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Introducing the Go Plan: INCOG Unveils a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan for the Greater Tulsa Area

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Aired on Wednesday, February 26th.

The Indian Nations Council of Governments (or INCOG) is a voluntary group of local and tribal governments in the Greater Tulsa community that offers planning and coordination services to help with such ongoing Tulsa metro-area challenges as land use, transportation, community and economic development, environmental quality, public safety, and services for older adults. Last year, INCOG put forth a mass-transit master plan, and now --- in an effort that will roll out next week as well as later in the spring --- INCOG is offering a bike-and-pedestrian master plan. This effort, known as the "people-powered" Go Plan, is thus described at the official Go Plan website: "[This] bicycle/pedestrian Master Plan...will provide a comprehensive regional plan for pedestrian and bicycle improvements; provide connectivity to the existing regional trail network using on-street treatments; improve pedestrian and bicycle safety; provide a more strategic approach to competing for pedestrian and bicycle funding; and identify barriers, with solutions, for residents to safely access destinations using walking or bicycling modes within the Tulsa region. The plan includes 11 cities in the Tulsa metropolitan area: Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Skiatook, and Tulsa." Our two guests on ST, who bring us up to speed on this plan, are James Wagner, a transportation projects coordinator at INCOG, and Jeff Ciabotti, a senior planner with Toole Design Group, which is serving as a consultant to INCOG in this capacity. (Toole Design is a nationally recognized planning, engineering, and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation.) Wagner and Ciabotti also tell us about a special kick-off event for the Go Plan that's scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 4th, at the TCC Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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