Spring Ride in Northeastern Oklahoma – April 23, 2016
Creating a new law "authorizing bicyclists to yield at stop signs and proceed through red lights under certain circumstances".
This bill, filed by Oklahoma Representative Lewis Moore (Edmond), essentially mirrors the "Idaho Stop" Law we've heard so much about.
How you can help!
Please, ACT NOW - send an email to members of the Oklahoma Public Safety Committee, who will be meeting this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. If it makes it through the committee. Send an additional email to your representative ( http://oklegislature.gov/ for their name / email )
Copy and paste the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Our message is clear!
Please write in your own words and give clear examples of why you support yielding at stop signs and proceeding through red lights under certain circumstances.
A few good points, for example:
--There are other traffic rules that are specific. I.e. Senate Bill 1329 enacted in 2010 creates a special rule allowing motorcyclists to proceed through a red light if no traffic is present or approaching the intersection.
--Fewer stops for bicyclists reduces injuries due to falls.
--Fewer stops means more bicyclists on the road and increased safety.
--Protects cyclists who have the most to lose by unsafe actions.
--Improves traffic flow at intersections.
--Idaho passed this law 30 years ago, their experience suggests this is safe and effective reform.
For more information on the "Idaho Stop" Law, please visit:
2016 Legislative Activity
- there are 4 new bills filed in this year's legislative session. Thanks to Pete Kramer for compiling this information.
|| Senator Susan Paddack (Ada)
|| amends Oklahoma’s existing minimum 3 foot safe passing law by increasing the fine for injuring a bicyclist to $1000, and requires the offender who kills or injures a bicyclist to perform 100 hours of community service, or pay an additional $5000 fine and suspends their driving privileges for 90 days.
|| Representative Cory Williams (Stillwater)
|| Creates the “Bicycle Safety Reform Act”. The bill as filed currently contains no details or specifics, so we might consider this a “shell bill” which will be amended during the 2016 Session as a catch-all for bicycle related legislation.
||Representative Lewis Moore (Edmond)
|| creates a new law "authorizing bicyclists to yield at stop signs and proceed through red lights under certain circumstances.” Essentially this mirrors the “Idaho Stop Law” we’ve heard so much about.
|| Representative Lewis Moore (Edmond)
|| creates the “Trail Of Tears Historic Bike Route”. The route is to begin at the Cherokee Nation Capital Building in Tahlequah and follow US 62 to the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. The bill directs ODOT to make roadway improvements and add signage as funding becomes available to accommodate bicycles.
|| Representative John Enns (Piedmont)
|| creating new law requiring bicyclist to wear “reflective” clothing while riding on state highways. The bill was withdrawn from the agenda of the Public Safety Committee last session. Technically this bill is not dead and could still be heard by the Legislature.
ODOT Grant Funds Available
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant available through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. It is open to any community, school district, tribal government, regional transportation authority, transit agency, natural resource or public land agency, or other local or regional entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails program outside of the ACOG and INCOG urbanized boundary. A match of 20% local to 80% federal is required for the project. This year, the funding cap has been increased to $700,000. This grant is available for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, conversion of abandoned railway to trail corridors, scenic turnouts and overlooks, outdoor advertising management, historic preservation and rehab of historic transportation facilities, vegetation management, archaeological activities, storm water mitigation, and/or wildlife management.
The application process is all online and NOW OPEN. Please share this information with any community or entity you know of that might be interested in pursuing this opportunity. I am available for any questions you, or the community/entity, might have.
for more details
Welcome new OBC Board Members
The following three persons have been added to the OBC Board.
|Darla Bennett - Muskogee
|| Ken Graham - Tulsa
||Trevor Steward - Freewheel
Oklahoma's first Bicycle Friendly Business announced
Congratulations to Allegiance Credit Union for being recognized as the state's first Bicycle Friendly Business. Cyclist Amy Downs is an officer of the credit union and submitted the application for B.F.B. The L.A.B. announced on Dec 10 that Allegiance was awarded the Bronze designation - quite a feat for a first time applier.
