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Thank you for helping us Share the Good

31 May

Whew, what a week!

Share Omaha’s Do Good Days is all wrapped up and in the bag for another year.

We spent the week sharing all the good that can come when people in Omaha can get around safely on sidewalks, with clean spaces, and how much communities gain when we reimagine roads.

We had several chances to share that message too:

It started with Mode Shift Omaha’s Board Chair Liz Veazey chatting with 3 News Now on Mutual of Omaha’s move downtown and the streetcar that’s coming along with it.

Mode Shift Omaha board chair on streetcar

Then FOX 42 News previewed Mode Shift Omaha’s ‘Walk with Us’ event in Blackstone

FOX 42 News previews Mode Shift ‘Walk with Us’ in Blackstone

Three stations overall covered Mode Shift Omaha’s efforts to highlight the pedestrian infrastructure changes in Blackstone. Construction on those got started the day before our walk, so a lot of it was basically paint on the ground, but things certainly looked promising when we walked the area.

WOWT talks with Mode Shift Omaha on new pedestrian changes in Blackstone

Unfortunately, the city also chose to close both sides of the sidewalk for two different construction projects. People had no choice but to walk into the street in order to get around the orange cones and taped off space.

Someone who relies on a wheelchair or otherwise has difficulty stepping onto a curb might have to walk into the street for half a block before they can get back onto the sidewalk.

Both sidewalks blocked off on Farnam near 39th

KETV speaks with Mode Shift Omaha about accessibility issues in Blackstone during construction

By Thursday, our chair, Liz, was back on KETV, this time to talk about our mission and partnership with our friends over at the Blue Bucket Project for Volun-Thursday.

With a pack of volunteers, we picked up SO. MUCH. TRASH.

We focused on the bus stops over near 72nd and Pine.

A lot of people jump off there to head to that Walmart or even the nearby college campus.

If you’ve ever been in that area, you know how messy it can get.

We hope our cleanup can help people have a nicer experience while hopping on and off Metro buses.

Hang with me here, we’re not quite done– I did say we had a busy week.

Come Saturday, we hosted a Parklet in Little Bohemia during a community market with our friends over at Family of Things.

Mode Shift Omaha’s Parklet in Little Bohemia on May 21st

Our goal is to show people the kind of good a community can feel when even one parking space is used for something else.

So, we set up our benches, rolled out the welcome rug, and shared some sparkling beverages with our friends (anyone who walks by is a friend).

Mode Shift Omaha member, Brian, speaks with some Parklet visitors about complete streets

SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Days is all wrapped up now, but you can still donate to Mode Shift Omaha to help us keep pushing for transportation equity in Omaha.

Help Mode Shift Omaha keep up the work

Even after all that, we’re still going this upcoming week.

Join us and Mode Shift Omaha member Michael Kolakowski Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 for a screening of a series of videos from Not Just Bikes.

We’ll have a discussion in between each video and learn about a number of things to help Omaha evolve to the next level:

* City design
* Pedestrian Safety
* Affordable Housing
* Cycling and Pedestrian Infrastructure

It should be a fun event with good people and good discussion.

Details with more information on location are in the facebook event page.

Facebook event page for Not Just Bikes discussion

Slowing down Blackstone

13 Apr

Four years ago I moved to Omaha from Portland mostly sight unseen.

I decided the Blackstone district looked like the best place to land.

You see, I gave up my car when I moved to Portland and didn’t want to go back. 

Blackstone seemed to be extremely walkable, had several bus lines near it, and wasn’t too far from where I would be working. 

It wasn’t long before I got my reality check: that walkable street came with a narrow sidewalk and three lanes of traffic hightailing it at 45+ despite the 30mph (double check this number) speed limit.

Yes, technically I could walk along it and even get to work fairly easily, but not comfortably- especially compared to the streets I was used to walking in Portland.

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Good News on Friday the 13th

13 Aug

Thank YOU for supporting our goal of amending the proposed CIP (Capital Improvement Program) to include money specifically for keeping the protected bike lane on Harney Street, aka the Market to Midtown Bikeway, permanent! We testified at City Hall, emailed our Councilors and thankfully were heard. We’d like to specifically thank Council President Festersen for making the amendment to include $3M for Harney St. and $1.25M for implementation of a new Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan. The Council will vote on whether to approve the proposed amendments this coming Tuesday, August 17th.

A person on a bike wearing a backpack is pedaling west on Harney Street through an intersection with green paint striping.
A rider pedals west on Harney St.

You can view the entirety of the City Council agenda here and check out all of the proposed amendments. Again, the City Council will VOTE for or against these amendments on Tuesday, August 17th so now would be a great time to find your City Council representative and email them encouraging them to vote yes on items 12 & 13.

A screenshot of items 12 & 13 from the City Council agenda. 12 is a recommended revision to the CIP to include $1.25M for a bike/ped master plan implementation and 13 is for another amendment to the CIP with $3M for the Harney St protected bikeway's permanence.
Screenshot of the proposed amendments

In other good news, there’s finally painted crosswalks at 72nd & Dodge! Thanks to Cindy on our Walkability Team for all of her work on this over the years (and for the photo of the new paint!). Take a look at one of our blog posts from 2017 here if you want to see the timeline of things at this intersection.

Photo of fresh white painted crosswalk stripes and stop bar at the corner of 72nd & Dodge looking north toward the Crossroads corner. There are orange construction cones alerting drivers to the new paint.
Photo by Cindy Tefft of the fresh white painted crosswalks on Dodge!

Just wanted to end the week with some celebration of our advocacy and progress! Keep your eyes out for an upcoming Walk Team event to celebrate this intersection and raise awareness of others with some issues.

Have a good weekend and maybe we’ll see you at our Coffee Chat/Ride which starts at the Blueline Coffee shop in Dundee, rolling at 8:00am for a 25 mile round trip. The ride heads to Papillion and Pint Nine to celebrate another accomplishment: a trail connection from businesses along the West Papio Trail to the trail itself. Here’s the general route plan, subject to change as we ride as a group!