Community members call for complete streets policy, advisory committee, city staff member to oversee implementation
Omaha, NE (August 7, 2014) – At noon on Sunday, August 10, Mode Shift Omaha will host a rally at Stinson Park to support the retention of the City of Omaha’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator position.
The rally will start near the Stinson Park Tower and will be immediately followed by a bike ride and walk in the area. Speakers at the rally will be City Council Member Chris Jerram, who represents the 3rd District and is a supporter of complete streets and healthy living, and representatives from Mode Shift Omaha and Omaha Bikes.
Rally organizers believe that eliminating the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator would be a step in the wrong direction for Omaha. They are urging rally attendees to contact their City Council representative and the Mayor to voice their support for retention of the position and the adoption of a citywide complete streets policy in addition to the recent creation of the Active Living Advisory Committee.
“There was an immediate groundswell of support for the Bike/Ped Coordinator position as soon as its elimination was announced,” said Mode Shift Omaha board chair Craig Moody, “We hope that elected officials take note of how widespread that support is, re-instate a position in the 2015 city budget, and take other necessary steps to make that position effective.”
Moody also commented, “Expanding and maintaining active transportation options in Omaha is not a simple task that’s been completed over the past four years. Ongoing improvements are needed to existing infrastructure in addition to policies ensuring safe facilities are included in future development.”
Mode Shift Omaha is a group of citizens who advocate for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities to live, work, and play in the city of Omaha.