October 13th, 2016 |
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 www.completestreetsomaha.org. Please come share in our efforts to make Omaha better. We hope to see you there!
September 7th, 2016 |
Author: Paige Reitz
, Bike Performance Art
, Urban Design
| Tags: Benson
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.
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 email@example.com
August 25th, 2015 |
Author: Dale Rabideau
| Tags: South Omaha Trail
After attending the ribbon cutting of the West Papio Trail extension to 108th and Giles, I took a look at the South Omaha Trail construction which is the other Metro Trail extension occurring in 2015.
In the four weeks since the last update, progress in moving painstakingly slowly:
Looking West on D St
MUD has finished natural gas main work but storm sewer lines need to be added/updated. There are grade stakes put in for dirt and cement work.
Looking East at end of D St to 36th St
The trail bed is starting to be cut into the side of the hill.
Excavator pulling dirt down the bank
Bull dozer is moving top soil and vegetation off the trail bed
From 36th looking West
This 2.5 block (300 yd) 5% grade will build strong muscles going East and provide a break from pedaling going West. Seasoned bicycle riders will slow down for intersections at the bottom along D St. Cars will likely pull onto the trail before stopping, or more likely, just slowing to turn because of little car traffic on the dead end D St. I hope the plan includes bike/pedestrian crossing signs and stop lines for 38th St, 39th St, and 39th Ave that alert the people driving to stop for people on the trail.
Bull dozer dumping top soil
Cement retaining wall
South side of wall is driveway
North side of wall is trail side
9% grade will be a challenge for West bound people riding and walking.
Why the Slow Progress?
In talking with a Vrana employee, two issues were mentioned. First, the amount of rain we’ve been having this year has limited the number of days for moving dirt. Second, the source for dirt has changed. Up to Memorial Day, the dirt was coming from work on the North entrance of the Henry Doorly Zoo. Kiewit suspended dirt removal till Labor Day because of unforeseen issues at the Zoo. Now because of design changes in the African Grassland Safari, all the dirt will stay in the Zoo which leaves Vrana looking for another source for 30,000 cubic yards of dirt.
I mentioned the CSO work in Spring Lake Park where the lake is being restored as part of the sewer separation and beautification of Spring Lake. I also mentioned that Tranquility Park was tapped during the 2011 flood for dirt to raise the levy around the South Omaha bridge sewer plant.
If you know of a source for large quantities of dirt, preferably near the trail construction area, please let Vrana know.
From the gentleman I was talking to, meeting the February completion date is a concern unless drier weather and a source for dirt come sooner rather than later.
Previous posts on South Omaha Trail:
Initial Post with Overview
June 17th, 2015 |
Author: Brittney Ryba
| Tags: Cycling
, Metro Credit Union
, Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
, Omaha with Lights
, Owl Ride
, UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
, Wheel Club
“Once we are on the road, Katie is flying on the bike, hair blowing in the wind, a smile on her face,” shared Katie’s mother Julie Klemmensen. Katie participates in the Wheel Club through the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). The Wheel Club, organized by MMI, receives funding through the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) with money raised from the Owl Ride (Omaha with Lights). Money is used to purchase adaptive bikes and the truck that transports these bikes for the people who ride. Wheel Club riders go to various locations, but most recently Kate and Julie enjoyed a ride at Lake Zorinsky. Cycling improves physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning for people with disabilities. The Wheel Club Cooking Club and Book Club are other successful recreational therapies that the MFD supports with proceeds from the Owl Ride.
Registering for the sixth annual Owl Ride not only benefits MFD, it promotes inclusion and living an active lifestyle. This cycling adventure can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities with a short-course of 8 miles and full-route of about 16 miles. It is a safe ride with the help of volunteers, such as course marshals, who play a part in making the night-time route as safe as it can be for its 2,000 participants.
The event includes a Bright Lights contest, team contests as well as the second year of the Bike Build Off, created by Bike Masters Cycling’s Hawaiian Assassin and Jimmy Fresh. Individuals can buy votes as they register for the Owl Ride or at the event to vote for the best custom made bike and they could win the bike they vote for.
Register as a rider today or if interested in volunteer opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who register by June 22nd will receive a free Owl Ride t-shirt.
Brittney Ryba is the E-Commerce and Social Media Coordinator for Metro Credit Union. She is on the Owl Ride committee managing the event’s social media presence. The 2015 Owl Ride will be her third time participating in this event. Since childhood, Brittney has enjoyed riding her bike as she would ride bike to school, activities and on local bike trails. She loves how riding on a bike brings all the senses together with speed and the outdoors. As a mother of two little girls, she rides with her family at Lake Zorinsky and on the Wabash Trail.
Brittney (center) with her mom and sister at the 2014 Owl Ride.
April 13th, 2015 |
Author: Dale Rabideau
Saturday, April 25 in Elmwood Park
Bike Corral pre-build
2014 bike corral
Omaha Bikes is providing free parking for bikes and a mechanic station for those who want a bike safety check over. We can make minor adjustments to brakes and shifting, and will have some tubes to fix flat tires.
