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Walk balk: Oklahoma City discourages pedestrian traffic

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 9, 2009 at 4:10 am •  Published: June 9, 2009
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/> Speck recommends street design changes and incentives for downtown housing, to build demand for transit and pedestrian systems. He terms the city’s downtown underground walkway as "unfortunate.” But he admits that Toronto and Montreal have vibrant underground and surface pedestrian systems.

Oklahoma City has made strides in providing more safe places to walk, jog and bike. Much remains to be done. This will require a partnership between policymaking and personal preferences.

It won’t happen, says Speck, "without strong political leadership and the understanding that certain entrenched practices must be turned on their head if Oklahoma City is to become a more walkable place.”

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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