Urban Tulsa Cover Story Highlights Bicycling

May 30, 2012 in Bicycling

Urban Tulsa Bicycling Cover Story

Bicycling spotlighted on May 30, 2012 Urban Tulsa Cover. (Source: Urban Tulsa)

TULSA – In this week’s Urban Tulsa cover story, Matt Nelson provides an overview of Tulsa’s burgeoning bicycle culture.

Nelson points out that, for a city of its size, Tulsa has a treasure trove of bicycling amenities — think RiverParks, Turkey Mountain, Tulsa Tough, Tulsa Bicycle Club, Wednesday Night Rides — accompanied by a diverse community of bicyclists:

Over the past few years there has been a rising trend in the so-called “hipster” cycling community that values a simple, no technology approach to cycling because they believe cycling is just the right thing to do. Ask someone on their technologically advanced carbon-fiber bike wearing their team-sponsored cycling jersey and they’ll tell you it’s about the competition and fitness. Ask someone on their cruiser headed down Riverside, and cycling is an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends or family. So who are the real cyclists? The answer is YES!

The cover story hits newsstands today. Pick up your free copy this week or read it here.

Tulsa Could Gain More Control of Bike-Ped Funding in Senate Amendment

February 15, 2012 in Complete Streets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan Senate transportation bill amendment introduced by Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin and Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran would shift control of bicycle & pedestrian funding from state DOTs to local governments.

In Oklahoma, the way the bill is currently written, bike-ped funding would be directed toward the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).  Because the money is not required to be spent on bicycle & pedestrian related projects, ODOT would likely direct the funding to their core competency, which is building highways.

Sen. James Inhofe

Sen. James Inhofe speaks at November hearing on transportation reauthorization bill. (photo: U.S. Senate webcast)

In November, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe declared all bike-ped funding in Oklahoma would be diverted to “unfunded mandates.”

The Cardin-Cochran amendment, however, would take a portion of “Additional Activities” funds – the funds eligible for biking and walking projects – out of ODOT’s hands and give it to local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) such as the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG). INCOG is a voluntary association of local and tribal governments in the Tulsa metropolitan area that provides a variety of services, including transportation planning.

As Streetsblog points out, the amendment would not restore dedicated funding for bicycling and walking, but it would give local governments the opportunity to prove Inhofe wrong when he said Oklahoma would prefer to not spend any money on biking and walking.

Caron Whitaker of America Bikes says that many places in Inhofe’s home state would invest in safer streets, if given the resources. “Let’s see what Oklahoma City wants to do,” she said. “Let’s see what Tulsa wants to do. Both of them have invested significantly in biking and walking.”

According to America Bikes, if local mayors and governments do not request the funds for biking and walking or other “Additional Activities”, states can then direct those funds to other purposes, like highways or “unfunded mandates.”

Cardin-Cochran Amendment Summary

Source: AmericaBikes.org

Tulsa: It’s a Bike Town

February 1, 2012 in Bicycling, Featured

Tulsa: It’s A Bike Town from Cassidy Cagle on Vimeo.

TULSA – RiverParks, Turkey Mountain, the Pedestrian Bridge… they all make appearances in a video called “Tulsa: It’s a Bike Town”. @TulsaRiverParks tweeted a link to the video by Freeride Oklahoma that is the first of a project displaying the uniting factors of why we ride bikes.

Check it out.

Photo: Biking Beneath the Broken Arrow Expressway

December 24, 2011 in Bicycling

Biking Beneath the Broken Arrow Expressway

Broken Arrow Expressway Underpass on Pittsburgh Avenue Bike Route (photo: Lassiter)

Video: Bicycling from Downtown Tulsa

December 13, 2011 in Bicycling

Utopia (instrumental) (YACHT) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Bicycling From Downtown Tulsa from Bike Walk Tulsa on Vimeo.

TULSA – View a time lapse video of a bicycle ride from downtown Tulsa featuring the music of YACHT.

Don’t miss classic footage at 2:11 of a car blowing through a stop sign. If these cars don’t start following the rules of the road, they might not get to keep sharing the road with bikes.

After you’re done watching the video, read this commentary on the double standard of bike/car behavior.

This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 License.

Biking on Denver

December 9, 2011 in Bicycling

Biking on Denver

Biking on Denver in front of the BOK Center. (photo: Lassiter)

Mia Birk: Design Cities For Biking and Walking, People Will

December 5, 2011 in Bicycling

PORTLAND – “If we plan and build our cities around driving, then that’s what we’ll do,” says Mia Birk, former bicycle coordinator for the City of Portland and author of “Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.

Birk then goes on to say, “If we plan and build around bicycling and walking, and then encourage people to do so in ways that are meaningful to their lives, then that’s what we’ll do.”

It wasn’t easy to convert Portland to the bicycle city it is today, and it certainly won’t be any easier for Tulsa. In her TED Talk above, Birk tells the story of how car-centric Portland transformed into a city where 8% of commute trips are made by bicycle.

Biking on 21st Street

November 17, 2011 in Bicycling

BIking on 21st

Eastbound on 21st Street near the fairgrounds. (photo: Lassiter)

Bikes Inspiration for Motivational Video

November 14, 2011 in Bicycling

NEW YORK CITY – T-shirt company, Holstee, has produced a motivational (and promotional) video that features bikes. It’s a feel good video showing people riding bikes through the streets of New York City that serves as a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion and community.

Tulsans, get out on the streets and ride your bikes. It’s fun and is a great way to connect with your city.

Downtown Banners Spotlight Bicycling

October 21, 2011 in Bicycling

TULSA – Banners are popping up all over lamp posts downtown inviting the public to meet, play, work, live or eat downtown. The banners labeled “Play Downtown” are accompanied by a vector image of a bicyclist zooming along. Posted at the bottom of all the banners is a website link to downtowntulsaok.com.

Banners hanging from lamp posts downtown invite the public to "play downtown" on bicycles.

It is unclear who is behind the banners, but since the banners are placed on the city’s lamp posts, one can surmise that the City of Tulsa is behind the campaign. Although a visit to the  website does not contain any bicycling info per se. At least one picture depicts bicycles “parked” in the Brady District, but there is no mention of anything specifically pertaining how we can play on our bicycles downtown. Perhaps the Find Parking section of the site could highlight the locations of the downtown bike racks that are few and far between and so elusive.

Although not much is mentioned about bicycles on the site, it is encouraging to see this kind of support for bicycling sponsored by the city.