When the Sidewalk Ends in Omaha

8 Jun
New Video from our Walkability Team

Omaha has a problem with maintaining accessible pedestrian options, especially around construction projects. This situation is neither inevitable nor without remedy. Many cities require transportation management plans when construction will block pedestrian infrastructure.

Sign our petition encouraging the city to adopt policies consistent with other comparable cities that recognize the need for accessible pedestrian infrastructure.

Five Questions for Geoff DeOld

15 May

When it comes to transportation, it’s not only about how you get there, but what the place looks like when you start and finish a trip. Architects exist at the genesis of the built environment. Their vision and design play a crucial role in shaping our world and defining our options within it. This month, we’ve invited the firm of DeOld/Andersen to share some of their design ideas around infill development as our coffee chat guest speakers. Our coffee chat is Friday, May 17th at 8 a.m. at the Scooters on 30th and Ames. Geoff DeOld, principle architect at DeOld/Andersen, will be joining us — and we asked him five questions:

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?

Walking when at all possible.

2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?

A lack of good urban form that allows for successful multi-model transportation, or at least makes it interesting.

3. What the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?

Heartland B-Cycle introducing electric assist bikes to their bike share fleet. if eventually paired with real bike infrastructure that forms some sort of network, biking could become a viable form of transportation in some areas of Omaha.

4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?

I like cities, and great cities offer a range of transportation options.

5. What role can architects play in influencing our transportation network?

By promoting the design of buildings that help to define a strong public realm.

Five Minutes with MSO – April, 2019

22 Apr

This is a new and monthly feature where we bring you five minutes of issues facing transportation in Omaha, Nebraska generally and the world at large:

Below are links to the issues discussed:

Dawaune talks about LB 492, the regional transit authority bill.
Liz discusses how “levels of service” can be used to transform neighborhoods into thoroughfares. (probably not referencing a certain roadway with strange traffic patterns)
Chris digs into our obsession with the CIP. How can so much money be appropriated without any public input or transparency???
And finally Lee digs into POTHOLES! and the difficulty of trying to build your way out of a maintenance crisis.