Tour of Lincoln Bike Rides Start Thursday | neighborhood supplement

The Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) urges everyone to join in celebrating May as National Bike Month with the annual Tour of Lincoln bike rides.

As it has for 16 years, GPTN is once again sponsoring the Thursday Night Bike Rides that take participants to different quadrants of Lincoln. All rides begin and end at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 228 N. 21st St. (21st & Q Streets), Union Plaza Park.

Bike rides are scheduled every Thursday in May at 6 p.m.:

May 5 – Northwest Tower of Lincoln – 12 miles

May 12 – North East Tower of Lincoln – 16 miles

May 19 – Southwest Lincoln Tower – 14 miles

May 26 – South East Lincoln Tower – 15 miles

The GPTN Board of Directors will direct each race, provide mechanical support and ensure that no rider is left behind. Refreshments will be available before departure. The rides range from 12 to 16 miles each and are designed to familiarize riders with different trails, conditions and features. People of all ages and families are welcome to participate.

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No fee is required, but participants are required to wear a helmet for this event and all GPTN sponsored cycling events. There will also be drawings for Hub Café refreshments (next to the Jayne Snyder Trails Center).

Many cyclists have never ventured on trails that are not near their residence, so they are delighted to have the opportunity to see where a new trail leads.

“We offer different trails whenever possible during the Tour of Lincoln rides,” said event chair Mary Torell. “The most important thing is to expose cyclists to all quadrants of the city and allow them to experience Lincoln’s great network of trails. Our network of 134 miles of trails continues to grow, and these hikes give people the opportunity to see parts of the city and trails outside of where they live. We encourage people to get out and explore the trails and have fun.

For more ride details, route maps and safety guidelines, visit Weather cancellations will be announced on the website and on Facebook.

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