Tulsa, Okla. – May 7, 2017 – Brady Heights Historic District, Inc. of Tulsa has announced its first-ever “Chalk the Walk” event which will be held in the neighborhood on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The event has been organized to address long-running neighborhood concerns about the high rate of speed from traffic as it travels through one of the oldest historic neighborhoods in the city.
Inspired by images of other unique crosswalks in the U.S.A. and around the world, the neighborhood’s nonprofit organization has recruited artists to design striking crosswalks which will be eye-catching and call attention to the need for safer driving in a neighborhood which has many young children playing at any given time. The work will be done in chalk as a demonstration of how alternative crosswalks could be designed, since official crosswalk painting can only be done by the City of Tulsa or an approved contractor. After the chalk work is completed, the art will be mildly treated for short-term preservation but will be temporary and wash away after time. The neighborhood hopes that this creative approach to provide a solution will encourage the City of Tulsa to consider alternative traffic-calming options on N. Denver Ave. and N. Cheyenne Ave. in the historic neighborhood.
The neighborhood has a history of bringing artistic solutions to the community, including the creation of the Brady Heights Arts Parkway on N. Denver Ave. with a brick monument at the intersection of W. Fairview St. in and the installation of an artistic traffic circle at the intersection of W. Marshall St. over the last ten years.
During the event, N. Denver Ave. will be closed to traffic between W. Jasper St. and W. King St. to allow a safe environment for the team of volunteer chalk artists who will be transferring the designs onto the pavement. The block party created by this street closure will allow residents of the neighborhood and guests the opportunity to observe the chalk progress and also to purchase food and artwork from area businesses and artists. Members of the Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa Fire Department have been invited to attend the block party and connect with the community, and the organization intends to invite local legislators to observe the creative process.
The neighborhood’s nonprofit organization submitted a request for a traffic-calming study by the City of Tulsa in May 2016. Since then, at least three major incidents have occurred on N. Denver Ave. in the neighborhood, including a young girl being struck by a car while playing near the street in the summer of 2016 which resulted in a broken leg. More recently, a high-speed chase with the Tulsa Police Department saw an accident on N. Denver Ave. in January 2017, and a driver checking their phone while driving struck parked cars and flipped their SUV on N. Denver Ave. in the early morning hours of February 12th, 2017.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Brady Heights Historic District, Inc. is welcoming financial support for the “Chalk the Walk” event to assist with expenses related to renting barricades to divert traffic and purchasing the quantity of chalk and other materials necessary to complete the temporary art installation. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brady Heights Historic District, Inc.
“Chalk the Walk”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:00AM to 3:00PM
- Block party on the 900 block of N. Denver Ave. (between W. Jasper St. and W. King St.) where artists and volunteers will be drawing unique crosswalk designs on the street with chalk to raise awareness of traffic danger issues.
- Local vendors will be on hand to sell food and refreshments, while local artists and photographers are encouraged to sell their art.
- For more information about Brady Heights Historic District and the “Chalk the Walk” event, please visit www.bradyheights.org.