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Membership Team Updates

As a member, you have more than one way to engage, make a difference and change our transit options for the future. Below are brief updates of what each membership team is up to. If you haven’t joined a team, pick one today!

Biking Team  

MAHA Music Festival | Bike Parking
This year, we’re invited to be the Bike Valet Service for the MAHA Fest! It's a two day event: Friday, August 17 - Saturday August 18 and they're looking for some volunteers (in exchange for a free MAHA ticket)! If you are interested and can devote just a few hours on either day, contact Sarah today at sarah@omahabicycleco.com.

Election Team

Election team is organizing candidate forums for offices with some relationship to transportation.

The first one is July 20th, 8 a.m. at Crane Coffee on Cass Street at 78th. We will be hosting the candidates for District 6 of the Nebraska State Legislature. This is the district that includes a significant portion of the planned ORBT route, so we will be discussing how the state legislature can support transportation options.

Transit Team  

Attend the meeting on July 16, 5:30 p.m. at Kitchen Table (4952 Dodge St.) With Jason Rose from Metro Transit to help us better understand Transit Funding and board member Dawaune Lamont Hayes will update us on his trip to the Red State Transit Conference in Nashville. Click here for event details.

We are also hosting another “Ride the Bus with Us” event on July 21st at 9 a.m. Meet us at the Scooters on 30th and Ames Ave. and feel free to invite a friend

Transparency Team

Following the research that culminated in the Bond Issue blogs and videos, Mode Shift's Transparency Project concluded that Omaha's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) has such major flaws that it is nearly meaningless:

  • Just because a project is on the CIP, does not mean it will be built: Funds are diverted to cover unplanned projects and huge budget overruns, while other projects get delayed for years or cancelled without explanation.

  • The City reports only 39% of the project expenditures, and what is reported does not balance with the City audited financial reports. So no one knows what the CIP projects really cost or what funds are used to build them.

  • An unknown committee meets behind closed doors and uses undisclosed criteria to select the CIP projects, thus precluding any public input.

  • The City master plans are a collection of recommendations, mostly ignored, not the strategic plans they are claimed to be. So  any project can be said to "align with the master plan", making it impossible to use objective criteria to advocate for multi-mode transportation projects.

More details are available on our Research Results website.


Mode Shift's Transparency team is meeting with City officials and community leaders to discuss the CIP flaws and answer those questions and welcomes any member input or support! Email Transit Team Chair Chris Behr for more follow up at chris.behr@modeshiftomaha.org.

Urban Land Use Team

The Urban Land Use team has begun executing a plan to engage the development community and community leaders in our vision for a healthy transportation system, especially in the core of the city. So far, this has meant a few coffee meetings with land developers to build rapport and support for MSO ideas (for the conversations that happen when we are not at the table ourselves). In the coming month, more coffee meetings will happen with constituents including neighborhood representatives. Likely collaboration with the CIP folks and the walkability team to explore the idea of working with the public to advance walkable and bikeable initiatives in their neighborhoods. Contact Nick if you are interested in this committee at nklimek@rdgusa.com.  

Walkability Team

If you are interested in joining the walkability team shoot us an email (hit reply) and we will connect you with team lead Crystal Edwards to find out about upcoming meetings!

Upcoming Events

  • Mode Shift Coffee Chat | Candidate Forum for LD-6 - July 20, 2018 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Crane Coffee (7772 Cass Street)

  • Next Membership Meeting - July 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at UNO CEC Commons

  • Metro Transit Monthly Board Meeting - July 26, 2018 at 8:30 am – 10:00 am (2222 Cuming St).

  • Pedal Happy Potluck - Thursday, July 26 | 7 p.m. at Omaha Bicycle Company

  • Bike parking at MAHA Fest! - August 17-18 - Scroll up for more details.

Welcome New Board Members!

We’re happy to accept Derek, Crystal, Nick and John to the board this year. Learn about our newest board members on our blog. A complete list of our current and past board members can be found on our website.
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