27 Apr Discovering the More Active Modes of Transport in Omaha
Hey fitness friends, it’s National Bike Month! So, we thought it would be fitting to dedicate this blog to the more active modes of transportation at our toe tips. Omaha isn’t necessarily the most pedestrian-friendly city but we are getting there. The only way it will become more so is if we create a demand for it. Instead of hopping in the car to run your smaller errands or outings, take a moment to decide if you need those car keys before heading out the door, or if a helmet is a healthier, more fun option.
Biking or Rollerblading
Biking and rollerblading are fantastic ways to get around Omaha and get some exercise in at the same time. Bike trails like the Keystone Trail connect the Aksarben area to Midtown with the new South Omaha extension (Keystone just South of the interstate to the Field Club trail) and several more parts of the city from 88th and Fort all the way to Bellevue. Downtown Omaha also has several bike lanes to make travel on wheels safer and more inviting. Did you know you can also take your bike on the bus? Check out the Bike & Ride program here.
We also have bike sharing stations by Heartland BCycle. Have you seen these cute blue bike stations around Omaha? They are a great way to get around town. Download the BCycle app today and get rollin’.
Not sure if that rusty old bike is fit for roaming around town? Just get it a quick tune-up to ride with safety and ease. Honestly, it makes all the difference! We suggest The Bike Union because it’s not just a tune-up, it’s contributing to a great cause for social change right here in Omaha. The Bike Union is dedicated to providing workforce and personal development to youth aging out of foster care.
Walking and Running
While walking or running to your destination leaves little room for cargo, there are plenty of opportunities to use those strong legs. Discover new restaurants and shops in your neighborhood. Not only will you be getting your steps in, you’ll be keeping your money in the local economy, likely with small businesses that need it the most. Yay again!
Want to make sure your fur babies get their steps in too? There are businesses and patios all over Omaha that are dog-friendly. The Omaha.Dog app is perfect for scouting out places you and your bestie can walk or run to. One fun event coming up is the Patio Pup Crawl Series in Midtown Crossing.
Don’t Have a Bike? Win One!
If you’re a Midtown resident you can pledge to leave the car behind and walk, bike, bus or rideshare instead. This awesome program is geared at activating one of the coolest, most active neighborhoods in Omaha. Enter to win weekly prizes now at midtownonthemove.org.
Not Sure How to Get Around?
Google Maps isn’t just for getting around on four wheels. There are also walking, biking, and public transportation options that will guide you through town based on your mode of transport.
Now you don’t have any excuses! Even if you swap out your ride for physical activity once each week, you’re taking an action that is great for you, your community and the environment. So, let’s get moving, Omaha!