Cranksgiving Info

20 Nov

Thanks for participating in Mode Shift’s Cranksgiving event. Once you’ve checked in and signed the waiver, you’re all set and ready for the prompt 11:30 start! Once again, these are open streets so ride at your own risk. The first one back with 5 items from 5 shops (WITH RECEIPTS) wins bragging rights, a good feeling of being helpful, and a MSO tshirt!

Below you’ll find a list of items we’re hoping to gather today for the Siena Francis house. HERE IS THE MAP LINK TO THE LIST OF SHOPS. Others you find along the way are also fair game but these will give you an idea of some options. You’re also more than welcome to swing by with warm winter wear to donate for Omaha Autonomous or other non-perishable foods for Siena Francis House. We’ll be there 11am-2pm today, Saturday November 20th.

Gold Coast Statement

18 Nov
A photo from KETV of the 3 historic brick homes that would be demolished for a new 130 unit apartment. There are cars parked in front and the KETV blue banner at the bottom says, "Planning Board Approves Apartment Building on 38th Ave & Dodge, will Advance to City Council."
Homes to be demolished. Credit: KETV

Mode Shift is Omaha’s transportation equity advocacy group, envisioning a city where anyone can safely and efficiently walk, cycle, take public transit, or utilize other sustainable and less costly modes of transportation. We are excited about the potential of increasing residences along the Dodge corridor with the goal of providing sustained increased ridership on Omaha’s first Rapid Transit line, ORBT. Rapid transit will not succeed without a greater density of homes along this transit corridor. However, we can not fully support this project, as proposed by Skylark, LLC on South 38th Avenue.

Whenever we replace existing affordable housing in our community, it is important that we hold new development to a high standard. The proposed development on 38th and Dodge fails to meet these standards in two ways; the amount of parking is inappropriate for the development, and fails to use TIF funds responsibly to at least replace the existing twenty one affordable housing units. 

Parking comes at a tremendous cost to our community – over the course of its life, a single garage parking stall costs between $119 and $224 per month to build and maintain (as per a 2014 Omaha specific study). This unnecessarily increases the cost of each unit on the occupants for the life of the building. When free, ample parking is provided, residents have less incentive to utilize the local rapid transit line. We recommend the number of parking units decreases from 130 to 65. We’d also like to see the units decoupled from parking to allow for affordability.

TIF is designed to provide developers funding to create “market-rate and affordable” housing as well as “replace deteriorated structures.” By only providing 10 affordable units, this development is an inappropriate use of TIF funds, and should at minimum replace and add additional affordable units to our community. Existing units are not deteriorated, and in fact in good shape and fully occupied. Affordability of transit is only productive if residents who rely on transit can access it on a regular basis. We would like to see 30 affordable units in the new development.

While increasing density along the Dodge corridor will require demolition of properties, we question beginning with these three buildings which are all in good condition, fully occupied.

Happy Cranksgiving!

17 Nov

This Saturday, November 20th, at 11am we’ll be hosting a canned good drive (well, ride actually!) starting at the new Millwork Commons skate park at 12th & Millwork Ave (just north of Nicholas). Look for cargo bikes with Mode Shift banners and you’ll know you’re in the right spot!

The concept is simple: show up with your bike, helmet, bag (backpack or pannier will do the trick!) and some cash ready to pedal around town purchasing items to donate to the Siena Francis House and Omaha Autonomous. It’s sort of a race, sort of a ride, with a prize for the first one back with 5 different items from the manifest, with receipts showing you went to 5 different markets. Can’t think of 5 different locations nearby North Downtown to collect canned goods? Don’t worry! We’ll have fliers for you that morning with different options within about a 5 mile radius of the starting point. *This is a ride at your own risk event on open city streets. Arrive at 11:00, ready to roll at 11:30.

If you want to donate but don’t want to pedal, no problem! We’ll be ready for you from 11am-2pm so swing by with anything on this list and we’ll pedal it over to the Siena Francis House and the Omaha Autonomous group after 2pm. This is our last in-person event of the year so we’ll hope to see you Saturday!