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Announcement: New Board Members for Mode Shift

22 Aug

Joe Hanseling has a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a masters in recreation from the University of Arkansas. As an undergraduate Joe got involved in outdoor recreation education and developed a passion for cycling. Ever since he has been a committed bike commuter and advocate for MORE cycling. Since getting involved with Mode Shift Joe has focused on becoming more familiar with Omaha and the current transportation system. Joe works at the University of Nebraska Omaha and has a focus on increasing cycling options at UNO.

Dawaune Lamont Hayes is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who has graduated from both Central High and Creighton University with a B.A. in Journalism-Public Relations. A natural-born communicator, Hayes is the Communications Manager at The Union for Contemporary Art in North Omaha where he works as an arts advocate, publicist, and community liaison. An avid bicyclist, Dawaune sees multi-modal transportation access as an equalizer for all people and a way to literally and figuratively bring the city of Omaha together. He believes the more connections we create, the stronger we become. Continue reading

Welcome to Mode Shift’s New Volunteer and Membership Coordinator Cam Bexten

14 Aug

We are pleased to announce that we have contracted a new Volunteer and Membership Coordinator to help with our up-coming membership campaign and ongoing member and volunteer activities. Cam Bexten was selected from a pool of amazing candidates and we are looking forward to a productive relationship with her as we transition to this new phase of Mode Shift Omaha.

Cam is a native Midwesterner who has years of experience working with nonprofits and small businesses, as well as in public education. She has a passion for community engagement, and loves helping people and organizations connect with each other to create positive outcomes in the community. She is an advocate for safe and sustainable transportation for everyone, from walking to public transit, and everything in between. In her “free” time, Cam is working to complete her Masters of Public Administration degree and enjoys down time with friends, family, and her two dogs.

 

Mode Shift Year in Review 2016-2017

21 May

Omaha Gives! is happening this Wednesday, May 24, 2017. We are very grateful for your support and hope you will continue to include Mode Shift in your Omaha Gives giving this year. Please schedule or make a gift here.

We’ve done quite a lot this past year to advocate for safer and more efficient transportation options for everyone in the Omaha area. Here are some highlights in our three areas of focus:

Monitoring

Created by: Chris Behr

As part of our Transparency Project, Mode Shift studied the City of Omaha’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for over a year. The report of our findings are included in a series of blog posts. We found that:

  • The CIP data are incomplete, the content is out of date, and the totals don’t add up;
  • Master plans are ignored and the project ranking process specified in the City Charter is not followed; and
  • There is little to no opportunity for citizens to provide input on the process.

We’ve also filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain data missing from the CIP. We’ll use this information to work toward getting the City to create a transparent, understandable, and accurate CIP.

Photo credit: Cindy Tefft

We also initiated our Safe Crossings Project this past year. Volunteers tested a data collection tool last spring (see the results here), spent the winter refining it, and hope to collect data again this summer or fall. Thanks to work by one of our members, Cindy Tefft, and others, some improvements to the 72 & Dodge intersection were made—but issues at this intersection and others still continue and we’ll be working to get them addressed.

Influencing

Over the winter, we created a program to bring attention to the need for better snow removal from sidewalks, including creating snow removal cards and information sheets you can print and share with neighbors and businesses. Continue reading