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Old 06-13-21, 08:01 PM
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Any 50+ Folks Here Familiar With Routes Omaha NE?

Going to drive out to Omaha for the College World Series later this week. Thinking about taking my bike for a ride. Can bring a gravel bike as well.

I can look online but prefer feedback from folks familiar with the area.
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Not sure what online means but Google heat maps and/or RidewithGPS should provide some help. They both should provide local rides. Bike stores, riding clubs and a local bike advocacy organization is another approach.
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Not sure what online means but Google heat maps and/or RidewithGPS should provide some help. They both should provide local rides. Bike stores, riding clubs and a local bike advocacy organization is another approach.
Yeah, all the above. Hastily written post by me after watching the College baseball games last night.along with being 65+!

Looks like several road options on RidewGps. Also some trails via local Omaha websites. I like local input particularly on road routes.
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Not much biking experience in Omaha but have been traveling through there several time during baseball tournaments. Lodging can be very hard to obtain. Book rooms ahead of time.We had to drive a lot further one time.
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Not much biking experience in Omaha but have been traveling through there several time during baseball tournaments. Lodging can be very hard to obtain. Book rooms ahead of time.We had to drive a lot further one time.
Fortunately I was able to book a room that was still reasonable!
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flat and windy are how I remember it. CWS is great. The fans from Nebraska are the best
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I was born and raised in Omaha. Have lived the past 30 years in other places. But last spring spent a couple of months on Covid lockdown with my mom and got in quite a bit of riding. I was happily surprised by the number of bike trails Omaha has added since I grew up.

Downtown Omaha is easy riding. Flat and fairly wide streets, plenty of less heavily trafficked streets off the main thoroughfares. you can easily bar hop by bicycle in the area around the stadium. The old market is a nice draw if you have never been there. There is a pedestrian bridge crossing the river from downtown giving you access to the trails on the Iowa side. Cruise out and around Lake Manawa traffic free. Hit a casino for an inexpensive all you can eat buffet.

The Omaha riverfront trail heads north from the airport on the Nebraska side. I rode it a couple of times, pretty trail that hugs the river and winds through some wetland areas. Stay near the airport on the southern section, the area farther west and just north of downtown is high crime.

If you want to crank traffic free head more mid town to the Big Papio and Keystone trails. Nice wide MUPs following creekbeds with no cross streets. Lots of western meadowlarks to be seen (and dodged). There is almost zero shade so bring plenty of water. Heat and humidity rule, but wind can be a real bear, especially mid afternoon, so watch the weather forecasts and plan accordingly. There is a reason Iowa has so many windmills, one of the top spots in the world for wind energy

This is a good reference, as is turning on the bike trail feature of Google Maps.

The Cyclist?s Guide to Omaha | The Best Bike Shops, Trails and Rental Options

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Have you tried OpenCycleMap?
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I was born and raised in Omaha. Have lived the past 30 years in other places. But last spring spent a couple of months on Covid lockdown with my mom and got in quite a bit of riding. I was happily surprised by the number of bike trails Omaha has added since I grew up.

Downtown Omaha is easy riding. Flat and fairly wide streets, plenty of less heavily trafficked streets off the main thoroughfares. you can easily bar hop by bicycle in the area around the stadium. The old market is a nice draw if you have never been there. There is a pedestrian bridge crossing the river from downtown giving you access to the trails on the Iowa side. Cruise out and around Lake Manawa traffic free. Hit a casino for an inexpensive all you can eat buffet.

The Omaha riverfront trail heads north from the airport on the Nebraska side. I rode it a couple of times, pretty trail that hugs the river and winds through some wetland areas. Stay near the airport on the southern section, the area farther west and just north of downtown is high crime.

If you want to crank traffic free head more mid town to the Big Papio and Keystone trails. Nice wide MUPs following creekbeds with no cross streets. Lots of western meadowlarks to be seen (and dodged). There is almost zero shade so bring plenty of water. Heat and humidity rule, but wind can be a real bear, especially mid afternoon, so watch the weather forecasts and plan accordingly. There is a reason Iowa has so many windmills, one of the top spots in the world for wind energy

This is a good reference, as is turning on the bike trail feature of Google Maps.

The Cyclist?s Guide to Omaha | The Best Bike Shops, Trails and Rental Options

Enjoy your trip
perfect. I think Ill take both my gravel and road bikes but will primarily ride trails this trip. Im very familiar with Nebraska winds. People ask me about the worst part of my cross country ride and I tell them about the Nebraska winds. Merciless. Relentless. Im also going to take my golf clubs for the off days.

it looks like the temperatures are going to drop the day I arrive which is nice. The ball games will start at 2pm EDT so it will be the heat of the day.

I just came off a 3 day 300 mile ride so why not just do some chill rides!!
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I'm in Des Moines, not Omaha. You might want to check out the wabash trace nature trail, https://www.traveliowa.com/trails/wa...ture-trail/69/

Also the Loess Hills area is really interesting: https://www.visitloesshills.org/

Cities in the midwest have by and large done a good job of adding bike paths. Des Moines has a terrific system of interconnected bike paths. I'm not surprised that Omaha has as well.

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