TravelSmart: Biking

Perks of TravelSmart Biking

As a registered bicyclist with the TravelSmart program, you have the following available to you:

  • Free indoor/secure bike parking and access to showers and lockers located in the Annex 22 Building (corner of Saddle Creek Road & Emile Street). Once you register for TravelSmart, we will provide you with a code to access this secure parking area. There are individual bike racks within this storage area to lock your bike to. To see the setup, view the “Bike Storage & Shower Facilities” video below.
  • Free access to showers and lockers in the Center for Healthy Living (39th & Jones Streets). Once you register for TravelSmart, we will activate your identification badge so that you can use it to enter the Center for Healthy Living and access the showers and daily lockers. Please note that it may take up to one week for your identification card to be activated from the date you register for TravelSmart.
  • Access to a free ride home (or to a doctor’s office, hospital, or a dependent’s school/daycare) when unforeseen emergencies occur on the days that you ride your bike to work. Check out the Emergency Ride Home support program for additional details and guidelines.
  • If you currently have a parking permit, you have the option to keep it or cancel it. See the Details & Decision Point section below for more information.
  • If you decide to cancel your parking permit (and stop paying the regular parking fee), you are also granted the following:
    • Opportunity to use daily-rate flexible parking ($3 per day) in marked sections of lots #55, #59, and #36 on the days that you drive a vehicle to campus. View the TravelSmart Daily-Rate Flexible Parking Map to see the locations of the daily-rate flexible parking lots.
    • 3-month grace period in which you can request your parking permit back for your original lot (see Details & Decision Point below for more info).

How to properly fit a bike helmet and lock your bike:


Indoor Bike Parking & Locker/Shower Facilities Video:

Wondering where Annex 22 is?  Or don’t know how to get to the locker rooms?  Check this video out:

Additional Resources

Bicycling Laws and Safe Bicycling:

  • Bicycle Safety – Helpful hint and links on bicycle safety provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Proactive Cycling – Video and tips to keep you safe while bicycling
  • City of Omaha Public Works Reporting App  — If you see an issue with a street, sidewalk, or signage please report it to Omaha public works using their web page or app. 
    Omaha Mobile App is a real time mobile civic engagement tool for Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha Mobile App provides a free, simple, and intuitive tool empowering people to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, & environmental issues) and report for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save time, money, improve services, and improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action.
    Get the app here
    You can also report issues online here

For cyclists:

  • Always wear a helmet (see above), appropriate clothing, and items to make you visible;
  • Be aware of drivers who may not be looking for you;
  • Make sure  you are visible – avoid crossing in front of trucks, vehicles or other objects that may impair the driver’s ability to see you;
  • Keep your head up, looking forward so you can see hazards and react–do not look at the ground;
  • Follow all traffic laws (see above);
  • Bicycles are to be ridden on the road, in the direction of traffic
  • If you cannot ride on the road, consider walking your bike on the sidewalk & remember that pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks–you are to watch out for them and go around;
  • Use appropriate hand signals when making turns and stopping;
  • Remember that vehicles may not be able to stop when the road is wet or covered with snow and/or ice.

For drivers:

  • Be alert to what is going on around you;
  • Avoid distractions and tasks that may take your mind and eyes from the road — talking on the cell phone, fiddling with the radio, eating, applying makeup, etc.;
  • Do not speed up to get through an intersection;
  • Be alert to pedestrians who may step off the curb and into your path;
  • Bicyclists have a right to be on the road, share it safely;
  • Completely clear the snow and ice from your windows;
  • Stop at stop signs and prepare to stop when the light turns yellow (It is not true that green go and yellow means go very fast.)
  • Adjust their driving to the weather and road conditions; and
  • Buckle up and drive defensively — expect the unexpected.

Below are some helpful resources connected to riding your bike to campus:

  • Campus Bike Map – shows locations of indoor bike storage, locker/shower facilities, and outdoor bike racks
  • Omaha-Council Bluffs Bike Map (and app)– This map is designed as a tool to help you find routes to take you through the region by bicycle. You’ll also find information here about the BikeOmaha system and Heartland B-cycle (Omaha’s growing bike share program.)
    This map is phone and tablet friendly.
  • Biking & Taking the Bus – Omaha Metro’s explanation of how to load your bike to the rack on the front of the bus
  • League of American Bicyclists – national organization with great resources about how to safely and efficiently commute to work/school by bike
  • Omaha Bikes – local nonprofit organization with tips and resources for biking to work/school


Details & Decision Point: Keep or Cancel Your Parking Permit

As part of the TravelSmart registration process, you have the option to cancel or keep your parking permit (if you currently have one). Many TravelSmart participants prefer to cancel their current parking permit so they do not have to pay the parking fee.

If you choose to CANCEL your current parking permit:

  • Your current parking assignment will be saved for 3 months from the date of TravelSmart registration (i.e., risk-free trial period). If you decide you want your parking permit back within this 3-month grace period, a permit for your original lot will be reissued. If you request your parking permit back after 3 months, parking will be reassigned based on where space is available.
  • You will need to return your parking permit via interoffice mail or in person to Parking Services located in the UNMC Bookstore within the Student Life Center (campus zip 5001).
  • For employees, once the parking permit is returned to Parking Services, payroll deduction for the monthly parking fee is stopped. Students who return their parking permits will receive a prorated reimbursement for any upfront parking fee that was initially paid.
  • As a registered TravelSmart participant, you have the opportunity to use daily-rate flexible parking located in marked sections of lots #36, #55, and #59 on the days that you need to drive your vehicle to campus. The cost is $3.00 for the day. Payment is provided when you arrive at the lot via a smartphone app or a cellphone that supports web browsers (or via a computer with access to the internet when you arrive to your workplace). Click here to learn more about daily-rate flexible parking and view a map of the specific lots.

If you choose to KEEP your parking permit:

  • You will continue paying the parking fee for your assigned parking lot.
  • Please note that you can cancel your parking permit at any point in the future; the 3-month grace period for saving your current lot assignment would start on the date you call.

As part of the registration process for the TravelSmart program, we encourage you to consider canceling your parking permit, but it may not be the most desirable option for you from a financial perspective. Generally speaking, if you plan to regularly ride your bike or use other active transportation more days per week than drive alone (e.g. 3 out of 5 days/week), it is financially advantageous to cancel your parking permit and pay for daily-rate flexible parking on the days you drive a vehicle to campus. However, if you plan to drive by yourself more days per week, it makes more financial sense to keep your parking permit and still use active transportation when you can.

If you are still uncertain about which option is best for you, please click on the TravelSmart Options Calculator, which will help you identify the option that makes the most sense financially. You can also contact  402.559.8580 (ext. 3) or for assistance.


Frequently Asked Questions about TravelSmart biking and other program details.

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