We are very grateful for the support that rang in during Omaha Gives this year totaling our final donations to a whopping $12,860! This amount also includes a $1,000 participation prize that we received at midnight during the 24-hour challenge. With contributions like yours, this will help us move forward in a lot of new and exciting ways.
Recently, we’ve done quite a lot to advocate for safer and more efficient transportation options for everyone in the Omaha area. It’s important to us that we highlight those for any potential members who may be reading this. Below are a few wins that have taken place:
- We launched member committees to further help educate and engage others on ways to stay proactive about transit options. The following committees are now actively seeking members: Biking Team, Election Team, Transit Team, Transparency Team, Urban Land Use Team, and the Walkability Team.
- We initiated the intersection surveys throughout Omaha and reporting content to city officials for review. Learn about the nominated intersections on our blog.
- We advocated for dialogue around the development of the Civic Center Site to ensure diverse and safe transportation options are considered. See blog post here.
- We won the Friends of the Environment Award at Earth Day Omaha which came through a board nomination process. We are so honored to be recognized for this effort!
- We developed a resource library at the Omaha Bicycle Company to help others stay informed about all things transportation.
- We hired a Membership Coordinator!
- We continue to help educate and engage through member-led Ride Alongs (traveling to different districts across the city via bus tours and historic site visits); co-organizing the Citizens’ Academy, at our Monthly Meetings and at our monthly Coffee Chats.
Building the Momentum
Last year we worked on our strategic plan, and identified goals we hope to achieve in the next few years according to our theory of change. Here’s where we stand:
- We’ve continued to advocate for transparency from City Officials on topics like the Bond Issuing, reallocation of funds towards road safety and most importantly, invitations to the conversations of policy change before they are presented to legislature.
- Continue to host coffee chats with local groups to build awareness and partnerships around safe transit options and healthy neighborhoods. So far this year, coffee chats included meet-ups with Seventy-Five North at the Highlander campus; Bcycle and the City Bike Sharing committee at the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge; Find out about other recent coffee chats here.
- Educating our members through meetings, events and blog posts sharing active ways of engagement to secure a more diverse transit landscape across the Omaha Metropolitan Area.
Yeah, Permits, Public Works, and motorists could care less about the able body walkers in this city. After all, apparently not one iota of consideration went into the inconvenience shutting down the sidewalk does for mobility challenged people in motorized wheelchairs have to cope with. How are they supposed to see around the visual obstructions, let alone the debris and junk on the sidewalk that supposedly remains “open” ! The “city” spends money all over town installing curb cut outs for those who are mobility challenged; but, then. blocks the sidewalk and gives not one thought to line-of-sight for those who are wheelchair bound. Where is the city’s civil rights maven and the American with Disabilities Act when you really need them ? For that matter, what about the city’s council members ?
Ben Gray ? don’t be so bashful….speak up !