Bike to Work Day Helps Put the Pedal to Pavement
Feeling the brisk Oklahoma breeze on your face is not typical of most commutes to and from work, but it could become more common here in the Sooner state. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is doing its part to promote Bike to Work Day in Central Oklahoma. On May 20, ODOT's Oklahoma City headquarters building, 200 N.E. 21st St., will serve as one of five ride options to the Myriad Gardens for a 7:30 a.m. kickoff event.
This program is sponsored by the City of Oklahoma City, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and Spokies, the Oklahoma City bike share program.
Oklahoma City-area bicyclists are encouraged to meet at 7:15 a.m. in ODOT's parking lot for the 2.4-mile ride starting at 7:30 a.m. May 20. The ride will be led by a League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor.
Four other ride options are offered across the Oklahoma City metro area. They include:
- Ride Option 1 — Meet at Edgemere Park at North Harvey Parkway and Northwest 34th Street for a 2.3-mile ride;
- Ride Option 2 — Meet at McKinley Park at North McKinley Avenue and Northwest 13th Street for a 2.1-mile ride;
- Ride Option 3 — Meet at Perle Mesta Park at North Shartel Avenue and Northwest 18th Street for a 1.9-mile ride; or
- Ride Option 4 — Meet at Wiley Post Park at South Robinson and the Oklahoma River for a 1.7-mile ride.
Click here for Google mapping of all five Oklahoma City Bike to Work Day routes.
Central Oklahoma isn't the only area biking to work. The Tulsa area is joining in on the fun with the Indian Nations Council of Governments sponsoring Bike to Work Day events on May 20.
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma. That commitment extends to pedestrians and bicyclists. The department is continually looking for opportunities to include pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly infrastructure when feasible within its construction projects to make all modes of transportation safer.
The department is making numerous other efforts to accommodate bicycling when possible as a safe mode of transportation. An update is underway of the state Bicycle Map, which is expected to be released later this year both in a printed format and on ODOT's website. This map gives pertinent information such as traffic count data and shoulder width to help bicyclists plan their routes.
To learn more about the many benefits of riding bicycles, see this public service announcement from the League of American Bicyclists and AAA:
Last Modified on 05/06/2016
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) ensures that no person or groups of persons shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, retaliation or genetic information, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any and all programs, services, or activities administered by ODOT, its recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors.