Tag Archives: safety

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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Upcoming Benson Block Talk

15 Oct

We’re helping spread the word about an upcoming event gathering feedback on some issues at an intersection that Mode Shift Omaha has brought attention to previously: 52nd & Radial! This is the dangerous spot near Benson High that pushed us to rally for a Vision Zero plan in Omaha, and due to our advocacy, Omaha hired its first Vision Zero Coordinator, Jeff Sobczyk. While we haven’t heard much from him so far, he is currently working on an action plan!

So, how can you share your thoughts on this area’s safety issues? Join an upcoming virtual event on October 20th, or submit your thoughts on your own time using the survey.

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is partnering with the City of Omaha, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Benson Neighborhood Association, the Benson Business Improvement District, and other partners to host a Block Talk for the area around 52nd Street and NW Radial Highway in Benson, near Benson High School, Monroe Middle School and Gallagher Park.

Block Talks help communities understand the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users in a specific area and identify projects, programs and policies to make improvements and increase safety

Register now to attend the virtual facilitated walk event on Wednesday, October 20th from 6-7:30 pm.

During the event, project staff and stakeholders will take you on a virtual walk through the study area and record your questions and comments.

Registration is required. https://tinyurl.com/3apyfh8v 

TAKE THE SURVEY if you can’t join virtually on the 20th. (You know how we love surveys!)

If you prefer to provide feedback at your own convenience, visit the online StoryMap anytime before October 29th and share the concerns you have when walking, biking or using transit in the study area! https://bit.ly/3EPXzsr