Training Wheels Workshop Series Begins Saturday

April 20, 2012 in Bicycling by bikewalkadmin

TULSA – Next month is National Bike-to-Work month and to get ready, a workshop series called “Training Wheels” gets underway Saturday.

The free workshops are designed for “bike newbies” – people of all ages who are interested in bicycle commuting but have questions or need some encouragement.

On-Street Bike Corral

On-street bike parking is coming to Tulsa. Learn more at "Bike Racks Around Town," part of the Training Wheels workshop series. Photo: www.pedbikeimages.org / Heather Bowden

The first class, “Bicycle Basics”, kicks off at 10am, April 21 at the Tulsa Hub, a bicycle non-profit located at 601 W. Third Street in downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Hub will explain everything you need to know to get started. They’ll go over the benefits of bicycling, how to select a bike and how to prepare for different kinds of rides. There will even be a short fun ride.

“Gear Up”, the second class of the workshop series, will teach the basics of bicycle maintenance. When you’re out on a ride, you need to know how to change a flat. And much of the maintenance needed for a bicycle can be done cheaply by yourself at home. The staff of Tom’s Bicycles on Cherry Street will cover basic bike tunes that can save you money and keep your bike running smooth. This class starts at 2pm on April 29 at Tom’s Bicycles, 1506 E. 15th Street.

The third class in the workshop series, “Road Rules”, will give you confidence to ride on the street. You may not know it, but bicycles actually belong on the street and not the sidewalk. In fact, you can ride legally on any city street in Tulsa. League Certified Instructor James Wagner will teach the rules of the road and put your fears to rest with essential riding techniques that will keep you safe and having fun. Wagner will even take you out on the road for a spin. This class starts at 10am, May 5 at the Brookside Library located at 1207 E 45th PL.

Nearly 100 bicycle racks are coming to downtown and other areas of Tulsa. If you’ve been frustrated by the lack of bicycle parking in Tulsa, come to the fourth workshop called “Bike Racks Around Town”. From 6 to 8:30 am on Monday, May 14, City of Tulsa officials will be on hand at the Coffee House on Cherry Street to explain where the bike racks will be installed and to answer questions. It’s a great way to kick off Bike-to-Work week. Free refreshments and breakfast pastries will be provided.

To cap off the series, there will be a Bike-to-Work day celebration at Joe Momma’s Pizza form 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Friday May 18. There will be music, beer specials, prize drawings, and you’ll have the chance to sign up for the 2012 Bike-to-Work Commuter Challenge.

Word on the Street: 4/20/12

April 20, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • QuikTrip Plan Challenges Tulsa’s Development Policies
    At issue is whether the council should approve a development plan – called a Planned Unit Development – for a new store that would replace an existing QuikTrip by closing what is now 10th Street. Advocates for the Pearl District, a neighborhood trying to rebuild itself as a walkable, less car-focused community, oppose the PUD.
  • House Defies Veto Threat, Passes Drill-and-Drive Extension
    This new extension is simply an excuse to start the conference process with the Senate, and all the bells and whistles attached to it are just bargaining chips for the conference table. The bill carries two popular programs — harbor maintenance and the RESTORE Act — and a few unpopular ones — Keystone XL, coal ash, and environmental streamlining  – into the conference room, while the Senate brings program consolidation and a longer timetable.
  • Bike/Ped Survives House’s “Dirty” Transportation Bill Extension
    There had been fear that the Republican leadership would strip out bicycling and walking funds, like Transportation Enhancements. That did not occur. Nor did they gut the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, another important source of bicycling funds. These cuts, proposed in H.R. 7, had become controversial among Republicans as well as Democrats.
  • Citing Budget Constraints, Portland to Invest More in Biking, Not Driving
    PBOT Director Tom Miller announced that Portland will be pursuing a 10 percent bike mode share goal, an interim step on the city’s way to achieving its 25 percent target by 2030.
  • Detailed Study of DC’s Cycletracks and Their Effect on Bike and Car Traffic
    The two cycletracks increased cycling on their streets enor­mous­ly, and took cycling off the sidewalk. Crashes increased, but not as much as volume, meaning that each individual cyclist became statistically safer. [PDF]

