Omaha Bikes is a community organization that promotes and advocates for improved transportation, utility, and recreational bicycling infrastructure, opportunities, and experiences for the people of Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area.
- Transform Omaha into a bicycle-friendly community
- Connect and partner with community groups and leaders
- Improve children’s health through cycling
- Support cycling as a transportation alternative
- Network nationally and regionally to improve cycling locally
- Educate the public about cycling
Omaha Bikes was originally formed as a blog by the name of Bike Omaha in September of 2008 by Bob Brindamour with a focus on transportation cycling advocacy and related cycling news. After a year of operation and the addition of many authors and contributors, the blog evolved into an advocacy group, largely due to the encouragement from Tammie Dodge and Julie Harris of Activate Omaha. In September of 2009, Omaha Bikes began hosting monthly meetings which were attended by many of key players in the Omaha cycling community. In January of 2010, Bike Omaha changed it’s name to Omaha Bikes and partnered with Activate Omaha and Live Well Omaha.
In January 2013, a stakeholder meeting was called by Live Well Omaha to revive Omaha Bikes from dormant state after its Executive Director relocated outside Omaha. At that meeting, a steering committee was established to determine the future direction of Omaha Bikes. Meeting biweekly throughout the year, the steering committee established a Nebraska nonprofit corporation mid year and filed for 501(c)(3) status in early 2014.
Members of the Omaha Bikes board also sit on the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Committee as well as the board of directors for the Bike Union Mentoring Project and ModeShift Omaha. This allows Omaha Bikes to communicate to mayoral staff and coordinate with active organizations for bicycling as transportation and recreation regarding concerns that the Omaha cyclist might have regarding policies within political and operational structure that benefit bicyclists in the Greater Omaha Metro Area.
Board of Directors
Pell Duvall – President
Lona Smart – Vice President
Bentley Swan – Treasurer
Benjamin Turner – Secretary