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.

Car Storage More Important Than People in Muskogee

January 23, 2012 in Complete Streets


MUSKOGEE – A couple may be forced to move from their home to make way for a parking lot for a call center in Muskogee, NewsOn6 is reporting.

Orlin and Cathy Phillips have lived in their home for 20 years but may lose their home so employees of the Veterans Administration call center can let their cars sit unproductive for eight hours a day on the Phillips’s land.

The Veterans Administration says they’ve explored other options, but the nearby land of churches and retail establishments would be too expensive to buy. The option they haven’t considered is that you don’t need a car to get around. Well, maybe Muskogee hasn’t made it very easy for anyone to get around without a car.

Streetsblog has an article today called “How the ‘Right’ to Cheap Parking Makes Streets Less Equitable” that touches on the concept of “compulsory car” thinking.

Many people seem to assume that driving is the only (tolerable) way to move around or that most drivers have little or no choice. They assume that if you can’t afford to park in an area, then you can’t afford to go there. Many people seem to be thinking of parking and driving as a basic necessity, like water.

Free parking is a problem in Oklahoma. Not that you can’t find any. The problem is there’s too much of it. If the Veterans Administration or the City of Muskogee charged market-based prices for parking, they wouldn’t need to steal the Phillips’s home. Perhaps if the employees had to pay the true cost of parking, they would find another way to get to work.

You can watch the NewsOn6 report on the Phillips’s parking lot battle by clicking here.