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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.


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:


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 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:

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.

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

September Trail Updates

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


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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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
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:
Keystone Trail - Closure-REVISED-2016-09-01
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.
South Omaha Trail-Phase2-Underconstruction-2016-09-01

Call for Volunteers – 2016 Bike/Ped Counts

August 24th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Advocacy, Community, Volunteer Opportunities, You name it

Volunteers Needed for the 2016 Omaha Bicycle & Pedestrian Count

The City of Omaha is conducting its third bicycle/pedestrian count to gauge the level of bicycle and pedestrian traffic

in the city, and we need your help. This type of information is critical in directing future investments in bicycle and

pedestrian infrastructure. We need volunteers to stand or sit at selected locations for 2-hour shifts and count

people on bikes and pedestrians. The study area will include a wide swath of land between 72nd Street and the

Missouri River. The counts will occur at the following times:

Weekday Count Times

• 4-6pm, Tuesday, September 13

• 4-6pm, Thursday, September 15

• 4-6pm, Tuesday, September 20

• 4-6pm, Thursday, September 22

Weekend Count Times

• 12-2pm, Saturday, September 17

• 12-2pm, Saturday, September 24

Volunteers can work just one or all six shifts depending on availability.

We hope to count at approximately 25 locations (each on both a weekend and a weekday), so we will need a large

number of volunteers.

To volunteer, visit the following website:

Contact Stephen Osberg, City Planner, with any questions at 402.444.5150 x2069 or

More closures and the same responses

August 23rd, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Advocacy, Trails

Howdy, folks! Well, we have two more closures to report (one belated again, sorry!) as well as an advocacy update about the detours and reroute options! (Spoiler alert: it didn’t get far.)

First, the South Omaha Trail closure from City of Omaha Parks:

A section of the South Omaha Trail from S. 50th Street to S. 45th & Dayton Streets will be closed starting Monday, August 22nd through Friday, September 2nd so the Parks & Recreation Department can address drainage issues along this section of the trail. There is a suggested detour using existing sidewalks along city streets. Refer to the attached map below for additional information.”

City of Omaha’s suggested detour via existing sidewalks

Keystone Trail Closure (also from City of Omaha Parks):

“A section of the Keystone Trail at the “L” Street Underpass will be closed starting Wednesday, August 24th through Wednesday, September 14th so that the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District can address drainage and erosion issues at this section of the trail. There is no suggested detour for this closing. Refer to the attached map below for additional information.”

Trail Closure Notices-South Omaha Trail-Keystone Trail-August-2016

Trail Closure Detour Advocacy Update #2:

Upon receiving this notification, I was on the phone with Dennis Bryers with city parks within hours. We had a very promising and engaging conversation about the complications of temporary detours (or lack thereof being an unacceptable long-term solution) as well as all the entities involved. I briefly mentioned the lowering speed limits on the South O Trail detour as well as using a temporary signal for Keystone Trail closure at L Street. As L Street is a state hwy, Dennis informed me that Nebraska Deparment of Roads (NDOR) would need to be involved. Having just learned from a fellow colleague that NDOR has a Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, I decided to give him a call.

David is a fantastic person who listened intently to my concerns. He offered to connect with Dennis and discuss the options and explained that a traffic engineer would need to be consulted. I was excited! Did I just get a win with NDOR?

I proposed the following solutions:

South O: Knowing that many riders would review the proposed sidewalk detour, I was afraid they would choose to ride 50th and F Streets with drivers passing exceeding the 35mph speed limit on roads with no shoulder or safety measures for bicycle traffic. With a two-way protected bike line not a valid option of F Street, simply suggested that the speed limit be lowered to 25mph during the closure to increase rider safety and comfort on the roadway. (Not to mention that pedestrians and cyclists have a 90 percent survival rate if hit at 20 mph or below, but that rate drops to 50 percent at 30 mph or above.)

Late Friday, I received a reply in response to my suggestions. Disheartened, I read the response that lowering the speed limit is usually not effective. Regarding the Keystone Trail, that the types of temporary changes I am suggesting would require an unjustified expense of a traffic study as well as not supporting all user groups.

I spent the weekend contemplating action and response while riding 145 miles at Gravel Worlds this weekend. I apologize for the delay in getting this out, but I hadn’t fully thought through this.

Although new solutions are in the works as the City Planning Department develops guidelines for closures on bike routes, this should not be the answer now.

Ultimately, the detours (or lack thereof) are the best solutions given the current surrounding bike/ped infrastructure. These roads were designed for motor vehicles and are not the complete streets we want for our city. Changes are coming.

In the meantime, let’s keep doing what we do best; keep riding and be safe!

Please feel free to comment if you find a good detour route!

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