A protected bike lane on Detroit Avenue in downtown Tulsa uses street parking to separate cyclists from vehicle traffic. A quick Tulsa traffic quiz: Are drivers allowed to use bicycle lanes as turn lanes? How much room must drivers give when passing a cyclist?
The City of Tulsa is developing a public education campaign so more people know the answers to those questions. (No, drivers can’t use bicycle lanes as turn lanes, and they must give cyclists 3 feet while passing them.)
The city’s communications department presented plans for the $61,500 campaign to the city council last week. Graphic designer Lathen Kamas said the goal is reminding people bicycles aren’t impeding traffic, they’re included in traffic.
"And it’s trying to find ways to make that clear, that these are not separate things that are competing with each other, these are all part of the same, working through the same space that they all have the same rights to," Kamas said.
Plans include infographics to plaster on buses and bus shelters, post on billboards, and share on social media to make people more aware of city ordinances related to cycling and how drivers must interact with cyclists.
Councilor Kara Joy McKee said it’s an important initiative for her district, which includes 3 miles of 11th Street that have been restriped to have one lane of vehicle traffic and a bicycle lane in both directions.
"I really want the people in the cars to know that we want the bicycles off the sidewalks to make the sidewalks […]