Bike UNL event is April 5

Bike UNL will host its second annual event highlighting the university’s ongoing efforts to become a bicycle friendly-designated campus. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 5 on the Nebraska Union plaza. Local vendors, education and safety demonstrations, games, prizes and entertainment will be showcased. The event is free and open to the public.

Bike UNL brings together a variety of local vendors, demonstrations and information to raise awareness about bicycle resources and amenities on campus and around the city of Lincoln.

The event will feature a Fender Blender Xtracycle demonstration, where students will have the opportunity to make their own smoothie using the human power of riding a bicycle. Participants can also sign up for a chance to win a new bicycle donated by the University Bookstore.

Star Tran will offer demonstrations on how to use the bike racks installed on city buses and bicycle vendor Cycle Works will exhibit and demonstrate new bicycles.

The Great Plains Trails Network will provide information about the Lincoln bike trails and UNL Campus Recreation will offer bike safety check-ups and information about upcoming bike adventure trips.

Bike UNL and the bike-friendly campus effort is a partnership between the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska, Campus Recreation, and the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. The group also manages http://bike.unl.edu, a website to compile everything about the campus cycling scene, from rules of the road to maps of city and campus trails. The site serves as a clearinghouse for information to help promote cycling amongst the university and community.

The League of American Bicyclists awards the designation of "Bicycle Friendly Campus" to colleges and universities that create an exceptional environment for bicycling. This is only the second year the LAB has offered the designation specifically for colleges and universities. In the first year, 32 universities applied and 20 earned the designation. Stanford University topped the list and received a platinum designation, the highest ranking. Among schools in the Big Ten, University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota received silver designations and Indiana University and Michigan State University both received bronze designations.

Bike UNL’s Bicycle Committee plans to complete the 100-page application for UNL and submit it to LAB in 2012.

For more information about Bike UNL go to http://go.unl.edu/cvf or call 402-472-8871.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/cvf