Stillwater has formed a standing bicycle committee in an attempt to improve their bicycle friendliness:
Stillwater has taken another step toward becoming more cycle-friendly.
The Stillwater Bicycle Committee was officially established Wednesday night, following the tradition of other bike-friendly communities across the nation.
Jim Bruer, committee member and Oklahoma State University academic counselor, said this is a necessary step in promoting cycling in Stillwater.
“One of the main things you need to be approved (as a bike-friendly community) is to have a cycling committee like this,” Bruer said.
(via Stillwater Bicycle Committee established Wednesday night – ocolly.com : Osu)
This is a step Stillwater is taking in order to join Norman and Tulsa as Oklahoma Bicycle Friendly Communities as ranked by the League of American Bicyclists.
There is a cycling instruction course taking place this weekend, September 29th, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Metrolake Technology Centers in Oklahoma City.
From the course website:
Who should take this class: Any adult bicyclist, novice or experienced, will benefit from learning vehicular bicycling skills. Most adults are already automobile drivers. This course will help you apply your driving skills to driving your bicycle.
What you’ll learn: The principals of vehicular cycling. Increase your confidence by knowing that you are riding safely and legally.
In the Drive Your Bike! class cyclists will gain a full understanding of how to safely drive a bicycle in a variety of traffic situations. You’ll learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, fix a flat, and make essential “get me home” repairs. Crash avoidance techniques are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. We’ll take to the road and navigate the urban street-scape including multi-lane roadways and intersections.
(via Course Website)
This course is being provided by a League of American Bicyclists’ Certified Cycling Instructor. The course costs $40 and includes both on-bike instruction and a text book.
The League of American Bicyclists has increased Oklahoma’s bicycle friendliness ranking from 43rd in 2011 to 35th this year. Even more impressive to note is that in 2008, Oklahoma was ranked 48th. According to the League, this steady improvement is due to increases in “infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encourage programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.”
“We are encouraged to see significant progress,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “But, as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and funding. We look forward to working with Oklahoma to improve conditions for people who bike for transportation and recreation.”
You can see Oklahoma’s full report here and compare us to other states here.