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Josh Kunkel outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 24, 2017, 12:43 PM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
Implement this plan in full as fast as we can.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


Further comments? If you agree or disagree on any aspects of the Study, please share!
Downtown Tulsa needs to have a priority focused on people rather than cars. This includes how are buildings are laid out...so the downtown zoning overlay is a must!


What is your age?
26-35


How often do you go downtown?
I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
5-10 years

Name not shown inside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 23, 2017, 11:18 AM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Important, but not a priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
No, not important


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
No


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
No


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
No


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


What is your age?
36-50


How often do you go downtown?
I live downtown, I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
20+ years

Carlos Moreno inside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 21, 2017, 11:09 AM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Other - Paint first. Figure out where your uses are going to be, then repair, resurface, and reconfigure as needed.


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
Walking in and out of Driller's Stadium is much more pleasant than walking in and out of the PAC or the BOK center. In areas where the downtown area knows there will be a high level of pedestrian activity, especially for events and activities, prioritize those parts of the downtown area for visiting pedestrians.


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
This report does a great job of identifying where more bike and pedestrian infrastructure is needed. I also agree with the report that the city should look first at the most affordable and efficient ways to make changes. Don't try to do everything at once, and don't think that repair, resurface, and reconfigure are the immediate needs. Start small, start iterative, and build from small successes. I applaud the new green bike lanes in the Brady Dist. That is the type of thing that is needed—start with paint first and see where the needs are. Then build from that.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Other - bring the Downtown Trolley back! Downtown Trolley was family-friendly.


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Other - Show, don't tell.


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Other - The city should encourage private developers to make these investments.


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Other - The city should encourage private developers to make these investments.


Further comments? If you agree or disagree on any aspects of the Study, please share!
It's a great study, and a great guide to go further in making the downtown area more attractive to people who want to live downtown. However this work can be done efficiently and affordably. Don't try to do everything at once. There is no need to have, "campaigns" or invest in entertainment/dining/housing. Those things will take care of themselves, if the infrastructure is right. Concentrate city spending on ped/bike infrastructure and the rest will come on its own.


What is your age?
36-50


How often do you go downtown?
I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
10-20 years

Name not shown inside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 17, 2017, 9:32 PM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
There are impediments to walking everywhere. Streets are way too wide for the volume of car traffic, and lead to cars driving too fast through the city. There is a ton of parking/empty lots that make walking two blocks feel a lot longer than it is.


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
Add bike lanes, make the streets two ways. Encourage cheap street/parking lot/side of building scaping that makes the city more pleasant to walk through. Expand ideas like First Fridays and Guthrie Green's Food Truck Wednesday throughout the city.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


What is your age?
26-35


How often do you go downtown?
I live downtown, I work downtown


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
Less than 5 years

Name not shown outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 17, 2017, 7:56 AM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
Narrow sidewalks on existing bridges over the railroad tracks (need to make the connection between Blue Dome and Brady Arts more significant)



Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


What is your age?
26-35


How often do you go downtown?
I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
5-10 years

Brian Parker outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 16, 2017, 3:29 PM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
There are multiple locations in downtown Tulsa that seem particularly poorly suited for walking, but especially on 2nd Street on the north side of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center where the building has no windows and abuts the sidewalk, making for a visually uninteresting walk.


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
I strongly support the recommendations in Jeff Speck's Walkability Study, specifically with regard to making one-way streets into two-ways streets, narrowing travel lanes to better communicate a 25 MPH speed limit, and striping permanent parking spaces which work to narrow the road and better communicate a safe travel speed. I also support the installation of thoughtful bicycle lanes that are protected from traffic.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


What is your age?
26-35


How often do you go downtown?
I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
5-10 years

Lawrence Sayles outside Districts April 16, 2017, 7:32 AM

I suggest that the solution to express highways lighting problems is to install / replace the lighting with the highest quality solar street lamps. Replacing the current lamps with solar street lamps will prevent theft of wiring, because there will be no wiring in the poles.

Phillip Condley outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 14, 2017, 2:11 PM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
Streets and intersections along 66 through downtown are too wide. cant cross the street in one light at Boulder and 66.


