There has been a lot going on behind the scenes lately regarding some important issues. This week brought good news on both.
We were thrilled to learn that Sen. Tom Hansen from North Platte had introduced a bill in the Nebraska Legislature that would require motorists to give at least 3 feet of space when passing cyclists, pedestrians, and those operating motorized wheelchairs on the road. An impressive group of cyclists from Omaha and Lincoln came together on February 6 to testify in favor of the bill in front of the Transportation Committee.
The good news: we learned late this week that the Transportation Committee voted to place this bill on file for consideration of the full legislature. The bad news: LB1030 has not been tagged as a priority bill.
CWS Pedicab Ban:
You may recall that OPD drafted and introduced an ordinance that would ban all pedicabs and horse drawn carriages around TD Ameritrade Park during the College World Series. Had it not been for a timely article in the World Herald (thank you, Juan Perez!), we would have never known about this. A coalition involving Omaha Bikes, Mode Shift Omaha, the Young Professionals Council and others came together to fight the ban and work with OPD to craft a compromise. We are very happy to report that we have achieved that objective! Please check out the Mode Shift Omaha website for all of the details on where we stand.
Looking ahead, we’ll have a contingent heading to Washington to attend the National Bike Summit in March. This will give us an opportunity to learn more about what is happening with the transportation bill. Stay plugged in with Omaha Bikes on Facebook and Twitter (@OmahaBikes) to get updates in the mean time. Please also follow Mode Shift Omaha for great info on the city’s Transportation Master Plan update all things active transportation in Omaha!
Many thanks to everyone who has taken time to get involved on these important issues. We are making a difference!