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2009.08.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

Public Cycling Event is New Project for UNO Professor

Omaha - Bicyclists from around the Omaha metro will converge Saturday, Aug. 8, for a ride around the Bancroft Bayliss Loop (BBL). The ride runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will begin at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St.

The BBL is a community-forming bicycle ride and cultural exchange engaging artists and cyclists between the Bancroft Market in Omaha and the Bayliss area of downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each Saturday, artists and cyclists gather at the Bancroft Street Market to depart on a ride of the BBL. The rides happen every Saturday through Oct. 3.

Earlier this year Jody Boyer and Bill Siedler, Jr., launched the BBL. Individually noting the emergence of an art scene and cultural development in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Boyer and Siedler created the BBL bicycle ride in hopes of joining together two booming communities.

Boyer is an artist from Council Bluffs and teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Siedler founded the Bancroft Street Market in Omaha.

The ride, roughly 12 miles in distance, travels a route that explores the Omaha riverfront, the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, natural landscape along the Missouri River, historic downtown Council Bluffs and many residential neighborhoods on both sides of the river. The ride will introduce bicyclists to the culture and development of both downtown Omaha and downtown Council Bluffs, with periodic stops for discussion.

Midway through the ride, riders will stop at Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs to picnic, eat lunch at the Bayliss Bistro Coffee House and Deli, or La Carreta Rosa, a Mexican restaurant.

For more information about the BBL and a map of the route, visit www.bancroftbaylissloop.com.

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