What bike trails would you like to have built?
On September 12, 2017, citizens of OKC will vote on the approval of a General Obligation ( G.O. ) Bond. This occurs every ten years or so, and the money is used to fund various city projects, including building bike trails and bike lanes.
Each city councilperson will be holding a citizen input meeting in their district. This will occur in Jan. and Feb. 2017. I encourage you to attend to give your opinion as to how the G.O. money is spent. Your voice, along with those of other cycling enthusiasts can make a difference to prioritize funding for bike projects.
Here are example projects that might be considered:
Finishing the OKC trail network – connecting all existing trails to make an un-broken network of trails. This includes the Indian Cultural Center trail, connecting Eagle Lake Trailto the S. Grand Trail, Katy trail and the Tinker trail.
Adding a sidewalk to connect Overholser drive to the adjacent trail at 23rd, 30th and 36th streets.
Convert the abandoned railway bridge over the river near Western/Exchange to be a bike bridge.
Adding a bike trails in South OKC and Earlywine park.
Adding connectors to the Katy Trail to get to 10th street and 23rd street
Converting a lane of 10th street ( S. of Lake Overholser ) that crosses the river to be a protected bike lane.
- Dolese park to will Rogers and straight to river
- Trails going out of/in to the city, in all 4 directions... it would make it so much easier for touring cyclists crossing this state
- a mini Velodrome for crit races.
- connect the OKC trails to Lake Arcadia and Edmond.
- visually brilliant walk/bicycling zones and buttons is definitely a great early economical goal at some points crossing NW Expressway. And N.W 39th Expressway, and Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Hire a full time Bike/Ped Coordinator for OKC
- Construct a commuter bike lane connecting the new Will Rogers Bike trail to downtown.
I encourage you to develop your own list of projects and bring them to the input meeting. To help, HERE is a map of OKC and a few suggested improvements. You could print this out to take with you to the meeting.
Please note that the 2008 G.O. bond has already funded the Deep Fork Trail and the NW Expressway intersection at Wilshire.
Here is the schedule:
You are welcome to attend any ( or all ) of the meetings to meet with your city council persons to give your input.
Standing displays at each workshop with information, maps and more will be accompanied by a handout with details to take home. Staff members will be available for questions and comments. The information at each workshop will be the same, regardless of where it is.
The workshops will include information about community needs and benefits for project areas, remarks by a Council member Ward and ways to provide feedback.
Staff members can also guide residents on using the OKC Connect smartphone app as a way to give feedback about project priorities in specific places. App users can login, click “Submit a Request,” then select “2017 GO Bond Input.”
Information, feedback and updates online
The workshops aren’t the only ways to get information or have your say about the 2017 Bond Election.
Visit okc.gov/go to learn more about the bond election and bond programs, take an online feedback survey (también en español) and subscribe to updates.
Online surveys are also available for neighborhoods (también en español). Call Neighborhood Alliance at (405) 528-6322 to coordinate a neighborhood meeting “To GO” about the bond issue.
About GO bonds
GO bonds are the City’s most important tool to fund major infrastructure projects like building or rebuilding streets, bridges, sidewalks and more. They’re funded by property taxes.
The entire project list is determined before the election, but plans for unforeseen needs are made by including a line item for unlisted projects.
The City of Oklahoma City’s most recent bond election was in 2007, when voters approved an $835.5 million package that has funded hundreds of completed, ongoing and future infrastructure projects.
You can zoom in on an interactive map of the 2007 bond projects here, and a complete project list is here.
The Mayor and City Council authorize all expenditures and projects.
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