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

Sand Springs Pedestrians ‘Suspicious’, Assumed to Have Stolen Bikes

January 6, 2012 in Bicycling, Walking

Suspicious pedestrian?

Is this guy suspicious because he's walking? photo: www.pedbikeimages.org / Nicole Schneider

SAND SPRINGS – Police were called to investigate some suspicious pedestrians with bicycles on New Years Eve in Sand Springs.

The following comes from the Sand Springs Leader’s police blotter:

DEC 31
-5:12 p.m. Pedestrian check, suspicious. 1000 block N. Roosevelt. Three white males and one hispanic male all on bicycles headed east from page park, [Reporting Party] states they were towing another bicycle, she believes they may have stolen it. Gone on arrival, unable to locate.

Without a lot to go on, it’s difficult to tell why the reporting party called police on these four men. What about them makes them suspicious? Because they are walking? Because they are adults riding bicycles? Because they are towing a bicycle?

Yours truly has towed another bike to the bike shop with his cargo bike. Is that a suspicious activity? Would others believe I stole the bike being towed?

It’s entirely possible the reporting party found other aspects about these men to be suspicious. But if this person truly called police because they find adults walking or riding bikes to be suspicious activities, it is simply more evidence of the car-dependence of Tulsa and its surrounding communities.