Category: Advocacy, B-cycle, Bike Congress, Bike Lanes
Last fall Omaha Bikes began hosting the Omaha Bike Congress, a round table gathering of metro area representatives from bicycle organizations, municipalities, bike clubs, and organizations that wish to participate. We will be hosting sessions quarterly for 2017 and beyond.
The goal of the session is to share knowledge and updates among active organizations, so we can share this with you! This is a casual, round-table format where each organization (when possible) provides a 2-3 minute update on their current bicycle-related projects with a group and/or small group discussion after. Please contact us if your organization would like to be included in future! Please note that space is limited, and we may limit attendance to one representative per organization.
Here is the recap of updates provided by organization:
Pell Duvall – Omaha Bikes
- Event Bike Parking continues for 2017 – Earth Day and Dust Off Your Bike Apr 22nd
- Fundraising for comprehensive bike education
- partnership with Metro Transit to present bike safety at Metro driver training
- League Certified Instructor Training March 31 to April 2 – looking for 8-12 candidates (funded by LWO)
Ben Turner – Heartland Bike Share
- macro -Expansion to double bike share capacity in process, pending decisions on key intersections. City & NDOR agreement in place.
- micro – battery management, software updates, bike overhauls
- 11 months continuous ridership! Only 19 days not ridden in 2016. 18.5% increase in ridership and 10% increase in revenue, 5-6% increase in trips per rider.
Jason Rose – Metro Transit
- BRT design & branding firms in early February
- onboard bike racks – public input
- Goal is 6 bikes on bus – now 60’ bus instead of 40’
- Boarding much easier with platform
- B-cycle east of 72nd
- Discussion on bike lockers
Eric Williams – Papio NRD
- West Papio extension 30% design - construction in 2018
- RFP for design work on stormwater facilities that will come with recreation areas and trail connectivity
- 114th from Giles to Cornhusker update
- Possible B-cycle station at Chalco to start long-term West O connections
- Trees on Aksarben Drive – Ash trees – City will treat some to delay – plant intermediate trees $1 million per year for 5-8 years. Only one location (Polasky Park) where was found but history shows cities can’t keep up once started. – If maintenance issues with Army Corps of Engineers to not replace. NRD plans to pay for replacement trees.
- Aksarben bridges – Official trail bridge is southernmost by softball field owned by city. Aksarben Trust owns others. – Looking for input on which bridges are most used.
Mark Stursma – City of Papillion Planning
- ALAC – Mark is new chair. Congrats! Continuing to define role as a committee. Also, a lot of work with Pwks on projects.
- Lincoln Road – portions complete – bike lanes would go from 96th to 132 – narrow bridge at 96th so trail. Ultimately connect Downton Papillion to 132nd
- Building new ped bridge downtown by middle school. Will be ADA compliant. Construction possible summer 2017.
- Community center 2018-2020 – opportunities for B-cycle and shower facilities near trail system
- Papillion Twilight Crit August 19 – Opportunity weekend of June 10, needs TT road, and Bellevue needs to move their crit.
Dennis Bryers – City of Omaha Parks
- South O Trail Done!
- 30th St Trail nearly done
- Bid to go out soon for Turner Blvd trail at Pacific connection
- Erosion near standing bear
- Riverfront Trail Phase Four – held on environmental with wetland mitigation
- Some burglaries along South Omaha Trail 50th to Kiewit – truck painted black with no lights – city adding bollards
- Standing bear lake – issues with cars damaging grounds at RC plane area
Adam Blowers – Community Bike Project Omaha
- CBPO’s 2017 goal is to get increase number of bikes ready and to people in community! Goal to get 600 bikes out this year.
- 200 bikes to be given out during Omaha Spring Cleanup – details TBD
Madison Haugland – Live Well Omaha
- Transportation Enhancement grant continues – 2017 is last year
- Updating commuter bike map for this year. (Will print 30K)
- 11th year of Commuter Challenge – RFP pending to build website for Bike Safety as well as new commuter challenge tracking tool.
- Bike Omaha Network – continuing final connections, way-finding in process for Aksarben Route
Angie Eikenberry* – Mode Shift Omaha
- Commuter Tutor – MSO is looking for people to serve as mentors for people that want to try active transportation for commuting.
Stephen Osberg* – City of Omaha Planning
- Work continues on the Complete Streets Design Manual. We are currently focusing on how context plays a role in shaping street design. As you know, the Stakeholders Committee meets tomorrow.
- We’re continuing to wade through the paperwork in support of our expansion of the bike share system. We’re using federal CMAQ funds to roughly double the size of the current system.
- With Live Well Omaha, we are finalizing our new wayfinding manual for the Bike Omaha network. Hopefully we’ll see the first route signed in the coming year. We are planning to shift away from using the labor-intensive sharrows to a significantly more visible presence of bike route signs.
- The 24th Street Safety project is moving forward, and we’ll begin the next phase of public outreach before too long. The project will reconfigure the current four lanes of 24th St to three lanes (one lane in each direction with a shared turning lane) and add bike lanes from Leavenworth to just north of L Street
- City will continue to install permanent bike racks on Dodge St
Peter Pellerito* – OwL Ride
- The OwL Ride has simplified the way it chooses the date for the event. It is now going to be the second Saturday in July. In 2017, that is July 8th.
Bob Mancuso* – Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club/Corporate Cycling Challenge/Mid-America Expositions
- Omaha Health Expo — April 8-9, 2017 at Baxter Arena — Bike Expo area ——– get exposure for your group, join Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club, Bellevue Bicycle Club, Eastern Nebraska Trails Network, and others at the event.
- Omaha Bike to the Taste of Omaha —- and other events —- Select your event – Sunday June 4, 2017
- Omaha Biathlon
- Midwest Gran Fondo
- 5K Run
- Omaha Bike events – recreational bike rides — 3 routes 9 mile, 15 mile and 43 mile….
- All events include tickets for food and drink at the Taste of Omaha.
- Corporate Cycling Challenge - Sunday August 20, 2017
- and includes the CCC Gran Fondo – Timed bike ride
- From the Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club
- We are still checking into Movie night.
- Swap Meet is scheduled for Sunday March 12, 2017 at College of St Mary
*updates provided by email