Valet parking conjures an image of a man in a bow tie taking the keys to a Cadillac and parking it behind a venue.
Valet parking along Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets is nothing like that during the College World Series.
For this week in June, valet parking is a group of volunteers from community bike organization Omaha Bikes in T-shirts and shorts taking a bicycle and putting it on a rack for free, with more than 50 bikes parked each day.
The valet service opens one hour before the first game and closes 30 minutes after the end of the last game.
This is the third year of valet bike parking at the CWS.
“People who live here understand the challenges of CWS traffic,” said Ben Turner, a member of Omaha Bikes. “Why not park your bike and bring it back?”
For those who don’t have bikes, they can rent one from B-Cycle. The bike-share system has installed two temporary stations downtown — one next to the valet bike corral and the other at 13th and Howard Streets — for public use during the CWS.
About 20 bikes are available to rent.
The sharing system has been popular with lots of different fans, said Turner, who also works as B-Cycle’s program director.
Use of the bike rentals has fluctuated in a similar fashion to the crowds at CWS games. But, there’s rarely a time when the operation has all of its bikes, Turner said.
B-Cycles offer various packages and require a credit or debit card.
Passes cost $6 and give riders one-hour rides for 24 hours. If a ride lasts more than an hour, it’s $4 for each additional hour. Long-term passes are also available.