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.
Several members of the Omaha Bikes team also sit on the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. This allows Omaha Bikes to communicate to mayoral staff any concerns that the Omaha cyclist might have, as well as enabling Omaha Bikes to react to and encourage policies within the Omaha political and operational structure that benefit cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users.