So you need a lyft to the College World Series and want to get there uber-fast.
Maybe you just want to spin around downtown.
Or don’t want to get stuck in a lime of traffic. (OK, that was bad.)
Downtown Omaha suddenly has more options than ever for getting around, and they’re all coming together — and hopefully not colliding — for the College World Series.
Omaha’s scooter experiment is stepping up as Lime adds 400 more scooters, and Spin has joined the competition. Heartland B-cycle recently added electric bicycles, also known as e-bikes, to its bike-sharing fleet. There are pedicabs and a new motorized cart service called Tuk Tuk. You can catch a regular cab or take a ride-share on Lyft and Uber.
Or there’s something called the “automobile.” Even a civic ride-sharing service on longer vehicles called a “bus.”
With the expansion of options for getting around, there are more rules to follow.
People will need to be extra vigilant about safety with new types of travelers on the streets, said Julie Harris, executive director of Bike Walk Nebraska, which advocates for safe active transportation.
The expansion also creates an opportunity for people to use multiple modes of travel to get to the game, Harris said. It might even save you money compared with parking close.
“We are kind of reaching a critical mass with all of these options, which is really exciting,” Harris said.
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Continued development around north downtown may have shifted some private parking, so watch for that.
Around TD Ameritrade Park, Lots B and D (the big lots close to the ballpark) need a special pass. Otherwise, spots are available first-come, first-served in CHI Health Center’s garage and Lot A behind the arena. The garage costs $12; Lot A is $10.
People hunting for parking can use parkomaha.com or the ParkOmaha app.
A bike valet and parking corral will be on Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets. Heartland B-cycle has a station near the corral and will feature its new e-bikes; a series of other B-cycle stations are in place around downtown, north downtown and the stadium area.
Metro transit offers a stadium circulator 90 minutes before a game until 90 minutes after, making stops about every 10 minutes. Fare is 25 cents.
It runs on Cuming Street, down 10th Street, across Jackson Street through the Old Market, up 14th Street, down Capitol Avenue, then up 16th Street back to Cuming Street.
Taxi stands will be at 12th and Cass, on 10th Street between Cass Street and Capitol Avenue, and on Cuming Street next to the Holiday Inn at 1420 Cuming St.
Pedicabs can stage at 12th and Fahey Streets.
Lyft and Uber pickups and drop-offs are recommended to go in front of CHI Health Center Omaha, toward the north end of the cutout along 10th Street.
Riders must follow the rules of the road. The Omaha Police Department has warned: It can ticket scooter riders for violating stop signs, driving on the wrong side of the road, riding on sidewalks, failing to signal or other violations.
The area around TD Ameritrade Park is a No Ride Zone for Lime, running roughly:
- Cuming Street/Abbott Drive, near Riverfront Drive to 14th Streets.
- 14th Street, Cuming Street to Capitol Avenue.
- Capitol Avenue, 14th Street to Riverfront Drive.
- Riverfront Drive, Capitol Avenue to Cuming Street/Abbott Drive.
In that zone, Lime scooters will slow, and rides can’t end there. According to the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, Park Omaha is working with Spin to set up similar restrictions.
Park Omaha will set up scooter parking: northeast of 10th Street and Capitol Avenue; northwest of 12th and Capitol; and northeast of 15th Street and Mike Fahey Street.