Word on the Street: 4/16/12

April 16, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • Tulsa Shopping for New Parking Meter System
    City officials will issue a request for proposals in May to have private companies supply new infrastructure, operations and maintenance for Tulsa’s broken parking meter system.
  • Summit Seeks Tulsa Area Residents’ Ideas for Regional Improvements
    Modeling the successful Vision 2025 process, regional residents are invited to participate in the enVision Summit, a free three-hour forum intended to gather public input on how to best improve the region.
  • Claremore Juvenile Killed Crossing Railroad Tracks
    Claremore Police say the incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. at a crossing at 7th and Missouri. Police are not releasing the juvenile’s name or age other than to say the victim was a boy.
  • Wall Street Journal: American’s Don’t Want to Live in Ray Lahood’s Car-Free Utopia
    The Journal ignores induced demand and calls for more highways to solve congestion.
  • GOP Turns Focus on Gas Prices
    Starting this week, the House GOP will try to push a temporary highway funding bill that includes mandatory approval of construction of the Keystone energy pipeline, setting up a negotiation showdown with the Senate.
  • About 100,000 Cyclists and Pedestrians Participate in Ciclavia
    This was Los Angeles’ fourth CicLAvia, which shut down numerous streets to traffic from East Los Angeles to East Hollywood and turned them into one big bike lane. The first event was held in 2010. The event is intended to inspire people to get out of their cars, explore the city and burn a few calories at the same time.
  • Walking in America Series Part IV: How American Can Start Walking Again
    “If you have fewer lanes, tighter curb returns, lower speeds, then it works for pedestrians.” Shorter blocks are key too. “We don’t build enough streets,” Lagerway says. Rather, we have superblocks. “The visual messaging is go fast. The blocks are really long, you pick up speed between them. The town may not allow street parking, which gives it a wider feel. They haven’t put in street trees because they put a sidewalk where the trees should go. The houses are set way back.”
  • More Bike Lanes = More Cyclists, Regardless of Weather
    Studying bike lanes in 90 or the 100 largest American cities, Pucher and collaborater Ralph Buehl used Pearson’s correlation, bivariate quartile analysis, and two different types of regressions to measure the relationship between more and longer bike lanes and quantity of cyclists.
  • Bike Share is Coming to Los Angeles
    Unlike systems in many other cities, L.A.’s bike sharing system will be implemented, operated and funded by a private company. It’ll be the largest privately funded bike sharing system in the country, according to Navin Narang, founder of Bike Nation, the L.A.-based company that will be running the system.
  • Seeking Pedestrian Advocates in LA, Where People Actually Do Walk
    “Everybody’s a pedestrian,” says Deborah Murphy. It might seem like semantics, but the clarification is important, says Murphy, an urban designer and long-time pedestrian advocate in Los Angeles. By thinking about pedestrianism as a natural act rather than a specific interest, it become clear that the idea of making the city a better place for walking really does serve the interests of all.

Gil Penalosa Inspires Dallas City Council with 8 to 80 Cities

April 13, 2012 in Complete Streets by bikewalkadmin

DALLAS – Gil Penalosa of 8 to 80 Cities gave an inspiring presentation to the Dallas City Council earlier this week bringing the message that cities should be prioritized first for pedestrians, second for bicycles, third for transit and automobiles last.

Dallas Morning News reporter Rudolph Bush found Penalosa’s presentation “riveting” while Jim Schutze described it as “awe-inspiring“. You can view Penalosa’s talk with the Dallas City Council above. It’s a long-form version of the presentation he gave in his TEDx talk in Australia last year.

Tulsa could stand to benefit from a presentation like Penalosa’s to inspire local leaders to find the political will to become champions for active transportation and design our cities and streets for people instead of only for cars.

Dinner & Bikes Tour Rolls into Tulsa on Route 66 Friday

April 12, 2012 in Bicycling by bikewalkadmin

Dinner and Bikes

Joe Biel, Elly Blue and Joshua Ploeg bring their Dinner & Bikes tour to Tulsa April 13. (photo: Gary Kavanagh)

TULSA – Elly Blue and her crew are bringing their Dinner & Bikes Tour to Tulsa Friday in conjunction with Tulsa Young Professionals’ Street Cred event on Route 66.

The goal of Dinner & Bikes, according to Blue, is to bring people together to eat delicious food and get excited about bicycle transportation.

The show involves bicycle inspiration, a vegan chef, and a traveling bookstore.

