The sustainability council is developing a working group to promote cycling through:
• Developing a relationship with the Community Bicycle Shop
• Improving bicycle amenities on campus (bike racks, long-term storage)
• Identifying or developing bicycle friendly routes through and around campus
• Investigating the feasibility of a bicycle rental/check out program
People who would like to commute by bicycle but aren’t sure where to start can check out the Omaha Metro Area Bicycle Map or email Caroline Moore for a copy.
Bike racks on MAT buses
Starting Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 the general public will be able to begin using the new bike racks mounted on Metro Area Transit (MAT) buses.
“MAT’s new Bike & Ride program is a great way to encourage bicycle use and help raise Omaha’s profile as a bike-friendly community, said Tammie Dodge, project manager with Activate Omaha.
All buses in the MAT fleet will be equipped with bike racks by the end of the month, said Curt Simon, executive director of MAT. Each rack holds two bikes, and the racks will be mounted to the front of the bus.
The bike rack program has been funded with federal grant money for transit projects related to the construction of the Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge between Omaha and Council Bluffs. The racks are not intended for motor-powered bikes (gas or electric), mopeds, tandem and recumbent bikes, tricycles, bikes with training wheels and bikes with trailers or other attachments.
For more information on the dos and don’ts of using the new bus bike racks, visit www.metroareatransit.com and click on the “bike & ride” link.
Omaha Community Bicycle Shop
Get involved with your community!
Right down the road, on 33rd and California (yes, just south of Cali Taco) make a point to visit the Community Bicycle Shop in the Gifford Park neighborhood. Volunteers are needed (learn more) to support active living and promote alternative transportation by bike in your community! Download an application to volunteer here.
Read more about the Community Bicycle Shop Omaha…
Believing that cycling is both great for both recreation and transportation, individuals passionate about cycling and improving the community began working to create a space and structure to help members of the Omaha community to enjoy cycling safely. Community Bicycle Shop Omaha (CBSO) was incorporated in Fall 2006 and opened its doors to the public in Spring 2007.
CBSO is built on and will develop programs centered on its mission to:
1. Provide a positive environment for learning the basics of bicycle mechanics
2. Repair and distribute pre-owned bicycles
3. Build community
4. Promote cycling and safe riding
5. Provide a positive environment for learning the basics of bicycle mechanics
It is up to our volunteers to be positive role models and moderators of a learning environment that is safe for everyone participating. The bike shop will be open for residents to drop in to learn how to repair a flat tire, adjust handlebars and more. In time, programs for more advanced mechanics will be open to volunteers and the public.
REPAIR AND DISTRIBUTE BICYCLES
CBSO accepts donations of used bicycles to recycle parts and whole bikes in need of some repair. All members of the community will be able to earn reconditioned bikes through their contributions to the shop.
Through the positive environment we establish at the shop and the personal relationships built with members of the neighborhood, CBSO strives to improve the individual relationships that make a community and care about it. Concern and involvement in the Midtown neighborhoods and the greater Omaha community are important to the success of CBSO.
The health and wellness benefits of cycling are undeniable. Omaha has a long way to go in becoming a bikeable community, and we intend to influence that as a grassroots voice advocating safe cycling and safe routes. It is also our hope that teaching safe cycling and basic mechanics will make cycling more enjoyable to the people we encounter. Bicyclists naturally contribute less to greenhouse gasses than mortor vehicles.
The fulfillment of this mission is dependent upon the commitment of volunteers and the community. All people may access the services of CBSO, regardless of financial status. The shop operates on a donation basis, rather than selling goods and services at set prices.
Find more information about volunteering here: http://www.omahabike.org/#volunteer
or email email@example.com