City of Bellevue to host Kickoff Ride for the New Fort Crook Road Bike Lanes
The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will host a Kick-off Bike Ride on the new bike lanes which have recently been added on Ft. Crook Road. This ride will be held on Monday, July 1st with a brief presentation and ribbon cutting at 6:30pm followed by a bike ride at 7:00pm. Riders will meet in the parking lot of Marathon Ventures which is located at 901 Ft Crook Road North which is adjacent to the bike lane. This event is open to everybody and will include a 10 mile bike ride led by Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders. This will be a great opportunity for the public to try out the new bike lanes for the first time and learn a little bit about the project.
Fort Crook Road was formerly known as Highway 75 and it held the distinction as the first divided highway in the State of Nebraska. It was originally built to connect the South Omaha city limits to Offutt AFB and it was finished December 8, 1941, the day after the attacks at Pearl Harbor.
The Fort Crook Road striping project is a road conversion which is the first road diet on a former State Highway in Nebraska. This project will convert the existing six lane roadway and reconfigure the lanes to 4 vehicle travel lanes and two bicycle lanes. As part of the Fort Crook Road Redevelopment Plan, Fort Crook Road was identified as having excess right-of-way in terms of vehicle capacity along Fort Crook Road, which is due largely to the decreased traffic counts on this road after the JFK Freeway was constructed.
This is very exciting news, and we hope you’ll join us for this ride to celebrate! We appreciate the leadership of Bellevue’s Mayor Rita Sanders as she continues to advocate for cyclists in the metro area.