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Topic: metro transit

Earth Day, y’all!

The City of OKC is hosting green events

Show of hands: Who recycles?

Not to be a Lecturing Liza or anything, but there is no excuse for not recycling. Seriously. I once worked with a guy who said it was much too hard on his dainty hands to crush pop cans, so he tossed everything in the break room trash. Yeah, that’s what we’d call a crap excuse.

The 41st annual Earth Day is next Friday, and it’s a great time to look at what we’re each doing to make this planet a better place to live. That not only means recycling, but also using less energy, being kind to the environment and basically taking a second to think about others. I could go on about the type of people who aren’t good stewards of the planet, but I’m going to keep this positive.

So! Earth Day!

Through the month of April, the City of Oklahoma City has offered planet-friendly activities, and things ramp up this week in preparation for Earth Day. This Thursday, the city will lead a free downtown nature hike. The hike steps off at noon on the east steps of City Hall and will lead participants around downtown for 45 minutes. Register by calling 297-2578.

On Saturday, Martin Park Nature Center is hosting EarthFest, a free festival of crafts, seminars and even an alternative-fuel car show. Kids are encouraged to bring pop cans to stomp, as long as their feet aren’t too dainty. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On April 22 — actual Earth Day — the city is offering free rides on Metro Transit to try out alternative modes of transportation. Plus, visitors to the Downtown Transit Center get a free reusable shopping tote.

For more on green services, visit the city’s

by Jenny Coon Peterson 04.12.2011 3 years ago
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Streetcar vs. bus

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Tim Farley
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With a weak public transit system, city officials consider controversial changes to get it back on track.


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This is 40

In OKC’s first-ever $1 billion budget, a rise in crime prompts city council to approve 40 additional police officers.


Tim Farley
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Better buses

More frequent bus stops and less wait time are planned for Metro Transit buses.


Tim Farley
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