Ever heard of a light show on wheels?
The fifth annual Bike de Lights is Saturday. The free event invites veteran cyclists and casual riders alike to tour Omaha neighborhoods in search of the city's best Christmas lights.
This year, though, there's a twist.
“(We're) more focused on the people decorating their bikes and putting us on display,” said event organizer Joe Simoens. There will be cyclists covered in tinsel and bikes covered in lights.
“It's kind of a spectacle and exciting for the neighborhoods to see the bikes come rolling through,” he added.
More than 100 people are expected to participate.
The ride is about awareness, Simoens said, and bike advocates want to educate people about wintertime cycling.
If you prepare for it, “Riding is an option in Omaha all months of the year,” he said. It's important to wear layers of clothing – the same kind you would if you were skiing or out shoveling the driveway. Bikes with wider tires, studded tires and fenders help, too.
The ride starts near 67th and Center Streets at Aksarben Village. New riders can opt for the parade route, a short loop through Aksarben Village.
The short route is 5 miles roundtrip and travels to the Dundee neighborhood. It should take about an hour. The longer route continues from Dundee to Benson. It's a 10-mile loop. The ride could last up three hours.
Participants will make stops at shops in each neighborhood to warm up and grab a bite to eat if they choose.
Riders are required to wear helmets, and all bikes must have a headlight and rear reflector. The group will meet at 5 p.m. and leave shortly after.
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
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