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Our guests on StudioTulsa are the Tulsa-based artists, community advocates, and avid cyclists Shane Darwent and Kolby Ari. They are the co-presenters of Cycling the Gap, a three-part series of guided, community-minded bike rides here in Tulsa that will take place on May 1st, 8th, and 15th. The ride scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday the 1st) will focus on Sustainability. The following two rides -- happening on the following two Saturdays -- will look at matters of Infrastructure and Black Art & Commerce.

If statewide toll collections are any indication, Oklahoma is emerging from the pandemic.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Finance and Revenue Director Wendy Smith said during a Tuesday meeting her staff has given her an early look at this month’s figures. March 12, 2020, is considered the pandemic start date.

Smith said toll revenues for this March 1–11 were up 2% from the same period in 2020.

Tulsa Police

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol chase Thursday afternoon ended in east Tulsa with two people dead.

OHP said troopers went on a high-speed chase of a pickup truck stolen from a car wash for about 15 minutes. The agency said the driver dodged stop sticks several times.

The driver of the pickup crashed into an SUV on 21st Street east of U.S. 169 about 1 p.m., killing two people inside. A third person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The street was closed for several hours Thursday afternoon as troopers investigated the crash.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The man accused of drunkenly crashing into a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team and killing three student athletes has been charged with second-degree murder, an upgrade from his initial manslaughter charge.

How "walkable" is downtown Tulsa? And how could it be made more so? Our guest is Tom Baker, the executive director of Tulsa's Downtown Coordinating Council (or DCC). The DCC is an advisory board made up of downtown property owners, government officials, and business owners, and last month -- in cooperation with various local businesses, organizations, and individuals -- it welcomed the noted urbanist and walkability expert Jeff Speck for a presentation of his recently-completed Walkable Tulsa Study.

More Slow Downs on the Broken Arrow Expressway

Jun 11, 2012
KWGS News File photo

For weeks, the Broken Arrow Expressway has been narrowed to two lanes—each direction-- on the bridge over Pittsburg. That is now down to one lane-- inbound.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Kenna Mitchell says they had no choice but to replace the bridge. The old overpass was the scene of several emergency repairs when the bridge deck crumbled onto the street below.                

She says in a few weeks, they will narrow the roadway out-bound as well.