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The Life And Death Of The Market-To-Midtown Bikeway

24 Oct A large group of people, many wearing bicycle helmets stand in Dewey Park

by Brian Knoelk

If you build it, they will come.

The stated goals of the Market-To-Midtown bikeway pilot project was to see an increase in the level of bicycle ridership, including bikeshares and scooters; and see an increase in the perception of safety and comfort level of riders and vehicular traffic alike; and aimed to promote multi-modal transportation options and public safety.

In the first year of the Harney Street Bike Lane, sometimes referred to as the Market-to-Midtown Bikeway, the bicycle traffic along the route increased about one-third, while bikeshare use along the route increased 69%. The Bikeway was on target to beat pre-pandemic ridership, but fell short of pandemic ridership highs. The number is also affected by the work-from-home transition that many downtown employees have gone through. [Market-to-Midtown Bikeway: 12-Month Evaluation from Bike Walk Nebraska]

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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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