While you’re chowing down on food cooked up by Chef Joshua Ploeg, Blue will talk about the bicycling economy, with pictures, interspersed with Joe Biel’s short films about Portland’s bicycle culture, followed by Q & A.

If you’re excited about the possibilities for improving bicycle transportation in Tulsa, this event is definitely for you.

The show starts at 7:30pm on April 13 in the Buffalo Lounge (4067 Southwest Boulevard) at Street Cred, across the street from Ollie’s Station Restaurant. Tickets are $10 at the door. You can reserve your ticket in advance here. The event will happen rain or shine. The Buffalo Lounge will move to 4249 Southwest Boulevard in the event of inclement weather.

Word on the Street: 4/10/12

April 10, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: The City of the Future Will Be Built Around Bicycles
    Bill Nye the Science Guy envisions bicycle arterials all over the city, with showers in workplaces and lots of places to lock your bike securely. And in his dream world, those bike arterials would be covered by a roof to make the cycling experience independent of the weather. That might seem excessive and expensive, but do you know how expensive roads are? Bill does, and he thinks bikeways are a better investment.
  • Walking in America Series, Part I: The Crisis in American Walking
    America is a country that has forgotten how to walk. Witness, for example, the existence of “Everybody Walk!,” the “Campaign to Get America Walking” (one of a number of such initiatives). While its aims are entirely legitimate, its motives no doubt earnest, the idea that that we, this species that first hoisted itself into the world of bipedalism nearly 4 million years ago—for reasons that are still debated—should now need “walking tips,” have to make “walking plans” or use a “mobile app” to “discover” walking trails near us or build our “walking histories,” strikes me as a world-historical tragedy.
  • Evanston, IL Gears Up For Protected Bike Lane
    The new path physically separates bicyclists from motorists via lane separators. The path is also distinguished by a jade pavement coloring. The designated bicycle patch drew praise from the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance, which applauded Evanston as a “leader in the Chicago region” for installing a protected bicycle lane.
  • Getting Stuck in Traffic On The Way to the Gym
    Tom Vanderbilt took to Twitter to see if people really do get stuck in traffic on the way to the gym to ride stationary bicycles.
  • Why Young Americans Are Driving So Much Less Than Their Parents
    Money doesn’t explain everything. Sixteen to 34-year-olds in households with incomes of more than $70,000 per year are increasingly choosing not to drive as well, according to the report. They have increased their use of public transit by 100 percent, biking by 122 percent, and walking by 37 percent.
  • Idaho Enacts Texting While Driving Ban
    Support for the ban increased after Clay and Shauna Sauer–parents of an 18-year-old daughter, Taylor, who died in a crash last January–appealed to Idaho legislators. At the time Taylor crashed into a truck, she had been texting every 15 seconds. Her final message: “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha.”
  • Why Generation Y is Causing the Great Migration of the 21st Century
    After 60 years, many commentators have announced that the American Dream is poised to make its next great shift — this time from the suburbs to the urban core of our cities.

Word on the Street: 4/9/12

April 9, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • enVision Summit to Focus on Future of Green Country
    enVision Summit is a collaboration between Tulsa County Commissioners and mayors from across northeastern Oklahoma. The summit provides an opportunity to discuss what Green Country residents want to see happen to the community in the future. Tell ‘em you want a community designed to encourage active transportation.
  • Street Cred Works to Revitalizes Red Fork
    Elly Blue’s Dinner & Bikes Tour is coming to Tulsa as part of Tulsa Young Professionals’ Street Cred event. For several weeks volunteers have been helping to clean up buildings and shops in the Red Fork area with hopes of revitalizing that community.
  • Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrests in NYC
    “We as a society have chosen to drive these big cars,” said Joe McCormack, an assistant District Attorney for the Bronx. It’s his job to prosecute traffic crimes. “And we also as a society have chosen not to criminalize every single small mistake that just has a dramatic consequence because you’re driving a car,” he said.
  • Does Your Neighborhood Make You Fat?
    For obesity, your zip code matters as much as your genetic code.
  • Indianapolis Adds 64 Miles of Bike Lanes
    As prime cycling weather takes hold — and as motorists grapple with what the sometimes-confusing markings and symbols all mean — now comes the test for the city’s newly expanded 64-mile network of on-street bikeways: Will bicyclists start using them?
  • Detroit’s Bicycle Boom
    A 2012 report by the Alliance for Biking & Walking found the number of bicycle commuters in Detroit rose 258 percent over the last two decades.
  • We Don’t Need New Roads
    America’s love affair with cars is finally waning. Investing in more highways is bad policy.

