The public is invited to bike to Antelope Park for a free ice cream social from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20. The event is part of Bike to Work Week and will feature ice cream from the UNL Dairy Store, live music from Chris Sayre, exhibits and prize drawings. The event will be held northwest of the Auld Recreation Center. A shelter is available in case of rain.
Those who sign up to bike to work or school at least once this week will receive a free cinch bag full of information and coupons (while supplies last) and will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Bikers can sign up at the ice cream social and through Friday at these registration sites:
* Bike Pedalers, 1631 Pine Lake Road
* Bike Rack, 3321 Pioneers Blvd.
* Cycle Works, 27th and Vine
* Cycle Works, 70th and Pioneers
* Joyride Bicycles, 5633 S. 16th St.
* Cleaner Greener Lincoln, 2143 "O" St.
* Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" St.
* Lincoln Parks and Recreation, 2740 "A" St.
StarTran is offering free rides through Friday for those using the new Bike and Bus option. Bikers can try out the new bike racks on the buses at the ice cream social.
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. More information and photos from the Bike to Work Kickoff Rally May 13 are available at lincoln.ne.gov.
City agencies involved in Bike to Work, Lincoln! are the Mayor's Cleaner Greener Lincoln Initiative; the City-County Health, Planning and Personnel departments; the Parks and Recreation Department; StarTran and the Urban Development's Parking Division. Participating organizations include the Great Plains Bicycling Club, GPTN, Lincoln Safe Kids Coalition, the Mayor's Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee, the UNL Wellness Office and Workwell. Also participating are local retailers including Bike Pedalers, the Bike Rack, Cycle Works and Joyride as well as Amigos, Scooter's, Great Harvest Bread and Pepsi.