I have had a few people ask me if there was a place to watch the Tour de France here in town for those of us without cable or a desire to fork over money to watch on our computers. Well Cafe Evoke (103 S. Broadway Ave., Edmond, OK 73034) is showing the Tour live every race day. Additionally, they are offering a $5.00 bottomless cup of drip coffee so you can watch the whole thing without emptying the pocket-book. They will open up in time for the start of each stage. You can view full details at: http://okbik.es/14u
Sorry for the short notice, but I missed this one somehow. However, tonight (March 8th) , the City of Edmond will kick off its bicycle master plan development process with an open house:
City of Edmond invites you to participate in the Bicycle Master Plan Open House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8 in the Downtown Community Center. The Bicycle Master Plan will identify a network of connected bicycle facilities that will serve all areas of the city. It will also communicate and prioritize recommended infrastructure improvements, provide implementation strategies and recommend policies and facility design practices that enhance the comfort and safety of bicyclists.
City Staff and the City’s consultant, Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc., will be in attendance to hear ideas for making Edmond a ‘bicycle friendly’ community. Participants of this initial open house will have the opportunity to actively:
- Review and comment on Plan goals and objectives
- Provide ideas for future bike routes and other improvements
- Identify barriers to bicycling
At 7 p.m., there will be a special presentation that will provide an overview of the planning process so that participants can understand the project schedule, and additional opportunities for providing input that will direct the development of the Plan.Residents are asked to provide their input for the development of the plan.
It is important that cyclists who are Edmond residents to attend this event. It is critical that the city gets good input from the people who will utilize this new infrastructure.
If you can’t make the presentation, please visit http://edmondok.com/BicycleEdmond before March 16th and fill out a survey on the master plan.
I had the opportunity right before Thanksgiving to take part in a fun cycling event called Cranksgiving. This informal ride takes part in many places around the country and consists of several stops at area grocery stores where riders will pick up selected food items which will then be donated to an area food bank.
Since I can never compete on speed, I put Ms. Blu Haul to good use by going for the most weight which ended up being about 40 lbs of can goods. It was a nice ride and I got to meet some nice folks.
I tweeted about this during the last OBS meeting, but the OBS is putting together a great bicycle oriented fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. On November 13th, cyclists will be given seven locations and seven items to pick up. At each pick up, riders will be given a playing card. Best poker hand at the end of the ride gets the grand prize. All riders are welcome, just bring a bike and a bag. You can get full details here.
Edmond has made several important bicycle changes lately including the simplification and clarification of bicycle regulations and the installation of new bicycle route signs. It now appears that they are making a concerted effort to put together a bicycle master plan for the entire city. They are currently seeking a consultant to provide “Engineering and Planning Services for a Bicycle Master Plan”. Full details on the RFQ can be found here. Glad to see that Edmond is putting a concerted effort to improve cycling in a town that I have always found difficult for cycling.
Hat tip to Alan S. for the link.
Following the cue of Oklahoma City and Norman, the Edmond City Council has passed an ordinance change that requires vehicles to pass cyclists with at least 3-feet of distance. Violation of the ordnance comes with a fine of not more than $500. The Ordinance also makes several other changes to cycling rules in Edmond:
- It officially defines a bicycle as a vehicle when traveling on the road ways.
- Clarifies the definitions of bike lane and shared-use paths.
- Requires that cyclists stay under the posted speed limit.
- Allows cyclists (NOT REQUIRES) to ride on the sidewalk everywhere in Edmond except for the downtown area which is defined as “south of Thatcher, east of the railroadright-of-way, north of Second Street, and west of Littler.” Not that I would ever recommend taking up the extremely dangerous practice of cycling on the sidewalk.
- Removes the requirement that cyclists have a bell, whistle or other noise maker on their bike.
You can read the full ordinance and background information in the City Council Agenda packet: http://edmondok.com/docs/city_council/meeting_agendas_and_minutes/03_28_2011_packet.pdf
It’s that time again, OBS Streak time. It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden this one, but it remains one of the staples of the OKC cycling community. This year the ride will be held on September 12th at 7:30 AM at Mitch Park in Edmond. There will be 25 mile, 40 mile and 100K routes along with a Family Fun Ride within the park. Registration is $20 ($25 if recieved after 8/30/2010) for each adult and $10 for children.
Full details along with route maps can be found at the 2010 Streak website.
Yeah, it’s another accident story, but this one has a happy ending. This is a nice story about Russell Hinckley who was injured last year but has made a nice recovery and was able to ride Freewheel this year:
An Edmond man injured in a car-bicycle accident near Lake Hefner last year was back on the road again in a weeklong bicycle ride across the state in June.
News9 is reporting on the families personal investigation into the hit-and-run killing of Alan Spencer three weeks ago:
In the three weeks since the crash no one has come forward with information regarding the crash and now the Spencer family is desperate for answers. Today, friends and family, with help from the community, are gathering at the Memorial Road Church of Christ in an effort to gather information about that day.
I’m hopeful that someone will eventually step forward and do the right thing, but after this long it is becoming more and more unlikely . . .