Biking gains popularity, advocates push for safety

OMAHA, Neb. -- Bicycling increased by 253 percent in the United States during 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials reports a survey indicating that 50 percent of Americans plan to continue riding more post-pandemic.

It's why safety is even more of a priority for Bike Walk Nebraska. 

Executive Director Julie Harris wants Nebraskans of both rural and city communities to be able to enjoy the popular sport safely. 

She attributes the rise in popularity to the pandemic but says not only bikers, but our drivers and lawmakers, need to consider safety more. On Thursday, her organization co-published a paper on bicycle safety and pedestrian fatalities.

The organization has worked to accomplish things such as creating equal laws for pedestrians and bicyclists. They are currently planning a fundraiser.  

Harris herself grew up walking to school in Scottsbluff, and she said she wants her kids to be able to do the same, safely.