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Is it #givingtuesday or #_GivingTuesday? – Either way, we need your support

November 29th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Advocacy, Bicycle Friendly Destination, Bike Shop, Community, Event, Events, Get Involved, How to Help | Tags: , , , ,

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!

Best,
PD

Cranksgiving 2016 Recap

November 21st, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Community, Events

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!

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!

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.

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Brittney’s going to pull a trailer, too!

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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).

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Rolling off – Photo: Katie M.

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Photo: Katie M.

Photo: Scott R.

Photo: Scott R.

Much smiling and bell ringing ensued.

Smiles all around - Photo: Scott R.

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.

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.

Safety Second! – Photo: Katie M.

If you look closely, you can see this is a 'double selfie'...whatever that means. Photo: Pell

If you look closely, you can see this is a ‘double selfie’…. Photo: Pell

OBC crew meet up - Photo: Katie M.

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!

 

 

 

 

Trail Closure planned for Bellevue Loop Trail 11/9 to 11/23

November 9th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Trails | Tags: , , , ,

From Papio NRD:

 

News Release
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.

Big Papio Trail Closure – “F” to South 72nd Street

November 7th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Trails | Tags: , , ,

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.

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Closure: West Papio Trail between 96th & Giles

October 27th, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Trails | Tags: , ,

FROM PAPIO NRD regarding West Papio Trail Closure

October 26, 2016

Contact:  Martin Cleveland, NRD Construction Engineer
Office Phone 402-315-1707

Temporary Closure planned for West Papio Trail

The West Papio Trail along the West Branch Papillion Creek will be closed October 27th and reopen November 2nd due to creek channel repair.

The closed area is between 96th Street and Giles Road. The Papio-Missouri River NRD is completing creek bank repair work that will include temporary placement of soil over the trail at that location.

 

Complete Streets Open House

October 13th, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Uncategorized

Happy Biketober, all! Just wanted to let you know about the Complete Streets Open House from 4-6pm on October 26th at the Bancroft Street Market! Your input on the Complete Streets Design Guide is critical to making Omaha safer for people on bikes as well as all modes of transportation!

If you’re not familiar with complete streets, please check out the City of Omaha’s website to learn more. We are fortunate to have one of the best ranked complete street policies in the country, but without proper implementation strategies, it is just another document in the books! Please come to this important gathering to learn more, provide input, or just show your support to improve our great city!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 
― Margaret Mead

 

Please see below details from the City of Omaha:

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Complete Streets Open House The City of Omaha and our partners are currently developing a Complete Streets Design Guide as part of our continued efforts to provide a transportation system that works safely and comfortably for all. Its purpose is to help implement our new Complete Streets Policy. The Guide will delineate the needs of people traveling by different means and help prioritize the sometimes competing demands in the design and redesign of our streets. The Guide will also outline public engagement strategies that can support the City’s transportation projects. To aid in the development of the Complete Streets Design Guide, the City is holding a public open house from 4-6 pm on October 26th at the Bancroft Street Market (2702 South 10th Street). At the event, people will be able to provide insight into their varying needs when using streets while walking, bicycling, driving, or using in any other way. The open house also provides an opportunity for those new to the concept of “Complete Streets” to learn about how streets can simultaneously support a range of activities. Learn more about Complete Streets in Omaha at www.completestreetsomaha.org. Please come share in our efforts to make Omaha better. We hope to see you there!

 

 

October 2016 Trail Updates

October 5th, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Advocacy, Bike Route, Keystone Connector, Trails

South Omaha Trail:

Final stages of work continue to complete the South Omaha Trail. While the pavement is completed, the signage and erosion control is still in progress. Due to the construction equipment and debris hazards, the newest section trail remains closed for the time being. Please respect the work being done for your own safety! All work is planned to be completed by October 31st, 2016, and the grand opening/ribbon-cutting will be in mid-November! Stay tuned!

Omaha Riverfront Trail:

A section of the Riverfront Trail from Ida Street and Crown Point Avenue to John J. Pershing Drive will be closed to all trail users starting on Monday, October 10, 2016.  The closure will remain closed throughMonday, October 31, 2016.  Trail shall be closed for work occurring on the levee.  There is no suggested detour for this trail closure.

Keystone Trail:

Drainage work at L Street underpass nearing complete and is expected to be completed next week.  Please use caution!

