November 23rd, 2013 |
Here are some photos taken Saturday, November 23rd along 32nd Ave, just north of Center. You can see various “modern” improvements along the curb line that don’t necessarily align with historic principles.
Please see the coverage from our friends at Mode Shift Omaha and the Omaha World Herald that details the story on how funding has been pulled from a project that would bring a protected bike lane to this street. It was reported at the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association meeting last week that the funds were being denied because the street is part of a “historic corridor.”
Note that 32nd Ave is a critical connector in the 20 mile bike loop .
People involved with historic preservation and restoration in Omaha have raised questions about the information that the City reported at the meeting, specifically, that any historic designations in this area would NOT apply to the street itself. We will continue to work with others in the community to track down additional inforomation.
November 4th, 2013 |
Although Omaha Bikes has been a bit quiet for a while, there are still many things going on in our community that need your support. We need as many voices as we can get to support active transportation in our community, especially in public meetings where the naysayers can sometimes be vocal. Remember that your support of these issues is also important around the proverbial water cooler as well! Here are some ways to get involved:
Respond to today’s Op/Ed piece!
Check out Monday’s Omaha World Herald to find the op/ed piece titled “Multiple Transportation Options Make Fiscal Sense for City” written by Angie Eikenberry and Julie Harris. Please share via social media and please consider writing a letter to the Public Pulse in support. Remember to frame your message to highlight to benefits of multi-modal transportation to everyone, not just people who bicycle or walk.
The article is great timing to keep the conversation going at the Mayor’s town hall meeting TONIGHT in Benson. Benson has greatly benefited from recent updates to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly; be sure to say THANK YOU!
Upcoming town hall meetings with Mayor Stothert & City Department Heads
•TONIGHT! Monday, Nov. 4 – Benson Library (District 1) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
•Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Millard North Middle School (District 5) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Heartland 2050 Visioning Meetings
Since our population is expected to nearly double – by 2050 – Heartland 2050 provides residents with the opportunity to share their opinions about where people will live, work and play; along with issues such as sustainability, air quality, affordable housing, transportation and more.
Public workshops will focus on what kind of tomorrow you want for our metro region.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with programming from 6:00–8:30 p.m. Free food and drinks will be provided. Open to the public and no reservations are needed.
Nov. 4 City of Bellevue & Offutt Airforce Base
Bellevue University, Muller Administrative Services Building,
1000 Galvin Road
Nov. 5 Downtown Omaha*
KANEKO, 1111 Jones Street
Nov. 5 Douglas County – Regional Visioning Workshop
Burke High School, 12200 Burke Street
Nov. 6 South Omaha*
Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street
Nov. 7 North Omaha*
Lake Point Community Center, 2401 Lake Street
Nov. 7 Midtown Omaha
Lewis & Clark Middle School, 6901 Burt Street
*These workshops will have free childcare services available
Live Well Omaha Winter Bicycle Challenge
The Winter Bicycle Challenge starts tomorrow! Sign up today and invite your friends, family, and coworkers! Let’s see how many miles we can bike this winter!
Just like last year, this is a free and informal way to track your miles between November 1 and March 31. Sign up here: http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/13053856
Handlebar Happy Hour: bike map update feedback session
Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 – 6:30, Jimi D’s (just east of the Keystone Trail, 6303 Center St)
A draft of an updated version of the bicycle commuter map has been created. Live Well Omaha will post up at Jimi D’s with a draft copy of the map; please stop by if you want to take a look and give your opinions about the updates and how we can make it better!
Head over to UNO for the next ModeShift Omaha meeting right after! Details here.
Winter Cycling Clinic
Sponsored by Live Well Omaha and UNOBikes
Sunday, November 17, 4:00pm, UNO’s CPACS building (center of campus, just southeast of belltower)
Free! Come and learn great advice on how to keep cycling all winter long from a great panel of local experts who have learned lessons the hard way!
Sign up here: https://wintercyclingclinic.eventbrite.com/
32nd Avenue Update
The 20 mile bike loop piece involving 32nd Avenue between Woolworth and Vinton (in the Hanscom Park area) has the potential to include the first of its kind infrastructure in Omaha: a buffered, 2-way cycletrack! Public meetings will be crucial for bicycle AND pedestrian advocates to highlight the safety benefits that would result from this type of treatment. Meeting dates and times are TBA, but will likely be in mid-late November. Please watch the Omaha Bikes, Live Well Omaha or Mode Shift Omaha Facebook pages for more information.
Information coming soon on this awesome annual tradition!