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Field Club Trail Closure – Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th

August 3rd, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Bike Commuting, News, Trails | Tags: ,

Omaha Parks & Recreation Department announced today, August 2, 2016 that a section of the Field Club Trail from Pacific Street to Martha Street will be closed starting on Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th so that the Parks & Recreation Department can address drainage issues along this section of the trail. The trail will be closed each day from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be open in the evenings. There is a suggested detour using sidewalks along city streets.

One option is to detour east on Martha, turn on 35th Ave, dismount at Center St and use south sidewalk to get to crosswalk/stoplight at 36th St, cross Center St and follow sharrows north on 36th St, turn west on Pacific St to reconnect with Field Club Trail. Use extreme caution crossing Center Street! Map as follows:

20160802 Field Club detour alternate

The following route detour is the suggested detour per City of Omaha Parks & Recreation, however riding 42nd St. sidewalk is not a recommended option for bicycles, and 42nd St is a very busy street not on any bicycle routes.

Field Club Trail-Closure-2016-08-02

 

Any questions about the closure can be directed to Dennis E. Bryers, FASLA, PLA at 402-444-3798 or dennis.bryers@cityofomaha.org.

The Field Club Connection – an update and recap

June 13th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Advocacy, Events, News, Trails

More than 30 riders participated in a ride to see the most awesome South Omaha Trail connection on Sunday, and we had a great time! This connecting segment is a huge step for trail connectivity in Omaha with the full connection scheduled to be completed this fall!

With the sun blazing and 95 degree temperatures, we are were all grateful for the shade. (even if it means our picture was a little dark)

It was hot enough that we opted for this shady spot for the picture.

It was hot enough that we opted for this shady spot for the picture.

After a conversational pace ride south on the Field Club, we continued on the new South Omaha Trail connection by the silos. We reached the end of the new construction, and everyone hiked to see the work underway near 40th &D. It’s amazing to see how much prep work goes into constructing the trail, and the planning process for this has happened over years!

Looking west where trail will go under 42nd St

Looking west where trail will go under 42nd St

Looking northeast from the  end of the South O where it will cross under F St.

Looking northeast from the end of the South O where it will cross under F St.

After heading back north on the Trail, we climbed up Marcy Street to find our way to The Down Under Lounge.  With great drink specials, free hot dogs, and bingo, they were a most excellent host!

Our pre-warmed racks were nearly full!

Our pre-warmed racks were nearly full!

 

After some cold beverages and conversations about the awesomeness of bikes, we we played some bingo and laughed together for a great social hangout.

Do Riders, Walkers, or Drivers have Lowest Traffic Death Rate?

November 19th, 2015 | Author: Dale Rabideau
Category: News | Tags: ,

speed kills people walking, riding, and driving

speed kills people walking, riding, and driving


Nebraska Bicycling Alliance put out a press release Wednesday, Nov 18 on AAA Nebraska’s report of the high number of people walking and riding bicycles that have been killed so far in 2015: 16 walking and 4 riding. The last time we reached this number of people killed riding in Nebraska was in 2001 with 5.
One death is one too many and I believe every person who rides on the streets and roads is sensitized and occassionally feels in danger of being hit by a motor vehicle. I think most would agree that the perceived lack of safety when riding a bicycle amongst motor vehicles is the biggest hinderance to more people riding.

I decided to look at the Nebraska traffic statistics from 10 years, 2005-14, and get a better feel for the likelyhood of death by collision while riding a bicycle. Here is the webpage where the data is located, e.g. the 2014 annual report was read along with the corresponding year end fatality toll comparisons.

Over the 10 years, there were a total of 333,335 crashes and 2251 deaths. Of these, there were 3570 crashes involving pedestrians and 95 deaths; and 2702 crashes involving bicycles and 16 deaths. Thus, the 16 pedestrian deaths this year are 1.68 times the 10 year average; while the 4 rider deaths this year is 2.5 times the 10 year average. Hopefully, there are data in the police reports about the environment and causes that would help explain this year’s death rate aberation.

The crashes involving bicycles account for 0.81% of the total. If we had an estimate of the total number of bike rides on the road versus the total number of motor vehicle trips, we could see how the bicycle mode share percentage compares against the crash percentage, and thus determine if we are more likely to get into a crash with a bicycle or motor vehicle. Not having this data keeps us from determing which mode of movement is least likely to be involved in a crash.

