Bike to Work Day 2011
Rising gasoline prices, a greater emphasis on health, and growing awareness of alternate transportation modes may point to another successful Bike to Work Day. This year’s official day will be celebrated throughout the Central Oklahoma region May 20. Perhaps another incentive is the fact that it has never rained on Bike to Work Day in seven years.
The annual event is being coordinated by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, regional bicycle advocates, and the cities of Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Yukon and Edmond.
Bike to Work Day 2011 is part of a national campaign to promote bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the month of May as National Bike to Work Month since 1956, and National Bike to Work Day annually offers metropolitan areas the opportunity to call attention to the benefits of bicycling and to increase safety awareness among bicyclists and motorists.
Each community is planning separate events that include bike and t-shirt giveaways and door prizes. Bike to Work activities in Oklahoma City, Norman, Yukon and Guthrie will occur in the morning. Moore and Midwest City are planning evening events. In Edmond, all three high schools (Santa Fe, Memorial and North) are planning Bike to School events.
METRO Transit is offering free bus rides the third Friday of every month this summer, so it will coincide with Bike to Work Day. Riding the bus on Citylink Edmond is free every week day. All transit providers, including Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART), have bike racks equipped on all busses.
All participants are encouraged to follow the rules of the road and observe safety rules.
Complete details, including routes and event schedules for Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day 2011 can be found at www.BikeDayOK.com, or on Facebook at “Bike to Work.” Call John Sharp or Daniel Fazekas at ACOG, 234-2264 for more information.
|Download Bike to Work 2011 Poster (11x17)|
Details about the national campaign can be found online at www.bikemonth.com.
2011 Central Oklahoma Route Maps
Maps below are available in PDF and .PNG formats. The .PNG files are smaller in file size and may download faster. Unless you have a default image file program, the .PNG files will open in a web browser.
- Oklahoma City (PDF)
- Oklahoma City (PNG)
- Norman (PDF)
- Norman (PNG)
- Edmond Bike to School
- Guthrie (PDF)
- Guthrie (PNG)
- Moore (PDF)
- Moore (PNG)
- Yukon (PDF)
- Yukon (PNG)
- Midwest City (PDF)
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- Midwest City's Bike Day Poster 2011
- OCARTS Existing Bicycle Facilities Map
- Oklahoma City Trails System and Funding Status Map
- Oklahoma City Trails Facilities
- Locations of Oklahoma City parks
- Oklahoma Bicycle Society Route Maps
- Bike Routes around Norman
1. Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
2. Wear appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes in bright colors that enhance your visibility.
3. Before riding, inspect your bike for safety and mechanical concerns.
4. Plan and know your route by walking or driving it first. Select a route that uses less-traveled streets and avoids busy roads and intersections.
5. Share the commute with a co-worker or friend.
6. Obey ALL traffic laws—stop signs, traffic lights, and other posted signs. Signal turns, lane changes, and stops.
7. Continuously scan for traffic, look for road hazards, and ride in a predictable manner with the flow of traffic.
8. Ride with the flow of traffic as far to the right as practicable unless passing or turning.
9. Be aware of turning automobiles, buses making frequent stops, passengers exiting parked vehicles, vehicles exiting driveways, and pedestrians.
10. Carry drinking water, emergency maintenance tools, and a mobile phone.
Sudden thunderstorms occur often across Central Oklahoma in the spring. The Bike to Work event is a rain or shine event. In case of heavy rain, ride leaders will be responsible for calling a weather delay of 10-15 minutes for the rain to pass. Please take the necessary precautions if there is an electrical storm.
A few tips about lightning...
- Do NOT seek shelter under tall isolated trees! The tree may help you stay dry but will significantly increase your risk of being struck by lightning. Rain will not kill you, but the lightning can!
- Do NOT seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings
- Stay away from tall, isolated objects. Lightning typically strikes the tallest object. That may be you in an open field or clearing.
- Know the weather forecast. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, think twice about riding your bike.
Further information regarding the national Bike to Work campaign and promoting bicycle friendly communities can be found on the Web at the following links:
- Bike Month 2011
- League of American Bicyclists
- Bicycle Friendly Community Program
- Bikes Belong Coalition (small grants)
- Association of Bicycle & Pedestrian Professionals
- Al's Bicycles
- Bicycle League of Norman
- Bike One
- Buchanan Bicycles
- Central Oklahoma Turning Point
- City of Norman Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Downtown OKC, Inc.
- Edmond HEALTH
- Integris Baptist Hospital
- METRO Transit – Central Oklahoma Area Transportation & Parking Authority
- METRO Transit CART – Cleveland County Area Transportation / University of Oklahoma
- My Healthy Community
- Norman Regional Hospital
- Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition
- Oklahoma Bicycle Society
- Oklahoma City Planning and Parks and Recreation
- Schlegel Bicycles
- Wheeler Dealer Bicycle Shop
For immediate information or feedback, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Notice : Bicycling is a rigorous physical activity. Even conditioned and experienced cyclists have succumbed to injury or death while riding. Riders should be physically fit and cleared by their doctor to do physical activity.
Participants in Central Oklahoma Bike to Work are responsible for their own safety. The decision to participate in Bike to Work Day is up to the rider. The City of Oklahoma City, City of Norman, City of Edmond, City of Guthrie, City of Moore, City of Yukon, City of Midwest City and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments are not responsible for injuries or damages sustained by persons or property. Many routes in the metro area experience significant amounts of automobile traffic. Please obey all traffic rules to ensure a higher degree of safety.