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Three new B-cycle have been added downtown
UNO has won the summer Omaha Commuter Bicycle Challengein their category five years in a row--
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Omaha and UNO have come a long way towards becoming bicycle friendly. The Bicycle Friendly Community award "recognizes a community’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro‐bicycling policies." Omaha achieved bronze status in 2011. On March 28, 2012 UNO received Honorable Mention for Bicycle Friendly Universities. Currently there are 35 universities that have achieved bronze, silver, gold and platinum status and ten universites that have received Honorable Mention status. That puts UNO among 45 universities in the country to receive any level of recognition. Congratulations. Next year we go for the bronze and then on up the ladder.
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The B-cycle program was honored by Omaha by Design with the Civic Leaf Award.
Omaha is rated 36 most bikeable city (up from 42 last year) by Bicycling Magazine
Bus ad for Omaha's Bicycle Friendly Community (bronze) award
Click here to learn about the Metrobus bike & ride program
The new bike fixit station has been installed and is pictured with the bikes that can be checked out for one to two days from the Outdoor Venture Center. The station was funded by the Community Putting Prevention to Work grant through the Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha.
The B-cycle program launched on June 15, 2011. There are two solar powered B-cycle stations on UNO's campus--one on the south side of Milo Bail Student Center and the other near the shuttle stop on 67th Street by Mammel Hall. Click here to learn more about the locations of the other B-cycle stations and other features of the Bcycle program. On this web page you can also friend Omaha B-cycle on Facebook or to follow it on Twitter. In the B-cycle program you can purchase a student B-cycle membership card or use a credit card to check out a bike. You can check out a B-cycle and ride it to any of the five stations in the UNO/Akarben Village corridor. You can return bikes to any of the B-cycle stations. You do not have to return it to the same station that you checked it out. Funding for the B-cycle program was provided by the generosity of Blue Cross Blue Shield and UNO Student Government. If you want to ride to Aksarben Village to see a movie or grab a bite to eat--the B-cycle program is for you. If you don't want to wait for a shuttle to get from one UNO campus to the other--the Bcycle program is for you.
The bike library is for students who wish to check out a bike for one or two days. To do this, simply visit the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building during OVC hours. With your student ID you can check out a bike, a helmet and a bike lock. There are five bikes available on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to see them, they are stored at the bicycle racks in the HPER building covered parking lot (SW corner). Maybe you have always wanted to ride on the Keystone Trail, but you don't have a bike rack on your car. Maybe you've always wanted to see how the bike and ride system works on a Metro bus. Maybe you want to go on a picnic. If you want to do any of these activites, the bike library is for you. UNO Student Government has helped to fund this bike share option.
Safety is of the utmost importance, so we strongly encourage all riders to wear a helmet. If you don't have a helmet, you can borrow one, free of charge, at the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC).. Follow the rules of the road and always yield to pedestrians. When sidewalks on campus are crowded, walk your bike or take the perimeter roads. Do not carry passengers. Always check your brakes and tires before you ride. Don't forget the bike fixit station in the southwest corner of the covered parking at the HPER Building. For more more information about safety please click on the links or tabs for each topic. You can also click here to learn more about bike riding in Douglas County.
Check out the new Maverick bike racks at Mammel Hall. They were designed by Les Bruning.