I had heard from several folks that it is against OKC municipal ordinances to ride a bicycle in Bricktown (and I looked at the ordinance before and thought I read this), but a member of an Oklahoma bicyclists email discussion list said that this was not true, and the good news is that he is right.

Here’s what the ordinance says…

From: Municode.com -OKC Municipal Ordinance § 38-602

§ 38-602. Bicycles, roller blades, roller skates and skateboard restriction, prohibition and exception; and helmet requirement.

(a) Except where expressly permitted by signs posted by the City, no person shall operate, ride upon, or propel any bicycle, tricycle, velocipede, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard on or over any sidewalk, balcony, walkway, path, plaza, or parking area within the area bounded by East Sheridan Avenue on the north, Mickey Mantle Drive on the east, East Reno Avenue on the south, and the BNSF railroad tracks on the west, inclusive of the sidewalks on both sides of said streets.

(b) Persons may operate, ride upon, or propel any bicycle, tricycle, and velocipede on or over any dedicated public street or alley and on designated bike trails south of East Reno Avenue, if operated in conformance with the applicable provisions of this Code.

(c) No person shall operate, ride upon, or propel any roller blades, roller skates or skateboard on or over any dedicated public street or alley within the area bounded by East Sheridan Avenue on the north, Mickey Mantle Drive on the east, East Reno Avenue on the south, and the BNSF railroad tracks on the west, inclusive of said streets.

(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any public street, walkway, sidewalk, alley, path, plaza, or parking area, which has been closed and/or set aside for the purpose of a community event, celebration, or festival for which a revocable permit delineating an express exception to this section has been approved by the City.

(e) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any police officer, security officer, or employee authorized by the City and acting within the scope of their employment.

(f) Every person operating, riding upon, or propelling any bicycle, tricycle, velocipede, roller blades, roller skates or skateboard upon municipally owned land, if permitted by the City in accordance with this section, shall wear a crash helmet while operating, riding or propelling such vehicle, board, blades or skates. Crash helmets must comply with standards adopted by the Department of Public Safety.

(Ord. No. 21276, § 2, 6-29-99)