A plan to build Omaha's first protected bike lane on South 32nd Avenue has two flat tires, and there's no air pump in sight.
City officials told about 80 people at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday night that the city won't be able to use a $307,000 federal grant for the project.
The Nebraska state historic preservation office raised concerns this week that the two-way bike lane, protected from traffic by a median, would change the historic character of the street, a designated historic district.
City Traffic Engineer Murthy Koti said it would be too expensive and take too long to address those concerns.
Neighbors at the meeting were split on the proposal. They seemed warmer to the idea of an alternate plan to slow speeding traffic — painted bike lanes and enlarged street corners.
But the city probably can't even afford that without private donations, Koti said.