College World Series fans and Omaha residents wanting hassle-free ways to travel downtown can take advantage of the Bike to the Ballpark and B-cycle programs again this season.
Bike to the Ballpark, organized by Omaha Bikes, will offer free valet bike parking at a “Bike Corral” for cyclists to store their own bicycles during games and events.
Volunteers will check in riders’ bicycles in exchange for a claim ticket to use upon return. The Bike Corral is located at Mike Fahey Street, between 13th and 14th streets.
During the College World Series, Bike to the Ballpark’s corral is open one hour before the day’s first pitch until 30 minutes after the last out.
The corral will also operate during Opening Celebration Day from 6 p.m. until 30 minutes after the evening’s firework finale.
Over its four years of operation, the Bike to the Ballpark, organized by Omaha Bikes, has attracted between 400-500 riders per CWS season. Any proceeds from tips from Bike to the Ballpark will benefit Omaha Bikes.
For anyone without their own bike, however, the citywide bike share program B-cycle gives the public the opportunity to check out and ride B-cycles throughout the day. B-cycle stations are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and riders check out bicycles by purchasing 24-hour passes for $6 at the kiosk or online at omaha.bcycle.com.
A 24-hour pass covers an unlimited number of rides, as long as each ride lasts less than one hour, explained Ben Turner, program coordinator for B-cycle Omaha. Longer rides incur a $4 fee for each additional hour, and B-cycles can be returned to any station at the end of each ride.
For a list of all B-cycle stations in Omaha click on the link included with this story.