Omaha B-Cycle (Bike Share Program)

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Postby Coyote » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:50 am

I can't remember if this has been posted yet:

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Postby iamjacobm » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:59 am

Looks like the pedestrian bridge is one of 9 locations downtown.

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Postby Coyote » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:06 am

I read today that there will be Valet Parking for bikes at Memorial Stadium for Husker games.
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Postby iamjacobm » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:21 pm

Walked by this station and one at the Chamber of Commerce Plaza.  According to the map at the stations a 3rd station will be outside of the civic center.  The one by the river is huge as well, room for 15 bikes.

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Postby Coyote » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:14 am

[font=Georgia]Three bike rental stations now available downtown[/font]

Leia Mendoza: World-Herald staff writer wrote:B-Cycle, the city's public bicycle sharing system, is adding bike rental stations at 1819 Farnam St., 13th and Howard Streets and near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Five stations in the Aksarben area, the pilot project in Omaha, have been popular.
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Postby RNcyanide » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:58 am

Wow, I wouldn't have ever imagined that this would have this much success...
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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:32 pm

The one by the river is going to get used so much.

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Postby guitarguy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:19 pm

I still wish the Omaha planning board would aggressively develop the riverfront into a boardwalk like scene and actually create a river scene since.. ya know we only have the freakin missouri river right there.. Every other city Omaha's size has amazing river developments so why not Omaha? Is it because of the flood plane? I can see that being a problem but there has to be a way to protect the businesses and get them close enough to the river to use the beauty of the river for benefitting the city right?

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:42 pm

guitarguy wrote:Every other city Omaha's size has amazing river developments so why not Omaha?


Meh. Personally I find most city's riverfronts to be pretty underwhelming. Ours seems to be about on par if not a little small. I guess we also don't have a stately local traffic bridge running over it like most cities.
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Postby HR Paperstacks » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:24 pm

Coyote wrote:[font=Georgia]Three bike rental stations now available downtown[/font]

Leia Mendoza: World-Herald staff writer wrote:B-Cycle, the city's public bicycle sharing system, is adding bike rental stations at 1819 Farnam St., 13th and Howard Streets and near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Five stations in the Aksarben area, the pilot project in Omaha, have been popular.


Just knew I'd read some ignorant comment:
Idiot wrote:Never will turn a profit. I don't think we really want to see traffic move to bikes. Think about the images we see of China, India or the Phillipines. Third world here we come!!!

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Postby jessep28 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:47 pm

guitarguy wrote:Every other city Omaha's size has amazing river developments so why not Omaha? Is it because of the flood plane?



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Postby jessep28 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:48 pm

guitarguy wrote:Every other city Omaha's size has amazing river developments so why not Omaha? Is it because of the flood plane?



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Postby RNcyanide » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:47 pm

guitarguy wrote:I still wish the Omaha planning board would aggressively develop the riverfront into a boardwalk like scene and actually create a river scene since.. ya know we only have the freakin missouri river right there.. Every other city Omaha's size has amazing river developments so why not Omaha? Is it because of the flood plane? I can see that being a problem but there has to be a way to protect the businesses and get them close enough to the river to use the beauty of the river for benefitting the city right?


Beauty of the river? I personally haven't sampled many other rivers, but I would say that beauty is not an accurate word to describe what flows in the Missouri...
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Postby Alec12321 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:46 am

Hello all. I'm a long time reader, but registered relatively recently. Anyways, I scanned through these last few pages of posts and didn't find anything mentioning that these bikes are free for the first 60 minutes. I was downtown today and happened upon the new kiosk by the Bob Kerry PD and looked into it and was pleasantly surprised.  Just thought I'd toss that bit of info out in case some of you were on the fence about using them, because this would definately give them a better chance at getting peoples attention. The bikes rode great, only 3 gears but I'm not trying to climb a mountain...  :;):

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Postby Collin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:04 pm

Vary nice!! Thanks for the update!  :yes:

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Postby Coyote » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:09 pm

Collin wrote:Vary nice!! Thanks for the update!  :yes:


I have some other views I may post later. My favorite is the one on 18th & Farnam Cycle center, which has a no biking sign on it...
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Postby ShawJ » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:59 am

About 9 bikes rented out at the pedestrian bridge as of this morning.

