Biking at the Backyard

As the folks behind Sunday's Biketopia gear up to celebrate the love of bicycling at America's Backyard, they've no doubt thought of every possible use of the two-wheeled conveyance.

The evidence: the cycling awareness event planned in downtown Fort Lauderdale will feature a bike polo tournament, where cycling enthusiasts mount their wheels and play the mallet-and-wooden-ball sport; BMX freestyle on a half-pipe ramp, an urban bike ride, bicycle tug o' war and, yes, even bicycle-themed art.

Other events include a track stand competition, where wheel-smiths each vie to maintain balance on stationary bikes; mini-bike racing, where adults scrunch their bodies and pedal on tricycle-sized bikes (according to YouTube videos, this looks as silly as it sounds); and a bike toss, where, again, fully-grown people heave a bicycle across a parking lot. Organizers will raffle off cycling gear and tickets to upcoming Revolution Live concerts 10 Years, GWAR, Minus the Bear and George Clinton.

The bike-themed artworks from painter James Kopp, Brandon Webb and Todd Traxler will be on display, as will the famed blue bikes from artist Steve Sticht, one of which will be donated at Biketopia. The sounds of local rock and reggae outfits DJ Skid Mark, Out of Sorts, The Shakers, Good Shepard, The 707's and Paper Play will complement all the biking revelry, and the Margate-based Atlantic Bicycle is coordinating a 10-12-mile Urban Bike Ride at 5 p.m. starting at Holiday Park and ending at America's Backyard.

"Biketopia: A Bicycle Awareness Party" is 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday at America's Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. Info: 954-727-0950 or Biketopia on Facebook.

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