Hal McKnight, chairman of the Oklahoma City Trails Advisory Committee, walks the North Grand trail with his black lab, Will. Photo/Mark Hancock
"I think that this is certainly going to move us forward," said Hal McKnight, chairman of the Oklahoma City Trails Advisory Committee, who said he is a "huge" proponent of MAPS 3.
"This next set of trails is going to make a huge impact. … I think we need trails within every part of the city."
said the city needs to have a trail system that will benefit children and adults, as well as making it possible to commute to work and run short errands on a bicycle.
"I think we're talking both quality and quantity through this (almost) 60 miles of trails," he
"I think it's really important from the health and wellness standpoint to build as many trails as possible. … The more trails, the healthier we will be."
also said the master plan needs updating.
"I can see where there is confusion," McKnight
Several miles of trails from previous bond issues are funded and coming on line.
calls the newly opened Katy trail along the abandoned Katy railroad right-of-way "gorgeous" and lined with huge trees.
It runs from the Remington Park area near the Oklahoma City Zoo south to the Oklahoma River.
The Deep Fork Greenway will run from close to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and connect the North Grand trail to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
, and the Central Greenway near the Fort Smith junction, which will connect the Katy trail to the Oklahoma River.
"We also have a bicycle transportation plan that was part of the 2007 bond," McKnight
also said 120 "Share the Road" miles are funded, which would create bike lanes on existing roads.
Another 330 miles are planned.
"I think it's really important to the community," he
photo Hal McKnight, chairman of the Oklahoma City Trails Advisory Committee, walks the North Grand trail with his black lab, Will.