|B-Cycle Bike Sharing Project to Debut at 2013 College World SeriesÂ®|
Activate Omaha and Omaha Bikes will be working with Omaha B-Cycle on a demonstration bike sharing project during the 2013 NCAAÂ® Menâ€™s College World Series.Â®
The program will feature two bike-sharing stations with 20 B-cycles
available. The bike stations will be operating at the Bike Corral at TD
Ameritrade Park Omaha and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
courtyard at 13th and Howard Streets.
In addition, the â€œBike to the Ballparkâ€ program will be back for its third year offering free bicycle parking at the â€œBike Corralâ€ on Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets.
â€œRiding a bicycle to the College World Series offers fans some of the best parking available at no charge, while providing a secure place to leave your bicycle during a game or Fan Fest activities,â€ said Julie Harris of Activate Omaha.
â€œThe program is simple,â€ she said. â€œIt works exactly like valet parking for a car. We take your bike and give you a claim ticket. You bring the ticket back after the game and we get your bike for you. Any proceeds from the Bike Corral will go to Omaha Bikes.â€
The Omaha B-cycle stations will function as part of the broader B-cycle system, so all rides over 60 minutes will incur usage fees, and 24-hour passes will cost $6. More information and discounts will be offered on the Omaha B-cycle website Omaha.bcycle.com.
Both the Bike to the Ballpark and the B-Cycle demonstration will run daily during the College World Series. Bike to the Ballpark Bike Corral will open one hour before the first game until 30 minutes after the final game daily throughout the series. B-cycle will operate from noon until 30 minutes after the final game. Both programs will operate during Opening Ceremonies from 6 p.m. until 30 minutes after the fireworks finale.
â€œBike to the Ballpark is made possible by a great group of volunteers that help to make it happen,â€ Harris noted. â€œThe City of Omaha has granted permission to use the parking spaces. In addition, Activate Omaha collaborated with Metro Transit to create a map showing all of the multimodal ways to get to the stadium.â€ The map is available at ometro.com and includes the Stadium Circulator bus routes, location of the bike corral and permanent bike racks that are installed in the downtown and North Downtown areas.
Harris also recommends a park-and-ride strategy for cyclists. She suggests parking on the Council Bluffs side of the Missouri River and using bicycle trails and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge or to park west of downtown and access the stadium on Burt Street, which has bike lanes and is a marked bike route. Cyclists should make sure their vehicles are legally parked or they have permission from the owner of the lot being used. More bicycle friendly information is available on Omahabikes.org.
About the NCAAÂ®
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About CWS, Inc. Â®
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., is the non-profit local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Men's College World Series. Its mission is enlisting wide-based community support from business, government, civic organizations and individuals to implement, promote, operate and host a successful CWS in Omaha in partnership with the NCAA. The 2013 NCAA Men's College World Series will begin with Opening Celebration Day, Friday, June 14. Games will begin Saturday, June 15, and continue through Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25/26. For a complete schedule of all games and times, please visit NCAA.com/CWS.
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2011 NCAA® Division I Baseball Championship
June 18-28/29, 2011
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha - Omaha, Neb.
About CWS of Omaha, Inc.
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., the local organizing committee, is a non-profit organization formed in 1967. The mission of its all-volunteer board of directors is enlisting community support for the College World Series from business, government, civic organizations and individuals.Learn More »