'UNL Women's Basketball Coach Connie Yori will speak at the Kickoff Rally for Bike to Work, Lincoln! at 8 a.m. Friday May 13 on Centennial Mall. Yori, an avid bicyclist, also will read a proclamation signed by Mayor Chris Beutler declaring May 16 through 20 as Bike to Work Week in Lincoln.
Bikers will meet at 7:30 a.m. Friday at one of the five bike shop locations listed below and bike as a group to Centennial Mall for exhibits and free refreshments from Great Harvest Bread Company, Scooters and Pepsi. (UNL participants will meet at the 14th Street entrance of Campus Rec Outdoor Adventures.) The rain date for the rally is Monday, May 16.
Those who sign up to bike to work or school at least once during the week will receive a free cinch bag full of information and coupons (while supplies last) and will be entered in a drawing for prizes. Registration sites are:
* 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.
Bike to Work, Lincoln! also will include a free Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Antelope Park, northwest of the Auld Recreation Center. The event features ice cream from the UNL Dairy Store, live music and prize drawings.
StarTran is offering free rides May 16 through 20 for those using the new Bike and Bus option. Bikers can try out the new bike racks on the buses at the Kickoff Rally and 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 a downloadable flyer are available at lincoln.ne.gov.