Metro Smart Cities is an initiative focused on creating pilot projects aimed toward solving transportation and mobility issues — spearheaded by a group of collaborative, regional partners in the Greater Omaha metro area. One of the first pilot projects is bikeways, in partnership with Bike Walk Nebraska.
What Are Bikeways?
Bikeways are protected bike lanes, and more. They create separate spaces for people riding bikes and scooters, driving cars, and walking, while also leaving room for parking. They’re common in bigger cities, and have proven to increase safety for people, whether they are biking, walking or driving.
Bikeways encourage active transportation, which means less wear and tear on the roads, better air quality and a healthier environment for everyone.
In partnership with Bike Walk Nebraska, we’re eager to test them out in the Omaha metro area.
Metro Bikeways will be a network of bikeways across the Omaha metro area. The project starts with two bikeways:
Bluejay Bikeway, between 16th and 23rd streets on Burt Street, on Creighton University’s campus
Market-to-Midtown Bikeway, between 10th Street and Turner Boulevard on Harney Street
During the 18-month pilot period, we will be collecting data and feedback to determine the viability of more (and longer) bikeways in our community. We are aiming for construction completion in late fall of 2020. Once you use a bikeway, be sure to provide your feedback.