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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: https://goo.gl/forms/vjToyJSrRHJAO2pk1

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

stephen.osberg@cityofomaha.org

Dust Off Your Bike and Bicycle Valet Parking at Earth Day Omaha

April 17th, 2016 | Author: Pell Duvall
Category: Advocacy, Community, Get Involved, Valet Bike Parking, Volunteer Opportunities

What a beautiful day it was at Earth Day Omaha 2016! Though it was a bit windy in the morning, we had fantastic temperatures, some sunshine, and great music!

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Due to a storage transfer issue at the end of last season, our banners and valet cards were misplaced, so I pedaled to Walgreen’s on my way to grab a couple decks of playing cards. We set up early with Dale, Tim, and Matt’s help.  We had the racks and tent up by 10am, and we chatted with Earth Day volunteers as several were glad that we were set up in time for them to park.

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Matt pedaled home to get us an extra paperweight to hold down our cards: an Egyptian brick from Murphysboro, IL!

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From there, we began to valet park bikes similarly to previous years but with one change; we now ask our participants to log their mileage for their trip by bike to and from Earth Day. We then report the emissions saved as part of the air quality standards funding generously provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust! With this funding, we will be upgrading our parking racks, promotional materials, and promotional efforts to provide even more bicycle valet events throughout 2016 and beyond! A huge thanks to NET for jump starting this program!

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Several more volunteers came to help: Emilie, Jackie, Jayme, and Scott. They all worked tirelessly. As the wind died down and more people came, we became overwhelmed with Dust Off Your Bike safety checks and tune-ups, and our racks were almost full! We had bikes of all sizes, trailers for kiddos (and Coby the dog), and a small scooter or two.

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The bands were in full swing, we munched on Scott’s homemade hummus with pita, and many folks stopped to chat. I overhead Dale chatting with a wonderful retired woman who had ridden over 7 miles one way from midtown to have one of her bikes checked out. She went on to say that she’d sold her car many years ago and enjoys riding, walking, and taking the bus. She would later come back with her second bike (which she rode all the way home to get). Dale was wrenching bike after bike, and he finally got to take a break midday to walk around! This day just wouldn’t be possible without him!

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Dale ‘The Bike Whisperer’ made impressions on social media.

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Bikes continued to flow in until the racks were full and only a few cards remained.

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As the crowds began to migrate from the event booths, some headed toward the beer tent for a local brew and others came over to pedal home. Many teased of’upgrading their ride’ as they ogled others’ bikes while waiting patiently for volunteers to retrieve theirs; all the while stuffing our tip jar full of cash.

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We broke down and loaded the racks as the last few folks picked up their bikes. Sunburned and exhausted, I bummed a ride home in Dale’s trusty Chrysler mini van. We chatted about the day and Dale’s new car, a Chevrolet Volt, that he’s picking up next week. We unloaded the racks and ended out day the same way it started: with a handshake and a smile. Another great Earth Day Omaha is ‘in the books’ or in this case, in the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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