Forget those Husker game day traffic jams. Hop on a bike and park for free.
A free bike valet service, a joint venture of the Bike Shop at UNL Campus Recreation, BikeUNL and Nebraska Athletics, will be offered for the first time during Husker football season.
Home game attendees who bike to campus can keep their bikes safe in Cook Pavilion, just one block from Memorial Stadium. Donations will be accepted, and the proceeds will be used to install on-campus bike pumps and workstations.
"We have worked with Nebraska Athletics to create a great alternative to driving to Husker football games," said Jordan Messerer, assistant director for UNL Outdoor Adventures. "With the bike valet service, fans can enjoy the event without worrying to find a parking space. With a free, safe place to store their bikes during the game, our hope is that more people will opt to ride to campus."
The game day bike valet service will open two hours prior to kickoff and conclude one hour after the final whistle. All bikes will be supervised by UNL Bike Shop staff.
To verify bike owners, staff will take photos of the cyclists and their bikes at drop-off.
Organizers are hoping the new service also alleviates heavy game-day traffic.
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HUSKER FOOTBALL HOME GAMES
Aug. 31 vs. Wyoming Kickoff: 7 p.m. Bike Valet Opens: 5 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Southern Miss Kickoff: 5 p.m. Bike Valet Opens: 3 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. UCLA Kickoff: 11 a.m. Bike Valet Opens: 9 a.m.
Sept. 21 vs. South Dakota State Kickoff: TBA Bike Valet Opens: TBA (2 hours before kickoff)
Oct. 5 vs. Illinois Kickoff: 11 a.m. Bike Valet Opens: 9 a.m.
Nov. 2 vs. Northwestern Kickoff: TBA Bike Valet Opens: TBA (2 hours before kickoff)
Nov. 16 vs. Michigan State Kickoff: TBA Bike Valet Opens: TBA (2 hours before kickoff)
Nov. 29 vs. Iowa Kickoff: 11 a.m. Bike Valet Opens: 9 a.m.