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Postby Dundeemaha » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:24 pm

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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:15 pm

Looks like they are really expanding downtown Omaha a lot.

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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:27 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:Looks like they are really expanding downtown Omaha a lot.


Yeah they will be all over the place down there. Hopefully they plan on Midtown/Blackstone after this rollout.

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Postby nativeomahan » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:08 pm

I just returned from NYC, where there are bicycle ride share setups all over the city, in multiple boroughs. And my friends who live there have a monthly membership in the one near their home.
Back home, I recently noticed the one at 11th and Jackson in Omaha. I would consider renting from there, as you could easily and safely ride around the riverfront, and over into Iowa. But conversely I wouldn't even think of riding in New York City. The sidewalks are wall to wall pedestrians, and the streets are crazy thick with all manner of pedestrians, taxis, limos and delivery trucks.

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Postby iamjacobm » Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:17 pm

CB locations going in today.

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:27 pm

Looks like they are installing a B cycle station in front of the Grey Plume at Midtown Crossing today.
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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby Brad » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:37 pm

Not sure if it has been mentioned yet, but there is now a B Cycle Station on the west side of the Durham by the 10th Street Bridge.
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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby Jason4225 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:29 am

I ride by the B-Cycle location near the Ameristar parking garage often and noticed they only have 1 bike there. I wonder if it's just due to the fact that it is new or do they not expect much usage here?

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby Brad » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:49 am

Jason4225 wrote:I ride by the B-Cycle location near the Ameristar parking garage often and noticed they only have 1 bike there. I wonder if it's just due to the fact that it is new or do they not expect much usage here?


Does it have several spots, but only one bike? Like they could easily move a couple bikes there if the demand is there?
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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:17 pm

Looking like Benson is in the works for a future location.

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Postby Jason4225 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:40 pm

Brad wrote:Does it have several spots, but only one bike?  Like they could easily move a couple bikes there if the demand is there?


There are several spots there. At the time there was only one bike. I'm heading down that way again this weekend, I'll see if anything has changed. I wouldn't guess there would be much demand in the winter, but I could possibly see some use during the warmer months. It is along the trail system so you could ride into downtown from this location, I'm just not sure how many people would ride a B-Cycle bike to the casino.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby iamjacobm » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:29 pm

93 bikes being put into service tomorrow!

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Postby MTO » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:31 pm

Do those things say Omaha on them anywhere?
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Postby Brad » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:54 pm

MTO wrote:Do those things say Omaha on them anywhere?


No, they changed their name to "Heartland".

But they did put these bikes out today.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:41 pm

http://www.ketv.com/news/bike-sharing-sees-unprecedented-demand-over-weekend/31968712

Omaha's bike sharing Heartland B-Cycle system says it saw 246 users over the past weekend.

Program director Ben Turner says the program has never seen that level of use before. And if you include Friday, the system provided 308 trips across the metro on a weekend that included the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


There are now 31 stations with 152 bikes.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby brick » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:28 pm

i see two problems with this bike rental system...1) helmets. If i want to rent a bike impulsively, many times will not have a helmet handy. Would you rent a car without a seat belt? 2) availability of open stalls at checkin. What if I ride my bike to a specific station only to find no stalls available. It's a pain in the butt and a time-suck to have to find another station, only to have to walk back to the same location. Granted, some locations are close, but others are not.

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Postby Dundeemaha » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:37 am

In the cities I've been to with bike rental systems with good coverage they attempt to solve the bunching up problem by having workers with trucks transport bikes between stations based on demand. In Santiago at the end of the work day they had ~20 bikes ready to be added to the racks by some metro stations to fill the demand for commuters getting off of the train.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:42 am

Dundeemaha wrote:In the cities I've been to with bike rental systems with good coverage they attempt to solve the bunching up problem by having workers with trucks transport bikes between stations based on demand. In Santiago at the end of the work day they had ~20 bikes ready to be added to the racks by some metro stations to fill the demand for commuters getting off of the train.

In Denver, they operate this way as well.

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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:49 am

They also give you 15 free mins to find a new station. Obviously it is an inconvenience, but thats just they way it goes sometimes. I am not sure I have ever seen a stall completely full anyways.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby Mr.Nuke » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:40 am

Expanding from 31 to 70 stations next year.
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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby skinzfan23 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:32 am

That is great news. Glad to see the rapid expansion.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:06 pm

https://heartland.bcycle.com/buzz

Heartland B-cycle experienced record ridership during the 2015 College World Series, continuing a trend of record ridership during the CWS. From June 12th through June 24th, 1459 trips were taken by B-cycles throughout the Metro area for an average of 112 trips per day. That is more trips than were taken in all of 2011 or 2012. More trips were taken in the 13 day period than any month in the program's history except for May of 2015. With this increased ridership Heartland B-cycle set new records for:

Best day ever: 189 trips on Saturday 6/13

Best weekday ever: 141 trips on Wednesday 6/17

Best weekend ever: 345 trips taken Saturday 6/12 – Sunday 6/13

Best three day period: 415 trips taken Friday 6/19 through Sunday 6/21

Most days in a row over 100 trips: 5 days from 6/19 through 6/23.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:53 am

Nice to see the program possibly expand to Bellevue:

Bellevue considers adding bike rental station; would be first B-cycle in Sarpy County

The leading candidate for the station is the Courtyard by Marriott hotel and Bellevue Conference Center complex currently arising near 36th Street and Raynor Parkway, just north of the Twin Creek shopping center.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby choke » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:45 pm

B-Cycle program gets fedeal grant that will help double its size. Federal grant possible only if program is owned by government entity. Guess what city owns the B-Cycle program now?

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Postby Brad » Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:12 pm

choke wrote:B-Cycle program gets fedeal grant that will help double its size. Federal grant possible only if program is owned by government entity. Guess what city owns the B-Cycle program now?


The news story I saw the other day made it sound like the city owned the equipment, not the company.
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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby choke » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:22 am

Brad wrote:
choke wrote:B-Cycle program gets fedeal grant that will help double its size. Federal grant possible only if program is owned by government entity. Guess what city owns the B-Cycle program now?


The news story I saw the other day made it sound like the city owned the equipment, not the company.


I think you are correct on that. I should have said "equipment" instead of "program." Either way I think it's good for Omaha and encourages a more healthy lifestyle.

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Re: Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

Postby Dundeemaha » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:30 am

Omaha's public bike-sharing system is set to nearly double in size by 2019
Heartland B-cycle has partnered with the City of Omaha to nearly double the size of the public bike-sharing system by 2019.
B-cycle will add 36 stations and 150 bikes. Organizers hope to have the first round of new equipment, which includes 20 bikes, installed in Omaha next year

New stations will be placed near existing bus stops and the planned Bus Rapid Transit route east of 72nd Street. Officials are looking at areas along Farnam Street and western parts of downtown, as well as stops in north and South Omaha. They focus on placing stations in well-populated areas.

Federal and state grants provided $1.2 million for the project.


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