Aug
15
2016

Getting Along: Take Action

You see a lot while you’re on the bike. Potholes. Dead animals. Face-smacking foliage. Signs mowed down by vehicles. You might think to yourself, “Hmph! Someone should fix that!” Someone very well might, but they have to know about it first. Here’s where the City of Lincoln’s Action Center comes in. From the main City of Lincoln website, click on “City Service Request” under “Citizen Action Center” to get to this page: You’ll notice on the side of that page […]

Aug
15
2016

Trail Ramblings: I Found Chief Standing Bear's Almost Finished Trail Head.

Last month I wrote about riding the Homestead Trail to Beatrice to check out the trail head of the Chief Standing Bear Trail to Marysville, KS. At the border of Kansas it turns into the Blue River trail, but it’s continuous from the Homestead trail beginning at Saltillo to Marysville. When a few more trails and links are repaired or completed it will be possible to ride on to Omaha via the Mopac from Lincoln […]

Aug
15
2016

Trail Ramblings: I Found Chief Standing Bear’s Almost Finished Trail Head.

Last month I wrote about riding the Homestead Trail to Beatrice to check out the trail head of the Chief Standing Bear Trail to Marysville, KS. At the border of Kansas it turns into the Blue River trail, but it’s continuous from the Homestead trail beginning at Saltillo to Marysville. When a few more trails and links are repaired or completed it will be possible to ride on to Omaha via the Mopac from Lincoln […]

Aug
14
2016

Get Out and Ride: Gravel Worlds Week!

Gravel Worlds Week! It’s the week of Gravel Worlds 2016! The ride is this Saturday, August 20, and will contain a grueling 150 miles of self-supported grinding gravel goodness. It’s no stroll through the park, and definitely not to be taken lightly. Every year, 100s of gravel enthusiasts travel to Lincoln to experience and compete in this ride and try to earn their Gravel Worlds stripes. Some rules to keep in mind, self-supported means you can’t have folks helping you along […]

Aug
8
2016

Getting Along: Hug Friends, Not Curbs

I saw him this week, riding down the quiet residential end of Randolph Street – a cyclist whose desire to be polite and stay out of the way led him to ride right down the gutter. At every parked car, he’d pop out into the street, then duck between cars to ride against the curb before popping out again. I feared for him when – pop! – there he was, out in the street, as […]

Aug
8
2016

Trail Ramblings: What IS That Plant?

You ride past them, but do you know what they are? Rails to Trails corridors and waterways are great places to see both native plants and opportunistic interlopers. Some are medicinal, some are edible, and some are poisonous, would you know the difference? Some trails provide identification markers, and our LPSNRD has installed interpretive signs showing invasive plant species at some state parks and along the Mopac on the other side of the Platte river. […]

Aug
7
2016

Get Out and Ride: August 8-14

Sorry about the lack of content folks, been tough to find the time to write the last couple weeks. I’ll start working on next week’s post today so we get some content with the schedule next week. Anyway, here’s this week’s schedule, check it over, find a ride (or two), and pull out those steeds and GET OUT AND RIDE! This Week’s Calendar: Monday (August 8) Chit Chat Ride – Joyride Bicycles Time: 6pm (meet at 5:45pm) […]

Aug
2
2016

Getting Along: Bike-Friendliness

Lincoln is getting noticed as a bike-friendly city, and for good reason. We have a number of accomplishments to celebrate: In April we officially opened our brand-new N Street Protected Bike Lane, which is already garnering accolades from sites such as Streetsblog and People for Bikes (America’s 10 Best New Bike Lanes 2015). It was the first protected bike lane in Nebraska. Our mayor, Chris Beutler, adopted a Complete Streets policy in September 2013, and a […]

Aug
1
2016

Trail Ramblings: A Glimpse Of Trail Part 2.

Last week I wrote about seeing the new bridges roll into Pioneer Park. I’ve since learned that they were not two bridges, but two halves of the same bridge. The Haines branch is wider than it looks. The only access to the new limestone trail on the other side is this bridge and the pedestrian suspension bridge. That bridge leads to the equally closed Ben Verley and Harrington trails, behind the south interpretive center and […]

Jul
31
2016

Get Out and Ride: August 1-7

Three’s not a lot going on this week, so I’m gonna keep it brief and just get the schedule out to you after I fill you in on some tidbits of information. First, sounds like Food Truck Joy Ride on Thursdays is on hiatus until Jamaica North Trail is repaired. My guess is that crews are going to start working on it soon, thus making it even more difficult to traverse. And lastly, there’s only one […]