The League of American Bicyclists, a national bicycling and advocacy organization of nearly 20,000 members, has recognized Heartland Bike Share with a prestigious Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) certification.
Heartland Bike Share is a 501c3 non-profit bike share operator headquartered in the New North Makerhood in Omaha, NE. Heartland Bike Share operates BikeLNK in Lincoln, NE and Heartland B-cycle in the Omaha metro area. The Heartland B-cycle office is the recipient of the Platinum-Level designation.
With the announcement of 64 new and renewing BFBs across the country, Heartland Bike Share joins a growing list of 1,250 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies leading the way to transform transportation, health, and wellness for the betterment of U.S. workers and local communities.
“Business owners and workers across the country are looking for simple, straightforward ways to build their companies, do right by their workers and customers, and contribute positively to their local communities,” says Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists. “Boosting participation in bicycling achieves all of that and more, and BFBs such as Heartland Bike Share are wonderful models of that success. We congratulate this latest class of business leaders for recognizing that one of the oldest and easiest forms of transportation still generates significant economic and societal rewards today.”
BFB requirements identify incentives, programming, and amenities proven to enable and inspire more people to ride bikes. Among those offered by Heartland Bike Share are promoting staff to ride bikes to work and the use of an e-bike during work hours for personal or professional trips. In addition, Heartland Bike Share also offers secure bicycling parking for both employees and guests.
Executive Director Benjamin Turner has been leading the organization since its inception in 2016. “As we look to bring bike sharing to more communities across the Heartland region, we believe that walking the walk (or riding the ride in this case) is a fantastic way to show our commitment to what we believe in and what we do. As an organization we are honored to be awarded this prestigious BFB designation.”
Heartland Bike Share and other businesses have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.
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Heartland Bike Share
Heartland Bike Share is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists for the development, promotion, and operation of bike sharing programs throughout the Heartland region for the benefit of the general public, aimed at promoting health and quality of life as well as mitigating climate change and promoting the use of sustainable forms of transportation
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFCSM), Bicycle Friendly StateSM (BFSSM), Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM), and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM (BFUSM) programs, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.
The League of American Bicyclists has been leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone since its founding in 1880. It advances its work by actively listening to and learning from diverse stakeholders, defining standards, sharing best practices, and engaging communities in practical solution-building. Through its nearly 20,000 individual members, the League helps build a powerful, unified voice for change.
Yesterday we sent a note to all annual and monthly B-cycle members that we would be upgrading our credit card readers today.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Please go online and update your credit card information. If you don’t do this, your B-Card and BCycle app will still work to check out a bike, but your credit card will not work at the kiosk to check out a bike on your membership. For assistance with this, just follow these steps:
• Log in to your account using username and password
• Click on the My Profile tab, then click Edit under Credit Card Information
• Re-enter valid credit card information (it can be the same card you used previously, as long as it is not expired).
• Click SAVE and log out.
**Please note, the new credit card system requires that your address matches the billing address for your card exactly. If you get an error when updating your credit card information please double check that your address matches the billing address for that card exactly.2. You will still be able to use your B-Card at the dock without interruption. If you are missing your B-Card, please call us at 402-957-2453 to request a new card – free of charge for a limited time.
Why are we doing this?
• To keep up to date with ongoing credit card processing requirements
What does this mean for you?
1. The Heartland B-cycle system will work for you just as it always has.
2. For a short time, members from other systems will not be able to access their membership in Omaha through reciprocity (B-Connected).
3. Your B-card and BCycle App will continue to work in the other BCycle cities which participate in B-Connected, however, there will be some times where reciprocity in other cities will be temporarily disabled during their upgrades (like this one).
Thank you for your patience as we keep Heartland B-cycle up to date and as secure as possible.
You already know that you can check out a bike with your B-card or by using your credit card/phone number at the kiosk. But did you know that you can also use the BCycle App to get riding? The BCycle App is available on both iPhone and Android and can make your Heartland B-cycle check out process easier than ever!
