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Splitting the road for cyclists in Tulsa

Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 19:16:44-05

TULSA, Okla. — The roads are already a dangerous place for cyclists, with dozens of crashes per year just in the city of Tulsa. But the city is making streets safer for those commuting on two wheels.

Adam Van Der Berg uses his bicycle as much as he can, but the roads can be dangerous when he's sharing them with vehicles.

In November 2018, the Tulsa city council asked the state to change its law regarding bicycles in the street. On November 1 2019, a new law took effect allowing bikes to take the lane, and directing cars to safely pass by in the left lane.

"We have to be seen as a normal part of traffic," Van Der Berg said.

Tulsa is working to implement bike lanes across the city, with $7.3 million going to the project in 2018, and $5 million more added by the Improve Our Tulsa renewal package.

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