Tulsa gets friendly bicycle award

For the 3rd time in a row, the City of Tulsa has received a Bicycle Friendly Community bronze-level designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

Tulsa received its first Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2009, followed by a renewal in 2013, and now a second renewal in 2017. Each designation lasts four years. Tulsa is among the 430 Bicycle Friendly Communities nationwide, and one of three designated in Oklahoma. The others are Norman and Stillwater, also at the bronze level.

In Tulsa, bicycling activities range from the nationally recognized annual Tulsa Tough racing event attended by more than 50,000 people, to ongoing activities such as kids’ after-school bike clubs and adult bike clubs that ride on a weekly basis.

Thanks to a sales tax increase, Tulsa also is the future home of the USA BMX national arena and headquarters, to be built at the Evans-Fintube historic site in the Greenwood District. Construction of this project is scheduled to begin in 2018, with $15 million in funding from the Vision Tulsa sales tax.