Active Transportation in Central Oklahoma
Active transportation is any self-propelled, human powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling. It is important for the region to invest in and plan for active transportation. Numerous studies have shown active transportation facilities benefits the equity, health, economy, and environmental condition of communities. Similar to street and highway planning, these networks require coordinated planning among multiple jurisdictions and should be linked to transit stops, schools, parks, and retail and medical centers to provide transportation options for the community.
ACOG supports active transportation through development of the Regional Active Transportation Plan, organizing area Bike Month events, and administering the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
More information on ACOG’s active transportation initiatives can be found in the sections below.
ACOG has compiled a collection of bicycle and pedestrian related maps, documents, and other resources which may be useful to city planners, engineers, advocates, and area residents.
ACOG works to educate the public on the benefits of active transportation for the region. This includes a resource guide for residents and planners, bicycle friendly guidance for businesses, and the Bicycle Commuting 101 webinar series.
The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the month of May as National Bike to Work Month since 1956. ACOG uses this opportunity to call attention to the benefits of bicycling and to increase safety and awareness among bicyclists and motorists. This is done through outreach initiative like BikeFest and Bike to Work Day.
Watch for Me OK is a public awareness campaign designed to reduce the number of people involved in pedestrian and bicycle crashes and fatalities on Central Oklahoma streets and roads. Visit the website to download an array of resources including flyers, press releases, videos and a kids coloring sheet.
Open Streets re-purposes part of a busy street for a few hours for non-motorized activity. County health departments organize Open Streets together with several member organizations, including ACOG. We believe active transportation – like biking or walking from point A to B promotes healthier residents with closer ties to their community.
The Regional Active Transportation Plan (RATP) outlines future investments in bicycle and pedestrian improvements that support regional growth and ACOG goals.
The Plan Summary is an abbreviated version of the Regional Active Transportation Plan (RATP). This document contains the highlights of the RATP and may be used when discussing the plan with the general public, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
ACOG’s facility and design guidelines seek to address two questions: what sort of facility is suitable for a given road condition; and what engineering specifications should be followed.