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Matt Martin Send-Off Pot Luck

May 29th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

The Omaha bicycling community will be losing a tremendous asset next month when Matt Martin, the executive director of the Community Bike Project, moves to Portland, Oregon. Omaha Bikes is co-sponsoring a “going away” pot luck to say thank you to Matt and his contributions to bicycling in Omaha.

The pot luck will be behind the Community Bike Shop (525 N. 33rd Street) on Thursday May 31, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Since Matt is a vegetarian, we’re going to make this a vegetarian pot luck: Bring salad, chips, dessert, or something vegetarian for the grill. The more the merrier!

“We are ALL traffic!”

May 22nd, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

Omaha may not be as big as Brussels, but we have a lot in common. Omaha has a VERY car oriented traffic design and most of the design decisions currently made, regarding our city streets, promote car traffic over ALL OTHER forms of transportation. We know this needs to change if only to enable Omaha to continue to grow without strangling itself with the cost of road development, expansion, and repair.

The last quote does a great job of clarifying the issue.

It’s not that it’s ME and traffic.  I AM the traffic.  You are the traffic.  Somebody who walks there, somebody who drives a car there, and somebody who drives with a bike.  We are ALL traffic.

Enjoy and feel free to send a link to this video to all of your “traffic” friends.

Handlebar Happy Hour – J.Coco’s

May 21st, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Handlebar Happy Hour

This month’s HHH will be hosted by:
- J.Coco 
- 5203 Leavenworth St.
- Tuesday, May 22nd, 5:00 PM

OmahaBikes schedules Handlebar Happy Hours (HHH) typically on the 4th Tuesday of every month for cyclists to gather, share information, make new friends and socialize. We strive to select businesses that are friendly to bicyclists, and are located in different regions of the city. 

One of the goals of the HHHs is to relax and have some fun, but the HHHs are also intended to strengthen the cycling community. As we become better acquainted, we hope to tap into the collective energy and talents of the cycling community to help us continue to make Omaha a more bicycle friendly city.

OmahaBikes representatives will share information from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on our vision, mission and objectives. HHH participants are welcome to stay as long as they like and are responsible for their own purchases.


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

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. See for more details.

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 PM. Motorcycle Escort provided by city and county police. Meet at the West Papio Trail Head, located at 3602 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue, NE, just north of Culver’s Restaurant.

CycleFest – Sunday, May 20 at Chalco Hills

May 13th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized
The National Safety Council’s CycleFest is this Sunday, May 20th from 11:00 – 3:00 at Chalco Hills Recreation area.   Inside the Natural Resources Center will be the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) teaching riders “To See and Be Seen”; “Click it Don’t Risk It” teaching the importance of always wearing your seats belt with their egg ramp demonstration; Farmers Insurance is providing Child ID Kits; The Leukemia Lymphoma Society is recruiting for their important campaigns and Shuurin Dojo will be providing demos and information about dealing with bullies.

Outdoors US Foods will be providing grilled hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips, and waters.  The Bike Way is bringing 300 helmets, and three children’s bike to be won by drawing. They will have their technicians helping those 15 and younger with bike safety checks. The GWRRA will also be outside helping with inflating tires and fitting helmets.  A couple of A TEAMS from the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program will be fitting helmets along with a few others from NMHC. There will be free face painting for kids of all ages. Omaha Bikes instructors will be teaching about hand and arm signals and other ways to stay safe when riding. The bike and trike rodeo is being taught by the Sarpy County Sherriff’s Department and Omaha Police Department. Douglas CC will also be providing some volunteers.

In addition to the items to be given away by The Bike Way, the AAA Motor Club Foundation will give away a four “Ride N Slide” passes to Oceans and Worlds of Fun along with travelers checks to cover other costs of a mini vacation.

If you are a cyclist and have time to help with OmahaBikes’s portion of this event, please contract Mark Siepker via this blog.

Catching Air on the Keystone

May 10th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: News, Trails

Earlier this week I was able to catch some big air while riding on the Keystone Trail just north of Blondo. It reminded me of the good old days building bike ramps when I was young. Of course I also wanted to be Evel Knievel when I was a kid. Boy those were good times, until I face planted on the street… making it less good.

Now I realize not everyone wants to catch big air while commuting to work on a bike, especially while pulling a youngster behind them in a trailer or hauling a load of groceries (including eggs). So for those folks we have prepared the information below.

Over the weekend, a section of the Keystone trail buckled and created a one foot heave in the cement (forming a perfect ramp that is a blast if you hit it at speed…). This is a fairly drastic buckle and it’s steeper on the South side of the heave. If you use the Keystone and travel North of Blondo, please use caution. Also note that the North side of this buckle has a large hole on the West side that did not buckle upwards with the rest of the cement.

Here is a picture that doesn’t do the height of this buckle justice:

Status of repair:

The City of Omaha’s Park & Recreation Department (they handle trail repairs/maintenance) has been contacted. The buckle should be marked and blocked off today. Cement repairs should be made next week.

You may need to use the surface street East of the trail if it is not possible to get around the barricade. If you’re going north, you can exit the trail just South of Blondo, take the sidewalk to Keystone Drive and follow Keystone Drive North to Maple Street where you can get back on the trail via the trail access just South of Maple. Reverse those instructions if you are heading south.

For future reference, you can report other Omaha trail issues to Denis Bryers at 402-444-3798 or email him at “DBryers {AT}“. Please provide the exact location of the trail issue and provide a picture if you can. Denis is a great guy and he will do the best job he can with the resources he has available. You can also find some other trail projects on the Parks & Recreation Trails page. They update this page from time to time with upcoming or current trail repairs.

UPDATE: This has still NOT been repaired.  It has been marked with a barricade but not repaired.  Denis is checking with the crew assigned to fix it to see when they will complete the task they are currently on and make this repair.

Mayor’s Bike Ride – May 11, 2012

May 9th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Activate Omaha, Advocacy, Bike Commuting, Press Conference

Join the Mayors of Omaha, Bellevue, and Council Bluffs in a ride to promote commuter cycling in the metro area.

The Annual Ride to Work with the Mayor will celebrate May as NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!! 

Meet on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 AM at the Bob Kerrey Bridge. Presentations begin at 8:30 AM and Bike Rides with the Mayors begin at 9:00 AM.

Share this with your friends and co-workers.

The Convert

May 4th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

I spotted this video here.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 8, 5:30pm LOCATION CHANGE

May 4th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

The next Omaha Bikes meeting will be held next Tuesday, May 8, at 5:30pm as planned. However, the location of the meeting has changed. Instead of meeting at Godfather’s Pizza in Aksarben Village, we’ll be meeting at California Tacos & More at 33rd and California Street (click for map).

The location is changing to accommodate an e-bike touring group who will provide a brief presentation and the students from the Community Bike Project who will join us for that presentation at the start of our meeting. Omaha Bikes is also currently looking at venue options for future meetings.

Hope to see you there!

Omaha Bikes
1516 Cuming Street | Omaha, NE 68102

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