Omaha bike riders were on a roll this summer. They logged more than 500,000 miles worth of commutes. That's the equivalent of 10 trips around the earth and the most miles tallied since the dawn of Live Well Omaha's Bicycle Commuter Challenge.
The two-wheeled commuters huddled at a metro pub Thursday evening to celebrate a successful season of spinning their spokes.
This is the seventh year Live Well Omaha has done a bycycle challenge. The point is to encourage folks to ride their bicycles for transportation and recreation, all while logging their miles and trips.
Live Well's Julie Harris said, "We do it from May to September and we do ours in conjuction with the National Bike Challenge through the League of American Bicyclists."
Information collected is shown to policymakers and it's used to build on other data promoting a more bike-friendly community.
Omaha is currently at a Bronze Level. But there is also silver, gold and platinum level. So new challenges are still on the horizon.