City Launches WalkBike Tulsa
TALKING SAFETY: Tulsa Mayor G.T Bynum, left, at the kick-off of WalkBikeTulsa, a safety education campaign to increase awareness as Tulsa implements the GO Plan – bicycle and pedestrian master plan. From left is Executive Director of the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) Rich Brierre, Tulsa District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing, and students from Kendall Whittier School in Tulsa.
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Mayor G.T. Bynum announced at a news conference May 10 the kick-off of WalkBikeTulsa, a safety education campaign to increase awareness as Tulsa implements the GO Plan – bicycle and pedestrian master plan. District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing, an advocate for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements in both the Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa funding packages, joined Mayor Bynum at the news conference.
“As we continue to add more bicycle and pedestrian improvements through the GO Plan, Tulsans have more transportation options leading to increased mobility,” Mayor Bynum said. “Increasing our bicycle friendliness and walkability moves Tulsa toward greater resilience as a world-class city.”
The City of Tulsa has added a page to its website with safety tips for riding bicycles, walking and driving. The page also includes a list of Priority GO Plan Projects. Visit www.walkbiketulsa.com
The news conference was held at the site of protected bike lanes on North Detroit Avenue at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. The bike lanes on Detroit Avenue run northbound between East Brady Street and John Hope Franklin Boulevard. Other nearby protected bike lanes run southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between John Hope Franklin Blvd. and East Cameron Street. Protected bike lanes are designed with a barrier, such as on-street parallel parking spaces, between the bike lane and motor vehicle traffic.
Also at the news conference, Mayor Bynum presented a proclamation for Bike Month in May to Rich Brierre, executive director of the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG). INCOG and the volunteer Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee worked with citizens and area city governments to develop the GO Plan over the course of 18 months during 2014 and 2015.
Tulsans’ support for bicycle and pedestrian improvements includes not only developing the GO Plan, but voting for more than $7.3 million to implement it using Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa sales taxes – $4,200,000 from Improve Our Tulsa and $3,125,000 from Vision Tulsa.
Bike lanes in Tulsa are added as either part of street rehabilitation projects or as pavement marking projects. Other Tulsa bike lanes already completed and in use include East Fourth Place between South Yale Avenue and South Sheridan Road, and 31st Street between Riverside Drive and South Peoria Avenue. Bike lanes also are coming to downtown Tulsa: a striping project this summer on Third Street between Heavy Traffic Way and Madison Avenue, and as part of a street rehabilitation project to begin this fall on South Boulder Avenue between First and 10th Streets.