Edmond Planning Commission OKs streets resolution

BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Published: January 21, 2010
EDMOND — Edmond’s Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution calling for future city streets to contain bicycle lanes, parallel parking and bus lanes.

Tim Tillman, chairman of the Edmond Bicycle Committee, said the Complete Streets resolution would take into consideration all users including public transportation, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in construction of new roads and widening of existing streets. He said the resolution is a safety issue.

City Planner Jan Ramseyer Fees, also a member of the Bicycle Committee, said, "We understand we are such an automobile-oriented society, but the Complete Streets provides more transportation choices.”

Commissioner Leroy Cartwright questioned how wide city streets would need to be to accommodate the Complete Streets philosophy.

"That would give me some idea of how much it would raise the cost of a project,” he said. "I know that right of ways, if they’re not in place, it’s usually not practical to go back and try and retrofit so it would be safe.”

City Engineer Steve Manek said an additional five feet of right of way would be needed for bike lanes.

"Right of way costs could go up $100,000 to $300,000 depending on where you are at."
Steve Manek,
city engineer

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