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Transportation Element in front of Planning Board Wednesday

April 29th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Advocacy

The Omaha Planning Board will vote to approve the Transportation Element (a.k.a Transportation Master Plan or “TMP”) at its meeting this Wednesday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the City/County Building, 1819 Farnam Street.

If you have a blast testing the Harney Street Cycle Track at the Hey Day on May 1, come tell the Planning Board why the TMP is a step in the right direction for Omaha and how you will benefit from the projects it prioritizes.

If you haven’t looked at the plan, you can check it out on the City’s website or come to Hey Day this Tuesday night and learn all about it!

If the Planning Board approves the plan, the next step will be for the City Council to consider the plan, likely in June.

Heyday on May Day!

April 28th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

Join us 25th & Harney Streets – Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm!!!
Do you want a glimpse of the future of transportation in Omaha? Hop on your bike, lace up your shoes, grab a seat on the bus or take your car, pick up a friend and join us for Heyday on May Day on May 1 from 5 p.m. until dark.

ModeShift Omaha, in conjunction with the City of Omaha Departments of Planning and Public Works, Park East Neighborhood Association, Market West Neighborhood Alliance and Greenstreet Foundation, are blocking off two lanes of Harney Street from 24th Avenue to 26th Street, for an open house highlighting options for Omaha’s transportation future. At 6:30 p.m., we’ll introduce a presentation of the Transportation Master Plan.

You’ll want to get there early and stick around, the transportation “Heyday” will continue into the night with live music, art activities, food trucks, bike races, hula hooping and yoga demonstrations, games and open houses of local businesses.

Learn more at ModeShiftOmaha.org as we visualize the possibilities for transportation in Omaha.

New 3-Foot Passing Law in Nebraska – LB1030

April 27th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

Nebraska has become the 24th state to enact a 3-foot passing law.
The law requires motorists to give at least 3 feet of space when passing cyclists, pedestrians, and those operating motorized wheelchairs on the road.

See the Segment on KETV featuring Julie Harris from Activate Omaha
http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/Nebraska-law-aims-to-ensure-cyclist-driver-safety/-/9674510/11870024/-/item/0/-/15i9sw/-/index.html

Also found in the Nebraska Driver’s Manual – Section 6: Sharing The Road With Other Users (6B Bicyclists) http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/examining/pdf/engdrivermanual.pdf

♦ A person riding a bicycle has all the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle; bicyclists must obey traffic laws.
♦ Bicyclists may ride on paved shoulders, as far right in a lane as is practical and when the lane can be safely shared by a bicycle and car, side by side.
♦ Bicyclists are not restricted to the right lane of traffic. A bicyclist may need to change lanes to make left turns or to continue through an intersection. They follow the same path any other vehicle would take traveling in the same direction.
♦ Motorists should merge with bicycle traffic when preparing for a right hand turn. Avoid turning directly across a path of bicycle traveling in the same direction. When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would to oncoming motorists.
♦ Do not blast a vehicle’s horn when approaching a bicyclist.
♦ Look for bicycles before opening car doors.
Always allow three feet to the left of the bicycle when passing. Reduce speed and move into the next or oncoming lane to pass. If there is oncoming traffic, reduce speed and follow the bicycle until oncoming traffic clears.
♦ Children on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions. A common crash type for young cyclists is mid-block ride-outs entering a road from a driveway, alley, or curb without slowing, stopping or looking for traffic.
♦ Look both ways at intersections before turning. Bicyclists may be found riding incorrectly, facing traffic and create special hazards at intersections.
♦ At intersections and roundabouts, right of way rules apply equally to bicyclists and motor vehicles.

Combining your Biking and Beer

April 26th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized
There are many ways to make a perfect summer night, but one of my all-time favorites is this:

Bike downtown just after the sun sets, when it’s still warm enough not to need a jacket. Go far enough (or fast enough) to work up a thirst, then find a restaurant or bar with patio seating for a meal or a drink (or both). Hang out, enjoy the evening, bike home, maybe take a detour so you’re extra worn out by the time you get there. Then sleep really, really well.

Read more from this OWH article at: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120426/GO/704269975#combining-your-biking-and-beer

Fun for your Friday!

April 20th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

If you don’t have plans for this beautiful evening, we have an idea for ya!  There’s a little group ride leaving Greenstreet Cycles tonight at 8pm for a casual cruise around Downtown (complete with a stop or two at some local watering holes).  This is a ride to showcase one of our Bicycle Friendly Destinations, Film Streams, that’s showing “The Kid With a Bike” at 10pm.  They’re kind enough to offer their student pricing if you ride in.  And, tonight only, if you show up via bicycle, you’ll get a FREEEEEE fun-sized popcorn!  Thanks Film Streams!  We’re looking forward to it.

-SJ

Calling All Cyclists with a Green Thumb

April 15th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

Polynomial and Chef J.Coco are hosting a FREE event called “Veggie Trails.” We supply you with as many free plants in awesome burlap planters as you want (and a free t-shirt to the first 150 cyclists to pick up plants) at Earth Day or HeyDay on May Day, you care for it and bike it back to the 36th Street Bridge over I-80 on June 3rd where it will be a part of an amazing dinner put on by Emerging Terrain. Sign-up sheets and more info can be found at any local bike shop in Omaha, Council Bluffs or Bellevue or online at www.facebook.com/polynomial.co.

Public Meeting – S Curve at Turner Blvd & Dodge

April 9th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Advocacy, Bike Commuting 101
This info just came across the wire ... This area is a real lynch pin in terms of connectivity.  We'll continue to monitor this and advocate for bicycle-friendly improvements!

Join the City of Omaha, April 12, 2012, 5:00 pm at the Mutual of Omaha Auditorium, 3301 Dodge Street, to kick-off the S-Curve Area Connectivity Project.

S-Curve Area Connectivity Project Public Open House

Date: April 12, 2012

Time: 5:00 pm; Presentation at 5:15 pm

Location: Mutual of Omaha Auditorium, 3301 Dodge Street

Please enter through the doors on the west side of the building

The purpose of this project is to provide safe and efficient traffic flow on Dodge Street, the major east-west arterial for the City of Omaha, as well as improved connections between Dodge Street, Douglas Street, Park Avenue, Turner Boulevard, and 30th Street. This project is driven by the lack of northbound and southbound street connectivity in the study area and existing roadway conditions resulting from the two sharp curves which connect eastbound Dodge Street to Douglas Street.

The S-Curve Area Connectivity Project will identify transportation improvements for the study area that represent community input and future planning goals for the City of Omaha. These improvements will provide enhanced mobility, improved connectivity, opportunities for community growth and economic development, and long-term sustainability in the area.

For more information email S-CurveConnectivity@hdrpi.com.

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