Thanks to Bike OKC for a very nice summary of the Oklahoma Bike Summit. This is part two of that summary. Take a close look at their blog for an earlier post on some of the other presentations.
I appreciate BIke OKC’s perspective on the information presented and especially that they focused on ideas that could be easily implemented (low hanging fruit if you will). Dr. Lusk also presented several ideas that would require massive investments…the kind of stuff that naysayers could quickly dismiss as crazy talk.
I would argue that success breeds success….as we get more bikes on the road and the community begins to see the benefit (happier citizens, lower traffic, reduction of parking issues, etc.) some of the bolder infrastructure plans suddenly start to become more realistic.
Ride your bike every chance you get, especially for those short trips around town. Group social rides are great fun but increasing numbers of individual riders are what we really need. It’s also a good idea to have “a talk” ready. Sooner or later someone is going to offer sympathy that you have to ride your bike, or offer you a ride in their car. Seize the opportunity to share the virtues of riding, and encourage them to give it a try.
Originally posted on Bike OKC
Last weekend in Tulsa at the Oklahoma Bike Summit, I attended a presentation by Dr. Anne Lusk from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her message was that Oklahoma could become home to some of the most innovative cycling infrastructure in the country with a little creativity and great leadership. I explored the first half of her suggestions earlier this week. Now, I will present the second half of those suggestions, all of which could be done in Oklahoma City for minimal cost and effort.
When you’re driving down the highway and you need to stop for gas, usually there are blue signs before each exit telling you the types of services available there. There are universal symbols for restrooms, gas stations, food, lodging, and camping. Why can’t we use symbols like this along bike paths and bike routes? This would make it easier for cyclists…