Park(ing) Day 2021

12 Sep
A parklet on N. 24th St. built with pallets and blue rounded corrugated aluminum. Two people are seated on the pallet benches, chatting in what was a parking spot for a car, turned into a gathering spot for the neighborhood.
Inspiration for the next parklet on Park(ing) Day!

Busy this Friday morning? Join us for the reveal of Mode Shift Omaha’s new parklet, temporarily installed for Park(ing) Day, at 1234 S. 13th Street, this coming Friday, September 17th from 9:00am-5:00pm. We’ll be there for our monthly Coffee Chat at 9:00am, with coffee from Archetype just down the block.

The concept is simple: take a parking spot in front of the Greenhouse and turn it into a social gathering spot, which also acts as a traffic calming device. There will be seating, plants, and information on the benefits of these types of installations. Hope to see you there!

If you’re unable to join us that morning, the installation will be up until 5:00pm that night. Thanks to Spin, Better Block, and the folks with Park(ing) Day for a mini-grant that made this possible.

A round graphic with a teal background and crosswalk that says, "Walk With Us" with an orange hand and car underneath similar to the light from a real crossing signal. Next to that round graphic, the words "Aksarben Saturday, Sept 18th 10am, Legend Coffee 5207 Leavenworth St." are in black.

If you’re busy Friday but want to hang with Mode Shifters on Saturday, we have another event involving coffee and community. Meet us at 10:00am at Legend Coffee on 52nd & Leavenworth for another Walk With Us event, this time focused on the sidewalk obstruction due to a poorly placed Verizon pole. We’ll gather to grab coffee (to go), and then walk as a group to the pole to check out the new sidewalk that has finally been poured. We’ll also hear from City Councilor Danny Begley about the latest with this issue and how to prevent it from happening again.

MSO Shirts for Sale!

15 Sep
A teal crew neck t-shirt with a black and white brain with the word "Shift" in white below it. Under that also in white it says "your thinking" with in black at the bottom.

Ask and you shall receive: Mode Shift Omaha t-shirts are finally for sale. If you’re a member they’re only $10, $20 each for non-members; shipping is $5.00 or pick up at an upcoming MSO event is free. We have unisex sizes available from XS-XXL, printed locally on 100% cotton Next Level tees in teal. If you’d like one email Sarah and we’ll get you set up!

We’ll be bringing completed orders to our events this Friday for Park(ing) Day at 1234 S. 13th Street at 9:00am during the Coffee Chat; or Saturday at our Walk With Us Aksarben event, meeting at 10:00am at Legend Coffee at 52nd & Leavenworth. Hope to see you at one or both!

Good News on Friday the 13th

13 Aug

Thank YOU for supporting our goal of amending the proposed CIP (Capital Improvement Program) to include money specifically for keeping the protected bike lane on Harney Street, aka the Market to Midtown Bikeway, permanent! We testified at City Hall, emailed our Councilors and thankfully were heard. We’d like to specifically thank Council President Festersen for making the amendment to include $3M for Harney St. and $1.25M for implementation of a new Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan. The Council will vote on whether to approve the proposed amendments this coming Tuesday, August 17th.

A person on a bike wearing a backpack is pedaling west on Harney Street through an intersection with green paint striping.
A rider pedals west on Harney St.

You can view the entirety of the City Council agenda here and check out all of the proposed amendments. Again, the City Council will VOTE for or against these amendments on Tuesday, August 17th so now would be a great time to find your City Council representative and email them encouraging them to vote yes on items 12 & 13.

A screenshot of items 12 & 13 from the City Council agenda. 12 is a recommended revision to the CIP to include $1.25M for a bike/ped master plan implementation and 13 is for another amendment to the CIP with $3M for the Harney St protected bikeway's permanence.
Screenshot of the proposed amendments

In other good news, there’s finally painted crosswalks at 72nd & Dodge! Thanks to Cindy on our Walkability Team for all of her work on this over the years (and for the photo of the new paint!). Take a look at one of our blog posts from 2017 here if you want to see the timeline of things at this intersection.

Photo of fresh white painted crosswalk stripes and stop bar at the corner of 72nd & Dodge looking north toward the Crossroads corner. There are orange construction cones alerting drivers to the new paint.
Photo by Cindy Tefft of the fresh white painted crosswalks on Dodge!

Just wanted to end the week with some celebration of our advocacy and progress! Keep your eyes out for an upcoming Walk Team event to celebrate this intersection and raise awareness of others with some issues.

Have a good weekend and maybe we’ll see you at our Coffee Chat/Ride which starts at the Blueline Coffee shop in Dundee, rolling at 8:00am for a 25 mile round trip. The ride heads to Papillion and Pint Nine to celebrate another accomplishment: a trail connection from businesses along the West Papio Trail to the trail itself. Here’s the general route plan, subject to change as we ride as a group!