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Ribbon cutting to celebrate 38-mile bike network in Omaha

Posted at 5:38 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 18:38:40-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Today, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the completion of Omaha's 38-mile bike trail network.

Bike Omaha Network says the trails feature more than 600 "wayfinding signs at over 400 locations throughout the city."

They say the signs will assist cyclists in a number of ways:

  • Reduce confusion for people bicycling, giving them the confidence to navigate to destinations in areas they are not familiar with;
  • Encourage people to bicycle for transportation by highlighting how easy it is to get to destinations;
  • Alert motorists to watch for people bicycling on the street; •
  • Guide trail users to key destinations that may be slightly off the trail; and, • Help trail users report their location in emergencies and direct first responders arriving at the scene

Organizers say the project has been in the works since 2007 in a partnership between the City of Omaha, Live Well Omaha, RDG Planning & Design, MAPA, Omaha Bikes, and many others partners.

They believe the project will make neighborhoods safer, attract talent to the city, boost the economy and help people get active.

You can find a full map of the trail network here: Bike Omaha Network Map