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
PROTECTED BIKE LANES. Fewer curb cuts, fewer car lanes, more trees.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Other - ABSOLUTELY!!!


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


What is your age?
36-50


How often do you go downtown?
I live downtown, I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
All my life

Elaine Meek outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 13, 2017, 6:13 PM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
need lighting of 11th street under IDL by Home Depot and need to stop installing brick/paver sidewalks -- they are tripping hazards)


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
We need to stop using the Complete Streets plan, which focuses on cars first, and change our focus to make our downtown primarily designed for pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation, and secondarily designed for parking, driving cars and making deliveries. We need creative, original and unique crosswalks that are easier for automobile drivers to notice. We need to get rid of the one way streets (which lower property values and increase fatalities). We need to do something to spruce up unattractive walls of parking garages, the PAC along Cincinnati and 2nd Street, and the Tulsa World printing press on Main St.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


Further comments? If you agree or disagree on any aspects of the Study, please share!
I would like to see less focus on complete streets, and more focus and funding spent to make PROTECTED bike lanes. We need to educate drivers to drive slower downtown and to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks (and elsewhere). It is important that we change downtown zoning to require new parking garages to include ground floor retail spaces, and to limit the number of new parking lots constructed. We should focus at present on improving the northern end of downtown, as Tulsa Community College's sea of parking lots is a long-term problem. And I love the idea of bright, original and creative sidewalk designs downtown (and in other pedestrian active areas like Brookside and Cherry Street) to attract the attention of drivers.


What is your age?
51-65


How often do you go downtown?
I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
20+ years

Name not shown outside the Inner Dispersal Loop April 12, 2017, 11:47 AM

Should making downtown Tulsa more walkable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Should making downtown Tulsa more bikeable be a City priority?
Yes, high priority


Would it be valuable for the City to repair, resurface, and reconfigure streets, to better support walking and biking?
Yes


