Anyone in Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area can easily, safely, and efficiently use a bike for a trip anywhere, anytime. To make Omaha a premiere metropolitan area for the bicycling public.
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 public health through cycling
- Support cycling as a transportation alternative all community member
- Network nationally and regionally to improve cycling locally
- Educate the public about cycling
Pell Duvall – Executive Director
Pell Duvall received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Truman State University and is a League Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. He has worked in healthcare and business project management prior to joining Omaha Bikes as Executive Director.
A Maryville, Missouri native, Pell grew up riding a blue Huffy all around his hometown, but as the beautiful white tires wore down, he opted to walk or drive through high school and college. After graduating from TSU, he and his new wife left their Midwest roots for a life in Southern Oregon. Inspired by his 60+ year old employer who rode 32 miles to work nearly every day, it was here where Pell rekindled his love of bicycles.
Later moving to Omaha to be near family, Pell has been a year-round bicycle commuter, advocate, and instructor in Omaha. He enjoys his daily commute but loves the adventure of gravel endurance racing, and bikepacking trips.
Pell served as President Omaha Bikes’ board of directors for nearly 2 years and is a founding partner of the organization. He is also a founding board member of Mode Shift Omaha and actively follows transportation equality and complete streets projects. His devotion to active transportation is driven by a desire for Omaha to be a better, safer city for his son and generations to come.
Benjamin Turner - President
Lona Smart – Vice President
Madison Haugland – Secretary
Bentley Swan – Treasurer
Board Members at Large
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 and staff 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.