The death rate per bicycle crash is 0.59%, about 1 death in 169 crashes. This sounds high, but we must remember that these are police reported bicycle crashes. Crashes not reported would lower this death/crash rate whereas we can assume that all traffic deaths involving a bicycle are reported.

The death/crash rate for people in a motor vehicle is 0.64%, about 1 death in 156 crashes (total crashes/(total deaths – (bicycle and pedestrian deaths))). Thus, the data reveal a person is more likely to die in a crash riding a motor vehicle than riding a bicycle. The caveat here is that the data are describing different crashes – the person(s) in the motor vehicle die(s) at a non bicycle crash.

On the surface, these data seem counterintuitive. My guess is that the speed of the non bicycle, motor vehicle crash is higher; coupled with the ‘first harmful event’ which caused the crash, e.g. over 90% of deadly crashes involved vehicle on vehicle, overturned, and fixed objects. I am guessing more bicycle crashes are on lower speed streets. Another part of the cause may be the ‘perceived safety’ of a motor vehicle encourages one to drive faster and less carefully.

To bring our intuition in line with the data, we should increase our ‘perceived safety’ of riding by improving our skills via Cycling Savvy or LCI classes; lower our feeling of safety riding a motor vehicle (tank syndrome), and drive more carefully.

The highest death rate per crash is for pedestrians, 2.66% or about 1 death in 38 crashes. Because we walk so much in non roadways, that gives us the perception that walking is safe, but that peception needs to be replace with non distracted awareness of our surroundings when walking on sidewalks and streets.

As thinking individuals, we need to employ a better frame of mind in order to engage our fellow travelers more skillfully no matter which mode of movement we choose.

A Cardboard Bike!?

October 15th, 2012 | Author: Sam
Category: News

Israeli inventor and his cardboard bicycle.That’s right. A cardboard bike! I just came across this story on NPR. Apparently, it would retail for about $20. The creator, Izhar Gafni, thinks that it might help clear traffic congestion in overcrowded cities in poorer countries.

If you are wondering about the effects of rain on this bike (my first thought), know that the cardboard is treated with an organic and secret compound that makes it waterproof and fireproof!

What a great way to reuse your old boxes! Think about how light it must be. This project sparks a lot of questions in my mind. If you are having the same reaction, watch a video about how Gafni got the idea and made the bike.

Bicycle News Friday, 2012.09.14

September 14th, 2012 | Author: patrick
Category: News

Bicycle News Friday

News and stories from the past week in the bicycling world.

Although the 2012 political party conventions have wrapped, people are still talking about the Freewheelin’ bicycle buses that delegates used to get around town during the conventions thanks to healthcare company Humana.

KTIV in Sioux City ran a story (with video!) featuring Lakeshore Cyclery in Storm Lake because of the owner’s museum-worthy awesome collection of antique bikes.

Lincoln expects to have its second “Streets Alive” event by closing off 3 miles of streets to vehicular traffic to allow inidividuals and families to experience the route on bike, skateboard, walking, or running.

KIOS recently ran a story about the economics of stealing bikes. Take a listen.

Even the Beverly Hills Police Department is trying to make the streets more bike friendly by providing education to bicyclists and drivers on how to safely share the road.

Omaha will soon have a new bike shop, Omaha Bicycle Company, opening in Benson later this fall. Here is a quick article about the owner, Sarah Johnson, on the blog dingdingletsride.com.

A story from the Fort Morgan Time (Colorado) about Officer Trevor Greenwood, who logs most of his patrol miles on his patrol bicycle.

Bike Portland editor/publisher Johnathan Maus recently sat down with Portland business owner Bob Huckaby, who is pushing for bicycle licensing, to have a conversation. Local news stations KATU captured the conversation on video.

The Star (Toronto) also illuminates the bicycle licensing debate there.

Here is a great Lifehacker article with tips for locking up your bike with great photos based on advice from the late, great Sheldon Brown. Tip #1: Don’t use Twizzlers!

Are you a “psycho cyclist”? If so, the NYPD has bicycle safety tips just for you!

Ken Mayer writes a great analysis of the lessons on Omaha’s Leavenworth street—a common bicycle route—as it has evolved over the years.

