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    Omaha trails forum

    For you Omahans and any others who might be interested, there is a new forum to discuss the conditions of the MUPS in Omaha. It is: http://www.omahatrails.com/Forum The forum is desperately in need of warm bodies.

    The site also has detailed maps of the area trails.

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    Got anything on Lincoln?

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    The OmahaTrails forum does not include Lincoln. I did a quick google search and did not find any trail forums for Lincoln. It would be nice. I think Lincoln has a nice trail system.

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    There's no forum, but there is a web site. Does that help?

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    There are few blogs related to Lincoln cyclists. This one seems to cover a lot of mtb trail issues:

    http://jedionabike.blogspot.com

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    has anyone done the new 'Turner Trail' section yet? it just opened....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SambaMixte View Post
    has anyone done the new 'Turner Trail' section yet? it just opened....
    Turner Park Trial? I rode on it by accident just before it opened a couple weeks ago. It's just a very short glorified half-mile sidewalk from about Farnam to Leavenworth... where it leaves you with about 6 or 8 blocks on the busy street along Leavenworth to get to the Field Club Trail (1.5 miles), which does not connect with anything yet.

    IMO the publicity for it is much ado about little.

    http://www.unomaha.edu/recadmin/trai...railReport.pdf
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    Omaha Trails

    Seems if all you want to do is recreational riding, the Omaha trails are ok. If you ever want to get somewhere in particular, especially east to west, or in my case, West to East- you are out of luck. I believe they would have more success getting bikes off the sidewalk and putting in bike lanes. My nominations, "L Street or Pacific"
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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Turner Park Trial? I rode on it by accident just before it opened a couple weeks ago. It's just a very short glorified half-mile sidewalk from about Farnam to Leavenworth... where it leaves you with about 6 or 8 blocks on the busy street along Leavenworth to get to the Field Club Trail (1.5 miles), which does not connect with anything yet.

    IMO the publicity for it is much ado about little.

    http://www.unomaha.edu/recadmin/trai...railReport.pdf
    Correction: The TP Trail crosses Leavenworth (though not well marked) and goes into Turner Park and then turns west on over across Poppleton (I think it is) to connect to the Field Club Trail. When the FC Trail finally connects to the Keystone, we will be in business. Still, as of now, it is a short trail connecting to another short trail and much more suited to walkers than to biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SambaMixte View Post
    Seems if all you want to do is recreational riding, the Omaha trails are ok. If you ever want to get somewhere in particular, especially east to west, or in my case, West to East- you are out of luck. I believe they would have more success getting bikes off the sidewalk and putting in bike lanes. My nominations, "L Street or Pacific"
    You are pretty much correct on that. The Omaha system is not yet much of a commuting resource. Your idea of using L Street is a good one! There is a lot of land along most of L that would make for a good trail right of way!

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    Omaha Trails

    sent in a question about one of the trails- and got a Not valid address ..did submit a comment on the design of the connector trail between West Papio North and 144th St Trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SambaMixte View Post
    sent in a question about one of the trails- and got a Not valid address ..did submit a comment on the design of the connector trail between West Papio North and 144th St Trail.
    I have tried communicating with them and also got nothing. It isn't actually clear who is esponsible for the website.

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    Try this email address...

    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    I have tried communicating with them and also got nothing. It isn't actually clear who is esponsible for the website.
    Try: dwilson@omahatrails.com He responded when I had problems. The site itself gets so little traffic, I have given up checking the forums.

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    This year- once we get back to riding weather, I'm going to try the bike commute from West O, 166 and Pacific, via Pacific. riding on the road. Still working out the route after Elmwood Park, but it looks like picking up Levenworth on the inbound route. Not that I don't like bike trails, but I used to bike commute a lot, and it seems the best way is to be another vehicle on the road, not a bike path. Additionally, is there any way to complain about whoever did the crossings? they seem to be designed for kids on tricycles going slow, not bike riders. Some are nearly impossible to make on a tandem! Of note, it also seems the crossings are behind the light actuators in the street, making it a very touchy situation for bike riders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SambaMixte View Post
    ... Additionally, is there any way to complain about whoever did the crossings? they seem to be designed for kids on tricycles going slow, not bike riders. Some are nearly impossible to make on a tandem! Of note, it also seems the crossings are behind the light actuators in the street, making it a very touchy situation for bike riders.
    Isn't that the truth. Try some of those crossings on an eleven foot tandem tadpole trike!

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    What crossings are you guys referring to? Bridges and such? If so, keep in mind that some of those fixes can cost hundreds of thousands of bucks. Thus they may not run right out and fix them... but if people bring it up, it may get on a list for long-term planning. A list of known "design issues" might be a good idea. PM me if you want to know who to contact.

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    I am talking about ordinary street intersections. Many of them now have new "wheel chair" ramps that have the rough (raised circles of concrete about 2(?) inches in diameter) surface for traction. The problem for me is that they are relatively narrow and have a sharp drop off on the sides. I need to approach them straight on in order to keep from dragging a derailleur. They are often turned at the wrong angle for this or are too close -- for my long trike -- to a traffic light pole or some other obstruction. It presents no problem for someone in a wheel chair or a short bike, just for my monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    What crossings are you guys referring to? Bridges and such? If so, keep in mind that some of those fixes can cost hundreds of thousands of bucks. Thus they may not run right out and fix them... but if people bring it up, it may get on a list for long-term planning. A list of known "design issues" might be a good idea. PM me if you want to know who to contact.

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    street crossings at intersections-

    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    What crossings are you guys referring to? Bridges and such? If so, keep in mind that some of those fixes can cost hundreds of thousands of bucks. Thus they may not run right out and fix them... but if people bring it up, it may get on a list for long-term planning. A list of known "design issues" might be a good idea. PM me if you want to know who to contact.
    for instance 180th going south just past Millard West intersection with S176 comes to mind- crossng button is unreachable on bikes if you want to stay on (mounted). Along Pacific from 156 to 144 the crossing area is behind where autos have to pull up to activate the lights...
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    I'm going to guess that Public Works is in charge of that kind of thing... and it's the old story. They are only used to thinking about cars and pedestrians/wheelchairs. Planning for bikes is too much for them and there is not the political will to force a change in that. Trails are parks and recreation. Anything else... well good luck.

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    Are you riders monitoring the Omaha-Lincoln Bike path? Is the trail done to Schramm ? thru Springfield all the way to the Lied Bridge? Anyone ever ridden that trail?
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    I dunno, I have not heard of any completion on the trail. I did ride Highway 6 down to Lincoln a couple weeks ago. It served as a good route.

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