Tulsa Walk Audit

August 18th, 2022

Mingo Creek Trail at 71st St

Walk Audit

Walkable communities promote health, foster a sense of connection and community among residents, and provide an overall sense of place and belonging that helps make a neighborhood livable for people of all ages and lifestyles.

A Walk Audit is a simple walk through a specific area using a checklist to identify issues that make walking, riding a bicycle, or driving unsafe or uncomfortable. The issues will be documented, prioritized, and submitted to the City of Tulsa for repair or improvement.

The Tulsa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is hosting a series of Walk Audits across our great city. Please check this page and our Facebook page for upcoming events in your area.

Why Walk Audits?

69 people were killed on Tulsa streets in 2021

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people under 40 in Tulsa County.

In the words of Jennifer Homendy, chair of the NTSB, “We are less safe on our roads now, and we are going in the wrong direction.”

The NTSB recommends a Safe System approach to traffic safety. Much like OSHA’s approach to safety in the workplace, the Safe System approach aims to eliminate fatal & serious injuries for all road users.

Safety is an ethical imperative of the designers and owners of the transportation system.

Tulsa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has taken the lead in conducting Walk Audits of the most dangerous intersections in Tulsa. We ask City Councilors, neighborhood associations, and community service agencies to join us in this life saving effort.

Schedule

Tulsa BPAC is focusing on the major intersections with high pedestrian crash rates. This schedule is fluid and will change from time to time. Let us know if you have suggestions for other areas that would benefit from a walk audit.

AreaDate / TimeMeeting LocationRegister
51st & Yale Rescheduled
March 3, 2022
4:00-6:00pm
Tandy Family YMCA
5005 S. Darlington Ave
Registration Form
Pine & Lewis April 28, 2022
2:00-4:00pm
Springdale Park
2223 E Pine St.
Registration Form
11th & Utica June 9, 2022
3:00-5:00pm
The Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges
815 S Utica Ave
Registration Form
Mingo Creek Trail at 71st St Rescheduled
August 18th, 2022
4:00-7:00pm
Mingo Market Place Parking Lot
Northwest Corner of 71st St & HW-169
Registration Form
91st & Yale September 1, 2022
4:00-6:00pm
TBD Registration Form
61st & Peoria October 12, 2022
4:00-6:00pm
TBD Registration Form

Findings and Results

The findings of each walk audit are documented, prioritized, and shared with the staff at the City of Tulsa. The findings and periodic updates are recorded in a document for each location. The links below will be updated after each walk audit is completed.

LocationDateResults
11th & Garnett Dec 16, 2021 Tracking Sheet
51st & Yale March 3, 2022 Coming Soon
Pine & Lewis April 28, 2022 Coming Soon
11th & Utica June 9, 2022 Coming Soon

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Tulsa City Council

November 21, 2021

Councilors McKee and Patrick presented a proclamation to the Tulsa Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee in honor of the day. The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, for 25 years, the World Day of Remembrance has been dedicated to remembering the many millions of road traffic victims by raising awareness of those who have been killed and seriously injured on roads across the world; and

WHEREAS, this global event seeks to acknowledge the crucial work of emergency services, to advocate for better support for road traffic victims and families, to draw attention to the minimal legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries, and to promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries; and

WHEREAS, this year, the World Day of Remembrance spotlights the reduction of traffic speeds, which has the potential to prevent deaths and injuries, in particular for the most vulnerable road users; and

WHEREAS, the City of Tulsa recognizes opportunities to improve safety for road users and is motivated to make the city more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly; and

WHEREAS, Tulsa encourages walking, bicycling, riding electric scooters, using public transit and driving, please join us in making Tulsa a community that provides safer and more convenient transportation options to all;

NOW, THEREFORE WE, the Tulsa City Council, do hereby proclaim November 21st, 2021, as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

News

We thank the Tulsa news outlets that have helped spread the work about these activities.

2 NewsDec 16, 2021 Walk Audit to help protect pedestrians and bicyclists
News Channel 8Dec 16, 2021 Tulsa group looks to make streets safer with walk audits
News Channel 8April 28, 2022 Group walks Tulsa streets with an eye for areas of improvement

Perform Your Own Walk Audit

Anyone can perform a walk audit, but a small group makes it even better. Neighborhood associations, clubs, community service organizations, and individuals can perform a walk audit. AARP provides a great toolkit for collecting and recording information about our infrastructure. Click here for their printable tool kit.

Tulsa BPAC can provide copies of the tool kit, supplies, and support for individuals and organizations that are interested in performing their own walk audit. Contact us at info@tulsawalks.org.