Business Owners Force Removal of New Tulsa Bike Lanes

Local politics is still an obstacle for street reconfigurations that make space for people on bikes.

October 12, 2021, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


An intersection with bike lanes in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Pine Street bike lane at its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, pictured in April 2021. | Google Streetview

Four miles of bile lanes on Pine Street in Tulsa are being removed due to opposition from local business owners, reports DeNeeka Hill.

"Businesses in the area said the stretch from on pine from M.L.K. was just too congested making it hard for their customers to get to their parking lots," writes Hill.

Along with the removal of the bikes lanes, the roadway will be returned to its previous configuration—with four vehicle lanes.

So much for the idea of a post-bikelash political environment—as one columnist recently surmised was already a reality in many Canadian cities. Planetizen last picked up news of a city backtracking on bike planning in Phoenix in June 2021. Completed bike infrastructure projects have been removed in Baltimore and Los Angeles in recent years as well.

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