The social media trend brings people together for weekly rides

Dozens of feet — and some feet — hit the pavement at La Vista’s Portal Recreation Area Wednesday night. The chatter and laughter never ends during the one and a half mile loop. You wouldn’t know that many of the people on this group ride have never met before.”Everyone is so cool and genuine and nice. And they all come from different backgrounds,” Meagan Potrzeba said. Potrzeba started the group “Omaha Girls Who Walk.” Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba moved to the metro last year. “It was the pandemic phase last year in college, so after I graduated, I came to Omaha,” she said. “And then I worked from home. I still work from home.” Potrzeba said she was scrolling through the social media app TikTok and came across these walking groups in New York and Chicago. Did a quick search and didn’t see one in Omaha. So Potrzemba decided to start on her own.” I said, “Okay, I’ll just do it. I’m going to start the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yeah, I just started it. People started following me and showing up on rides,” Potrzeba said. Shana Barr is one of those people. ” I moved here in October,” Barr said. Barr moved from Los Angeles and came along for the first time Wednesday. “It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha doesn’t really use Meetup, which I usually do to hike, go for walks, go brunching with the girls or make new friends in a new city. So I think that’s great,” Barr said. Chelsea Gipson has been in a similar situation and has ridden with the team several times now.” I like it. It’s fun. I work from home, so I don’t know anyone here. I’m not from here. So it’s nice to meet people who wouldn’t I’ve ever met working at home,” Gipson said. The rides are in locations around the metro. And they’ve had groups ranging in size from five people to 20. Potrzeba coordinates everything on social media—both on Instagram and TikTok—and anyone is welcome.” We usually have two to three rides a week. And all you have to do is show up,” he said. On this particular night, Potrzeba even had post-ride cookies for the team. The whole idea: to bring people together for a ride, a snack and some new friends. pandemic “I’ve met a lot of great people,” Potrzeba said.

Dozens of feet — and some feet — hit the pavement at La Vista’s Portal Recreation Area Wednesday night.

The chatter and laughter never ends during the one and a half mile loop. You wouldn’t know that many of the people on this group walk have never met before.

“Everyone is so cool and genuine and nice. And they all come from different backgrounds,” said Meagan Potrzeba.

Potrzeba started the “Omaha Girls Who Walk” group.

Originally from South Dakota, Potrzeba moved to the metro area last year.

“It was the pandemic phase last year in college, so after I graduated, I came to Omaha,” he said. “And then I worked from home. I still work from home.”

Potrzeba said she was scrolling through the social media app TikTok and came across these walking groups in New York and Chicago.

Did a quick search and didn’t see one in Omaha. So Potrzeba decided to start it herself.

“I was like, ‘OK, I’ll just do it. I’ll start the account and see what happens from there.’ And then, yeah, I just started it. People started following me and showing up on rides,” Potrzeba said.

Shana Barr is one of those people.

“I moved here in October,” Barr said.

Barr moved from Los Angeles and came for the first time for a walk on Wednesday.

“It’s a good way to meet people because Omaha doesn’t really use Meetup, which I usually use to go on hikes, go on walks, have brunch with the girls, or make new friends in a new city. So I think that’s great,” Barr said.

Chelsea Gipson has been in a similar situation and has ridden with the group several times now.

“I love it. It’s fun. I work from home, so I don’t know anybody here. I’m not from here. So it’s nice to meet people that I would never meet working at home,” Gipson said.

Rides take place in locations around the metro. And they had groups ranging in size from five people to 20 people.

Potrzeba coordinates everything on social media — both Instagram and TikTok — and anyone is welcome.

“We usually have two to three rides a week. And all you have to do is show up,” he said.

On this particular night, Potrzeba even had post-ride cookies for the team.

The whole idea: to bring people together for a ride, a snack and some new friends.

The digital world is doing its part to help people connect in person after the pandemic.

“I’ve met a lot of great people,” Potrzeba said.

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