Light up your bikes and ride!
The fourth-annual Bike de Lights is Friday in Omaha.
The free event invites people to pedal through local neighborhoods to see Christmas lights. Julie Harris of Omaha Bikes said she expects about 70 people to participate. Omaha Bikes, a community organization that advocates cycling, sponsors the event. Harris said she hopes it will raise awareness for winter cycling, but it's festive, too.
“It's obviously a fun seasonal thing to do, and it's unique to be able to do it on your bike,” she said.
Downtown Omaha hosted the first three Bike de Lights, but organizers moved the event to west Omaha this year for a change of scenery. The group will meet at Clancy's Pub, near 114th and Dodge Streets, for social hour at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to show up early to register. The ride begins at 7 p.m.
There are 4- and 10-mile routes. Both groups will ride at a conversational pace and stop along the routes to warm up and enjoy the decorations.
Several riders will attend dressed in holiday garb – think ugly sweaters and elf hats – with bikes strung with Christmas lights, though it isn't required.
“We're almost a rolling light show ourselves,” Harris joked.
Helmets and bike safety lights are required to participate. Children are welcome under the supervision of an adult. Click here for more information on Bike de Lights.
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