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The Great Plains Trails Network is a group of citizens who advocate and support a network of trails in and around Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska, for jogging, biking, walking and horseback riding. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved. Thanks for visiting. Your support is appreciated.

New Tracking Device On Trail

(As reported in the Lincoln Journal Star)
Earlier this year, GPTN and Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department found a better way to track the number of people using the trails: They installed a sensor on the Rock Island Trail to count trail use. The $5,000 sensor, called an Eco-Counter, was placed about midway along the Rock Island trail. One part is mounted on a pole and the other is embedded in the concrete surface of the trail. It differentiates between cyclists and pedestrians and records what direction they are headed, the date and time of day.

Here is a breakdown of trail use during the first three months:

* July -- 28,273 cyclists and 10,212 pedestrians.

* August -- 24,907 cyclists, 10,332 pedestrians.

* September -- 20,265 cyclists, 9,287 pedestrians.

* Total traffic -- 103,276.

* Heaviest use -- weekends.

Having this device installed will give GPTN data it needs to apply for grants, etc. to continue to improve the trail system in Lincoln.

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News & Announcements

  • Flashing beacons added to trail

    The new flashing beacons are installed and functional at the MoPac Trail 33rd Street crossing. The beacons are designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The trail crossing also has the usual crosswalk markings and warning signs.

  • 2014 National Bike Challenge

    The 2014 National Bike Challenge is on! The Challenge starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2014.

    We encourage Lincolnites to sign up for the Challenge and to ride for our community. Last year Lincoln won the National Bike Challenge edging out Madison, WI.

    Join the Challenge at: www.nationalbikechallenge.org

    To learn more about the Challenge, visit www.nationalbikechallenge.org.

    The Challenge has many great prizes, and each month prizes will be given away to reward Challenge participants. The more you bike, the better your chance of winning (and the better the prizes) will be!

    Thank you. I hope that you will join us in the 2014 National Bike Challenge.