Word on the Street: 4/6/12

April 6, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • Report: Young Americans Are Dumping Cars for Bikes, Buses
    Federal and local governments have historically made massive investments in new highway capacity on the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady pace. The changing transportation preferences of young people — and Americans overall — throw those assumptions into doubt.
  • America’s Romance with Sprawl May Be Over
    Population growth in fringe counties nearly screeched to a halt in the year that ended July 1, 2011. By comparison, counties at the core of metro areas are growing faster than the nation as a whole.
  • How Bicyclists and an Open Street Festival Made L.A. a Better Place
    They said it would never work here. This wasn’t San Francisco, this wasn’t New York, and this was most certainly not Portland. This was Los Angeles, where the car is king. To close seven miles of streets — and for what? To the city bureaucracy, it sounded like madness.
  • Bicyclists at Center of Bitter Debate Over Bike Lanes
    Yesterday, NPR’s Talk of the Nation discussed the idea that the toughest obstacle to bike lanes is the reputation of the cyclists themselves, who are often seen as rude and dismissive of the rules of the road.

Word on the Street: 4/5/12

April 5, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • Pearl District Form-Based Code Expansion Proposed
    It aims to make the Pearl District more urban, pedestrian friendly, and include mixed-use developments. But some worry this code will change the look of all 700 properties in the area.
  • Huge Crowd Packs Pearl District Form-Based Code Hearing
    In general, the form-based code encourages the development of dense, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and discourages the use of automobiles. Existing structures would be grandfathered in, but remodeling or future building could be subject to the new rules.
  • Urban Tulsa Cover Story: Waiting for Disaster
    According to the National Transportation and Safety Board, one in five licensed drivers will be 65 and older by 2025, with that part of the population in Oklahoma rising by about 20 percent. Cities like Tulsa are engineered around the automobile, which means the elderly lose their independence when they lose their license.
  • AAA Survey Reveals Aging Drivers’ Concerns
    90% surveyed said being forced to surrender their license would pose a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem.
  • Bikes Belong Selects Six Cities to Fast Track Protected Bike Lanes
    Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. will receive a leg up from Bikes Belong’s new “Green Lane Project.” The two-year, intensive technical assistance program is intended to help these cities develop protected on-street bike lanes and make this type of bike infrastructure a mainstream street design in the U.S.
  • How Local Transportation Decisions Can Put Public Health Front and Center
    Transportation projects often have profound consequences for public health, whether negative (in the case of fossil fuel-burning highway expansions) or positive (in the case of calorie-burning bike-friendly, walkable streets). So why don’t cities and states always consider health impacts when evaluating a transportation project or policy?
  • Nine Reasons Why You SHOULDN’T Bike to Work
    Next month is Bike to Work month. Here are some reasons to justify your lack of participation.
  • Providing Bikes and Cars Their Own Space Proves Popular
    It is only when cycling doesn’t feel like an extreme sport that it can become so popular as it is in the Netherlands.
  • Encouraging Biking, Walking in Large U.S. Metro Areas
    When home, work, school and shopping are in closer proximity, travel is easier. What can cities do to help get people out of their cars and onto their feet?

Pedestrian-Friendly Pearl District Form-Based Code Up for Expansion at Planning Meeting

April 4, 2012 in Walking by bikewalkadmin

arl District Form-Based Code Map

Source: TMAPC

TULSA – The pedestrian-friendly form-based code in Tulsa’s Pearl District is being considered for expansion at a Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (TMAPC) meeting scheduled for April 4 at 1:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Some developers oppose the plan. One major opponent includes QuikTrip, the company that wants to expand its 11th and Utica store by demolishing a portion of what is now 10th Street.

Michael Bates has an in-depth story over at Batesline on the history of how the Pearl District came to adopt the form-based code.

Neighborhoods like the Pearl District, which developed just after World War One, were treated almost as an afterthought in the zoning code and comprehensive plan, a dumping ground for whatever activities weren’t desired in the nice new parts of the city. It didn’t occur to planners of the period that some people might prefer to live, work, and play in a neighborhood convenient to downtown that was built around people rather than cars.

Read more of the Batesline article: Keeping the Promise to the Pearl District