Group wants more options for Tulsa cyclists and pedestrians

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Updated: 12/07/2012 9:20 am Published: 12/06/2012 8:43 pm

Tulsa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on Thursday recommended to Tulsa City Councilors a serious of goals to make Tulsa a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city.

They include getting more people to bike or walk to work, reducing fatalities for walkers and bikers, and educating more people on pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Garrett Grow doesn't just work at T-Town Bicycles in south Tulsa.

“I am an avid cyclist,” he told FOX23.

In Tulsa, he's not alone.

“The cycling community was one of the main reasons I wanted to move here, just because there are so many cyclists,” Grow said.

Cyclists like Grow say they can cycle for fun and for sport in our city but not much else.

“(There is) just the inaccessibility of some of the main thoroughfares and the inability to get around town.”

That could soon change with the B.P.A.C.’s recommendations to Tulsa City Council on how to make Tulsa more friendly for two wheelers.

“We have a great trail system, but the on street accommodations we hardly have any bike lanes we need to do more of that,” Stephen Lassiter, Chair of B.P.A.C. told FOX23.

One goal is to triple the amount of people commuting by bikes in Tulsa in just four years.

“We'd like to see some major arterials have bike lanes so people can use bikes as a real mode of transportation,” he said.

They'd like the city to reconfigure streets like 71st Street to add bike lanes.

“It's three feet and some paint is what's going to make that happen, and a little bit of signage,” Grow said about what would need to happen to make existing streets accessible.

The B.P.A.C. would also like the city to add bike lanes city streets when they are rebuilt, and that is something Tulsa might actually have the money to do.

“We’re looking for a commitment from the city in this Fix Our Streets package to do more to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians,” Lassiter said.

Grow says if you build it they will commute. “If cyclists are reassured that there are safe bike paths and routes for them to us, I know people will use them.”

The next step for this proposal will be for the B.P.A.C. to develop a bicycle and pedestrian master plan so the city will know how much this will all cost and what exact projects will be priorities for adding those special lanes.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/10/2012 8:22 AM
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You could improve conditions for pedestrians IF you can get the lousy drivers of city owned vehicles to STOP for pedestrians in crosswalks. The right of way for pedestrians is grossly ignored by all city of Tulsa vehicle operators. Bus police utility road workers code enforcement (that's a farce) there is not a single city driver who recognizes a pedestrians right of way in a crosswalk.
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