October 26th, 2015 |
Author: Dale Rabideau
| Tags: west papio trail
With the recent extension of the West Papio Trail to 108th and Giles, now we just need a road route to reach the end of the west section at Hwy 50 (138th and P St). Looking at dogis.org topo layer and driving through a couple alternatives, here is the suggested route for the least amount of traffic and least elevation change. There is a challenging climb on two lane 132nd St with no shoulder nor sidewalk. The cool part is a little off road section that incorporates an isolated section of old Harrison St that hasn’t been used since the Harrison St was rerouted around 1993.
Here is a snip of the route taken from the Omaha Area Bike Routes Map:
Hwy 50- P St to Giles Rd-108th St
West Papio Trail-Hwy 50, P St, 136th St, Discovery Dr, 132nd St, Sky Park Dr, Old Harrison, Eastport Pkwy, Giles Rd, 108th St, West Papio Trail
132nd St looking South
The challenging section is a total of 1/2 mile on two lane 132nd St. There is a sidewalk available on the West side to the right turn near the car. From there to the left turn up the hill, 600′ distance, 40′ of climbing (6.7%), no shoulder, no sidewalk. Fortunately, this section of 132nd St is two lane because there is not a lot of traffic most of the day.
Going North down the hill, one will feel like they have Armstrong legs on EPO, and some may come close to the 45 mph speed limit.
Aerial View of Sky Park Dr, Old Harrison St, Eastport Pkwy
Looking Southeast at Sky Park Dr and Harrison St
Jump curb and ride grass to old Harrison St
Old Harrison St to Sky Park Dr
Old Harrison St looking East
Old Harrison St up shoulder to Eastport Pkwy
Looking Southeast on Eastport Pkwy. 3 lanes, 25 mph, little traffic.
Going West on Eastport, exit right just past Storage One entrance
Down shoulder from Eastport Pkwy to Old Harrison St
Looking West on Old Harrison St
Giles Road has cement shoulders that look fairly clean to ride on.
I am stoked about riding on historical roads that have been taken out of service, imagining an earlier time out and environment. Bicycles allow one to get off the beaten path, even if it requires walking a short section here or there.
Enjoy the ride!
P.S. Some older aerial shots from dogis.org:
1993 old Harrison St isolated
1962 Harrison and I-80
1941 Harrison and West Papillion Creek
October 21st, 2015 |
Author: Dale Rabideau
| Tags: South Omaha Trail
Feb 2016 is scheduled completion date.
The dirt is in place for most of the South Omaha Trail from 38th and D St to the Field Club Trail and Vinton St. Hopefully these two sections separated by 36th St will have the cement laid before the ground gets frost for the Winter.
Nothing beyond the Spring tree removal has taken place from the current end of the SOT at 45th and G St to where it will cross D St at approximately 40th Ave. The current height of the trail corridor at 43rd and D St is to be 10′ lower if I recall the blueprints correctly. The rubble which was dumped on top of the old RR bed years ago will be pushed further East to help fill in the gap to the 42nd St bridge. A large retaining wall also needs to be built along the trail where it parallels an active RR line between 43rd and 42nd St.
Here are Oct 20 pics moving from West to East:
Near 43rd and D St looking Southwest
Looking up towards 43rd and D St.
Looking East at 43rd and D.
This current trail corridor above will be lowered 10′ with excess being pushed down the hill to fill in the gap to 42nd St bridge.
Bottom of corridor looking West up hill.
Closer view of rubble filled over original RR bed.
Farther East looking West at hill.
Looking East at 42nd St bridge.
Where trail will go under 42nd St bridge.
37th and D St looking West.
37th and D St looking East.
Near 36th Ave and D St looking East.
36th Ave and D St looking West.
Next to I-80 looking West to 36th St.
Next to I-80 looking East.
Start of descent to go under I-80.
Final grade of hill to I-80 viaduct.
Middle of hill looking West
Middle of hill looking Northeast.
Looking North under I-80 towards Field Club Trail.