A man in Israel has created a bicycle entirely out of cardboard, and this article has a cool video showing the process he undertook to create it.

Turns out that the oil and gas industry uses the term “bicycle deal” to describe the first day of well operation when production is often at its highest.

Finally, Mikael Coville-Andersen made the point at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place this week that the future will not look like 1980’s sci-fi flicks, but instead will be going “back to the future” to embrace the bicycle.

Have you heard any interesting stories or news about bicycles? Send a note to info@omahabikes.org.

Bicycle News Friday, 2012.09.07

September 7th, 2012 | Author: patrick
Category: News

Bicycle News Friday

News and stories from the past week in the bicycling world.

By introducing an anti-harassment ordinance proposal in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition tries to follow in the footsteps of other U.S. communities that have adopted laws to protect “vulnerable users” of the roadways.

Residents of Mexico City have started to adopt the bicycle as a way to avoid the “hell on wheels” created by the city’s automobile traffic.

Iowa City is contemplating the renewal of their bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

The Omaha World-Herald recent ran a story on the increasing number of opportunities to ride a bike or run to support a cause (with a list of events at the end)

Want to make a fun and interesting wall decoration out of an old Brooks saddle (or probably just about any saddle)? Here is a nifty how to.

Missouri State University is finding that in recent economic times and with climbing gas prices, bike racks on campus are increasingly crowded.

A group of bicycle advocates is trying to figure out how to implement the world’s first crowdsourced bicycling map system.

“Fast moving packs of law enforcement on bicycles” played a role at the GOP convention in Tampa and look to play a similar role at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Continental (known for making bicycle tires) will start competing with Gates when it introduced a bicycle belt drive system in 2013.

Even though some of the advice pertains specifically to Salem, Massachusetts, this article contains a number of good tips for “how to ride a bicycle without getting hit by a car.”

 

Have you heard any interesting stories or news about bicycles? Send a note to info@omahabikes.org.

Bicycle News Friday, 2012-08-31

August 31st, 2012 | Author: patrick
Category: News

News and stories from the past week in the bicycling world.

Police in Savannah, Georgia note the importance of keeping your bicycle serial number and/or receipt handy in case of theft.

Bicycles aren’t often central to hollywood movie plots, but Premium Rush—in which star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a talented bicycle messenger—opened last weekend and has been generally getting positive reviews. For another angle on the film’s subject, its star and director gave an interview covering topics such as bicycle culture and “survival skills.”

The movie’s release has also prompted this fun list of the Top 10 Bicycle Scenes and Movies (Kevin Bacon even makes an appearance!).

This article from the Wausau Daily Herald (Wisconsin) looks at the impact of the number of bicyclists on bicyclist safety.

Another new gadget that uses your bicycle’s momentum to generate electricity powers lights and charges electronic devices.

Here is a great story about Bicycle Training Camps, where children with disabilities learn to ride bikes, run by two organizations: Lose the Training Wheels and Easter Seals of Pennsylvania.

Team Amnesia from Omaha made an impression at the Corn Palace Festival in Mitchell, South Dakota, this past week.

Yet another great activity you can do by bike (better than by car?): Birding.

If you just love bikes (which you probably do because you’re visiting this blog) but you HATE pedaling, you might want to check out The Fliz or this thing.

Fort Wayne, Indiana columnist Frank Gray reflects on the need for bikes and cars to share the road, regardless of what the laws say.

Makers of the famous WD-40 (which should not be used on your chain!) are introducing bicycle-specific products (which includes a lubricant that can be used on your chain) after a 12-month R&D period.

Have you heard any interesting stories or news about bicycles? Send a note to info@omahabikes.org.

Bicycle News Friday, 2012-08-24

August 24th, 2012 | Author: patrick
Category: News

News and stories from the past week in the bicycling world.

In case you have not yet heard, the Omaha City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the Transportation Master Plan (WOWT story, OWH story) which describes a 25-year vision for Omaha to provide a more balanced, efficient, and cost-effective transportation network.

Three large, national bicycling advocacy organizations (the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong, and League of American Bicyclists) announced last week they have decided not to merge after more than a year of discussion.

After debuting last year, an invisible bicycle helmet developed by two women in Sweden is in the news again.

Fargo, North Dakota has added a number of bike lanes, sharrows, and “share the road” signs.

