INCOG and River Parks Authority Launch 918 Trails Network Connecting the Region
As the state adjusts to life in the post-COVID world, social distancing continues to be the gold standard for prevention. Tulsans are finding plenty of space for recreation along the trails, and INCOG announced the launch of the 918 Trails Network and logo.
“Ironically, the process of naming this massive trail system pre-dated the COVID-19 outbreak, but it has become even more timely as Tulsans look for ways to stay healthy while practicing social distancing,” said Jane Ziegler, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for INCOG. “I think a lot of people will be surprised to learn we have more than 100 miles of paved trails across our metropolitan area.”
The 918 Trails Networkis made up of 12 trail systems in the Tulsa Region, totaling more than 100 paved miles. 918 Trails includes 11 cities in the Tulsa Metropolitan area ranging from Bixby to Skiatook to Tulsa.
“The beautiful part about the 918 Trails System is that it connects our region and encourages people to explore, whether it be for recreation or for transportation uses. Trails can connect people from their homes to their place of work or school,” said Jane Ziegler. “There’s a true feeling of pride in having a place where people can reflect on the day or recharge for what lies ahead.”
INCOG worked with 31 partners to develop the 918 Trails Network with two public meetings and multiple stakeholder meetings, totaling comments from over 30 organizations and 50 people. The resulting brand promotes a trail network that makes traveling across the Tulsa region safer, by providing connections away from motorized vehicles for commuters and recreationalists.
For a comprehensive map of 918 Trails, visit www.incog.org/Transportation/transportation_trailguide.html.
“From the Arkansas River to the Prairie, This trail is YOUR trail,” Ziegler said.
The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) is a voluntary association of local and tribal governments in the Tulsa metropolitan area in northeast Oklahoma. Established in 1967, INCOG is one of 11 Councils of Governments in the State of Oklahoma, and one of several hundred regional planning organizations across the country. INCOG provides planning and coordination services to assist in creating solutions to local and regional challenges such as comprehensive planning, transportation, community and economic development, environmental quality and energy programs, public safety, and services for older adults.