Looking Southwest up hill.
Looking North on Field Club Trail towards Vinton St.
Looking South on Field Club Trail towards I-80.
Was surprised to see the dirt hill in place to get under I-80. Vinton St is closed while Vrana finishes the CSO (sanitary and storm sewer separation) work. There are still a lot of cement pipe and catch basins sitting there to be installed. In talking with someone a couple weeks ago, there will be more underground overflow pools like the one installed along the elevator further North along the Field Club Trail.
overflow pool south end
overflow pool middle
overflow pool north end
Previous posts on South Omaha Trail:
Initial Post with Overview
October 13th, 2015 |
Author: Dale Rabideau
| Tags: Cranksgiving
We had a great day to ride and buy food to donate to the Food Bank of the Heartland. About 40 people took part in the rides, while several others dropped food off at the participating bike shops. We ended up with 13 boxes and 498 lbs of food!
Pics from the Rides
Re-Cycle Bike Shop
Re-Cycle Bike Shop recovery stop
Omaha Bicycle Co.
Endless Trail Bike Shop
Endless Trail bikes
At Trader Joes
There are more Crankgiving photos on facebook at Endless Trails Bike Shop and Bike Masters.
Thank you to the people who rode and bought food, or just dropped food off at the shops. The people who find themselves in need of the Food Bank of the Heartland services thank you.
People who participated really enjoyed the rides. 4 of 5 shops specifically mentioned wanting to be involved in the multi bike shop event next year. The casual group ride style appealed to riders and shop organizers. Several people mentioned not hearing about the ride. Between moving Cranksgiving from November to October, and Omaha Bikes and the bike shops not pushing out the event info earlier or through multiple media channels, not all who would have participated did. We will do a better job of getting the word out next year.
Scheduled Food Rides
09:00 Bike Masters Cycling – coffee and brownies at 8:30, snacks post ride
09:00 Omaha Bicycle Co. – donate food and get a 20% discount on one item
10:30 Bike Rack – burgers on the grill post ride
14:30 Re-Ccycle Bike Shop – skip the Husker game and come join us!
15:30 Endless Trail Bike Shop – riding around town to hit every store
Omaha BMX is collecting food at concession stand during races on Tuesday (13th) and Friday (16th)
Locations of Saturday bike shop rides and Friday bmx race collection
Most Needed Food Items
Macaroni & cheese
Canned tuna & chicken
Canned fruit & vegetables
Pork & beans
Pasta & sauce
Cranksgiving (http://www.cranksgiving.org/) is an annual food drive on two wheels started in NYC in 1999. From 2007-2012, Omaha has had an event from Bike Masters, and last year from Bike Masters (http://bikemasterscycling.com/) and Omaha Bicycle Co. (http://www.omahabicycleco.com/)
This year, Omaha Bikes (http://OmahaBikes.org) proposed centering cranksgiving through the metro area’s local bike shops. Seven shops committed to host a ride.
What is the shop’s role? Organize a casual or competitive event that starts and ends at the bike shop on Saturday, Oct 17.
Last year, the Bike Masters event was a casual fun ride with a handful of people. We rode together on trails and neighborhood streets to several stores for items and returned.
A more traditional cranksgiving involves a mass start competition in which the riders get one item per store and return the as quickly as possible.
I have scheduled Saturday, October 17 with the Food Bank for the Heartland (http://foodbankheartland.org/). I will get the food drive boxes (18”x15”x12”) holding 30-40 pounds of food and drop them off at your shop by Friday, Oct 16. I will pick up the boxes Saturday afternoon or early next week.
The food drive boxes of food will be given to FBH as a gift from people who ride bicycles. This is not a competition between shops. Cranksgiving is an opportunity for many people to have fun riding and giving to those in need.
If one cannot attend a ride, you may buy meals or products via http://foodbankheartland.org/donate-funds/.
Please consider riding with friends or from a nearby participating bike shop to buy food for those in need.
2015 Cranksgiving Coordinator