Omaha police hear cyclists’ concerns, will continue to patrol trails

By Alia Conley / Omaha World-Herald , Sep 20, 2018

Photo:   An Omaha police officer from the southwest precinct poses for a photo along the Keystone Trail. OMAHA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Omaha police said they will continue to patrol bike trails after cyclists publicly complained about dangerous conditions caused by wrongdoers.

For years, the Police Department has had a bike patrol, which mostly operates out of southeast precinct and patrols the riverfront or Old Market area, said Kelsey Murphy, a spokeswoman for the department.

Officers from the southwest precinct, which covers many of the city’s paved bike trails, also have used bikes while on patrol.

Some officers in the southwest precinct, which is west of 42nd Street and south of Dodge Street, have a bike with their vehicles and can choose to park and patrol on the bike when needed, Murphy said.

Local cyclists have rallied recently after some experienced hazards on the trails because of litter or people throwing sticks.

Some cyclists have been injured.

“We are being proactive to community concerns and making an effort when we can to keep an eye on the trails,” Murphy said.

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