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.
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.
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.
|Area||Date / Time||Meeting Location||Register|
|51st & Yale||Rescheduled
March 3, 2022
|Tandy Family YMCA
5005 S. Darlington Ave
|Pine & Lewis||April 28, 2022
2223 E Pine St.
|11th & Utica||June 9, 2022
|The Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges
815 S Utica Ave
|Mingo Creek Trail at 71st St||Rescheduled
August 18th, 2022
|Mingo Market Place Parking Lot
Northwest Corner of 71st St & HW-169
|91st & Yale||September 1, 2022
|61st & Peoria||October 12, 2022
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.
|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|
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
We thank the Tulsa news outlets that have helped spread the work about these activities.
|2 News||Dec 16, 2021||Walk Audit to help protect pedestrians and bicyclists|
|News Channel 8||Dec 16, 2021||Tulsa group looks to make streets safer with walk audits|
|News Channel 8||April 28, 2022||Group walks Tulsa streets with an eye for areas of improvement|
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 email@example.com.