Last week the Oklahoma City Council heard from residents supporting MAPS 4 funding projects. The American Heart Association and it's coalition partners showed up to support new funding for bike lanes and sidewalks.
The MAPS program is a 1 cent city sales tax that has been extremely successful. Since voters approved the MAPS 3 program 10 years ago, the city raised nearly $840 million for MAPS funded projects. Currently, Oklahoma City is an extremely dangerous city for transportation by bike or walking, and public transportation is limited. An already adopted Complete Streets policy in the city will ensure that the money is spread throughout the city, and spent on high priority areas facing health equality and disparity issues. Improving bicycle infrastructure and pedestrian safety through dedicated funding in Oklahoma City will increase easy access to healthier and more affordable modes of transportation.