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UPDATE: Bike De’Lights

December 14th, 2016 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Bike De'Lights, Event

LET’S STAY IN WHERE IT’S WARM!

All, Saturday is looking like a potentially dangerous situation. Current forecast shows ambient temperature around 0 degrees at the start time with wind chills around -20, and ambient temp falling throughout the night. Your safety is our primary concern, and we just can’t encourage people to ride in conditions like this. Frostbite onset at these temperatures can be as soon as 10 minutes, and a small mechanical issue or complication may leave someone in the cold too long.

All that said, we have a great evening planned, so the event is NOT cancelled, it’s just changing from a bike ride to an indoor festival, raffle, and bike decoration contest at Bancroft Street Market. Here’s the details!

6-6:15pm – Gather, setup bikes for judging*

6:15-7:00pm – Voting for best decorated bike, buy raffle tickets

7:00pm – Volunteer award and recognition, decoration award, and raffle drawing

7:30pm-9:00pm – Mingling time

  • The first 100 hot drinks from Tap Dancers Coffee (hot chocolate, tea, and coffee courtesy of Bancroft Street Market).
  • Volunteer of the year award – Caps off to all of our amazing volunteers. We’ll honor the folks who helped out at our events! (And they get a free raffle ticket for each hour volunteered!)
  • RAFFLE!** – We’ll have over $1000 in prizes divided into 4 prize packs. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $5 each or 5 for $20. Cash and cards accepted. Each pack contains an annual pass to Heartland B-cycle and other donated goods from local bike shops!
  • Enter your decorated bike in the best decorated bike contest!
    • Add string lights, garland, a giant yard ornament, or whatever you like! In the spirit of the event, the only requirement is that the bike should be rideable. (meaning wheels and cranks must spin and such)
    • Everyone will be given 3 tokens for voting. You may vote all tokens on bike or split them up as you see fit. The person with the most tokens will win the Jolly Roller Award! (We’ll have a custom-made stainless steel trophy fabricated for you, oh yeah!) You’ll also get some donated prizes!

The ride is officially canceled. Persons choosing to ride do so at their own risk. The route will not be marked, and no support stops will be offered. Sorry!!

**Volunteers need not be present to win, however holder of purchased ticket must be present to win. All proceeds go to Omaha Bikes general funds.

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

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

2015 Fall Wabash Two Day Ride and Camp

July 2nd, 2015 | Author: Dale Rabideau
Category: Event | Tags: , ,

2015 Fall Wabash-Trace Two Day Ride and Camp

Ride your bike on Saturday from Omaha/Council Bluffs to Shenandoah and spend the night camping outside (free), in a lodge (free with suggested donation to SWINT), or a hotel room (you’re on your own). Wake up Sunday and ride back to Council Bluffs. Folks should use this opportunity to buy a trail pass or two to help support the SouthWest Iowa Nature Trail.

Saturday, September 26, leave Council Bluffs trailhead at 08:00.
Sunday, September 27 return.

THIS IS A SELF-SUPPORTED RIDE.
Each person is responsible for themself, and arranging sag (someone to motor your supplies down and back or pick you up to get back home) if needed. Consider working with others to arrange one sag vehicle per multiple people.

Lots of options:

  • Day trip to Mineola (9.6 miles), Malvern (21.9), or Imogene (35.5) and return. Food and drink establishment(s) at each.
  • Campground at Malvern.
  • Shower and campground at Imogene.
  • Shenandoah food and drink establishments, hotel (44.4).
  • Lodge, camping, shower, cooking appliances at Ike’s five miles south of Shenandoah (49.4).
  • Travel to end of Wabash-Trace at the Missouri line (62.3).

Click here for pics of Ike’s (common room floor for inside sleeping) and to join so we have a rough estimate of who is going.

Any questions, post them on the event page here.

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