Complete Streets Resolution Approved Unanimously by Tulsa City Council

February 3, 2012 in Complete Streets

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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.”

Complete Streets to be Discussed at Council Public Works Committee Meeting

January 9, 2012 in Complete Streets

Transportation Advisory Board

The Transportation Advisory Board presents its annual report, including a Complete Streets resolution, to the City Council Public Works Committee in December. photo: TGOVonline.org

TULSA – Complete Streets has been placed on the Tulsa City Council’s Public Works Committee meeting agenda by councilor G.T. Bynum. The meeting is scheduled for 8am on Tuesday, January 10 and can be viewed on the TGOV website.

Paul Zachary, Director of Engineering Services, and Dawn Warrick, Tulsa’s new Planning Director, have been asked by the council to attend the meeting to discuss the Complete Streets concept and the Complete Streets resolution that was recommended to the City Council in December by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB).

The board’s resolution directs the city to plan and design future street projects in a “balanced, responsible, and equitable way to accommodate and ensure travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders of all ages and abilities, amongst vehicular traffic.”

According to Urban Tulsa, Warrick was instrumental in drafting the “Complete Streets” guide for Louisville, KY.