Bixby considers $30M bicycle, pedestrian plan

Posted at 9:22 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 10:22:51-04

Bixby City Council members discussed a proposal for a network of pedestrian and bicycle trails through the city, Monday evening. 

The network is a $30 million recommendation to improve the facilities used by the community. 

Bike lanes, sidepath, signed route, shared lane markings and a trail comprise the plan.

According to the plan overview, support for trail construction has been strong in Bixby as evidenced by the number of residents in favor of the 2011 bond issue which funded trail improvements.

However, homeowners near the proposed site of the trail are opposed to the idea. During the meeting, they were vocal about keeping the trail out of their backyards. The Legends Homeowners Association feels the trail would increase the opportunity for crime and decrease property values. The Legends neighborhood is located at the corner of 111th and Mingo.

Mayor John Easton says the city can create a comprehensive plan that would designate a specific area as a green belt to protect it.

2 Works for You has spoken with a city official who said no action would be taken at tonight's meeting.