So. Much. News.

Posted on January 27, 2017 · Posted in General

So. Much. News.

2017 is gearing up to be our busiest and best year yet. Check out all of the great things we have going on! 

Planning for the inaugural Nebraska Bike/Walk Summit is coming together. You’re not going to want to miss out on this chance to hear amazing speakers, learn new skills and network with bike/ped advocates from around the state.  Mobile sessions, a Meet & Greet at the Capitol with state senators and plenty of social time will get us out and about in Lincoln, too.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate at the conference hotel (Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln), and the hotel is providing space for covered bike parking near the front door.  Don’t delay! Get registered now!

Unicam Update

Two very important bills have been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature that we are following closely:

LB 471 was introduced by Senator Rick Kolowski.  The intent of the bill is “to provide for the enforcement of the prohibition against using a 4 handheld wireless communication device as a primary action; and to repeal the original section.”  In other words, this bill would change texting while driving from a secondary offense to a primary offense.

NeBA’s stand: We support this bill and are part of the coalition that includes the National Safety Council-Nebraska, the Nebraska Safety Council and AAA working to educate senators on the issue.
What you can do:  LB 471 has been referred to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. An initial hearing date has not been set at this time. You can find email address of committee members here if you would like to send an email in support of this bill.

LB 339 was introduced by Transportation and Telecommunications chair Curt Friesen, on behalf of Governor Ricketts.  This bill would “… merge the Department of Aeronautics into the Department of Roads; to create the Division of Aeronautics; to rename the Department of Roads as the Department of Transportation…”

NeBA’s Stand: We support this bill. Nebraska is currently the only state left in the nation with a Department of Roads rather than a Department of Transportation. We have literally been heckled about this issue from the podium at major national and regional conferences! Although it may only be a change in name and involve some administrative restructuring, this is one more step to making sure that our state engineers realize that our transportation infrastructure serves all Nebraskans, not just those that drive cars and trucks.  We support this bill and will be testifying as a proponent to educate the committee on why the mindset of “transportation vs roads” is important

What you can do: LB 339 has been referred to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. You can find contact information of committee members here if you would like to send an email or phone call expressing your support. A hearing has been set for Monday, January 30. We will be there to testify as a proponent to educate senators on the importance of shifting the department’s mindset and culture.

Stay tuned to our social media for updates on the progress of these bills and for what you can do to make your voice heard on these important issues!

Now Gluten Free and Sower Free!

You asked, we answered. It has taken some time, but we have finally received all of the approvals to begin selling these organizational license plates in Nebraska.  We have to pre-sell (and collect the funds for) 250 plates before they will be created and distributed.  We know you have many questions about this. Check out our website for all of the details.  We’d love to get this accomplished in 2017 as early as we can, so please share this information with your family and friends.

Coming Soon:

Stay tuned to stay informed on all of the other great work we have on the agenda for 2017, including:

  • Grant funded work to work with the Nebraska chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Complete Streets policy assistance with several Nebraska cities
  • Equity Pilot Project to provide support to bicycle commuters in Lexington