Find the Nearest Bike Rack in Tulsa With the Bike Parking Locator

June 1, 2012 in Bicycling, Featured

TULSA – Bike Walk Tulsa has created a bike parking locator map to help Tulsa area bicyclists find bike parking near their final destination.

The map, located at bikewalktulsa.org/tulsa-bike-parking-locator/ and accessible on the site’s sidebar, provides directions to the nearest mapped bike rack when users enter their final destination street address in the search box at the top of the map.

TU Hurricane Bike Shop - West Side bike parking

Bike parking at the University of Tulsa. (photo: Lassiter)

Bike racks are marked for the public, customers, or tenants. Some office buildings downtown have bike racks for building tenants and their employees, so it is important to distinguish which racks are available for anyone to use and which racks are exclusive.

The initial bike parking map contains nearly 60 locations with more than 650 parking spaces for bicycles. Many of the locations, when clicked, are accompanied on the map by a photo to provide a visual cue as to what the bike rack looks like and where it is situated.

Of course, bike parking is extremely elusive and hard to spot, so we know this is not all the bike parking in Tulsa and the surrounding communities. That’s why we need your help.

Bike Walk Tulsa wants to map all the bike parking locations throughout the metro area. Not only Tulsa, but we also want Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Jenks, Bixby, Owasso, Sapulpa, Catoosa and more. If you see a bike rack somewhere in town, take a picture and email the photo and the location information to us at [email protected]. We’ll get it added to the map.

View Tulsa Bike Parking in a full screen map

Andy Clarke to Speak at “Sold-Out” Bicycle-Friendly Workshop in Tulsa

February 28, 2012 in Bicycling

Bicycle-Friendly Community

L-to-R: Andy Clarke, NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Source: bikeleague.org

TULSA – Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), is coming to Tulsa on Thursday, March 1, to speak to a capacity crowd for a workshop on how to make your community more bicycle-friendly.

The free workshop “sold out” quickly, which seems to indicate a strong desire in Oklahoma for more bicycle-friendly streets.

Bike-friendly enthusiasts from across northeastern Oklahoma have registered for the workshop, including people from communities like Stillwater, Tahlequah, Pawnee, Muskogee, Collinsville, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Owasso and more.

Clarke’s presentation will cover what communities need to do to achieve the League’s bicycle-friendly status by assessing the conditions of bicycling in the community, providing an introduction of the issues affecting bicycle safety and use, creating an informed action plan to improve conditions for bicycling, and encouraging physical activity through bicycling in the community. Clarke will also speak at a similar workshop in Oklahoma City on Friday.

Designed for city engineers, public works directors, city planners, mayors, city councilors and bicycling advocates from around the region, the workshop was developed by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of their program to implement the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

In addition to Andy Clarke’s presentation, James Wagner, Transportation Projects Coordinator at INCOG, will share his experience on completing the LAB’s bicycle-friendly application and will lead a discussion around local bicycling issues.

Wagner’s efforts in submitting the bicycle-friendly application helped Tulsa earn a bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Community status in 2009. Tulsa and Norman are currently the only cities in Oklahoma recognized by the League as Bicycle-Friendly Communities.

The workshop will be held from 9am to 1pm, March 1, on the 2nd Floor of Williams Tower II located at Two West Second Street in downtown Tulsa. Bike Walk Tulsa will cover the event, so check back later this week for the story.

You can see Andy Clarke in the CNN Video below about gas prices and bicycling.

Rep. John Sullivan’s Town Hall Opportunity to Voice Concerns on House Transportation Bill

February 17, 2012 in Complete Streets

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan Source: U.S. Government / Wikimedia Commons

BIXBY – In a mass email sent Friday, Rep. John Sullivan announced he will hold a town hall meeting in Bixby on Feb. 22.

The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Rivercrest Event Center located at 13329 S. Memorial Dr.

Sullivan’s town hall presents an excellent opportunity for constituents to make their views known on the House transportation bill, HR-7, that would completely eliminate dedicated funding for bicycle/pedestrian projects, dedicated funding for mass transit, and the Safe Routes to School program.

“Town hall meetings like this give me a great opportunity to hear directly from you, my constituents,” said Sullivan in the email. “So many of the best ideas come from you and I want to give you all a chance to have your voices heard.”

Those who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to encourage Sullivan to vote no on HR-7 or support the bipartisan Petri (pronounced pea-TRY) Amendment that would preserve dedicated funding for activities that previously qualified for federal funding under Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS).

The Petri Amendment consolidates TE and SRTS into the Transportation Improvement Program and would ensure that local governments — cities and counties — would have an opportunity to weigh in on transportation decisions. Cities like Bixby and Tulsa could use the money to improve biking and walking in their communities if they choose.

Petri’s previous amendment to HR-7 that aimed to restore dedicated funding to bike/ped programs failed by only two votes. Sullivan could be a key swing vote to put Petri’s new amendment over the top. This go around, Petri’s amendment focuses on ensuring local governments have a voice in decisions on how to use the funds.

The way the bill is currently written, funding for bike-pedestrian programs would no longer be required to be used on bike-ped projects, and the money would be given to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, whose core competency is building highways. It is unlikely ODOT would decide to spend the money on bike-ped projects in such a scenario.

The amendment’s original cosponsors include Representatives Petri, Johnson, Lipinski, LaTourette, Blumenauer, and E. B. Johnson.