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Bike Lane Blues, and the Governments We Choose

February 21, 2022

Sarah Johnson had been part of the 10-year fight to bring a protected bike to Omaha when one finally came to Harney Street. Then she found out the two-mile stretch of road, which are common in most U.S. cities, wasn't permanent and it's future wasn't in the city's budget. To her, the whole fight—which includes firings, vetoes and city council members calling the police on their own public works department—says less about biking, and more about how decisions are made in Omaha.


This podcast was produced by Chris Bowling.

Music by Jon Rix (

Read Mode Shift Omaha's history of the fight to get a bike lane in Omaha.

Read Sarah Johnson's op-ed in NOISE.

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