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Riding your bike in Tulsa Is a wonderful experience if...

  • You are seen and respected by people in cars.
  • You have safe infrastructure like marked routes, trails and bike lanes.
  • You have proper lighting on your route.
  • You have the equipment and resources needed to be seen and feel safe.

Many areas of Tulsa are lacking these basic necessities for safe transportation. Many people commute by bicycle to work during the "invisible hours," using poorly lit and marked streets. Because of this they are poorly seen and often feel unsafe. Safe roads for all should and must be prioritized in our state and city budgets and we are gathering to make it known that what has been invisible will be so longer. Ultimately, this ride is about far more than safe mobility through the streets of Tulsa. Many in our town are rendered invisible by others’ inability or lack of desire to see. Join us and our partner organizations to ride in solidarity with our invisible neighbors. We will affirm that what is not visible will be made visible through our collective power to create a safe, healthy community for all through participatory democracy (in other words: our vote!).

Ou Goals:

  • Celebrate bicycling in Tulsa!
  • Call attention to the need for appropriate infrastructure on well-traveled routes.
  • Make cyclists visible to Tulsa drivers by creating a large mass of cyclists impossible to ignore.
  • Educate bicyclists on safe, respectful riding practices - educate drivers on the same principles.
  • Make bike lights available to the public.
  • Ride in solidarity with neighbors who experience invisibility in all of its many forms.
  • Invite interested participants to join in organizing and advocating for transportation equity.

Details:

  • There are TWO routes, one 4 mile, one 9 mile. The point of the ride is to highlight the poor conditions of the streets on which we are cycling. The streets may have potholes, glass, and other hazards. Ride at your own risk. Tulsa Hub is not responsible for damaged bikes - we will, however, have mechanics and tubes available.
  • Bicycles will be available to borrow at no cost or purchase at the celebration starting at 5:00pm.
  • Lights are required in order to ride. We will have lights available to give away at the celebration!
  • There are many delicious food trucks and restaurants surrounding the square. Plan to grab a bite to eat between 5 - 6pm! Support local business!
  • We will have bicyclist police escorts at the front and back of the riders. We will stick together as a group in order to ensure maximum safety for all riders.
  • We are expecting 300 riders.
  • Parking is available for those who drive to the event (follow parking guide signs).

Schedule of Events:

5:00 – 7:00

Legendary DJ Algebra

Bike Safety Station (reflective tape, light sets, safety tips, safety practice course)

State of Our Streets - meet your elected officials

Learn how to join with us to advocate for equitable bicycling infrastructure

Face painting (for kids and adults!)

7:00 – 7:15 – Line up.

7:15 – 8:30 – Ride.

8:30 -- 10:30 -- After Party @ Fair Fellow Coffee ($1 coffee all night!)

 

MORE INFO/FAQs

What are the routes?

EVERYONE will start together, but there will be an option to turn back after 2 miles for those who would like a shorter ride.

ALL will start at Lewis/Admiral, ride NORTH on N. Lewis, EAST on Pine.

Shorter Route- will turn back South on Harvard and back WEST on 4th.

Longer Route- will continue riding EAST on Pine to Sheridan, then SOUTH on Sheridan and back WEST on Admiral to Admiral/Lewis.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No ID is required to ride. All ages are welcome, though parents should consider that the routes are selected because of the high crash rates and the poor state of the roads. Younger children are encouraged to come to the rally 5pm - 7pm and can absolutely ride with adult supervision!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage you to use public transportation, ride share, T-Town Rides, Uber, or other of course- ride your bike! Bike parking and car parking will be available - look for the signs at N. Lewis and Admiral!

What should I bring?

Absolutely NO alcohol, drugs or weapons are allowed. If these things are seen, you will be asked to leave. Just bring yourself, your bikes, lights, and helmet.

What should I wear?

Street clothes are highly encouraged - wear what you have, wear what's comfortable! We believe you can ride in just about anything as long as it isn't loose in the legs (so you don't get caught up in the pedals).

I haven't been on my bike in a while! Can I do this?

You'll feel an incredible burst of energy riding with a big group. We'll give you all the information you need to stay safe while riding in a large group -- you'll be 100% ok! This will be a SLOW ride and we won't drop anyone. 4 miles can sound like a long way when you're not used to it, but it takes less than 30 minutes to ride. Even the 9 mile ride is doable for beginners. We will have people ready the entire time to ride back with you should you need to.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Arianna at arianna@tulsahub.org or 918-813-0028.

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