Visit Ark City and the Arkansas City Police Department wish to make all area businesses and residents aware of the Oklahoma FreeWheel event on Saturday.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, approximately 300 bicyclists will arrive in downtown Arkansas City to complete the 42nd annual Oklahoma FreeWheel, a cross-state bicycle trip that is very similar to the Biking Across Kansas event that came through Arkansas City in 2013.

To accommodate the 2021 event’s finish line, West Central Avenue will be blocked off Saturday morning between First and Summit streets. Riders will come into town on U.S. 77 and continue north on South Summit Street into downtown Arkansas City, turning west onto Central to finish the course.

There will be a finish line arch set up for riders to go through in front of City Hall, 118 W. Central Ave.

There also will be a shower and rest trailer set up for participants near Ben Givens City Center Park.

Visit Ark City will sponsor a welcome tent for the cyclists at the finish line, and provide them with free bottled water and information about what is available in the Arkansas City area.

“Downtown restaurants hopefully will see some extra business as the riders likely will want to eat a quick breakfast or lunch before they head home,” said Visit Ark City Director Pam Crain.

Residents are urged not to park on West Central Avenue on Friday night or Saturday morning due to this closure. Drivers in the downtown area should be on the lookout for bicycle traffic on Saturday.

For more information about this event or Visit Ark City in general, call Visit Ark City Director Pam Crain at (620) 442-0230 or email her at visit@arkcity.org. The Oklahoma FreeWheel can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okfreewheel and online at www.nodroptours.com/ok-freewheel.

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