Just search for the BCycle App, the logo is a white B with a blue background. If you have an existing membership, just sign in with your credentials. If you don’t have a membership, don’t worry, you can buy one right on the app! Once you give the app access to your location it will confirm that you are in the Heartland B-cycle system. From there, log in or buy your membership by clicking the three horizontal lines on the upper left hand side of the screen.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll be able to check for your closest B-cycle station, look at bike availability, and check out bikes! Never again will you wonder if a station is down or if there will be bikes where you want them, the BCycle App gives you live updates on all stations.
To check out a bike, just click on the station that you’re at and click “check out a bike”. Enter the dock number for the bike you want to ride and the BCycle App will release the bike for you. When you dock your bike, the app will confirm that the bike fully docked in a matter of seconds (if you don’t receive such a notification, give the bike a big shove & wiggle the handlebars, sometimes it takes a little extra love). No need to use the kiosk if you forget your B-card ever again! Just pull out your phone, open the BCycle App, & get riding!
Heartland B-cycle experienced record ridership during the 2015 College World Series, continuing a trend of record ridership during the CWS. From June 12th through June 24th, 1459 trips were taken by B-cycles throughout the Metro area for an average of 112 trips per day. That is more trips than were taken in all of 2011 or 2012. More trips were taken in the 13 day period than any month in the program's history except for May of 2015. With this increased ridership Heartland B-cycle set new records for:
Best day ever: 189 trips on Saturday 6/13
Best weekday ever: 141 trips on Wednesday 6/17
Best weekend ever: 345 trips taken Saturday 6/12 – Sunday 6/13
Best three day period: 415 trips taken Friday 6/19 through Sunday 6/21
Most days in a row over 100 trips: 5 days from 6/19 through 6/23.
“The College World Series always gets the best out of our bike sharing program,” said Ben Turner, Heartland B-cycle Program Director. “Between visitors seeking an exciting way to see Omaha, and locals looking for a way to beat traffic, people turn to bike sharing during the CWS. Even with our record ridership we have capacity to grow and serve even more people in the months and years to come!”
Additionally, dozens of people tried out bike sharing for the first time by parking at Midtown Crossing, picking up free passes, and riding to College World Series games.
“We believe programs like the partnership with Midtown Crossing are vital to encouraging a park-once culture in Omaha,” said Turner. "Parking at Midtown Crossing and riding to the games is a great way for people to enjoy all Midtown Crossing has to offer and enjoy physical activity, all while saving time and parking headaches.”
Heartland B-cycle, a program of Live Well Omaha, is the Omaha metro areas bike sharing system with 31 stations and 152 bikes throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs. The iconic blue bikes feature lights, a built-in bike lock, and a handlebar basket to carry riders' belongings. For more information, visit http://heartland.bcycle.com/ Heartland B-cycle has received funding from: Nebraska Environmental Trust; Peter Kiewit Foundation; Sherwood Foundation; Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska; Iowa West Foundation; CHI Health; The Wellmark Foundation; Union Pacific; University of Nebraska, Omaha; National Park Service: Lewis & Clark Historic Trails and RTCA; Back to the River, LLC; Community Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), PayPal; and ConAgra Foods.
Heartland B-cycle has partnered with four parking facilities* to offer a discount to help B-cycle users park and ride all day. Each parking facility will have a coupon good for a discount on the $6 FUN! Passes purchased by your party.
Midtown Crossing: $6 Coupon pick up: Delice (3201 Farnam St #6112). Nearest B-cycle station: Midtown Crossing: 32nd & Farnam
Ameristar: $1 Coupon pick up: Ameristar front desk (2200 River Rd). Nearest B-cycle station: Ameristar
10th & Jackson Garage: $1 Coupon pick up: Parking lot attendant. Nearest B-cycle station: 11th & Jackson
13th & Capitol Garage: $1 Coupon pick up: Parking lot attendants. Nearest B-cycle stations: 10th & Dodge or 14th & Douglas
10th & Cass
14th & Fahey
1516 Cuming St
*Parking rates vary by location.