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This is the City of Tucson's Bicycle & Pedestrian Newsletter. It is designed to inform Tucson's bicyclists and pedestrians about current bike/ped happenings, how you can get involved, and how you can have fun on bike or on foot!
 
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Tucson's First Parklet

 
The City of Tucson and Living Streets Alliance are teaming up with two locally-owned businesses, Exo Roast Co. and Tap & Bottle, to build Tucson’s very first parklet on the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and 7th Street. A parklet replaces car parking with  a small park and includes seating, shade, planters, and other elements of a comfortable and inviting outdoor space. The parklet is scheduled to open to the public this fall. 

The parklet will be open to the public, but funded and maintained by the local businesses. Businesses like Exo Roast Co. and Tap & Bottle have been inspired to make the investment in this parklet because research shows that the addition of a parklet increases property values and boosts revenues for nearby businesses. 
 
Emily Yetman, the executive director of Living Streets Alliance, explains, “This is a win-win-win situation. Tucsonans get a great public space; it attracts more business to the area; and it doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. We hope that this parklet will serve as a pilot to show businesses throughout Tucson how easy, cost-effective, and beneficial it is to create parklets in their area.”

This first parklet will also showcase the work of several local builders and artists. Carpenters from Baer Joinery, tile artist Carly Quinn, and landscape architects from Design Collaborations will all play a role in the final design and construction of the parklet.

We hope this parklet will be the first of many for Tucson!

Families enjoy a temporary parklet on parking day

Light the Night Returns!

 

Back in November, we handed out over 300 free headlights to bicyclists who needed them at our first 
Light the Night event. On Tuesday, February 18th, The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program,
Living Streets Alliance, and the Pima Association of Governments will sponsor another Light the Night
 event at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Dakota Street just west of Apollo Middle School. Light the Night will start at 5pm and continue until all of the lights have been handed out. You must bring your bike to receive a light. 

Remember, Tucson law requires all cyclists to use a headlight when riding at night. Dark streets make it difficult for drivers to see cyclists, so riding at night without a headlight is very unsafe. Need another reason to use a headlight? Riding at night without one can cost you between $105 and $185 in fines.
 

Please purchase a headlight from one of Tucson’s friendly bike shops or come get a free one when we Light the Night!

 
What: Light the Night – get a free headlight!
When: February 18th, 2014 from 5pm until all the lights have been handed out
Where: Intersection of Liberty Avenue and Dakota Street

The City of Tucson Begins New
Safe Routes to School Program

 
Local non-profit Living Streets Alliance (LSA) and the national planning firm, Toole Design Group (TDG), have been contracted by the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to run Tucson’s new Safe Routes to School program. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of kids in kindergarten through 8th grade who walk or bike to school regularly.
 
The City’s program will have two components: 1) general support for as many school kids as possible by promoting events and providing general safety information/materials; 2) focusing on four pilot schools to implement a comprehensive Safe Routes to School Program. Living Streets Alliance and the City of Tucson will be selecting four schools in the upcoming months.
 
The LSA team will provide the pilot schools with a menu of options for education and encouragement, and provide on-going guidance and support for the activities chosen by the schools. Menu options may include walking school buses and bike trains, quarterly bike repair clinics, a walking and biking safety curriculum, and more. 

Ultimately, the City’s Safe Routes to School program aims to be sustainable and have the broad support of the Tucson community. The program intends to build community by fostering collaboration between the pilot schools and other nearby schools, local neighborhood associations, and neighboring businesses.     
                Students park bikes at school  
Kids park their bikes at school (photo credit: Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org)

Partnership to Create More Beautiful and Sustainable Walking and Biking Routes Off to a Great Start!


Last month, we told you about a new collaboration between the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Watershed Management Group to add green infrastructure to Tucson’s walking and biking routes. According to Watershed Management Group (WMG), green infrastructure utilizes stormwater as a resource to grow trees, shrubs, and flowers that cool streets, beautify neighborhoods, improve wildlife habitat, and increase property values.

On January 22nd, WMG led an educational walking tour along the Treat Avenue Bike Boulevard.  Tucson residents, neighborhood association leaders, and representatives from several governmental organizations visited two homes that are using stormwater to grow shade trees. They learned to recognize potential rainwater sources and locate sites for growing trees using that rainwater.

 As part of this program, WMG will install green infrastructure at two demonstration sites along the Treat Avenue Bike Boulevard. The Arizona State Forestry Department is providing grant funding to support  this project.
 
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, contact Kieran Sikdar at mailto:ksikdar@watershedmg.org or 520-396-3266 x3.
                            On WMG's green infrastructure walking tour

On WMG's Green Infrastructure Walking Tour
along the Treat Avenue Bike Boulevard

Cyclovia is Coming!!!


Cyclovia returns to Tucson on April 6th! Click on the map to learn more!

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Survey

 
Don't forget to take our survey. We want to hear from you!

Coming Soon:



 
  • Cyclovia Tucson is happening in a few months! Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved!

 
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