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Postby guitarguy » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:04 pm

This just goes to show you that even though local leadership has long assumed that bike programs would be a tough sell in Omaha that we really have been primed for a while to make good use of them.. If anything this will help bring the riverfront much closer to people by giving them ability to bike there instead of walk.. really a genius thing with these rentable bike racks going in..  :mrgreen:

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Postby Brad » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:20 pm

Here is a nice summary of 2013

https://omaha.bcycle.com/tabid/514/itemid/599/news.aspx

More stations coming in 2014
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Postby the1wags » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:44 pm

That's great they added the 3 locations downtown. I'd imagine the next few stations will link the Aksarben/UNO stations and the downtown ones. I'd go with "downtown" Dundee, UNMC, Midtown Crossing, and maybe the Joslyn for the next 4. CU and a CenturyLink/TDA Park stop should be on the short list too.

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Postby brick » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:22 pm

they are looking to expand to 60 stations in the next couple years. stations in north omaha, south omaha, council bluffs, and west to 84th or so. nothing in sarpy for now.

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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:14 pm

Add North Downtown to the system.

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Postby ShawJ » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:00 am

Added three more stations yesterday. 12th (11th?) & Jackson, Slowdown, and in front of the TipTop building. Good stuff!

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Postby S33 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:11 am

I'm interested to know how many of these bikes never find their way back to a B-Cycle station.
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S33 wrote:I'm interested to know how many of these bikes never find their way back to a B-Cycle station.


I thought they had your credit card information?
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Postby Garrett » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:33 am

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S33 wrote:I'm interested to know how many of these bikes never find their way back to a B-Cycle station.


I thought they had your credit card information?


They do, and I think they have a GPS.
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Postby S33 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:24 am

Well if they have both of those, I doubt many "forget" to return them. That's good, I guess.
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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:37 pm

ShawJ wrote:Added three more stations yesterday. 12th (11th?) & Jackson, Slowdown, and in front of the TipTop building. Good stuff!


That brings the total to 11 with 5 in the Aksarben area and 6 in the general downtown area.

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Postby Dundeemaha » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:49 am

I'm really glad they're expanding.

It seems odd to me that they would expand so far apart without any stations linking the two clusters. I doubt many people ride from Aksarben to Downtown, but I could see plenty of people biking between Aksarben <> Midtown Crossing / UNMC <> Downtown.

I hope Midtown/UNMC start getting in on the stations soon.

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Postby jessep28 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:12 pm

iamjacobm wrote:Add North Downtown to the system.

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Do they power the kiosks with car batteries, or are they for backup power?
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Postby schumatt » Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:36 pm

jessep28 wrote:Do they power the kiosks with car batteries, or are they for backup power?

I believe the finished kiosks have solar panels, so I assume the batteries are charged by the panels.

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Postby iamjacobm » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:15 pm

https://omaha.bcycle.com/tabid/514/itemid/633/news.aspx

The opening weekend of the series created the two highest ridership days since the system came to Omaha in 2011 with Sunday surpassing Saturday as the best day in system history. 387 trips have been taken on Omaha B-cycle’s 57 bikes since Friday morning, with 182 rides taken on Saturday and Sunday, and 102 of the rides coming on Sunday alone.

“It is no surprise to us that usage has been up significantly during the College World Series,” said Ben Turner, program director. “Bike sharing provides a tremendously convenient transportation option for Omaha - especially during its busiest events.”

The popular bike-share system is used regularly for both transportation and recreation. Omaha has six kiosks in downtown Omaha and five in Aksarben Village with a total of 57 bicycles.

“The year isn’t even half over and we have already had more rides than all of 2013,” explained Turner. “Last month [May 2014] was the system’s busiest month with 1,105 rides."


Exciting news.

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Postby iamjacobm » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:37 am

http://www.livewellnebraska.com/fitness/omaha-b-cycle-to-expand-into-council-bluffs/article_010ef876-33b8-11e4-a74a-001a4bcf6878.html

The program that brought bike sharing to Omaha will soon cross the Missouri River.
Omaha B-Cycle is expanding into Council Bluffs with six stations — with five bicycles each — planned for early 2015.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:05 am

That is great news to hear. It was awesome to see how much use these receive in Denver when I was there last month.

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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:15 pm

Looking like there will be five more B-Cycle stations integrated into the BRT stops.

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Postby guitarguy » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:37 pm

Now I was skeptical of the BRT due to only running in peak times but I think with the combination of the B-Cycle stations will ensure that it will be a success. If the city plays its cards right this could be a huge success and pave the way for Omaha taking even bigger steps towards public transit. :yes:
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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:55 pm

Big announcement at 230. Saying 20 more stations and a new name alone the updates.

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Postby Dundeemaha » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:09 pm

Glad they are expanding

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New Stations in Council Bluffs:

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Broadway & Main
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14th & Farnam
9th & Jones
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