon Carlson at 402-441-7224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Criterium, contact Sean Craig at 402-261-3003 or visit capitalcitycriterium.com.