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  • Explore Omaha Friday, September 18th with free Social Ride

    by Jes Slavin | Sep 15,2020
    Looking for a fun way to explore Omaha this week? "Just Ride" is a social ride seeking to bring awareness to the North Omaha Trail & issues of mobility justice happening this Friday, September 18th at 7pm. The ride starts & ends in Gifford Park (33rd & Cass) and goes through a few neighborhoods on the way to The Union for Contemporary Art in North Omaha. Once at The Union, you will enjoy the new Uplift + Elevate exhibition which features work from painter Kat Wiese and poet Kwame Dawes. After enjoying the art, the ride will head back to where it started in Gifford Park.

    To ensure ride accessibility, Heartland B-cycle will be providing free e-bikes for the ride, you just need to sign up in advance. You can find the sign up form on the "Just Ride" Facebook Event. Everybody is welcome & appropriate social distancing will be encouraged throughout the ride. We highly encourage participants to bring masks to wear when social distancing cannot be maintained.

    Check out the Facebook event for more information & to sign up to use one of our e-bikes during the ride!

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  • More e-bikes are coming & Heartland B-cycle's shop gets new art

    by Jes Slavin | Aug 24,2020
    Since we launched our electric pedal-assist bikes in May 2019 they have been an absolute hit! The first month of e-bikes we struggled to keep the bikes charged they were being used so often. Several riders have told us that the e-bikes have changed their commutes and enabled them to use the system more regularly. Not only have many riders told us about all the fun they've been having with e-bikes but our ridership data backs up the e-bike love. The electric pedal-assist bikes get ridden 4 times more often than our classic bikes and on average 60% of trips each month have been taken by e-bikes since their launch.  Due to their success, we have been working hard to make more electric pedal-assist bikes available to our riders!

    We are thrilled to announce that we are adding another 70 e-bikes to our fleet in anticipation for our ORBT expansion. We will be adding stations at select ORBT stations to help further connect the Heartland B-cycle system to Omaha's public transportation network. The new e-bikes will help fill in these new stations once they are installed but the bikes will be launched into the system now so users can enjoy the expanded e-bike access. Funding for the ORBT expansion project was provided by Nebraska Environmental Trust and Metro Transit. Download the BCycle App today to locate e-bikes and get excited for increased availability of these popular bikes!

    In addition to a large shipment of e-bikes, another exciting thing has been happening around the Heartland B-cycle shop lately. Our shop got an upgrade recently with this rad art installation thanks to the New North Makerhood, Future Forward, and Investors Realty! A huge thank you to The Bike Union and Coffee and the Community Bike Project Omaha for the bikes & bike parts for this project. These nonprofits do amazing work in our community and we appreciated their help bringing this bike wall to life. We think it's pretty amazing and, we know we're biased but, the B-cycle up top is definitely our favorite part.

    We hope you get to ride one of the new electric pedal-assist bikes soon- some are already out in the system- and all are welcome to check out the new bike wall outside out shop at 1144 N 11th St. As always, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates about Heartland B-cycle and we can't wait to see you out there riding.

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  • Introducing Our Mahoney State Park & Dodge Riverside Golf Club Stations

    by Jes Slavin | Jun 12,2020

    June brought in warm weather and two new Heartland B-cycle stations perfect for your recreation needs. The stations, which were bought used from other former BCycle systems, were over a year in the making so we are very excited to have them launched. We are pleased to now have stations at Mahoney State Park and Dodge Riverside Golf Club. 

    Our station at Mahoney State Park was the first new station to go live. The station is located by the World Herald Cabins and the perfect way to explore the park. The unique placement in a state park is only part of the reason we are so excited about this location. This station is right in the middle between the BikeLNK & Heartland B-cycle systems. While you may not be able to bike share between Omaha and Lincoln just yet, this is a step toward that reality.

    The second new station is located at Dodge Riverside Golf Club. Situated just past the Council Bluffs Levee Road Trail & across the street from Harrah's Stir Cove, this is our 7th station in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The station makes it even easier to explore the river as it is located between our Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park and Ameristar stations. Back to the River helped make this station possible and have been integral to making many of our riverside stations possible. If you have every enjoyed biking along the Missouri on a b-cycle, Back to the River helped make that ride possible.

    We hope you enjoy these two new stations! We think they will be perfect for summer time adventures and exploring by bike. On the horizon, we have more expansion stations focused on transportation that we have been working on for some time but have seen some significant delays. We are actively working to ensure that our system fulfills the Omaha Metro's transportation needs and will make sure to provide updates on those projects as things become finalized.

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  • System Alert: May 19, 2020

    by Jes Slavin | May 19,2020

    Due to a software issue, we have 17 stations that have been down today, May 19th, & we are working with BCycle to get running within the next few days.

    Please make sure to check the BCycle App before you ride- stations with a grey X are unavailable.

    BCycle App - May 19 2020If you haven't previously downloaded the BCycle App, it is available for both iOS and Android

    If you return a bike to an unavailable station, your trip will not close. Please contact our customer service line at 402-957-2453 and let them know where you docked the bike so they can close your trip. If your trip does not close, our system will not allow you to check out another bike. 


    We hope to have this issue resolved as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and we hope to have the system running smoothly soon!

  • Celebrate Bike Month with 50% off Annual Heartland B-cycle Passes!

    by Jes Slavin | May 01,2020

    May is Bike Month and we're celebrating with 50% off our Annual Passes! An Annual Heartland B-cycle pass is usually $100 but for the month of May you can get a pass for just $50. All you have to do is sign up with the promo code BIKEMONTH20 on our website or the BCycle App

    “With all the changes happening in our daily lives, we are excited to be able to offer half off an annual pass so that folks can ride a bike for pleasure, exercise, or transportation,” says Benny Foltz, Executive Director of Heartland Bike Share. “Our e-bikes will put a smile on your face, and we could all use some more smiles.”

    In addition to our Bike Month pass promotion, you can enter for your chance to win a custom Heartland B-cycle shirt this month. We hand printed these shirts at The Union for Contemporary Art in February. To enter, you need to fill out an initial contest form and then start riding. Each week you ride with Heartland B-cycle in May earns you one contest entry. The entry form can be found at bit.ly/HBSBikeMonthContest and can be filled out until the end of May. The t-shirt winner will be contacted by email on June 1, 2020. 

    Bike share is a great way to get in healthy activity and active transportation while maintaining social distancing. We want to remind rider that they should maintain six feet from others while riding and to wash your hands well after your trip. All bike technicians are disinfecting user contact points on stations & bikes, but users are encouraged to wipe down the bike before riding like they would any public surface.

    As always, make sure you're following us on Social Media for the most up to date Heartland B-cycle News! We can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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