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.”