A rally supporting the retention of Omaha’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator position was held Sunday at Stinson Park.
Mode Shift Omaha hosted the event because the job is not included in the 2015 city budget. It would instead be replaced by an advisory committee. More than 150 people showed up, many wearing stickers that read, “I walk. I bike.”
"Other cities, Denver, Minneapolis, other peer cities that we'd like to aspire to, they have a bicycle coordinator and they have an active mayor and active public works to get involved in this," said bicyclist Dale Rabideau.
Mayor Jean Stothert says the volunteer board will provide more input than she currently receives. The bicycle coordinator job was initially funded by grants that are now expiring. The mayor did not allocate money from the general fund to retain the position.
Live Well Omaha supports having an advisory board, saying it will “benefit all people regardless of how they move around our community.”