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Earth Day Group Rides!

17 Apr

Here’s where we’ll have groups leaving from for Saturday April 17th’s Mini Earth Day Celebration:
Benson, Ted & Wally’s parking lot, 60th Ave & Maple, rolling at 10:30a
Blackstone, meeting at the corner of 40th & Farnam by the bike share station, rolling at 10:30a
Dundee, leaving the Dundee Community Garden on 49th & Underwood at 10:30a
Hanscom Park, 32nd & Center, roll at 10:15a
Culvers/Twin Creek/Keystone, roll at 10:00a
Democracy Park/87th & Templeton, roll at 10:30a
~ N. 24th St& Lizzie Robinson St., by the BCycle station (just south of 24th & Lake), roll at 10:30a
Right now the weather looks cloudy and cool but no rain. We’ll keep you posted here and on FB if anything changes. Otherwise, see you Saturday in the park!

Harney Street Cycle Track Pilot Project

12 Apr

The project appears as item #49 on this week’s City Council agenda as a proposed pilot project. Testify with us in support of the project on Tuesday and encourage its permanence!

Finally. 

When Mode Shift organized the Heyday on May Day, nearly 10 years ago, it was to celebrate the newly updated Transportation Element of the City’s Master Plan and demonstrate how the newly announced Harney Street cycle track would function. The World-Herald first wrote about the idea Nov. 28, 2011. There were a lot of questions; what is a cycle track, who would ride here, what do you do about snow?

People gathered at the Heyday for the demonstration project.
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The Big Sweep

1 Apr

Safe sidewalk infrastructure should not be a joke. Yes, we’re publishing this on April 1st, but there’s nothing funny about the lack of maintenance and care that sidewalks in Omaha currently receive. Mode Shift Omaha plans to address this issue and sweep the sidewalks and intersection of 72nd and Dodge Streets, a job that the city says belongs to property owners. The property owners say either they don’t know about their responsibility or they view it as the city’s problem because the city is the one dropping loads of gravel, salt, and snow in the winter.

Creighton students from Dr. Wishart’s Environment and Society sociology course are volunteering with Mode Shift for this effort as part of their service learning about how transportation equity and sustainability are part of the larger environmental justice social movement. Keep Omaha Beautiful has supplied us with the gear to do the work. Please join us on Saturday, April 10th at 11:45 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of 7001 Dodge Street for “The Big Sweep” as we clean up and demand changes from our city. Avoid parking in private parking lots to participate in the event.

A hard to navigate sidewalk along Dodge Street is full of reddish sand and debris. A man in an electric wheelchair is trying to make his way up the street but is having a hard time. Wheel chair tracks are apparent in the soft mud next to the sidewalk because it's too difficult to make it by on the pavement.

Photo by C. Tefft; A mobility device user is maneuvering around the sand filled sidewalk.

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