Mode Shift Omaha

Mode Shift Omaha advocates for transportation options. Options for families to safely walk or bicycle to schools, markets, and parks. Transit options for people who need to get to work. Options that create a thriving and growing community, provide economic opportunities, and attract and retain young and old to our city. With your support we can increase our impact engaging the public, influencing decisions about transportation and land use, and monitoring designs and projects.

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Address: 6011 Dodge St. CEC 219.2
Omaha, NE 68182
Mode Shift Omaha was founded in 2011 as a grassroots response to the need for more citizen engagement in the City of Omaha's transportation planning process and the need to create better bicycling-, walking- and transit-friendly infrastructure. We have since become an essential voice for transportation-related matters in the city and region.

A city where anybody can: Safely and efficiently walk, bike, take public transit, or choose other sustainable and less costly modes of transportation; have a say, through democratic and transparent processes, in how the city and streets are designed and funded; and experience a high quality of life.

To advocate for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities for everyone to live, work, and play. We achieve our mission through education and engagement with members and the public, influencing policies and decision-making related to transportation and land use design, and monitoring transportation policies and plans and their implementation.

Safety, transparency, sustainability, democratic engagement, and equality for all transportation users.

We have engaged thousands of people in the Omaha area through strategic programs and partnerships. For instance, we:
• Mobilized hundreds to come out to support the transportation master plan update (Heyday on May Day), Bike-Ped Coordinator position (leading to a meeting and three-pronged action item list promised by the Mayor), and partnered with Restoration Exchange Omaha to save the Specht and other buildings from turning into yet more unneeded parking in downtown Omaha.
• Partnered with other local organizations, such as Live Well Omaha, One Omaha and Omaha by Design, to organize the twice-yearly Citizens' Academy for Omaha's Future, geared to help participants learn how values and decisions shape the built environment of Omaha.
• Partnered with the Douglas County Health Department, Verdis, Midtown Crossing and others to support Midtown on the Move, an effort to get midtown neighborhood residents to #switchatrip once a week to walk, bike, bus or rideshare.
• Created programs to raise awareness about the need for safety improvements at intersections and making sidewalks safer through our snow removal program.
• Helped stop the costly and ill-conceived project to straighten the midtown S Curve on Dodge Street.
• Helped get the sidewalks widened as part of the Benson streetscape project along Maple Street.
• Mobilized and won against a ban on pedicabs at the College World Series
• Are regularly asked to be part of transportation-related groups organized by local organizations, the City, and regional agencies. These include the Bus Rapid Transit Stakeholder Committee, Complete Streets task force, Metro Area Planning Agency's Transportation Technical Advisory Committee, and others.
• Helped to make transportation a key area of discussion during the 2017 City Elections.
"It's become clear over the past several years that no other organization in Omaha fills the need for an organization dedicated to transportation advocacy and engaging and educating people around this topic." -- Angie Eikenberry, co-founder of Mode Shift Omaha