Recycle Tar Creek Bike Ride
News FLASH our Earth Day April 22 ride is CANCELLED due to weather and Flooded portions of roads we had planned to cover! We will reschedule and will explore the Tar Creek Superfund Site beginning in Commerce, OK.
Today we think of Tar Creek as an orange, polluted waste, but this polluted present is in fact atypical for these waters. Until 1979, Tar Creek was a clear, fresh, swimmable, and fishable community resource. And it will be so again - sooner than you would think possible. Experts now estimate that Tar Creek will be clean again in under a decade!!
On our ride, we will explore Tar Creek not as a waste, but as a resource flowing through our communities. To help us see Tar Creek in this way, we will focus on natural points of community access - bridges passing over the creek in Miami and Commerce. From these vantage points, we will look into the past and the future to rediscover what Tar Creek can and will mean to local residents and visitors.
Short routes in Commerce, OK and long routes will be available for all ages and abilities. Longer routes will also explore the mining districts of Cardin and Picher.
We will travel across paved roads, so all bicycle types are suitable for this ride. All riders must bring and wear helmets.