TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Being able to get around is a necessity, one that the group Tulsa Pedestrian Advisory Committee works to make easy.
“We should have a transportation system that’s safe comfortable and convenient for every possible user," said Mitch Drummond.
It’s why he spoke with his groups about testing out each part of traveling the roads.
Telling them to test the buttons on the crosswalk and listen for the audible response for the visually impaired.
Even sending a woman out with a walker to see what it’s like for people who need one.
“So, to try to simulate and build some empathy for people who need some assistance I asked one of our members to walk with a walker," said Drummond.
Drummond and his team use these audits to help the city make improvements.
Sometimes, they’re looking for things in one part of the city that could benefit other areas. Other times, they’re looking for problems.
“One of the biggest issues that we see around Tulsa is just a lack of sidewalks in certain areas. Here we’re in an area where there’s a pretty continuous sidewalks on one side of the street and on the other side of the street it may have a sidewalk gap or partial sidewalks or no sidewalk at all," said Drummond.
Pine and Lewis is only one of the six intersections they’re visiting this year.
Each time they bring out community leaders to join them.
“I would encourage other people to come join us I'd really like to see more people from the neighborhoods join us," said Drummond.
Their next walk is at 11th and Utica in June.