A nearly abandoned hiking trail has been improved as a "proof of demand" project for new, accessible and diverse cycling opportunities in Tulsa.
The Park and trailhead are at 2900 West 53rd Street, adjacent to the closed Remington Elementary building, which now serves as the headquarters for Tulsa Bike Club. The club encourages the expansion of the trail system and new opportunities for cyclists of all skill levels.
"I feel confident that new cyclists, people learning to mountain bike, can come out here and safely learn," Mike Wozniak, a co-founder of the Tulsa Bike Club, said.
With an $85,000 grant from the Bernstein Foundation, a professional trail company was hired to improve the trail first cleared by volunteers five years ago. The main trail at Lubell Park is a 2.5 mile trail for easy to moderate level mountain biking. The trail winds through the woods by Remington.
"You experience a lot of flowing curves, in an area that looks a lot like Turkey Mountain in terms of the wildlife and the plant life you're seeing. There's some rolling hills," said Wozniak.
For the first time, the trail is accessible for mountain bikes used by people with physical disabilities. The goal for Wozniak is get new people into cycling, in a new spot, in West Tulsa.
"We hope this is a great demonstration of how we can take advantage of our urban wilderness we haven't utilized fully," Wozniak said.
The club is now planning a demonstration of the accessible trail with the hopes of opening up more opportunities for repurposed bike trails.
Bike Club and Tulsa Parks will have a grand opening for the trail Saturday morning at 10 a.m. For more information on the grand opening, click here.