June 26th, 2012 |
The next Omaha Bikes Handlebar Happy Hour (HHH) is Tuesday, June 26
, 5:00 PM at The LIV Lounge
, 2285 So. 67th St, Aksarben Village.
The goal of the HHH is to relax and have some fun, but more importantly intended to strengthen the cycling community. Cyclists are encouraged to gather, share information, make new friends and socialize. 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.
June 21st, 2012 |
If you have ever participated in a charity bike ride of any kind, you have surely encountered the greatest SAG mechanic on the planet, the Bike Rack’s very own Kelly Smith. If you know Kelly (or “Quadzilla,” as we affectionately know him), you will also not be surprised when we tell you that he recently RODE HIS BIKE to the doctor when he wasn’t feeling quite right… after which he was diagnosed with some heart abnormalities and put in the hospital for some surgery. Thankfully, he’s recovering, and may be the first cardiac patient in history to not need any follow up physical therapy, due to his incredible fitness level.
We would love for the cycling community to show him the same amount of love that he shows his customers every single day – a tall order, to be sure. Please send your cards and well wishes to Kelly c/o the Bike Rack, 14510 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, NE 68116
June 11th, 2012 |
Update to the previous post: Thanks to Activate Omaha SuperIntern Lisa, we have a really slick online sign up system for B2BP volunteers this year! Visit this website, create an account (takes 1 min or less) and then click on the days you’d like to help.
If last year was any indication, we’ll be very busy – so please consider covering a shift or two.
June 11th, 2012 |
The NCAA Men’s College World Series starts this week with the opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 14, which means it is once again time for Activate Omaha and Omaha Bikes’ annual “Bike to the Ballpark”!
Bike to the Ballpark started in 2011 with the move of the CWS to TD Ameritrade Park and was a huge success. The fun service continues this year to support people riding to the stadium for the opening ceremonies and all of the games through the championship on June 25th or 26th.
Volunteers are needed to help with the valet bike parking. Games are at 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Check your schedule to see if there is a time you can help. This year you will be able to sign up online for a time slot to volunteer. Check back in the next couple of days for link to sign up!
June 11th, 2012 |
Omaha Bikes’ next meeting is July 10 at 5:30pm in UNO’s Mammel Hall room 228H. Mammel Hall is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 67th and Pine in the Aksarben area.
Future Omaha Bikes meetings are planned for the second Tuesday of each month, same time and location. Mark your calendar for these dates:
Although we normally meet on the second Tuesday, there is no Omaha Bikes meeting tomorrow night, June 12th
. However, if you’d like to join Mode Shift Omaha
they will be meeting tomorrow night in Mammel Hall room 228H at 7:00pm.
June 8th, 2012 |
Omaha Bikes is posting this announcement on behalf of Greg Yates of Bellevue, Nebraska:
I am a bicycling enthusiast in Bellevue and am helping the organizer of the “Bike the Border” bicycling tour spread the word to other cyclists/runners here in Nebraska. Please forward/distribute this message to your members and customers to make them aware of this cycling tour. If your bike shop has a bulletin board, please post a copy of this email or the home page from the tour’s website listed below.
Event: Bike the Border 3-day cycling tour
Dates: June 15-17
Location Bottineau, ND (north central part of the state) and surrounding towns – route changes every year
Tour Distance: Approx 145-160 miles, depending on route option
Registration fee: $75 (website’s Registration Instructions details what is included)
Registration date: Register by June 1, 2012, to ensure getting the t-shirt (you can also register later)
This biking tour (not a race) has been going on for about 10 years, normally has around 100 riders, and the organizers would like to increase registration up to 150 riders. I did it in 2010 and 2011 and am registered to do it again next month. The terrain is mostly flat and I have seen riders less than 10 years old and over 75 years old on the route, so it’s meant as a recreational ride for anyone. The event organizers and volunteers really do provide exceptional hospitality and there is usually a contingent of Canadians on the tour, and they are a very sociable group.
See the event’s website (above) for detailed info that will answer the majority of your questions. If the website info still leaves your question(s) unanswered, you can email event organizer Barb Otto at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself, Greg Yates, atRetiree604@hotmail.com. I have avoided including any attachments to this message in case your email messaging software program might erroneously perceive this message as spam.
June 8th, 2012 |
Two cousins, students, and members of the University of Nebraska Cycling Club are pedaling their bikes from Omaha to Boston to raise money for charity. Yesterday the duo reached Niagra Falls, New York.
Audrey Vacha and Maddy Vacha are riding 2,000 miles in 6 weeks with a goal of raising $5,000 to build a safe drinking water well in Africa. They are on schedule to reach Boston by June 28, 2012.
June 8th, 2012 |
There is an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Pottawattamie County trail system next Saturday, June 16:
Saturday, June 16, Pottawattamie County’s proposed trail system will be unveiled at a public announcement at Arrowhead Park near Neola. This is an exciting event for trail enthusiasts in Southwest Iowa and Greater Omaha, and we would like to have a lot of people attend to show their support. You can find more on the trails website
or the attached document
If anybody would like to bike to Arrowhead Park, it’s about two miles from Neola
on a paved county road. It’s also a relatively flat 7.5 miles from Underwood and a more hilly 5.5 miles from Minden. I am planning to ride my bike, and it would be great to have a large group of cyclists in attendance. Please forward to anyone you know in the area who might be interested. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (lanceDOTbrisboisATgmailDOTcom
Hope to see you there!
Western Iowa Development Association
Omaha Bikes is posting this information on behalf of the Western Iowa Development Association.
June 5th, 2012 |
The next Omaha Bikes meeting is next Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30pm in Mammel Hall room 228h, located at 67th and Pine in the Aksarben area. Thanks to Angie Eikenberry for finding us a nice meeting room!
We originally had moved this meeting from the second to the first Tuesday because we expected the City Council to have its public hearing for the Transportation Master Plan on June 12th. Now the public hearing is on June 26th.
At this meeting, we will continue our conversation about setting priorities for Omaha Bikes for the coming year, as well as wrap up some existing business.
1. Update on the TMP
2. Omaha Bikes’ website (hope to demonstrate at the meeting)
3. Valet Bike Parking Program development
4. “Ciclovia Omaha”
5. Where to take Omaha Bikes in the future
6. Post-meeting group ride (any suggestions?)
June 3rd, 2012 |
If anyone saw suspicious activity Saturday night near RR bridge (south of Q st) between 8-10pm please call Omaha Police.
A log was maliciously placed on the Keystone bike bath, a cyclist crashed and is in the hospital in serious condition with multiple face/jaw fractures as a result. Be wary as you ride through this section of Keystone trail.