Projects & Advocacy

Mode Shift Omaha’s mission is to advocate for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities for everyone to live, work, and play.IMG_0848-1We achieve our mission through education and engagement with members and the public, influencing policies and decision-making related to transportation and land use design, and monitoring transportation policies and plans and their implementation.

Some of our key projects and advocacy work include:

  • Creating demonstration projects like our Park(ing) Day installation.
  • Our Missing Middle Housing team is working to shift policies and update zoning codes.
  • Advocating at City Hall to stop an electric bike ban and working to keep trails open 24/7 for transportation.
  • Working with the City Council to create a no parking in bike lanes ordinance.
  • Monitoring and sharing information about local transportation-related projects in Omaha, such as the Benson Streetscape Project.
  • Promoting transparency in the transportation decision-making process, especially through our Transparency Project.
  • Conducting research, such as through our Safe Crossings Project.
  • Engaging members in advocacy efforts, such as through the collaborative Commuter Tutor Program and Sidewalk Removal Campaign.
  • Organizing events that support transportation options, such as Walk With Us events, Heyday on May Day and Bike/Ped Coordinator Rally.
  • Collaborating with organizations such as Omaha by Design, ProRail Nebraska, Bike Walk Nebraska, and Restoration Exchange Omaha to raise awareness or advocate about transportation issues.
  • Serving on city and regional government committees to ensure biking, walking and transit are part of the discussion.
  • Speaking to neighborhood associations and other community groups about transportation and urban design issues.
  • Assisting in organizing the biannual Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future, to help participants learn about built environment of Omaha.
  • Holding interesting and informative discussions with leaders in the city and region through monthly Coffee Chats and Member Meetings.
  • Writing locally-focused blog posts featuring important issues, such as our Bus Rapid Transit series.
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