Browsing articles from "January, 2019"
Jan
28
2019

Trail Ramblings: Yes, You Can Still Have Fun Riding In This Weather.

So who’s still riding in this weather and who thinks it’s just not for them? The trails are generally in good shape, barring a little packed ice in spots and some bridges you may have to put a foot down on. The side streets are a mix, but on the whole, passable. This morning I checked the weather, as always, and ended up adding a layer of wool, which I regretted half-way into my commute. […]

Jan
21
2019

Trail Ramblings: Riding In Northern Climes.

Here in Nebraska many, if not most, people tend to think that riding a bicycle is a warm weather activity. They may even question whether bike trails are used enough in the cold months for them to be “cost effective” or kept ice-free. Those of us who are aware of such things notice many winter riders in places like Colorado and Minnesota. But it’s not just Minneapolis that is a cold weather biking powerhouse. If […]

Jan
14
2019

Trail Ramblings: Who Clears That Trail?

Kudos to the Parks and Recreation Dept. for largely getting the latest round of snow cleaned up before it got packed down on the trails. It wasn’t all able to be dealt with immediately, but each area of jurisdiction has it’s priorities. I’ve noticed that when snow falls on a weekend it may take a little longer to get it cleared from trails, so this snowfall is generally being cleaned up quickly. Also, trails and […]

Jan
7
2019

Trail Ramblings: And The Other Trails?

I’ve talked about our abandoned rail corridors that we use around Lincoln, but what about the other trails? Many, but not all of our trails are mentioned at http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parksfacilities/trails/ if you want to know a little more. The Billy Wolff, Bison, Salt Creek Levee, and Tierra Williamsburg trails mostly follow greenbelts along waterways. Others, like the Boosalis, Old Cheney, Superior, First Street, and 84th Street trails follow major roadways. Other, smaller trails form connections and open […]

Jan
3
2019

December #ShoutOut

Group of bicycle riders, some dressed as santas, wait to cross a street in the dark.

Lincoln’s riders didn’t slow down in December. Jamie Granquist and John Green were our top commuters and we currently sit 3rd in the 150-400K resident communities rankings.  As a state, we have more miles and riders than any other state in our category (2 million) or the next category larger (2-4 million residents).  Finally, as a group, BicycLincoln leads the nation in most commute days (31) and is 3rd in the “most rides” category.  Even better, three Lincoln […]

Jan
1
2019

Trail Ramblings: There Are Many Trails, Yet Never Enough.

In the past weeks I’ve talked about the trails we’ve gained from the abandonment of railroad corridors belonging to the Rock Island and Missouri Pacific. The other abandoned railroad corridor we benefit from here is that of the Union Pacific, which allowed the Jamaica North and Homestead trails to be created, and continues on with the Chief Standing Bear Trail south of Beatrice to Marysville KS. The Jamaica North constitutes the terminus of this trail […]