November 29th, 2016 |
Author: Pell Duvall
, Bicycle Friendly Destination
, Bike Shop
, Get Involved
, How to Help
| Tags: bicycles
, giving tuesday
, omaha bikes
Today is Giving Tuesday, and Omaha Bikes can use your support today, tomorrow, and in the future. As we approach our ‘off season’ for events, we focus on community impact, planning for 2017, and our favorite signature event: Bike De’Lights! Make sure an join us for an evening enjoying of holiday decorated bicycles and enjoying our festive city by bike!
2016 is a landmark year for Omaha Bikes. This year we accomplished the following:
- Secured funding to expand event bike parking
- Hired first employee since 2014 reorganization
- Increased bicycle event parking equipment to over 200 bike capacity
- Increased bicycle valet parking from 2 to 10 events
- Saved over 700,000 kg of emissions with event parking
- Advocated for improved bike trail closure process
- Hosted the first Omaha Bike Congress
- Guaranteed maintenance agreements for 20 new Bike Fixit stations in 2017
- Cranksgiving – Coordinated with local bike shops to deliver 1000 lbs of supplies to the Siena/Francis House by bike!
- Secured bike safety education in Metro Transit bus driver training curriculum
As we look to 2017, our goals are set even higher:
- Continue current programs
- Expand bike event parking to 15 events
- Expand event parking equipment by 50%
- Expand permanent bike parking rack program to entire metropolitan area
- Represent Omaha at the National Bike Summit
- Guarantee bicycle event parking requirements for events
- Update website with bike valet integration
- Create and implement comprehensive bicycle education to all road users
- Provide funding for children’s bike safety education
- Expand Bicycle-Friendly Destination program
- Secure maintenance agreements for and repair existing Bike Fixit stations
To accomplish our 2017 plan, we have applied for over $60,000 in grants from area foundations. Many of these would be awarded shortly after the first of the year, but there’s no guarantee. Even with full grant funding, we will still be short on general operating expenses. With our current funds near depletion, we need your help to continue our mission.
If you can’t give today, please consider Omaha Bikes and many of your favorite charities this season.
You can support us in many ways, and your donations are tax-deductible!
On a personal note:
To Omaha Bikes’ Board of Directors, thank you for making this year possible. I don’t know where I’d be without your leadership, confidence, and guidance.
To the amazing group of volunteers, your passion for bicycling is incredible. Thank you enduring the hot sun, pouring rain, and all the other battles of the elements!
Many thanks to partnering organizations for your support and encouragement.
Thank you to all of you for making this year the most amazing year yet!
November 21st, 2016 |
On Saturday November 19th, Omaha Bikes hosted a gathering of people from bike shops throughout the bicycling community to deliver an estimated 1000 lbs of supplies to the Siena/Francis House and its mission of hospitality for the homeless.
Cranksgiving began in NYC and has expanded to cities across the country. It’s basically a food drive/scavenger hunt race on two wheels. Traditionally, riders are given a list of items, and each rider must by each item at a different store and return to finish location. Prizes for winners, different divisions, a party after, and all the usual bike race things you’d expect.
Ready to roll! – Photo: Scott R.
Omaha has had many Cranksgiving races as well as social rides over the years, often hosted by Bike Masters as well as other local bike shops. This year Omaha Bikes wanted to do something different. We wanted to bring members of the bicycling community together in the spirit of giving. At the fantastic suggestion of Dale Rabideaux, a mechanic at Bike Masters Cycling, we selected the Siena/Francis House as the charity to benefit from goods collected, and we are happy to support the Siena/Francis House’s atmosphere of hospitality for the homeless. After a few email exchanges with SFH staff, they were very excited to have us pedal the goods over at the end of a Saturday.
Rather than have one big race event, each shop was encouraged to participate in the way that worked for them, and Omaha Bikes would host a gathering and opportunity to deliver all the collected goods by bike!
Bike Masters had a ride earlier this month with about 15 folks picking up food, supplies, and clothing. Also, the shop accepted donations throughout November. Dale rolled up with his minivan FULL! There were six bike boxes filled with food, hygiene products, clothing, coffee, and more! (We scratched out heads and cast doubt if our Bikes At Work trailer’s 600 lb capacity would be exceeded.) Dale didn’t even have room for his bike…but more on that later. Caps off to these folks!!
