Edible Omaha

Bringing Fun (and Green) to Town, Omaha’s Blue B-cycle

Story and Photo by Emily Brocker

Omaha isn’t known for its green and fit forms of public transportation. But thanks to Omaha B-cycle and with the help
of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska’s generous resources, we’re on a path to change that.
 
If you’ve been to Aksarben Village or on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus recently, you might have seen some strategically placed blue bikes at stations marked “Omaha B-cycle.” A bike sharing program, it currently has 33 bikes at five stations.
 
When talking about the genesis of Omaha B-cycle, which started in June 2011, program director Ben Turner says, “Most modern cities have a bike sharing program. Why wouldn’t Omaha?” Ben believes that bike sharing allows the community to “engage in a healthier and more fun” method of transportation.
 
A broad mix of people use the blue bikes, in part thanks to the smart design. B-cycles have adjustable seat posts, lights on the front and rear, a basket to store your stuff and fenders, skirt guards and chain guards to keep you (and your clothes) clean.
 
Omaha’s B-cycle program has big plans for the future: Beginning with installing stations downtown, they anticipate having 50 to 60 stations around Omaha. 
 
Access passes can be purchased in 24-hour, 30-day or annual increments. All three pass types are available on the website, or
there’s the option of picking up the 24-hour pass right at a bicycle kiosk. Once you’ve purchased an access pass, you can pick up and return the B-cycle at any of the stations. You can use the B-cycle as many times as you’d like. If you keep it for longer than an hour, you simply incur an additional charge.
 
Find out more about these blue bikes at Omaha.BCycle.com.

 

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