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Downtown Omaha gets new, artsy bike racks

Six new bike racks that also are works of art are being installed in downtown Omaha. The project is the result of an idea from one of the small groups of Greater Omaha Chamber Leadership Omaha Class 34, funding by the Downtown Improvement District and help from the City of Omaha's bike pedestrian coordinator.

The racks were envisioned as part of a community improvement project. The improvement district found funding and also used grants from the Mayor's Office and Mutual of Omaha.

Artists Melody Scott and Peggy Ritschel were chosen to design and fabricate six unique racks. Two will be at the W. Dale Clark Library and one each at the Orpheum Theater, 12th and Howard Streets, 11th and Jackson Streets, and 11th and Jones Streets.

The bike rack project joins the improvement district's 2010 functional public art project, Take a Seat! That project replaced 13 park benches in Gene Leahy Mall with artistic interpretations of a typical park bench.

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