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 Update on Texting While Driving Interim Study

The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee conducted an Interim Study on Texting While Driving on October 7th, 2014.  About a dozen people presented why there should be an anti-texting ban.  No one presented that texting should be allowed.  The committee seemed acceptable to the facts and evidence.  Their questions directly related to texting, internet surfing, and emailing while driving.  The committee members did not pursue questions such being distracted by listening to the radio or having conversations with passengers. The Wichita, Kansas Chief of Police testified that crash rates had gone down in his city after an anti-texting law was passed. In the past legislators have brought up studies indicating that the anti-texting ban seemed to have no affect on crash rates. 

As the study was a fact finding exercise, the committee did not propose any legislative action. However, just conducting a study is a positive step.  Perhaps the 2015 legislature will finally allow Oklahoma to join the ranks of 44 states banning texting while driving.  


Legislative Hearing Set for Texting and Driving Interim Study

The Oklahoma House Public Affairs Committee will be conducting an Interim Study on Texting and Driving October 7th, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Room 206, Oklahoma State Capital Building.  This is a good opportunity to hear testimony from experts providing the pros and cons of anti-texting legislation.   Although three separate bills were introduced last year to limit texting while driving, none made it to the floor for a vote.  Maybe this legislative session will be more productive.  The hearing is a positive step toward this.
 
Public Meeting Dates Set for ODOT's Long Range Transportation Plan
Next public meetings will be held on: November 17 from 6-8 at the Muskogee Civic Center; November 18th from 6-8 at Clinton Frisco Center; and November 19th from 6-8 at the Moore Public Library.  Bicyclists this is your opportunity to provide comments to ODOT regarding their long range planning.  An OBC representative will also be attending ODOT's Personal Travel Advisory Committee Meeting.  The more cyclists show an interest in our cycling future, the more impact we have on policy making.  For additional information, please visit, http://www.oklongrangeplan.org/

   

Update: ODOT's Long Range Transportation Plan

ODOT has posted comments received from the June public meetings athttp://www.oklongrangeplan.org/. Very thoughtful remarks advocating multi-modal transportation, addressing access and safety.  How the input will effect the plan and the budget needed to implement remains unknown.  OBC will post additional meeting dates as they become available.  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has initiated the process of developing the 2015-2040 Oklahoma Long Range Transportation Plan. This plan will guide ODOT’s transportation policies for improvements to highways, airport access, rural transit, waterways, rail, and pedestrian and bicyclist travel for the next 25 years. The plan will also address.the state’s goals for safety, accessibility, mobility, freight movement and other economic and quality-of-life concerns. The policy-oriented plan was last updated in 2009-2010 and is required to be reevaluated every five years. Please visit the website at http://www.oklongrangeplan.org/ for more information or to submit comments.
 ACOG awards new Transportation Alternatives Funding
   June 11, 2014 - The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments awarded $2.8 million in federal Transportation Alternative funding  for 6 bike/pedestrian projects today.   Project dollars were awarded to Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Norman, and Yukon. Projects range from building new  trails to improving pedestrian crossings.  Congratulations to the communities receiving funds!  ODOT has approximately $19 million in Transportation Alternative funding for communities outside the Tulsa - OKC Metro.  Those dollars have yet to be distributed.       

ODOT beginning Long Range Transportation Plan

ODOT has begun meeting with stakeholders and the public to develop a 25 year transportation plan.  Stakeholders include members from user groups including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and passenger rail advocates.  OBC is representing state-wide cyclists.  The plan is scheduled to be completed by April, 2015.  Initial public meetings are being held this week in Muskogee, Moore, and Clinton.  For additional info visit: http://oklongrangeplan.org/                    


The League of American Bicyclists publish the Cycling Commuter Report.

 
Click Here to read the report
 
Percent of travelers commuting by bicycle:
  • OKC: 0.2%
  • Tulsa: 0.4%
  • Portland OR: 6.1%
 
 
 
 

Stillwater Program makes roads friendlier for pedestrians, cyclists and buses

 
Stillwater Transportation Director Jason Peek, Bill Scott, Dan Burden and Stillwater City Planner Tom Kootnz listen to Samantha Thomas of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute explain how street design can help traffic flow and encourage walking by making pedestrians feel safer. Burden and Thomas were in Stillwater last week to perform a walking audit of city streets.
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April 21, 2014
LAB issues suggestions
for Bicycle Friendly State
improvements.
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April 16, 2014  Statistics on Biking and Walking Released
 

The Alliance for Biking and Walking has released its 2014 Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and Walking in the United States.   Useful information for bike and health advocates, facility and program planning, and educators.  Be the first on your block to download: http://bikewalkalliance.org/resources/benchmarking  


April 9, 2014 US Bike Route 66 Legislation
 
A Legislative committee hearing was scheduled for last Wednesday to consider sending SJR13 to the house for a vote. It had already been approved by the Senate last year. At the last minute the bill author ( Rep. Russ ) pulled the bill from consideration, effectively killing it.  It is the opinion of ODOT that approving the bill, and thus designating Route 66 as a U.S. Bike Route would have the effect of making it appear to the public that Route 66 is safe for all levels of bike riders. It is agreed that there are sections of Rt. 66 that may be suitable only for highly experienced riders, like those that are making the LA to Chicago tour. Legislative Watch

National Distracted Driving Month

April is National Distracted Driving Month with several events planned in Oklahoma this week. A recent analysis of accident statistics by the University of Nebraska found cyclists deaths increased 30% from 2005 – 2010 due to distracted drivers.  Tulsa event Friday, April 11th.
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Please Don't Pedal and Text 
 
 
 
OKC and Tulsa Recognized in National Cycling Magazine 
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OBC Action Committees
Feb. 25, 2014
 a group of cycling enthusiasts met to consider ways to get more people on bikes and to promote cycling in Oklahoma. This group was made up of persons who had attended the recent Bike Summit in Tulsa. Participants at the meeting included seven in OKC, three in Tulsa and one call in from the Guthrie area. More... 
               
Bike Summit in Tulsa
Jan 18, 2014
The second Oklahoma Bike Summit was held in Tulsa.
Click Here for a summary and to view the presentations.                       
 
 

 
Share the Road Tag 
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getting your
"Share the Road"
car tag. 
 
  
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