The goal of the Mode Shift Omaha Safe Crossings project is to bring attention to making intersections safer for people of all ages and abilities who walk, bike, or use other mobility aids. For the latest update on this campaign and a summary of data already collected, go here.
We’ve put together an easy-to-use assessment tool to record data on intersections around Omaha and we need your help gathering data! Any intersection can be chosen to analyze or you can also choose one of the intersections where crashes involving people walking or bicycling have occurred recently (see this map compiled by Lacey Matney).
The audit can be done in about one hour, any time of day. Depending on the activity level of the chosen intersection, it may be helpful to bring a friend and complete the analysis together. If possible, please also take photos of the intersection and share them on social media using the hashtag #OmahaSafeCrossings.
Mode Shift will collect and organize the data to report to the public and the City to highlight what is working well or not at intersections. This will be an ongoing campaign, but the first wave of analyses will be conducted between June and September. Over the long term, we can look at the connections between intersection design and safety issues.
Please volunteer to gather data at an intersection near you. Download the assessment instructions and form here, or pick up forms at the Omaha Bicycle Company (6015 Maple St) or at our monthly member meeting, or email us and we can mail a form to you. (Since this is a new program, the assessment form is in beta, please send us feedback on ways to improve it. Thank you!)