Omaha’s first protected bikeway, Market-to-Midtown, between 10th Street and Turner Boulevard on Harney Street, is now open for an 18-month pilot period, during which Bike Walk Nebraska and Metro Smart Cities will be collecting data and feedback to determine the viability of more, and longer, bikeways in Omaha.
What is a bikeway?
Bikeways are protected lanes for people riding bikes or scooters. They’re common in other cities, and have proven to increase safety, whether users are biking, walking or driving. The first bikeway, Market-to-Midtown, is a pilot project of Metro Smart Cities in partnership with Bike Walk Nebraska.
Bikeways create separate spaces for people riding bikes and scooters, driving cars, and walking, while also leaving room for parking. Bikeways lead to better air quality and a healthier environment for everyone.
Cities most attractive to all generations are those offering a variety of lifestyle choices, including the freedom of movement that active transportation provides. Bikeways are a key to viable active transportation infrastructure, and they provide a safe route for residents who want options outside of their cars.
Metro Bikeways is a Metro Smart Cities pilot project in partnership with Bike Walk Nebraska. Project support provided by Lamp Rynearson, Emspace + Lovgren, Omaha by Design, Park Omaha and Baird Holm.
For more information, visit MetroSmartCities.org/bikeways.
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