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Just the facts
08-28-2013, 08:47 AM
To keep some of the other discussions on topic I thought we should have a general thread for Norman transportation strategies as an area to discuss ideas and what-if scenarios.

Mods, would it be possible to move the Norman one way/two way street debate to this thread from the Lindsey St thread?

BG918
09-04-2013, 11:10 PM
Also relevant to this discussion is the Greenway Master Plan adopted by the city in 2009. It calls for over 100 miles of new trails in Norman by 2030. The Legacy trail extension is the newest addition. The plan also shows the Legacy Trail eventually extending south along the tracks to the Duck Pond and all the way to Oak Tree Park north of Hwy 9.

The Imhoff Creek trail from near downtown to Imhoff along the creek greenbelt would be really nice for connecting the west campus neighborhoods. Also the Lake Thunderbird trails would be a great place to ride bikes, but that is more of a long-term vision.

I do hope the city, or next mayor, puts implementation of this plan as a higher priority.

http://www.ci.norman.ok.us/filebrowser_download/681/Planning%20and%20Development/Planning%20and%20Zoning/Greenways%20Master%20Plan%20Final%20120210.pdf

Geographer
09-05-2013, 08:19 AM
It's been nice to see the Legacy trail construction continuing along Duffy west of the train tracks...it's feeling more like a connected network now

kevinpate
09-05-2013, 08:35 AM
It's been nice to see the Legacy trail construction continuing along Duffy west of the train tracks...it's feeling more like a connected network now

Been a bit since I traveled the Duffy to Boyd stretch along Jenkins. They were hard at work on the sidewalk expansion (may still be) to continue Legacy on south. So hard at work I took the road off my list of will drives for a while as it was a bit of a mess.

ou48A
09-05-2013, 09:12 AM
I thought I had heard that if we ever get commuter rail that they would need to add a second track the RR tracks. I hope the trail has, and is, being constructed with this in mind.

I think a lot more people would used the trail if it would be constructed on Jenkins street from about Boyd on to the south.

kevinpate
09-05-2013, 10:43 AM
... I think a lot more people would used the trail if it would be constructed on Jenkins street from about Boyd on to the south.

Yeah, at Boyd/Jenkins it apparently turns west to Asp and then through campus. I found this in a transcript article from last June


The Legacy Trail, a bicycle and walking path that follows the railroad tracks from Robinson Street to Duffy Street, will be extended along Jenkins Avenue and onto Boyd Street to the intersection at Asp Avenue where it will meet University of Oklahoma campus sidewalks, said James Briggs, Norman parks planner. From there, pedestrians can take sidewalks through campus to Timberdell Road and head south on Chautauqua Avenue all the way to Highway 9.Once this project fills in the gap between Duffy and Boyd Streets, this trail will be a “link across town,” Briggs said. It will provide safe jogging, walking and biking access from Highway 9 past the university and downtown Norman all the way to Ruby Grant Park past Tecumseh Road and Interstate 35.
Legacy Trail will also connect with Legacy Park, which is currently under construction on 24th Street Northwest in the University North Park district.
Construction set to begin on Legacy Trail » Headlines » The Norman Transcript (http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x557572983/Construction-set-to-begin-on-Legacy-Trail)

Geographer
09-05-2013, 10:59 AM
I thought I had heard that if we ever get commuter rail that they would need to add a second track the RR tracks. I hope the trail has, and is, being constructed with this in mind.

I think a lot more people would used the trail if it would be constructed on Jenkins street from about Boyd on to the south.

But once you get to Boyd on south through campus, there's already TONS of sidewalk space...so adding a "trail" in an already sidewalk-heavy area seems redundant.

ou48A
09-05-2013, 11:33 AM
But once you get to Boyd on south through campus, there's already TONS of sidewalk space...so adding a "trail" in an already sidewalk-heavy area seems redundant.There are a ton of sidewalks on parts of OU's campus but they don't extend as far south as the new National Weather Service building and the complex of new buildings in the area.

This is an area that is prime for growth. It seems like this area would attract more of the types of people who would want trails.
Reeves park, the OU softball facility and student housing are also along or near this path. I'm sure OU would help pay for parts of this.
Some of the sidewalks that do exist along Jenkins could save on construction cost so I don't see it as being redundant.

BG918
09-05-2013, 08:59 PM
OU should look into creating some divided walk/bike paths through campus, similar to what they have along the south oval. Along Brooks between Elm and Jenkins would be a natural spot to add this separation. Same goes for the sidewalks along Jenkins from Boyd south to the research campus. If you have ever been on the CU-Boulder campus they have a nice network of separated pathways.

Just the facts
09-05-2013, 09:22 PM
OU should look into creating some divided walk/bike paths through campus, similar to what they have along the south oval. Along Brooks between Elm and Jenkins would be a natural spot to add this separation. Same goes for the sidewalks along Jenkins from Boyd south to the research campus. If you have ever been on the CU-Boulder campus they have a nice network of separated pathways.

Do you mean like this?

Alta Planning & Design - Bicycle, Pedestrian, Greenway & Trail Projects - Project Links & Resources - Featured Projects - University of Oklahoma Bicycle Plan (http://altaplanning.com/university+of+oklahoma+bicycle+plan.aspx)


For the University of Oklahoma, Alta is developing a Bicycle Master Plan in conjunction with Meyer Architects of Oklahoma City. The Master Plan will create recommendations for a network of enhanced paths and bike lanes throughout the campus along with improved bike parking and other facilities.

http://altaplanning.com/App_Content/images/University%20of%20Oklahoma%20photosim.jpg

BG918
09-06-2013, 09:08 PM
Yes, more of those running north to south through campus.