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Executive Director: Julie Tuttle Harris, MPA

Julie Harris earned a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She worked in the fields of local government and public health before joining the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance as Executive Director.

A native of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Julie grew up in a neighborhood that made it safe and easy to walk and bike to school from kindergarten through her senior year of high school. Until the glamour of a driver’s license intervened, Julie and her friends navigated around town via bicycle during the summers. She still remembers the pride she felt when she saved up enough money to pay her half of the cost of the 10 speed bike her parents partnered with her to buy.

Although she is most passionate about using her commuter bike for transportation, Julie enjoys getting out on the open road with her road bike and putting her mountain bike skills to use in off road areas, too.  Like a majority of Nebraskans, a busy work and family schedule has her driving a car on most days.

Julie is a member of several local and state organizations, steering committees and working groups that focus on active transportation and Complete Streets issues. She is a member of the board of directors for Heartland B-Cycle and the former chair of the City of Omaha Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Committee, a bicycle safety Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. Her favorite job of all is being a mom of two amazing daughters.

Current Board Officers:

President:  Barb Fraser, Lincoln
Vice President:
Secretary:  Katie Bradshaw, Scottsbluff
Treasurer: Brent Davis, Lincoln

Past-President:  Brent Davis, Lincoln

Board Members at Large:

Kyle Flaherty, Kearney
George Hansen, Lincoln
Josh Rice, Lincoln
David Rowe, Lincoln
Martin Shukert, Omaha
Benjamin Foltz, Omaha
Kent Thompson, Lincoln

 

6 Comments

  1. heather johnson
    December 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm · Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I just heard you on the KIOS talking about all the pedestrian and bicyclist deaths this year. While I’m glad that this issue is getting attention I was really disappointed to hear an advocate summarize the problem as distracted driving. I consistently see cars fly through crosswalks with pedestrians in them and see cars driving on bike lanes…. these drivers are not distracted, they are driving how everyone else is. Rarely are motorists cited after hitting people here. The biggest issue is the pathetic lack of infrastructure in Omaha. This is the reason people get hit and killed here. Period. We need to advocate for a mature infrastructure that includes all people if we want these deaths to end.
    Best,
    Heather

    • Julie Harris
      December 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm · Reply

      Heather, you are exactly right – infrastructure plays a very big role in making the environment safe for bicyclists. Our advocacy focus is based on a concept called the 6E’s: Encouragement, Enforcement, Education, Evaluation, Equity and Engineering (infrastructure). A short radio interview makes it hard to cover all of this in depth, so I can understand why you are wondering about the narrow scope of my comments. Much of our work in 2016 will focus on working with the Nebraska Department of Roads on various things that relate to infrastructure, so keep the faith! Thanks for reaching out. Julie

  2. John Gawley
    March 17, 2016 at 8:47 am · Reply

    Hi Julie. I sat in our your YP Summit talk, great stuff there!

    One of my concerns that could very well play into bicycles, sidewalks. I am shocked at the number of areas in our city without them, or they have been neglected.

    For instance, I work in the Old Mill area. Besides the ‘exits’ off the trail at TD building, there are none near Dodge St where all the restaurants are/central location of businesses. There is a remnant piece of concrete and obvious hill grading where a piece of concrete used to exist right next to Cunningham’s Pub & Grill, but it’s gone. To walk (or bike) from Cunningham’s Pub area to McDonalds area, there is the bridge over the creek. The bridge has a sidewalk. However, there is no sidewalk on either side of the bridge.

    We need not forget pedestrians in this conversation.

    How often do I see a bus passenger standing in snow/grass because there is no sidewalk. Probably daily.

    John

    • Julie Harris
      March 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm · Reply

      Thanks, John! I know exactly the spot you are referring to next to Cunningham’s … I used to work in the FNBO building on 114th, and I would come in on the trail, push it through the grass to get up to the bridge sidewalk, cross, then ride (or walk) down the grass on the other side to the car dealer parking lot. Connectivity is so important, as we see in this case, alone.

      Although we are a bicycle advocacy org, we include pedestrians in most conversations. In many cases, what makes a street safe for a person on a bike also contributes to the safety of people walking. Keep speaking up about these important issues!

  3. Dick Galusha
    September 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm · Reply

    What specific activities have the organization accomplished since Jan. 1, 2017? If I am to become a member I would like to have this answered. Thank You. Dr. Richard L. Galusha, Omaha, NE

    • Julie Harris
      September 26, 2017 at 11:18 am · Reply

      We’ll send you a copy of our most recent newsletters so that you can learn more! Thanks!

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