OBC Annual All Member Board Meeting – Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Location: 800 W. Sheridan, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, Ok.
Times: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Agenda items will include: Legislative action update; Bike Tourism Economic Study; ODOT Bike/Ped Advisory Council Update; and other items.
Oklahoma Bike Summit – 2015
What a great summit this year! Most of the presenters were home-grown, speaking on topics that are relevant to bicyclists across Oklahoma. ODOT Deputy Director, Tim Gatz, was the opening speaker. ODOT’s presence alone made attending the summit worthwhile. Tim stuck around all day to respond to audience members’ questions and concerns. State Representative Lewis Moore received OBC’s first Bicycle Advocacy Award. Representative Moore was responsible for establishing two historic bike routes, Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail. He has also been instrumental in bringing the bicycling community and ODOT together, leading to a bike/pedestrian advisory council and full time bike/ped coordinator. And for the finale - a perfect fall day for a bike tour around Stillwater.
Oklahoma Bike Summit
The Oklahoma Bike Summit is rapidly approaching. Have you registered for this premier event being held in Stillwater, November 13th and 14th ? The Summit is bringing together Oklahoma transportation specialists, planners, engineers, advocates and bicyclists to share and discuss best practices for bike safety and planning, health and economic benefits of bike programs, and becoming a bicycle friendly community, university, or business. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is co-hosting the Summit with the Deputy Director Tim Gatz speaking Friday morning. Summit information may be found at: www.okbikesummit.org Don’t forget that OBC members receive a discount on registration fees.
OK Bike Summit scholarships
A generous sponsor has provided 10 scholarships for the Bike Summit
Deadline to submit is Oct 30, the OK Bike Summit board will decide and notify recipients by Nov 5.
Download the PDF file HERE
Update on Bike Service on Heartland Flyer
ODOT Long Range Transportation Plan.
to see the strategies for cycling and pedestrians.
Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition and the 2015 Bike Summit
Perhaps the most exciting news is OBC’s involvement with the 2015 Bicycle Summit. This year we’re a full partner providing substantial funding and personal involvement with the Summit's planning and execution. Focusing on smaller Oklahoma communities, this two day event will highlight success stories and how to achieve success through a more robust bicycling program.
The Summit is being held at the Stillwater Community Center, November 13th and 14th. For the first time, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is helping host. We invite our members, community planners and officials, and all cyclists to attend.
A discount is available for OBC members and early registration. Bike clubs and organizations can get a group admission. You can support the Summit as corporate sponsor or individual donor by visiting Registration at http://www.okbikesummit.org. Any bike related items you might wish to donate toward the silent auction would also be appreciated. All donations are tax deductible!
OBC is a state-wide advocacy and educational organization. As issues emerge in the legislature or local communities, we’re here to educate, promote and at times defend bicyclists’ rights and welfare. Stay tune as we determine and implement our 2015-2016 legislative and governmental goals.
House Bill 1761 - requiring reflecting clothing
It was announced that on Feb. 24th, 2015 that Rep. Enns has withdrawn the bill to require reflective clothing on cyclists. Thanks to all of those that contacted your legislator, your actions made a big impact to preserving cycling in Oklahoma.
Anti-texting bills before Legislature
Perhaps this year will be the year that the State Legislature will pass an anti-texting law. There’s quite a selection to consider as eight laws have been introduced. Governor Mary Fallin supports some form of an anti-texting law as mentioned in her State of the State address. For a short summary of each proposed bill visit Legislative Watch. OBC encourages you to contact your representative on any of the proposals.
Update on Texting While Driving Interim Study
The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee conducted an Interim Study on Texting While Driving on October 7th, 2014. About a dozen people presented why there should be an anti-texting ban. No one presented that texting should be allowed. The committee seemed acceptable to the facts and evidence. Their questions directly related to texting, internet surfing, and emailing while driving. The committee members did not pursue questions such being distracted by listening to the radio or having conversations with passengers. The Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police testified that crash rates had gone down in his city after an anti-texting law was passed. In the past legislators have brought up studies indicating that the anti-texting ban seemed to have no affect on crash rates.
