MSO Board’s Statement on Harney Street Bikeway Removal

27 Sep Harney street bike way at intersection with Park Avenue with striped green paint and white bollards protecting the bike lane

September 26th, 2022

Mode Shift joins local Omaha multimodal organizations and advocates in expressing frustration and disappointment over the removal of the Market-to-Midtown Bikeway after a successful pilot period. 

The bikeway pilot was successful and accomplishes multiple city goals; removal wastes philanthropic dollars. 

Since the start of the bikeway pilot in July 2021, the bikeway has seen over 50,000 riders amounting to over one hundred cyclists per day. Groups like Bike Walk Nebraska, Heartland Bcycle and others have spent countless hours analyzing data from the pilot, which shows that despite being the only protected bikeway in downtown Omaha (bike infrastructure is more effective when there is a complex network), ridership on the bikway flourished. We highly criticize Mayor Stothert’s statement that “we need to analyze the data we got from our pilot.” The data has been analyzed and shows a need for this infrastructure in our urban core. Additionally, this project is a top-ranked project in the Transportation Element of the Omaha Master Plan of 2011.

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Take Action to Make Harney St. Bikeway Permanent

10 Sep Harney Street with cars on the left and the bikeway with two bicyclists on the right

This Tuesday, September 13, Omaha City Council will have a public hearing and vote on a budget amendment on studying and funding a permanent Harney Street bikeway, which has been a privately-funded pilot project since last July. We need everyone who supports this to email the Mayor & your City Council member (and others if you like) AND testify on Tuesday if you can! Read on for more details on the budget amendment, how to testify, and talking points.

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Mode Shift ‘Walk with Us’ events see results

24 Aug
A broken stone bus bench blocks the Northwest corner of 40th and Dodge

A broken stone bus bench blocking a sidewalk for months.

A crosswalk barely visible across ten lanes of traffic.

Tiny sidewalks next to a state highway.

They’re unfortunate realities for people who need or want to get around Omaha without using a car.

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