We did it! Thanks to all of you who wrote to your City Councilor or showed up at City Hall with us to testify in support of more equitable trail use policies, including keeping them open all day, every day. Until Tuesday, our Parks Trails were technically closed from 11pm-5am but the Council unanimously approved the updated rules! Now if you’re riding home after a late shift or for any transportation trip, you’re free to legally and safely use the trails. Additionally, all classes of electric bikes and scooters are also allowed after this update and our advocacy. We have started a great relationship with the new Omaha Parks Director, Matt Kalcevich, due to this endeavor and look forward to more opportunities to work together for the good of the community. We’re also grateful, as always, for our collaboration in advocacy with Bike Walk Nebraska. Go team! This is a great step toward mobility equity in our area and we have you all to thank. Check out more news coverage here.
Speaking of good trail news, check out the new fixtures at the Culver’s in Bellevue just off of the Keystone trail. You’ll now find a Heartland Bike Share station complete with their fun new electric bikes, bike racks for parking while you grab a snack, and a FixIt Station with tools and a pump to keep you rolling along smoothly. This work has been a long time coming so it was great to celebrate with the community this past Wednesday.
We also just received some trail closure info from the Parks Department about some emergency work needed at Lake Zorinsky. Scroll to the bottom for the complete list of trail updates.
ZORINSKY LAKE TRAIL CLOSURE: On Wednesday July 14, 2021 a section of the Zorinsky Lake Trail underneath the 168th Street Bridge was closed so the Omaha Public Works Department could perform emergency work on a sewer line under the bridge. Trail will be closed through Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Trail users east of the bridge can use the trail and walkway on the east side of 168th Street to loop around the lake. Trail users on the west side of 168th Street will be unable to loop around the west side of the lake during the repair work. Questions should be addressed to Dennis E. Bryers, FASLA, PLA, Omaha Parks, Recreation and Public Property Department at 402-444-3798 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aside from the Zorinsky closure and emergency detours due to storm debris (be careful out there!) below is a link to the full July report of Trail Closures, detours and updates.