When I left for the John Belt funeral this afternoon, OKC Central readers were not happy campers. First I shared news of City Engineer Eric Wenger removing the dedicated bike lane along Walker Avenue that was promised as part of Project 180. Then I shared news of David Box planning to tear down the Gold Dome.
The funeral, by the way, was a wonderful goodbye to John Belt, and many of his friends gathered on what was the perfect early evening in the Paseo. Patio dining tables were filled, live music filled the street and the colors of the streets were especially vibrant.
Happy birthday John. Thanks for leaving us with such an incredible gift.
So as I return home, I’m surprised to discover the following press release was sent by City Hall at 5 p.m.
To quote Emily Litella…. “never mind….”
Walker will transition to two-lanes by March 29
Walker Avenue between Reno and Couch in downtown Oklahoma City will transition to a two-lane street by the end of March.
The Avenue is currently marked for a four lane, two-way traffic.
On-street parallel parking will be located on the east and west sides Walker. Dedicated bicycle lanes in both directions for exclusive use by cyclists will remain on the street.
The transition, which is a part of Project 180, will make Walker more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly.