Tulsa Touts Their Trails

Tulsa is doing a little bragging about their bicycle trail system and on paper, it seems well justified.  Unlike the OKC system, Tulsa’s seems well designed for both recreation and transportation which is a big bragging point.

It connects neighborhoods to downtown and that’s not the case in many cities.

Since 1999 the system has grown from just 25 miles to about 100, with a lot more trail work being planned.

via KTUL.com – Tulsa’s Channel 8 – News, Weather & Sports – Tulsa Is A Leading City When It Comes To Bike Trails.

I’ve never cycled much in Tulsa, what are your experiences?  What are they doing right and wrong and what could we do better here in OKC?

Cyclist Hurt in Yesterday's Hefner Crash Succumbs to Injuries – UPDATED

One of the three cyclists injured in yesterday’s bicycle collision at Lake Hefner has died as a result of his injuries.  The rider, Bernard Monty Maughan, 68, was travelling westbound when he collided with two cyclists (of a group of four) travelling east.  From NewsOK:

Updated 5/2/2012 5:12 PM:

Many have asked me both in comments and emails about the cause of the accident to which I have had no information.  However, this was just posted to News9.com:

Police say 68-year-old Bernard Monty Maughan veered into oncoming cyclists on the dam. Maughan was an avid cyclist and ranked as one of the best in his age group in the state.

His friends tell News 9 he suffered a medical emergency moments before the crash which caused him to lose control of his bicycle.

“He died doing what he loved to do and that was riding and racing bicycles,” says Peter Erdoes, who was in Maughan’s cycling club.

“He was always willing to lend a hand to lesser experienced riders,” adds Erdoes.

via Beloved Cyclist Dies After Crashing Into Other Cyclists In OKC – News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |.

It is a sad thing to lose such a prominent member of the cycling community and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Three Injured in Lake Hefner Bike Collision

Updated 5/2/2012: It has now been reported that one cyclist has died from his injuries.  Details here.

The Oklahoman is reporting that three cyclists were injured tonight at around 7:00 PM on Lake Hefner dam:

About 7 p.m., four bicyclists were traveling east at the Lake Hefner Dam when a 70-year-old man bicycling west collided with two of them, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said.

via Three bicyclists hurt at Lake Hefner | NewsOK.com

The 70 year old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition while the other two cyclists suffered more minor injuries but were also taken to the hospital.

KOCO states that the accident happened on the north side of the lake on the dam, but I am having a hard time picturing how such a head on collision could happen in that spot.  I do know that most of my close calls happen on the trails so please be careful out there.

Weekend Lake Trails Slush Report

So, it’s been a long and dull week without the ability for me to ride (darn skinny wheels).  After work, I decided to do an automotive run along the lake bike trails to see how the ice had cleared.  Overall it looks really good which is as I expected.  For those of you who ride out to Overholser to start their rides, I noticed quite a bit of remaining slush at the bottom of the last hill coming into the lake on 16th street.  The trail itself is in fine shape and I didn’t notice any area of standing water that might be frozen up tomorrow morning.  I can however now personally confirm that the old Route 66 bridge is very much closed.  Let’s hope that they can reopen it soon.

The Overholser/Hefner trail seems to equally be in good shape.  However, on the on-street portion of the path on Wilshire between Rockwell and Northwest Expressway, there was a considerable about a slush and standing water.  Be very careful on this portion if you are riding early in the morning.

The Hefner trail is pretty good but there were a few areas, especially near the golf course where I saw standing water on the trail that might get frozen up tonight.  However, overall both the trail and the road route seem very clear.