New Name and Logo
BikeOklahoma and BikeOK are the new names for Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition, the statewide all volunteer bicycling advocacy group established in the early 1990’s. You have already seen us begin using these new names and the early edition of our new logo on our website (okbike.org) and our Facebook page (BikeOklahoma).
You can expect to see more activity from BikeOK as we expand our 15-member volunteer Board of Directors, grow our dues paying membership, increase our transparency with regular public board meetings and promote cycling advocacy at more bicycling events throughout Oklahoma.
BikeOklahoma’s mission remains the same: To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and a bicycle-friendly Oklahoma through advocacy and education.
You can help BikeOklahoma by becoming a member today for only $20 a year and by giving us your comments regarding our mission.
Announcing New ODOT
Welcome to Shelby Templin. Shelby will be representing cyclists
and walkers at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
2018 Legislative Bills
|HB2191 amends existing state law regarding motorists passing a bicyclist. The minimum safe passing distance is increased to five feet. On multi-lane roads (two or more lanes in each direction) motorists are required to completely change lanes to pass a bicyclist. Fine for colliding with or causing a bicyclist to crash is increased to $1000. Fine for collisions resulting in the death of a bicyclist is increased to $10,000.
Click HERE to see the text in HB2191
You can create your own bill track at http://www.oklegislature.gov/EBillTrack/Logon2.aspx to follow the progress of these bills and be notified of committee meetings and votes.
Its never too early to make contact with your legislators and let them know what you want!
Try this link to find your representative: http://www.okhouse.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx?State=OK
And here is the link to find your Senator: http://www.oksenate.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx
Thanks to Pete Kramer and Kevin Mussett for this great info!
Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition is changing to BikeOklahoma
In an effort to better reflect the purpose of the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, OBC is changing to BikeOklahoma.
For a while you may still see OBC listed, but over time you will see the new branding.
Oklahoma Cycling Report Card
The League of American Bicyclists has published their annual ranking of states for Oklahoma.
To read the report card: click HERE
For information about the ranking process: click HERE
And to see how Oklahoma stacked up to all other states: Click HERE
Just Out: Report on the Importance of Bike Safety
A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicycle Safety goes way beyond training bicyclists to ride safer.
Funded through a grant by State Farm Insurance and prepared by Governors’ Highway Safety Organization, this report reinforces what some government agencies are beginning to realize and implement - that formally educating the motorist as well as cyclists, engineering better facilities, and creating and enforcing bicycle friendly laws, are key to decreasing bike-related crashes and fatalities.
This report is worthy of reading cover to cover, and sharing with your local government and representatives, bike clubs, and fellow bike advocates.
Did you know that Oklahoma has eight League of American Bicyclist’s (LAB) recognized Bike Friendly Businesses?
These are workplaces that create a bike friendly environment for its employees.
Based on 4 of the 5 “E’s”, Encouragement, Education, Engineering, and Evaluation, employees are provided such benefits as:
· bicycle parking
· bike safety classes
· Sponsorship of cycling teams and group rides
· participation in the National Bike Challenge
· company bike coordinators.
Beyond encouraging cycling among their employees, many of them support bike advocacy by being members of the Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition (OBC) and supporting sponsored bike events such as the Bike Summit and Freewheel
By supporting bike friendly businesses, you’re approving their impact on bicycling in Oklahoma.
More info on LAB’s Bike Friendly Business Awards at: www.bikeleague/business
Here are the eight Oklahoma Bike Friendly Businesses:
Proposed Amendments to
Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition (OBC) By-laws
Posted August 7, 2017. There will be a vote for these proposed changes by the OBC membership, done via email, on Oct. 1, 2017. Deletions marked with cross-through, additions are underlined.
Add new language providing for dispersal of assets in case of OBC dissolving as a corporation. This amendment provides guidance to the board in dispersal of OBC assets. The Bylaws address other fiscal concerns, but not this one.
Article 7- Miscellaneous
7.5 Dispersal of Assets. In the eventof dissolution of the corporation, all assets will be transferred to a qualified 501-c-3 organization.