Thanks to two brothers in Los Angeles, you can now purchase “the most popular mechanized vehicle on earth” here in the United States: China’s famous Flying Pigeon bicycle.

Charles R. Wolfe, a writer for the Huffington Post, shares some great photos of bicycles in the urban setting from around the world.

British folding bicycle company Brompton is looking for more acknowledgment of the advanced manufacturing methods helping the company succeed around the world.

On the heels of Omaha passing a multi-modal and balanced transportation master plan, the city of Edmond, Oklahoma is working on a bicycle master plan.

Rockstar Games, makers of the Grand Theft Auto series, apparently have included a lycra-clad, beach-loving fixie rider in recently released promotional images for the fifth GTA installment.

Here is a cheap, interesting DIY solution for cleaning and degreasing bicycle parts at home.

Do small physical barriers between bike lanes and vehicle lanes have any effect on driver behavior? One citizen in Brooklyn decided to conduct a simple experiment to test the effect of separated bike lanes.

Bicycling Magazine explains how insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for bicyclists.

The City of Long Beach, CA is the latest U.S. city to announce a city-wide, 2,500-bike, 250-station bicycle sharing program. This one happens to be privately funded (can anyone say Omaha B-Cycle?)

Global Voices tells the story of a bicicloteca, a bicycle that carries a small library through the streets of Säo Paulo, Brazil.

Finally, some mini bicycle awesomeness courtesy of man in You-Tube video.

 

Have you heard any interesting stories or news about bicycles? Send a note to info@omahabikes.org.

City to Add Shared Use and Bike Lanes on Leavenworth

July 18th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Bike Commuting, Bike Lanes, Bike Route, Filling in The Gaps, News

Last week the Mayor’s office announced plans to add shared use and bicycle-only lanes on Leavenworth Street from 31st street to 13th street. This one-way section of Leavenworth will improve east-west connectivity for bicyclists and help create a link between midtown and downtown.

The city plans various lane and parking restrictions along this corridor starting Friday, July 27th and ending Sunday, July 29th. By Monday, July 30th, we should have some fancy new bike infrastructure to ride on. This comes less than one week after the July 25th ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of phase 1 of the new South Omaha Trail, another east-west connector between Karen Park and the Field Club Trail.

Read the Mayor’s full press release here.

Catching Air on the Keystone

May 10th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: News, Trails

Earlier this week I was able to catch some big air while riding on the Keystone Trail just north of Blondo. It reminded me of the good old days building bike ramps when I was young. Of course I also wanted to be Evel Knievel when I was a kid. Boy those were good times, until I face planted on the street… making it less good.

Now I realize not everyone wants to catch big air while commuting to work on a bike, especially while pulling a youngster behind them in a trailer or hauling a load of groceries (including eggs). So for those folks we have prepared the information below.

Over the weekend, a section of the Keystone trail buckled and created a one foot heave in the cement (forming a perfect ramp that is a blast if you hit it at speed…). This is a fairly drastic buckle and it’s steeper on the South side of the heave. If you use the Keystone and travel North of Blondo, please use caution. Also note that the North side of this buckle has a large hole on the West side that did not buckle upwards with the rest of the cement.

Here is a picture that doesn’t do the height of this buckle justice:



Status of repair:

The City of Omaha’s Park & Recreation Department (they handle trail repairs/maintenance) has been contacted. The buckle should be marked and blocked off today. Cement repairs should be made next week.

You may need to use the surface street East of the trail if it is not possible to get around the barricade. If you’re going north, you can exit the trail just South of Blondo, take the sidewalk to Keystone Drive and follow Keystone Drive North to Maple Street where you can get back on the trail via the trail access just South of Maple. Reverse those instructions if you are heading south.

For future reference, you can report other Omaha trail issues to Denis Bryers at 402-444-3798 or email him at “DBryers {AT} ci.omaha.ne.us“. Please provide the exact location of the trail issue and provide a picture if you can. Denis is a great guy and he will do the best job he can with the resources he has available. You can also find some other trail projects on the Parks & Recreation Trails page. They update this page from time to time with upcoming or current trail repairs.

UPDATE: This has still NOT been repaired.  It has been marked with a barricade but not repaired.  Denis is checking with the crew assigned to fix it to see when they will complete the task they are currently on and make this repair.

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