Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today signed into a bill that creates a 90-mile Historic Route 66 Bike Trail from Sapulpa to Edmond.
House Bill 2049, introduced by Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia) and co-sponsored by Sen. Andrew Rice (D-Oklahoma City), passed by wide margins in both the House and Senate.
The law goes into effect on Nov. 1, although when the trail will be actually created remains unclear. Building a new bicycle shoulder along Oklahoma Highway 66 is “contingent on funds available.” However, a committee report noted that in the coming years, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation already is planning on shoulder improvements along that stretch of highway.
Moore also said private donations would defray the initial cost of the signs.
Moore, a cycling aficionado, said in an interview he wanted more bicycle trails in Oklahoma, and thought Oklahoma Route 66 would be an ideal spot for one.
UPDATE 5/13/2011: The Associated Press has a story about the new law. The story claims the bicycle trail will go from the Kansas state line to the Texas state line. However, the bill says the Historic Route 66 Bicycle Trail covers only Oklahoma Highway 66, which starts in Vinita and ends in El Reno — a distance of about 200 miles.
UPDATE 5/18/2011: An e-mail from Rep. Lewis Moore clarified that the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail does indeed go from the Kansas state line to the Texas state line. Earlier versions of the bill weren’t that extensive, but he was encouraged to expand its breadth by other legislators.
Moore added that he’d like “an organized, sponsored group ride take on the entire route. Could be great publicity. I am very excited about what we can do with the trail in the future.”