U.S. Bicycle Trail bill in Oklahoma may face tough slog in legislature

A bill that would designate Route 66 in Oklahoma as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route faced skepticism from several lawmakers in the state legislature. According to a report in the Tulsa World, the Oklahoma Legislature's Transportation Committee advanced the bill "reluctantly": ODOT Director Tim Gatz and several legislators expressed concern about doing so given … Continue reading U.S. Bicycle Trail bill in Oklahoma may face tough slog in legislature

Lawmakers seek to designate Oklahoma Route 66 as U.S. Bicycle Route

An Oklahoma state legislator has introduced a bill that would designate all of Route 66 in the Sooner State as a U.S. Bicycle Route. State Rep. John Talley (R-Stillwater) listed in the Stillwater News Press a bunch of bills he has introduced for the legislative session that begins Feb. 1. This one caught my eye: … Continue reading Lawmakers seek to designate Oklahoma Route 66 as U.S. Bicycle Route

Cycle 66 tour and festival in Edmond announced for November 2021

The inaugural Cycle 66, a first-of-its-kind urban and rural bicycling tour and festival along historic Route 66, is set for November 2021, with diverse cycling routes showcasing the Mother Road via starting and finishing lines in vibrant downtown Edmond, Oklahoma. The Nov. 7, 2021, tour and festival is a charitable event that seeks to raise … Continue reading Cycle 66 tour and festival in Edmond announced for November 2021

Dirt 66 cycling, pedestrian trail to be built north of Springfield, Missouri

Construction on a 6.65-mile Dirt 66 bicycle, trail running and walking trail will begin Monday at Fellows Lake just north of Springfield, Missouri. It's the first phase in a 33-mile, $1.8 million trail expansion in the area, reported the Springfield News-Leader. The "Dirt 66" mountain bike/walking trail project is being funded by Springfield-based TrailSpring, Inc., … Continue reading Dirt 66 cycling, pedestrian trail to be built north of Springfield, Missouri

Newest RoadTripOK video focuses on Elk City

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department on Wednesday uploaded the latest video of its RoadTripOK series -- the Route 66 town of Elk City. The video focuses on these three Elk City attractions: National Route 66 & Transportation MuseumPrairieFire Grille restaurantElk City biking trails Here's the video: https://youtu.be/nuT2OaeBnVE The previous week, the RoadTripOK crew visited … Continue reading Newest RoadTripOK video focuses on Elk City

County schedules meeting for March 10 on revitalizing Sidewalk Highway

Ottawa County, Oklahoma, is planning a public meeting on March 10 to discuss options on revitalizing and preserving the historic Sidewalk Highway of Route 66 between Miami and Afton. One of the possible options is a hiking and cycling trail, county commissioner Russell Earls told KSNF-TV. A partnership with Miami Parks and Recreation could mean … Continue reading County schedules meeting for March 10 on revitalizing Sidewalk Highway

Route 66 Trail project in Edmond to begin this month

A 2.4-mile Route 66 Trail for cyclists and pedestrians in Edmond, Oklahoma, will begin construction this month and be finished by spring. According to the Edmond Sun, the city and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are sharing costs on the project. The city will cover $2.6 million of the cost from a capital improvement sales … Continue reading Route 66 Trail project in Edmond to begin this month

County to proceed with preservation plan for Sidewalk Highway, bike trail

Ottawa County, Oklahoma, is proceeding with a preservation plan for the nearly century-old stretch of Route 66, also known as the Ribbon Road or Sidewalk Highway, that may include a cycling or pedestrian trail next to it. KSN/KODE-TV reported: It will feature a walking, biking, and hiking trail alongside the historic Mother Road.Ottawa County Commissioner, … Continue reading County to proceed with preservation plan for Sidewalk Highway, bike trail

Replica of toll building proposed for Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis

One of several redevelopment proposals for the west side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis contains a replica of the long-gone toll house that stood on that site. The Great Rivers Greenway, which controls the bridge as a vital link over the Mississippi River to a series of pedestrian and cycling … Continue reading Replica of toll building proposed for Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis

Another fatal bicycle crash on Route 66 west of Galena

A bicyclist has died on a stretch of Route 66 west of Galena, Kansas, less than a year after two German cyclists on vacation died in the same area. According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 50-year-driver from Georgia was westbound about 7 p.m. Wednesday on Kansas Highway 66 (aka Route 66) … Continue reading Another fatal bicycle crash on Route 66 west of Galena