Omaha protected bike lane ribbon cutting

OMAHA, Neb. -- Omaha is opening up to bikes. 

With local advocates on hand, Mayor Jean Stothert cut the ribbon to the city's first protected, on-street bike lane. 

The ceremony marks a win for cyclists following a long effort to install one. 

The "Market to Midtown Bikeway" is nearly 2-miles long and will run along Harney Street from 10th to Dewey Park. 

The western portion out of Midtown opened Wednesday, the eastern end remains under construction. 

The bikeway will operate for 18-months as a pilot project. But bicyclists are expected to make good use of the stretch, and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is among those already looking to expand the concept. 

The project is a partnership with Bike Walk Nebraska and metro smart cities.