Endless Trail Bike Shop chose to have a food drive and delivered many boxes filled with canned goods!
The Bike Rack had a ride Saturday morning hitting some hills between the shop and a nearby Hy-Vee. Even with just a handful of riders, Katie and Brittney drove up with boxes and bags of clothes, food, and travel-sized toiletries! (I think they pretty much cleaned out the travel section.) Even after their hilly ride, the gals helped haul all the loot over and stay for a drink.
Last but not least, Omaha Bicycle Company rolls in from Benson, and Sarah leads a crew of 6 or 7 folks bringing all kinds of donations in overloaded panniers, cargo bikes, and backpacks.
Dale and I studied, plotted, and picked our loading plan for the cargo trailer. Everyone started transferring the donations to 5 bike boxes and a few small QBP boxes. With some tape, rope, and straps, the group managed to secure a load very likely near or exceeding it’s weight limit. I was glad to have hydraulic brakes on my Surly Pug Ops!
Uh, I don’t know if it’s all going to fit! Photo: Katie M
There were still several things that wouldn’t fit in panniers or on racks, so Brittney (who just started riding bikes in August) volunteered to pull a B.O.B. trailer, yes! We loaded her up as we saw the OBC folks roll up.
Brittney’s going to pull a trailer, too!
Photo: Katie M.
Dale grabbed a Heartland B-cycle and a big box of mac & cheese!
Bike sharing is giving! – Photo: Katie M.
The OBC folks hadn’t seen us inside, so we caught up with them on the street! I rolled slowly and my brakes shimmied as I stopped suddenly before turning onto Cuming Street (or plan to ride Nicholas via the parking lot involved more of climb, so we opted to take a critical mass method).
Rolling off – Photo: Katie M.
Photo: Katie M.
Photo: Scott R.
Much smiling and bell ringing ensued.
Smiles all around – Photo: Scott R.
We were met with the smiling faces of SFH staff and volunteers. Everyone helped bring the ridiculously heavy boxes from the trailer to the loading dock.
Photo: Scott R.
He must have been motivated by Scott Blake’s presence, so Scott Redd opted for the ‘safety second’ ride in the back of the trailer while holding his bike. There was much laughter and selfie taking on the way back.“It looked like it would be fun,” said Scott Redd. “It wasn’t really very comfortable.”
Safety Second! – Photo: Katie M.
If you look closely, you can see this is a ‘double selfie’…. Photo: Pell
OBC crew joins for the ride! - Photo: Katie M.
After coming back to Omaha Bikes’ office in the CO-LAB of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, we all enjoyed some beverages, snacks, a tour of the office (including a game of ping pong). It was a great afternoon and evening to spend with friends, new and old, in the spirit of giving.
Omaha Bikes is committed to making our city safer for people on bikes and is a non-profit community organization that promotes and advocates for bicycling infrastructure, opportunities, and experiences for the people of Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area. Your donations help us with program development and general operating expenses!
November 9th, 2016 |
Author: Pell Duvall
| Tags: Bellevue Loop Trail
, Keystone Trail
, Omaha Trails
, Sarpy County
, trail closure
From Papio NRD:
November 9, 2016
Contact: Martin Cleveland, NRD Construction Engineer
Office Phone 402-315-1707
Temporary Trail Closure planned for Bellevue Loop Trail
Sewer repair activity by the City of Omaha will cause a temporary closure of the Bellevue Loop Trail, along the Papillion Creek between Capehart Road and Highway 75 in Sarpy County, from November 9th through November 23rd. There is no planned detour for the closure.
November 7th, 2016 |
Author: Pell Duvall
| Tags: big papio
, trail closure
Please see below from Omaha Parks and Recreation Department:
Big Papio Trail Closure – “F” to South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE, November 7, 2016- A section of the Big Papio Trail from “F” street to South 72nd Street will be closed for drainage and erosion improvements starting Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The trail will remain closed for approximately three weeks, reopening around November 30, 2016. There is no detour posted for this trail closure.
For additional information, contact Zach Nelson at the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District at 402-444-6222 or Dennis E. Bryers, FASLA, PLA at the City of Omaha Parks, Recreation & Public Property Department at 402-444-3798.