Wichita attempts bike record

Wichita attempts bike record

As the official festivities of bike month wind down this Saturday, riders of all ages are invited to take to two wheels for a world record-setting finale that confirms the growing crowd-appeal of cycling.

In cooperation with the River Festival and with the support of local bike shops, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and KMUW public radio, Wichita's cycling community will attempt to claim the Guinness Book world record for the longest line of bicycles ever assembled in one place.

Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., as many as 1,200 bicycles will assemble on the front lawn of the Hyatt Wichita as officials from the Guinness Book of World Records oversee the event, tagging riders with GPS tracking bracelets that help verify participation.

Once an official count is made, the motley crew of road bikes, cruisers, recumbents, tricycles and more will parade around the perimeter of the festival grounds. A police escort will accompany the parade to ensure safety for all participants, while the route is kept as simple as possible to ensure the event is family friendly. Riders will return to the starting line in time for the afternoon line-up of live music and other festival amusements.

For the duration of the River Festival, anyone arriving by pedal-power will have access to a bike valet service. Attendees are encouraged to ride to all festivities, May 30-June 7, and leave their bikes in a secure setting monitored by festival staff.

For more information about the World Record event, visit https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessBikeLine.

>DO IT

What: Guinness Book of World Records longest bike line attempt
When: Sat., May 31, 1 p.m.
Where: The Hyatt Wichita, 400 W. Waterman
How much: Free to join the ride; $5 for River Festival admission button