EDMOND — Dozens of miles of bicycle routes would be created under a master plan approved this week by the Edmond City Council.
“I am excited for Edmond and the community,” bicyclist Brian Fairless said. “This will open up bicycling and put Edmond up there with other cities like Boulder, Colo., and Austin, Texas.”
“It makes us a more modern city and promotes a healthy lifestyle.”
The master plan, written by consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., recommends 146.2 miles of paths, bike lanes and marked areas for people to ride bicycles throughout the city. Total cost would be $17.2 million.
Bicyclist Terry Storch said this will create safer places for people to ride.
“It promotes a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
Councilman and bicyclist Darrell Davis called approval of the plan “a big accomplishment.”
“I am very excited to have a comprehensive plan,” he said. “We want to make biking safe and enjoyable for the people in Edmond.
“This is the first step. Now, we have to start implementing the plan.”
Davis said a recommended pilot program will create bicycle lanes on University Boulevard along the west side of the University of Central Oklahoma.
Plans are to reconfigure the four-lane street to include two lanes for traffic, a turn lane and two bicycle lanes, said Jan Ramseyer Fees, a bicycle enthusiast and city planner.
City officials plan to include the bicycle lanes with another project at University and Ayers where the area will be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, such as ramps, signage and audible signals.
Plans are to start the $370,000 project in June after UCO breaks for the summer.
Consultants charged $146,000 to write the master plan.
City officials also will apply in December for federal money through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments for bicycle signage and roadway markings.