Describe locations within the IDL (downtown Tulsa) where you see specific impediments to walking. Please identify intersections or landmarks for reference.
1) Every single street downtown can and should be bi-directional (two way). There are simple fixes for the on/off-ramp areas near highway entrances and exits. 2) Curb cuts need to vanish. Over the years, when the city has re-done curbs, they've simply poured the same driveway entrances and curb cuts - even where there is no longer a driveway in that space. For example, the "PAC lot" between 2nd/3rd and Detroit/Cincinnati. Many of those driveways have been closed and yet the city still pours new curb cuts - please re-examine those curb reconstruction plans so this doesn't happen anymore. 3) Shield and buffer the surface parking lots from the sidewalks with trees, plantings, and low walls just high enough to conceal headlights. Apply the same curb cut rule to parking lots. 4) There are six one-way intersections downtown that encourage drivers to speed around corners and move into middle lanes. Those need to disappear - and perhaps turning the streets bi-directional will automatically solve that problem, but it's a huge problem. 5) When intersections and/or sidewalks are being rebuilt, please please please at curb bump-outs/neckdowns. Our streets are incredibly wide, making them very unsafe to cross. Adding bump-outs can shorten the crossing distance, reduce the speed at which drivers take corners, and make pedestrians more visible. For example, at this very moment, crews are re-building the sidewalks along the southwest corner of 2nd and Boulder (next to the federal courthouse), and yet they're not doing anything to reduce the crossing distance - even from that one side. Thousands of folks use that intersection to get to their offices at the Williams Tower I & II complex, and to and from events at the BOK Center, and this could help greatly. There are lots of examples of this all across downtown that need the same neckdown treatment. 6) Narrow the driving lanes, and reduce the number of lanes. That opens up the opportunity to widen sidewalks (and encourage sidewalk dining), add protected bike lanes, etc. 7) Create a maximum turning radius for downtown streets - many of our intersections are designed for car speeds of 30 mph when they really need to be designed for 5-10 mph. Those huge turning radii create dangerous situations for drivers, people on bikes, people on foot, and people in wheelchairs. 8) Stop allowing construction / lane closure signs to block sidewalks. This happens all over town, making it very difficult for folks in wheelchairs or on foot to move around them. They're currently in place at the corner of 2nd & Boulder: "Sidewalk closed ahead", and they're actually blocking the open sidewalk on the corner opposite the closure. 9) Stop allowing delivery trucks, construction trucks, mail vans, etc from parking on sidewalks. This happens far more often that you'd think or expect, and it's incredibly frustrating. There are often UPS, FedEx, and USPS vehicles parked in the middle of the sidewalks around the fountain at 5th & Main. Several vehicles regularly block the sidewalk along 2nd Street in front of the Hyatt hotel, and news vans often completely block the sidewalks along Denver near the courthouse. 10) Don't worry about giving us fancy (but frankly useless) brick-paver sidewalks. Just pour some good, ol' concrete sidewalks that are level. Fix the ones that are cracked and broken. Shave down edges that have popped up. Make them useful, not fancy. 11) Please get rid of the blank walls along 2nd street, from Boulder to Cincinnati. There's 900 linear feet of blank walls on the south side alone. It makes a 10 minute walk from the Blue Dome to the BOK Center feel more like 20 minutes. It's uninviting, it feels unsafe, and it's incredibly unpleasant. It would be very easy to convert a small portion of the South Garage (under the Williams Green) into retail space. It's got the right ceiling heights, the floors are flat, utilities are in place. It would just take knocking out a bit of concrete and replacing it with glass windows and doors. That area also has room to expand the sidewalk (or add a parklet). It happens to be exactly the half-way point between the BOK Center and Blue Dome, and would offer a reprieve for those folks on foot who are walking between the two. The newly-available retail space would also serve the Hyatt hotel, the BOK Tower, City Hall, PAC attendees, and Williams Towers I & II. Bonus: it's already owned by the City (through the parking authority), and the retail rents generated are much greater than the loss of revenue from 20 parking spaces. 12) Please, please widen the sidewalks on bridges that span the railroad tracks. They're very narrow, while the traffic lanes are very wide, and it makes it very difficult if two people are walking in opposite directions and have to cross paths- it's that narrow. And again, they're often blocked by construction signage. At the same time, we need to add parallel parking along those bridges. It would reduce the travel lanes and travel speeds, give an opportunity to introduce neckdowns, which will help keep drivers going slowly, and will help with the perception of unavailable parking in the Brady District. There is plenty of space to do this. 13) Create a striping maintenance schedule. All the lane markings in the world aren't helpful if they're faded beyond recognition, and most of the street striping downtown is in poor condition. Start with crosswalks - that's the most important part, and most aren't marked well. 14) Thanks for your work to support our city!


Please share your thoughts about how to make downtown more walkable, bikeable, and/or accessible.
I covered most things in the previous question.


Have you read Jeff Speck's Walkability Study draft or seen his March 23rd Tulsa presentation, either in person or via video?
Yes


On a scale of 1-5, rate the following techniques to make streets safer for all users in terms of importance to you. (1=not important, 5=very important)



Should the City invest in making The Loop (formerly Downtown Trolley) a downtown circulator with greater hours and increased frequency?
Yes


Should the City pursue a Walk Your City campaign?
Yes


Should the City adopt a one-page downtown zoning overlay like the one proposed in this study?
Yes


Should the City make investments to support more downtown sidewalk dining options?
Yes


Should the City make investments to attract more people to live downtown?
Yes


Further comments? If you agree or disagree on any aspects of the Study, please share!
Please, please adopt a downtown overlay. We can't allow more things like the Jackson Technical building to be constructed in our downtown. That kind of development is best suited for non-urban settings - not our downtown. We also need to require that any sort of parking structure is either wrapped by a building or includes ground-level retail space. We desperately need landscaping and screening requirements for existing downtown parking lots. And finally, we need to either prohibit additional surface parking downtown, or make requests for Surface Parking go through an exception process instead of by-right. Downtown is a place for people - not cars. I say make the overlay two pages by adding the landscaping/screening and wrapped parking structure requirements, and the surface parking prohibition. Supplement it with pictures. Make it easy to read, and do as Jeff Speck said: print it, post it all over downtown, really explain the purpose and goals to folks, and let's get it done.


What is your age?
26-35


How often do you go downtown?
I work downtown, I go downtown for events and attractions, I go downtown for dining and nightlife


How long have you lived or worked in Tulsa?
20+ years