Big Papio Trail:

Drainage work will begin at L Street in early November and will last several weeks.  Please be prepared to detour as needed and use caution!

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about trail closures, contact information is as follows:

City of Omaha:

City of Bellevue, report here

 

Sarpy County, report  here

City of Council Bluffs report here.

 

The above update is accurate to the best of our ability, but please see contact local officials for most current information.

B is for BIKES! | Looking for 111 bicyclists to participate in iconic performance

September 7th, 2016 | Author: Paige Reitz
Category: Advocacy, Bike Performance Art, Community, Event, Uncategorized, Urban Design | Tags: , , ,

The New Philharmonic​, an Omaha-­based ensemble of contemporary classical performers, is looking for bicyclists to participate in ‘B is for BIKES!’ the midwest premiere of the iconic work Eine Brise (A Breeze): A fleeting action for 111 bicyclists ​by renowned composer Mauricio Kagel.

This project serves to highlight cyclist and pedestrian awareness in the urban landscape of Omaha through aesthetic means. Performing entails riding around a few blocks in Benson at a slow pace with all the other performers – in sort of a critical mass formation – and participating in the creation of a unique soundscape using both a bicycle bell (will be provided) and your mouth in the form of whistles and whooshes. It is a very small time commitment – the actual performance is expected to take less than 4 minutes. All participants will receive a bell, t-shirt, and dinner + drinks post performance. No previous performing experience necessary.

Sign-up to participate: https://goo.gl/forms/MfKKZncmPtYDLSTS2

B is for BIKES! is generously sponsored through the Omaha Gives! Back Grant through the Omaha Creative Institute with organizational assistance from our partners at ModeShift Omaha, Benson First Friday, Omaha Bikes, and LiveWell Omaha.

EVENT DETAILS
Program: B is for BIKES!
Organizer: The New Philharmonic
Location: Benson First Friday | Maple Street between N 58th and N 63rd Streets
Date and time: Friday October 7th, 6PM
Admission: free on the street performance
Questions: contact Paige Reitz at paige.reitz@gmail.com

September Trail Updates

September 6th, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Trails

RIVERFRONT TRAIL CLOSURE

September 2, 2016 (Omaha, NE) – A section of the Riverfront Trail at the MUD Water

Treatment Facility on John J. Pershing Drive will be closed starting on Wednesday,

September 7th through Friday, September 30th so that MUD can undertake a project

related to their NDEQ discharge permit. There is no suggested detour for this

closing. Please refer to the below map for additional information.

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SOUTH OMAHA TRAIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The section of the South Omaha Trail between S. 45th & Dayton Streets and S. 50th Street was suppose to open up Friday, September 2nd.  Unfortunately the work to regrade the swale to keep water off of the trail is not complete.  Park Maintenance will be working next week to finish the improvements.  So this section of the South Omaha Trail will remain closed through Friday, September 9th.

 

Omaha Parks Trail Update

September 2nd, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Trails
UPDATES FROM OMAHA PARKS & REC!
KEYSTONE TRAIL AT “L” STREET CLOSURE - This work was suppose to begin back on August 24th.  However the weather that week delayed the start of the work.  The revised schedule is to start the work on Tuesday, September 6th and have it completed by Tuesday, September 27th.  The Keystone Trail will be closed at the “L” Street underpass during this time.  There is no detour posted for this closure. We are in the process of getting a new press release out on this.  Revised Map below:
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SOUTH OMAHA TRAIL PHASE 2 – “D” STREET TO S. 45TH & DAYTON STREETS – UNDERCONSTRUCTION - This is the section of the Phase 2 portion of the South Omaha Trail that goes under the S. 42nd Street Bridge.  The contractor has reported that there are a number of bikers that are ignoring signs, construction fencing and barricades and riding/walking through this section.  This is a safety issue.  There still is a lot of construction going on here.  There are excavators moving dirt, retaining walls being constructed, fencing going up, etc.  Would appreciate it if you could pass the word on that this section is still underconstruction and closed to trail users.  It is for everyone’s safety that people stay away from this section.  We’ve already had bicycle tire tracks left in newly poured concrete that we will have to redo..  Please pass the word to people to stay away from this section.  It will be completed in about a month or so and then they can use it safely.
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