Please use the corral to park your bike and walk around the different tents and enjoy the stage speakers and performers. Car parking will be very difficult, rather drive to a parking area along the Keystone Trail and ride your bike to Pacific St and then east to Elmwood Park entrance. Bicycle path is available the entire way.
We need volunteers to help: There are two hour slots for valet parking – we tie ticket to bike and give ticket to person; and two hour slots for bike check overs.
Please click here to register to help.
For more info on Earth Day Omaha – click here.
November 23rd, 2013 |
Here are some photos taken Saturday, November 23rd along 32nd Ave, just north of Center. You can see various “modern” improvements along the curb line that don’t necessarily align with historic principles.
Please see the coverage from our friends at Mode Shift Omaha and the Omaha World Herald that details the story on how funding has been pulled from a project that would bring a protected bike lane to this street. It was reported at the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association meeting last week that the funds were being denied because the street is part of a “historic corridor.”
Note that 32nd Ave is a critical connector in the 20 mile bike loop .
People involved with historic preservation and restoration in Omaha have raised questions about the information that the City reported at the meeting, specifically, that any historic designations in this area would NOT apply to the street itself. We will continue to work with others in the community to track down additional inforomation.
November 4th, 2013 |
Although Omaha Bikes has been a bit quiet for a while, there are still many things going on in our community that need your support. We need as many voices as we can get to support active transportation in our community, especially in public meetings where the naysayers can sometimes be vocal. Remember that your support of these issues is also important around the proverbial water cooler as well! Here are some ways to get involved:
Respond to today’s Op/Ed piece!
Check out Monday’s Omaha World Herald to find the op/ed piece titled “Multiple Transportation Options Make Fiscal Sense for City” written by Angie Eikenberry and Julie Harris. Please share via social media and please consider writing a letter to the Public Pulse in support. Remember to frame your message to highlight to benefits of multi-modal transportation to everyone, not just people who bicycle or walk.
The article is great timing to keep the conversation going at the Mayor’s town hall meeting TONIGHT in Benson. Benson has greatly benefited from recent updates to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly; be sure to say THANK YOU!
Upcoming town hall meetings with Mayor Stothert & City Department Heads
•TONIGHT! Monday, Nov. 4 – Benson Library (District 1) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
•Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Millard North Middle School (District 5) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Heartland 2050 Visioning Meetings
Since our population is expected to nearly double – by 2050 – Heartland 2050 provides residents with the opportunity to share their opinions about where people will live, work and play; along with issues such as sustainability, air quality, affordable housing, transportation and more.
Public workshops will focus on what kind of tomorrow you want for our metro region.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with programming from 6:00–8:30 p.m. Free food and drinks will be provided. Open to the public and no reservations are needed.
Nov. 4 City of Bellevue & Offutt Airforce Base
Bellevue University, Muller Administrative Services Building,
1000 Galvin Road
Nov. 5 Downtown Omaha*
KANEKO, 1111 Jones Street
Nov. 5 Douglas County – Regional Visioning Workshop
Burke High School, 12200 Burke Street
Nov. 6 South Omaha*
Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street
Nov. 7 North Omaha*
Lake Point Community Center, 2401 Lake Street
Nov. 7 Midtown Omaha
Lewis & Clark Middle School, 6901 Burt Street
*These workshops will have free childcare services available
Live Well Omaha Winter Bicycle Challenge
The Winter Bicycle Challenge starts tomorrow! Sign up today and invite your friends, family, and coworkers! Let’s see how many miles we can bike this winter!
Just like last year, this is a free and informal way to track your miles between November 1 and March 31. Sign up here: http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/13053856
Handlebar Happy Hour: bike map update feedback session
Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 – 6:30, Jimi D’s (just east of the Keystone Trail, 6303 Center St)
A draft of an updated version of the bicycle commuter map has been created. Live Well Omaha will post up at Jimi D’s with a draft copy of the map; please stop by if you want to take a look and give your opinions about the updates and how we can make it better!
Head over to UNO for the next ModeShift Omaha meeting right after! Details here.
Winter Cycling Clinic
Sponsored by Live Well Omaha and UNOBikes
Sunday, November 17, 4:00pm, UNO’s CPACS building (center of campus, just southeast of belltower)
Free! Come and learn great advice on how to keep cycling all winter long from a great panel of local experts who have learned lessons the hard way!
Sign up here: https://wintercyclingclinic.eventbrite.com/
32nd Avenue Update
The 20 mile bike loop piece involving 32nd Avenue between Woolworth and Vinton (in the Hanscom Park area) has the potential to include the first of its kind infrastructure in Omaha: a buffered, 2-way cycletrack! Public meetings will be crucial for bicycle AND pedestrian advocates to highlight the safety benefits that would result from this type of treatment. Meeting dates and times are TBA, but will likely be in mid-late November. Please watch the Omaha Bikes, Live Well Omaha or Mode Shift Omaha Facebook pages for more information.
