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TU Rider Network (TURN)

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors.

What is TURN?

The TU Rider Network (TURN) connects students, faculty and staff with the Tulsa community through cycling to promote a healthier, more environmentally friendly world. TURN was established in 2015 and works with many campus partners including Campus Security, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Student Affairs, Collins Fitness Center, the TU Student Association and others to provide:

  • Facilities and mentoring for bike commuters
  • Education for TU students, faculty and staff in safe cycling, bike maintenance and theft prevention
  • Sponsorship of the student cycling and triathlon team
  • Programming to promote the benefits of cycling and demonstrate that cycling is easy, safe and fun
  • Expertise in planning for and evaluating cycling-related activities and infrastructure at TU and the surrounding community

The TU campus is ideal for cycling with wide streets, low speed traffic and an extensive network of shared-use pathways. All members of the campus community are encouraged to ride their bikes to campus or check out one of TU’s free yellow bikes from the Hurricane Bike Shop.

Yellow Bike Program

TU’s trademark yellow bicycles are loaned to students, faculty and staff free of charge for a semester and may be ridden on or off campus. To check out a bike, riders must complete an application with the Hurricane Bike Shop. All Yellow Bike Program participants receive a free helmet and lock.

Hurricane Bike Shop

bike shopLocated next door to TU’s Office of Campus Security in LaFortune Hall, the Hurricane Bike Shop is open Monday through Friday, 1 – 6 p.m. Yellow bike riders can air up tires and request minor repairs. The bike shop staff will also train riders to maintain their personal bikes.

You may contact the Hurricane Bike Shop at
918-631-3812 or bikeshop@utulsa.edu.

 

Kendall-Whittier Bike Club

In cooperation with Tulsa Public Schools and True Blue Neighbors, TURN sponsors an after-school bike club for students in the True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School. Students in bike club meet weekly during the school year to learn safe cycling skills and ride in their neighborhood and beyond. At the end of the year each student receives their own bicycle.

Resources

TURN provides the following resources to TU cyclists.

  • Showers: TU student, faculty and staff cyclists may shower in the Mabee Gym lockers rooms for free or in the Collins Fitness Center with a paid membership.
  • Bike Buddies: Cycling mentors are available to answer common new rider questions such as what to wear when biking or how to choose a safe route. The TURN program manager connects rookie riders with experienced TU bike commuters.
  • Bike Repair Stations: Three freestanding bike maintenance stations on the TU campus feature bike-specific tools and pumps with Presta and Shrader valves. Cyclists can air up their tires or make minor adjustments and repairs. Two of the three stations were paid for by TU’s Student Association.
    Map showing Bike Repair Stations
  • Programs: In cooperation with Human Resources, Campus Security, Student Affairs and other campus partners, TURN offers training in bike commuting, safe cycling and bike maintenance, as well as fun events such as group rides and Bike-to-Work Week activities.
  • Bike Desks: Three cycle desks allow users of McFarlin Library to burn calories and improve concentration by pedaling while they study. The desks were provided by the Student Association in cooperation with TURN, Physical Plant, and McFarlin Library.