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Citizens’ Academy Transportation Night

2 Nov

Mode Shift is one of the founding organizations of the Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future, a joint project presented by community partners designed to provide the “knowledge, skills, and connections that graduates can leverage to advocate for their vision of the community.” Recently, the current class participated in the “Transportation Night” of the academy. Normally the academy presentations are a classroom-type setting where the presenters . . . erm, present. They stand in front of the class. They show a slide deck. They ask if there are any questions. Riveting stuff, to be sure, but for this class, Mode Shift took our curriculum in a more experiential direction.

Mode one: by foot

To start class, the group walked from UNO through a homeowner neighborhood over a participant’s project from the first class which converted an abandoned street into a cut-through walking path. Continue reading

Pilot Transit Tour was a success!

13 Oct

Last weekend, we piloted our Transit Tourism program that organizes fun outings for people looking to learn more about Omaha’s transit system — where it goes and how to use it. We hosted a group of ten participants ranging from small children to retirees. Our first route took the group from Crossroads Mall to the Old Market.

The day started cold and rainy, but concluded with a pleasant, sunny fall afternoon. We started the day touring the Czech/Slovak Museum housed in the former Chili’s at Crossroads Mall. In addition to the exhibits of Czech crystalware and accordions, the museum had a large, illustrated history of the Czech people set up in the common area of the Mall.

Our first leg of the transit journey began with the walk from the museum to the bus stop. This walk highlighted a number of challenges that transit users encounter. First: how to get from the museum to the sidewalk. There are no obvious or marked pathways for a pedestrian to leave Crossroads. There is a sidewalk that connects to 72nd Street on the east end, but to the south, west and north, there isn’t a clear pathway for pedestrians. Fortunately, Curtis, our guide for the day, knew about a narrow pedestrian ramp that connected the parking lot to the sidewalk on the south side of the mall property. Continue reading

Big Papio Closure

13 Oct

We got word from Omaha Parks and Recreation that a section of the Big Papio Trail will be closed for repair.

Recent rains have undermined a section of the Big Papio Trail under the West Dodge Expressway to the point that it is no longer safe to use.  Therefore Omaha Parks & Recreation Dept. is closing the trail from just south of the West Dodge Expressway to just north of it immediately.  Barricades went up this afternoon.  There is no date for reopening it at this time.  We need to develop a plan to reconstruct this section.  Intent is to get it done this fall if possible.  The attached map show the approximate section of the trail that has been closed.

At present, the City has not identified an appropriate detour. Member Eric Williams has suggested this untested route as a possible detour. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.