National Bike Summit 2012

November 30, 2011 in Bicycling by bikewalkadmin

WASHINGTON, DC – Bike Walk Tulsa will be reporting from the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. March 20-22, 2012. Now, more than ever, funding for bicycling projects is in danger of disappearing. Oklahoma Senators James Inhofe and Tom Coburn have made it clear they want to cut all funding for bicycling and pedestrian projects because they are viewed as “frivolous” and not real transportation.

The National Bike Summit, organized by the League of American Bicyclists, provides an opportunity for those who bicycle for transportation to go to Capitol Hill and tell our elected leaders that bicycling is real transportation that can improve the health of Oklahomans and should be included in the next transportation bill.

Word On The Street: 11/30/11

November 30, 2011 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

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Biking on 3rd Street

November 29, 2011 in Bicycling by bikewalkadmin

Biking on 3rd Street

Biking on 3rd Street on the morning of November 29, 2011. (photo: Lassiter)

Word On The Street: 11/29/11

November 29, 2011 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

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Tulsa’s Road Fatalities On One Map

November 28, 2011 in Dangerous Driving by bikewalkadmin

TULSA – Fatality collisions involving motor vehicles occur on a massive scale in this country. The map above, focused on Tulsa, is littered with fatalities from 2001 to 2009. Each dot represents a life lost. The map can be zoomed out to see the entire United States, where nearly 370,000 people were killed in motor vehicle related collisions.

To put that number in perspective, that’s the equivalent of more than 1,200 Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial airplanes filled to passenger capacity, one crashing every two or three days for nine years – the equivalent of more than 120 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But the U.S. doesn’t mobilize wars against traffic deaths. We accept traffic fatalities as a cost of living in our auto-centric society. Sometimes we care more about the traffic congestion caused by a fatality wreck than we do the lives lost.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma had 668 traffic fatalities in 2010 – 68 were pedestrians, eight were bicyclists. Traffic fatalities in Oklahoma have actually decreased nearly 13% since 2006 when there were 765 people killed in traffic accidents.

Distracted Drivers Graph

Source: Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office

Driving while texting or talking on a cell phone is a major problem in Oklahoma. In 2010, nearly 1,500 crashes were caused by Oklahoma drivers who were distracted while using an electronic device. The age group that crashes the most while distracted by electronic devices is 16 to 25-year-olds, followed by 26 to 35-year-olds. Of these 1,500 crashes, more than 500 were injury crashes and nine were fatal.

 

Word On The Street: 11/28/11

November 28, 2011 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011 in Walking by bikewalkadmin

These turkeys are doing their best to calm traffic. Special thanks to Streetsblog for finding this one. Happy Thanksgiving.

Word On The Street: 11/24/11

November 24, 2011 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

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East and West in Tulsa by Bicycle

November 23, 2011 in Bicycling by bikewalkadmin

TULSA – The multi-use paths of Tulsa’s RiverParks, among the top 30 public spaces in the U.S., can be a comfortable and relaxing way to ride a bike for transportation for north and south trips. However, similar options don’t exist for east and west travel through the core of the city.

Bicycle Boulevards, also called Neighborhood Greenways, could be the way to bring east and west bicycle facilities to the streets of Tulsa.

The following video explains the Bicycle Boulevard concept and shows how the on-street greenways encourage bicycling in an environment where cars are not prioritized.

First Street Sidewalk Expansion Underway

November 23, 2011 in Walking by bikewalkadmin

First Street SideWalk Expansion

Construction workers creating a curb on First Street, presumably to expand the sidewalk. (photo: Lassiter)

TULSA – It appears the width of the sidewalk on the south side of First Street in front of the BOK Tower is expanding into the roadway near the intersection of Boston Ave.

Workers could be seen today pouring concrete to form a curb in the middle of a lane that has typically served as parallel parking and temporary loading zone space. The original brick-paved sidewalk in front of the building has been torn up for more than a week.

The combination of the raised curb in the street and the construction on the sidewalk would leave one to believe the sidewalk will be extended to meet the curb.

The previous sidewalk was already wide; however, it appears the curb near Boston Ave. will now match the position of the curb further east on First Street near Cincinnati Ave. in front of One Technology Center, Tulsa’s City Hall.