Respondents were asked to rank items from 1 to 5, one being the most important and five the least important. Predominantly, survey responses choose an asphalt surface to be of the most important receiving 41% of the first place ranking and chat was the least important, receiving 41% of the fifth place ranking. Design features like crossings, bridges, blind curves and roadway separation ranked second, receiving over 27% of responses while trail widths and amenities ranked close at approximately 20% of survey responses.
The survey asked for participants to choose between neighborhood connections (trails being accessible from your neighborhood) or easily accessible (trails can be reached by car, bicycle, or walking/running to the trail). More than half (57%) of the respondents wanted trails to be accessible from their neighborhoods while 42% or respondents preferred accessibility from cars, bicycle, or walking/running to the trail. Convenience to the user prevailed among survey responses.
Respondents were asked to rank items from 1 to 3, one being the most important and three the least. Survey respondents felt trail lighting and separation of users were the most important with close to half of the respondents ranking either of them as a one. Safety education addressing the issues of trail etiquette, and education of non-users ranked third.
Respondents were asked if they were willing to financially support trail improvements and if they were willing, how would they support it - a gas tax, user fee, sales tax, or a bond issue. Respondents could choose all that applied. A bond issue received the greatest number of responses 51, closely followed by a gas tax and sales tax, 42 and 33 respectively. User fees received the fewest number of responses with 15.
When reviewing the responses to question number 5, three items clearly separated themselves as the most prominent desired improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian system. The most poplar requested improvement was the development of crosstown and neighborhood trail connections with 11 requests, the Mingo Valley Trail was a close second with 10 requests, and the extension of the Riverparks East Bank Trail from its current ending point at 101st south to Bixby was 3rd with 9 requests.
Respondents clearly desire connections from the heart of town out to the existing trail network as well as connections extending from north Tulsa. Further development of the trail system in the south and east parts of Tulsa and the surrounding communities was a clear theme from the responses, particularly improvements to the Mingo Valley Trail, Creek Turnpike Extension, and the extension of the Riverparks East Bank Trail south to Bixby.
Improvement to the On-Street Bike Route System was also a reoccurring requested item. Respondents desired both the extension of the system and improvements to the safety of the existing system. Avery Dr and Mohawk Blvd were sited as areas which need improvement in terms of condition and design. The extension of the on-street system by designating major arterial streets as bikeways was mentioned by several respondents as a necessary improvement.
The Osage Trail, Bixby Trail, West Bank Extension south to Turkey Mountain and then on to Jenks, and the B.A. South Loop Trail were all mentioned equally as desired improvements to the system. This seems to echo the theme of connecting to outlying areas which would provide a greater number of destinations, accessibility, and alternative transportation options.
Other desired improvements included: the Midland Valley Trail Extension to Cherry Street, the Haikey Creek Trail, Fry Ditch Creek, a crossing across the Arkansas River on the I-44 bridge, the extension of the New Block Park Trail over to Reservoir Hill and out to Sand Springs along the levee to SH 97, a connection to Glenpool, and a connection from Sand Springs to Prattville.
In review of the survey responses, there were fourteen different topics suggested. The top two suggestions were measures to increase safety and better maintenance of the system, both receiving close to 20% of the total responses for this question. Receiving nearly 10% of responses were an increased trail system to connect the area communities, more capacity on the existing Riverpark and other trails system by either adding another trail or widening the existing one, and better signage and education of the trail system at different locations along the trail i.e. more signs showing where the system goes and what connections can be made. Other suggestions for the trail system include:
More amenities – lighting, benches, water fountains, signage, more parking, etc.
Having a trail system along both sides of the Arkansas River
Re-routing the trail behind the Creek Nation Bingo hall at 81st and Riverside Drive
Having sidewalks for on-street bikeways
Having a better east-west route/trail through the City of Tulsa
Pedestrian bridge over Riverside Drive at 81st Street
Access across the I-44 bridge