That should have read IS a pain.
I rode from SW Iowa to Omaha yesterday. My ultimate destination was 120th and Maple to watch my son play soccer. Great ride for the most part, but Omaha is definitely NOT a bike friendly town. I wanted to cross the new Kerry bridge from Council Bluffs. That thing is gorgeous and very easy to get to from the Iowa side. The O side is another story. After you get off, there is no way to even get to a street with a bicycle. It's crazy. I expected it to not be easy to get out of the downtown area so that didn't surprise me, but even the trails in Omaha are not bike friendly. The one that goes south near the UNO campus is just awful. I was better off in the street as far as pavement and access to anything. Then the other trail have limited access to even get onto them. Why oh why would they put access on only one side of busy roads!?! I ended up just riding with an asserting attitude right on the busy roads (like 120th, Blondo, Maple) and that ended up being fine.