As the study was a fact finding exercise, the committee did not propose any legislative action. However, just conducting a study is a positive step. Perhaps the 2015 legislature will finally allow Oklahoma to join the ranks of 44 states banning texting while driving.
ODOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Council
The ODOT BPAC held it's first meeting Feb. 4, 2015. Click Here for details.
Update: ODOT's Long Range Transportation Plan
ACOG awards new Transportation Alternatives Funding
||June 11, 2014 - The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments awarded $2.8 million in federal Transportation Alternative funding for 6 bike/pedestrian projects today. Project dollars were awarded to Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Norman, and Yukon. Projects range from building new trails to improving pedestrian crossings. Congratulations to the communities receiving funds! ODOT has approximately $19 million in Transportation Alternative funding for communities outside the Tulsa - OKC Metro. Those dollars have yet to be distributed.
ODOT beginning Long Range Transportation Plan
ODOT has begun meeting with stakeholders and the public to develop a 25 year transportation plan. Stakeholders include members from user groups including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and passenger rail advocates. OBC is representing state-wide cyclists. The plan is scheduled to be completed by April, 2015. Initial public meetings are being held this week in Muskogee, Moore, and Clinton. For additional info visit: http://oklongrangeplan.org/
The League of American Bicyclists publish the Cycling Commuter Report.
Click Here to read the report
Percent of travelers commuting by bicycle:
- OKC: 0.2%
- Tulsa: 0.4%
- Portland OR: 6.1%
Stillwater Program makes roads friendlier for pedestrians, cyclists and buses
Stillwater Transportation Director Jason Peek, Bill Scott, Dan Burden and Stillwater City Planner Tom Kootnz listen to Samantha Thomas of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute explain how street design can help traffic flow and encourage walking by making pedestrians feel safer. Burden and Thomas were in Stillwater last week to perform a walking audit of city streets.
April 21, 2014
LAB issues suggestions
for Bicycle Friendly State
April 16, 2014 Statistics on Biking and Walking Released
The Alliance for Biking and Walking has released its 2014 Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and Walking in the United States. Useful information for bike and health advocates, facility and program planning, and educators. Be the first on your block to download: http://bikewalkalliance.org/resources/benchmarking
April 9, 2014 US Bike Route 66 Legislation
A Legislative committee hearing was scheduled for last Wednesday to consider sending SJR13 to the house for a vote. It had already been approved by the Senate last year. At the last minute the bill author ( Rep. Russ ) pulled the bill from consideration, effectively killing it. It is the opinion of ODOT that approving the bill, and thus designating Route 66 as a U.S. Bike Route would have the effect of making it appear to the public that Route 66 is safe for all levels of bike riders. It is agreed that there are sections of Rt. 66 that may be suitable only for highly experienced riders, like those that are making the LA to Chicago tour. Legislative Watch
National Distracted Driving Month
April is National Distracted Driving Month with several events planned in Oklahoma this week. A recent analysis of accident statistics by the University of Nebraska found cyclists deaths increased 30% from 2005 – 2010 due to distracted drivers. Tulsa event Friday, April 11th.
|Please Don't Pedal and Text
OKC and Tulsa Recognized in National Cycling Magazine
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OBC Action Committees
Feb. 25, 2014
a group of cycling enthusiasts met to consider ways to get more people on bikes and to promote cycling in Oklahoma. This group was made up of persons who had attended the recent Bike Summit in Tulsa. Participants at the meeting included seven in OKC, three in Tulsa and one call in from the Guthrie area. More...
Bike Summit in Tulsa
Jan 18, 2014
The second Oklahoma Bike Summit was held in Tulsa.
Click Here for a summary and to view the presentations.