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Cruising O Street makes a comeback in Lincoln

Cruising O Street makes a comeback in Lincoln

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Lincoln police say they're seeing a resurgence of a pastime popular in the 1950s and '60s: Cruising O Street. 

Whether the result of people feeling cooped up at home because of the coronavirus pandemic or gas prices dropping below $2 a gallon, or a bit of both, Officer Erin Spilker said last weekend was the first big weekend.

“It’s nice out. Gas is cheap,” she said.

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Drivers generally are doing a loop from 25th to 84th streets on O Street. Others were parking and sitting in lawn chairs, watching from a distance.

Spilker said officers would be enforcing groups of more than 10 who aren't social distancing. But the majority are following the guidelines.

The rain last Friday night kept most of those who would be watching away, but there were still plenty of cars.

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Many drivers stopped to get snacks at the EZ Go at 25th and O streets before heading back out on their drive.

The loop stretches from the EZ Go to 84th Street. Some cars go all the way to 84th, while others turn off early at 70th Street, and turn around in the Lincoln East High School parking lot.

Even with Friday's rain, most car windows were cracked enough to hear the radio and let a breeze in.

Whatever the reason for the increase in people cruising O Street, they're having a good time doing it.

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Public safety reporter

Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

News intern

Samantha Bernt is a Fremont native and a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in journalism and broadcasting. She joined the Journal Star in 2019 as a reporting intern.

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