PDF File: Complete Streets Resolution Approved by City Council

TULSA – The Tulsa City Council unanimously passed a Complete Streets resolution at Thursday night’s meeting.

The resolution directs city staff to design, plan and operate streets to “provide for a balanced, responsible, and equitable way to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders, freight providers, emergency responders and motorists.”

The resolution also directs city staff to develop a Complete Streets Policy Guide and attend training to stay educated on the latest and best practices.

Councilor Blake Ewing explained his support for Complete Streets by highlighting its context-sensitive nature.

“What might be really appropriate in the TU area might be wildly inappropriate in South Tulsa,” said Ewing.

“We’ve oftentimes, in planning our streets, had kind of a one-size-fits-all kind of approach”, said Ewing. “I think this is fixing something, in fact, that may have been broken.”

Councilor Phil Lakin expressed excitement for the resolution because “when we do have widening projects, we will be able to add sidewalks at the same time as the streets are being widened, which is a much more efficient use of our contractors.”

Lakin added, “then we can get our kids from the neighborhoods to the schools.”

Councilor G.T. Bynum said Complete Streets was about expanding transportation options.

“Right now, everything we do related to transportation is focused on cars,” said Bynum. “And yet, there are other options out there that might be more appropriate in different areas to allow people to get around.”

  1. tim says:

    What exactly about Complete Streets would be “wildly inapropriate” in South Tulsa? Don’t those communities filled with families and children deserve the same transportations options? Allowing young and old people to travel to parks, libraries, and grocery stores effeciently and safely under their own power?

  2. Ped Advocate says:

    Widening a street (adding lanes or adding width to lanes) actually makes cars go faster, making it more dangerous for pedestrians even if there are sidewalks.

    Widening a street while adding sidewalks are like filling a cup and emptying it at the same time.

  3. Gary Davis says:

    Great job looking to the future. When families are supported by providing friendly, safe, and complete communities starts with planning. Look at the big picture then take small steps to make more inclusive decisions. KUDOS.

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