Monday, August 16, 2010

Omaha Bikes Meeting Minutes

Omaha Bikes Meeting Minutes
August 10, 2010

In attendance: Sarah Johnson, Bob Brindamour, Joe Simoens, Jean Duffy, Mark Siepker, Jake Rasp, Tammie Dodge, Kurt Goetzinger, Ananth, Julie Harris

OB has had some good press lately, with mentions in OWH articles and KETV interviews. Check the blog for links to archived stories.

Keystone Connector Trail: A public meeting was held to discuss the potential plan to route the keystone connector to the Field Club trail via D Street. Julie, Matt Martin, Ananth and others attended. The consensus from the neighbors along D that they are in favor of the trail, but have safety concerns with the D Street option. All parties seemed willing to work together to find the best solution for this critical connector.

OB Vinyl Window Decals: We have some! We can begin distributing them to those who support our cause and also sell them for $3 or 2 for $5 at events. We discussed getting a new version made that can be given to places nominated as bike friendly merchants.

Existing Business:
The Bike Comedian event at Tip Top made $230 for OB.

LCI training: Traffic Skills 101 will be held at RDG on Aug 21 and the Bancroft Street Market is also hosting one on 3 consecutive Saturdays in September. This class is a prerequisite for the LCI Candidate Seminar, which will be held October 15-17. You must register for the October class prior to September 15. Check the blog for more info and updates.

Bike Friendly Merchants: The group discussed what requirements should be in place for a bike friendly merchant designation. It was decided to have a flexible list, but some informal guidelines might be: adequate bike parking, drive up window access, allowing cyclists to refill water bottles, allowing bicycles inside. We will ask cyclists to nominate those they deem worthy via the blog and social media, and eventually add a google map to the blog showing the locations of all BFM locations.

Membership: A strategic planning session will be held in the fall to help us determine how we want to tackle the membership question. Julie will contact OVG and see if they have someone who can help facilitate the process and/or provide suggestions.

Bike/Ped Advisory Committee update: a finalist for the city’s new Bike/Ped Coordinator position has been identified and will hopefully be on board soon! The city will take the lead on the formal announcement. This person will be invited to attend OB meetings.

OB Meeting time: We have received several requests to change the meeting time from the lunch hour to after work. The group decided to continue meeting at 11am on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, but then to also plan a standing Handlebar Happy Hour on the 4th Tuesday of the month that will serve as a meeting update for those who cannot attend during the day. Next up: August 24, time/place TBA.

Donations: The PayPal donation button is now live on the blog. OB received a $100 donation from the Bellevue Bicycle Club. It was decided to use that donation to purchase Bike Friendly Merchant stickers. Thank you BBC!!

Offutt Connector: The City of Bellevue and Offutt Air Force Base have developed a plan to put a bike lane connecting the base to the Keystone Trail and also a separate bike gate entry for cyclists. Offutt riders have consistently logged over 30,000 bike to work miles in the annual BOCC challenge…great job Team Offutt for putting in the sweat equity that is paying off here!!

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