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Getting Around by Bicycle

Bicycling is a great way to get around Omaha. Several local government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses teamed up to create a map illustrating bicycle routes through the Omaha region appropriate for people with varying preferences when it comes to riding in traffic. 

The map includes our on-street bicycle network, the trail system, and a breakdown of other streets conducive to more comfortable riding. It also includes tips for riding a bicycle safely and courteously. Click the image below for a high-resolution PDF of the map. (File size is large.) You can also find an interactive version of the map on MAPA's website at http://bikemap.mapacog.org

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Bike Share Expansion Project

The City of Omaha recently doubled the size of the Heartland B-Cycle bike share system operated by Heartland Bike Share from 36 stations to 70. New stations were installed in Fall 2018 at 34 locations throughout downtown, midtown, North Omaha, and South Omaha, including UNO, UNMC, Metro Community College’s South and Fort campuses, Creighton, the North Omaha Transit Center, Downtown Benson, the Blackstone District, South 24th St, and other destinations. 

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This project was made possible through the generous support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust along with a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. Project partners include Heartland Bike Share, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), and Metro Transit.

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Bicycle Parking Program

The City of Omaha currently has a limited number of bicycle racks to offer existing businesses and organizations. They are inverted "U" style racks. The City will deliver and install the racks free of charge if placed in the public right-of-way.

To request a rack, please fill out the online Bicycle Rack Request Form.

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An interactive map of bicycle parking installed through the Bicycle Parking Program can be found HERE

 

 

Bicycle Parking Guidelines

Providing secure and convenient bicycle parking is a key ingredient in efforts to support bicycling in the City of Omaha. The City of Omaha Bicycle Parking Guide serves as a resource for developers and property owners looking for information on recommended bicycle rack types, placement and spacing requirements, and other related information.

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Bike Omaha Wayfinding Signage

In 2017, the City and Live Well Omaha worked with a consultant, Toole Design Group, to develop wayfinding for an initial set of six signed bike routes and to create a Bicycle Wayfinding Manual that will guide the development of signage for additional routes in the future. The wayfinding signs are designed in accordance with widely used national standards in order to maximize ease of use and minimize costs. The initial phase of wayfinding installation is underway in early 2019 and includes over 600 individual sign panels at over 400 locations along approximately 38 miles of streets in the Downtown/Midtown area. 

Map of the Wayfinding Routes (click to enlarge):

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City of Omaha Bicycle Wayfinding Manual

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Examples of Installed Bicycle Wayfinding Signage:

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Bicycle Friendly Community

Due to our community's continued investments in bicycle infrastructure and programming, the League of American Bicyclists designated Omaha a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community in Fall 2015. 

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts

The City of Omaha currently has five permanent automated pedestrian and bicycle counters installed along the trail system as well as one mobile automated bicycle and pedestrian bicycle counter. The permanent counters are installed at the following locations:

  • Western approach to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
  • Field Club Trail near Vinton Street
  • Keystone Trail near Center Street
  • Big Papio Trail near 103rd Street
  • West Papio Trail near I-80 (counter purchased and installed by the Papio-Missouri NRD)

A summary of data collected at each location and at temporary counter sites can be viewed in the 2018 City of Omaha Automated Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Program Report.

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 Goals of the automated bicycle and pedestrian counter program include:

  • Use counter data to understand usage patterns and trends at strategic locations along the region’s trail system and other non-motorized transportation facilities.
  • Use data to inform decisions regarding enhancement and expansion of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
  • Use data from mobile counter(s) to evaluate the before and after effects of new or improved infrastructure on pedestrian and bicycle activity.
  • Use data to support funding requests from public and private sources.
  • Follow commonly accepted best practices for count data collection, analysis, and reporting.