Deep Deuce to Bricktown: Dangerous crossing?

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 18, 2013

Some may argue the burden is on the city alone to accomplish this change. But a recent example of how education is needed on both ends of the equation was recently brought to my attention via social media on Twitter.

Questionable crossing

Casey Cornett, a downtown worker and urban core resident, noted the danger of an increasingly popular pedestrian crossing on Main Street in Bricktown at the foot of the Walnut Avenue bridge (which is immediately west of Skinny Slims).

Sid Burgess, another downtown worker and Deep Deuce resident, then noted how someone (not the city) posted signs warning pedestrians the crossing was not protected. Those signs were taken down. I checked with the folks at City Hall, and they said they neither posted the signs nor removed them.

But had city workers spotted the signs, yes, they would have removed them anyway.

Some may argue it is incumbent on the city to realize this has become a pedestrian crossing and to either post a warning or make it a marked crossing.

But area residents and business owners also can act on their own, and not by posting unauthorized signs. Instead, they can contact the traffic management office at 297-2531. If the crossing is at an intersection, the city is authorized to sign the crosswalk without going through the city's Traffic Commission.

Mid-block crossings, however, require an application to the Traffic Commission — a process that can be assisted by the city's traffic management office. This also corrects another false assumption by some (including myself): that the city will not tolerate mid-block crosswalks.

Downtown is changing, and the pedestrian environment is taking root. With that change, a great dialogue, and education, must follow — even if it takes place over drinks at Skinny Slims.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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