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Tulsa talks walkability

by: Cailey Dougherty Updated:

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • An expert came to Tulsa to talk about walkability.
  • He said he has seen improvement in the city.
  • He said more changes can bring economic growth.

 

Wednesday, the Downtown Coordinating Council heard from a walkability expert  on how to make Tulsa easier to get around.

There are many one-way streets in the area, and there is not always a lot of room for pedestrians.

Officials tossed around ideas to change that.

Expert Jeff Speck said he has seen a lot of growth in Tulsa since the last time he was in Tulsa five years ago, especially in the Brady District, but he said there is a lot more work to do.

About 250 people turned out to hear ideas Wednesday.

The Downtown Coordinating Council is hoping to raise $50,000 through private sector contributions to bring Speck back in the fall to conduct a week-long walkability study.

He said some of his first recommended changes for Tulsa include less lanes of traffic and confusing one way streets, more narrow lanes in some places and much more room for cyclists.

He expects the changes will bring economic impact to the city and attract others to live here.