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"Ghost bikes" protest Benson bike corral removal

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 19:43:19-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A unique protest pops up because of a controversial decision by the City of Omaha.

Monday, art installations were put around town, like in Benson and outside Omaha’s City Hall to let the city know that community members want the Benson bike corral back.

Last week the corral, located outside the former Omaha Bicycle Company near 60 & Maple St., was taken out by the city for one parking spot.

Twelve ghost bicycles were put around the city for the 12 bike stalls.

"Benson in particular is full of young professionals, young artists, young musicians, young chefs, and we want more ways of getting around the city besides our motor vehicles. We want to bike, we want to feel safe walking, we want better bus systems," said Greg Lilly, a community member and bike advocate.

The Omaha Public Works Department says there's no plan to re-install it.

Councilman Pete Festersen says the new tenant does want the corral in front of their building, and Benson can have both a bike corral and find more parking. He was surprised it was taken out with no notice.

The Benson Business Improvement District, and Councilman Festersen will meet with Omaha Parking and Mobility Manager Ken Smith on January 8 to discuss how to best accommodate parking and bicycling.