Information coming soon on this awesome annual tradition!
September 18th, 2013 |
Advocacy Campaign Workshop
DATE: Saturday, October 19
TIME: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
PLACE: University of Nebraska at Omaha
CPACS Building Collaborating Commons, Room 132D (Located in the center of the Dodge Street campus; directions below)
With support and guidance from the Advocacy Advance team, advocates will build upon past work and begin to develop an action plan to support bicycling and walking.
The agenda will include an overview of local priorities identified for bicycling and walking. Walking priorities were identified through last April’s Walking Action Workshop. We need your help to prioritize previously identified strategies for bicycling.
Directions to UNO CPACS:
- The map of the UNO campus is here: http://www.unomaha.edu/maps/docs/UNO-2010-10.pdf. The CPACS building is in the middle of theDodge street location marked CPC.
- Metro bus #2 makes frequent stops on Dodge Streetor #11 passes close by on Leavenworth streetwith a short walk through Elmwood parkto campus:http://www.metroareatransit.com/bus-system/system-map#bus-routes
- Bike racks are on the west side of the CPACS building or bring your bike inside with you through the doors on the North side of the building.
- If you are driving, you can park in any lot on the weekend without a permit.
Stick around after the workshop if you want to be part of the conversation with a group that is working to establish the Nebraska Bicycle Alliance. Cyclists from the Lincoln area who have been working behind the scenes will be coming up to talk about next steps. Full agenda coming soon!
August 25th, 2013 |
Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be bicycle friendly in a big way. Whether you’ll be attending the first Husker football game in Lincoln, or the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, you’ll find volunteers ready to park and watch over your bike while you are enjoying the event.
The State Fair’s “Bike Barn” was the first to jump on board. The State Fair moved from Lincoln to Grand Island a few years back, and the event began offering bike valet services in its second year. The Bike Barn is open from 9am -8pm daily during the fair. Grand Island is actually very bicycle friendly as a whole, with flat as a pancake terrain and dedicated bike routes that have been in place and signed for years. The city also has a nice trail that, conveniently, will lead you right to the fair grounds. You can learn more about the Bike Barn HERE.
Headed to the first Husker game next weekend? Take your bikes! UNL’s Bike Shop will be offering free bicycle valet as well, opening 2 hours before kickoff and closing up 1 hour after the game ends. Lincoln’s trail system lends itself to a park & ride: take advantage of free parking elsewhere in the city and then ride into the stadium from there. Anyone who has been stuck in traffic gridlock after a Husker game has certainly daydreamed about effortlessly cruising past the cars on a bicycle! You can find suggested routes and info about the valet services HERE.
Of course, offering bicycle valet at events makes life much easier for cyclists; however, perhaps the bigger win is for active transportation in general. As we have experienced with Bike to the Ballpark at the College World Series, these services raise the awareness about bicycling for transportation among citizens that may not have thought about it before. The idea of avoiding gridlock or parking fees will surely spur people to dig out and dust off their bikes for the first time in years, and hopefully the experience will then lead to thinking about other trips that could be taken via bicycle rather than car. It also serves as a powerful visual for decision makers: these seemingly small efforts will give decision makers a good opportunity to see bikes in action on their local streets and hopefully understand why encouraging more people to utilize active transportation will benefit their city. Lincoln’s N Street cycletrack proponents surely will benefit from the outcomes of the bike valet services at home games.
Please support these efforts if you can. It won’t be long before we can begin stitching all of these little efforts into a bigger, statewide network!
June 26th, 2013 |
City of Bellevue to host Kickoff Ride for the New Fort Crook Road Bike Lanes
The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will host a Kick-off Bike Ride on the new bike lanes which have recently been added on Ft. Crook Road. This ride will be held on Monday, July 1st with a brief presentation and ribbon cutting at 6:30pm followed by a bike ride at 7:00pm. Riders will meet in the parking lot of Marathon Ventures which is located at 901 Ft Crook Road North which is adjacent to the bike lane. This event is open to everybody and will include a 10 mile bike ride led by Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders. This will be a great opportunity for the public to try out the new bike lanes for the first time and learn a little bit about the project.
Fort Crook Road was formerly known as Highway 75 and it held the distinction as the first divided highway in the State of Nebraska. It was originally built to connect the South Omaha city limits to Offutt AFB and it was finished December 8, 1941, the day after the attacks at Pearl Harbor.
The Fort Crook Road striping project is a road conversion which is the first road diet on a former State Highway in Nebraska. This project will convert the existing six lane roadway and reconfigure the lanes to 4 vehicle travel lanes and two bicycle lanes. As part of the Fort Crook Road Redevelopment Plan, Fort Crook Road was identified as having excess right-of-way in terms of vehicle capacity along Fort Crook Road, which is due largely to the decreased traffic counts on this road after the JFK Freeway was constructed.
This is very exciting news, and we hope you’ll join us for this ride to celebrate! We appreciate the leadership of Bellevue’s Mayor Rita Sanders as she continues to advocate for cyclists in the metro area.