Tulsa's first mile-long stretch of bike lanes ready to ride, but neighbors split on street design

A run of new bike lanes in Tulsa have some neighbors at a crossroads.

"It's not a good idea, really not a good idea," Richard Coons said. He has been living in the Glenhaven and White City neighborhoods since 2008.

After two years in the making, the city completed the first mile-long stretch of bike lanes on 4th Place, running between Yale Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.

"It just makes sense and especially for safety," neighbor David Rule said. He is for the bike lanes.

To make room for the bike lanes, 4th Place was reduced from a four-lane street to a two lane street, which some people aren't happy about.

The street was originally designed as an arterial street, but after I-244 was built, Admiral Avenue became the major thoroughfare.

However; a lot of traffic cuts through the neighborhood, often times going much faster than the speed limit.

Neighbors like Coons think the street is just too dangerous for bikers.

"It's a very busy street. Anybody that rides a bike down this street is just asking to get run over," Coons said.

While those in favor of the change said having designated bike lanes will make the street safer for cyclists.

"There have been bikers hit and hurt and killed on these streets because they didn't have bike lanes," Rule said.

But back in 2012, the majority of Glenhaven and White City neighborhoods selected this street design out of three other options.

The fourth street design also includes a sidewalk on one side of the street and parallel parking on the other.

"In the future, you're going to see a whole lot more bike lanes," Rule added.

And city planners say expanding this model of street will make Tulsa friendly city for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

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