Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

The Department of Transportation believes that bicycling and walking are important modes of transportation. To facilitate biking and walking in Tucson we do the following:

  • Plan, implement and maintain a network of bikeways and walkways
  • Plan and construct pedestrian and bicycle signals
  • Identify and rectify barriers to walking and biking
  • Educate motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on "rules of the road"
  • Encourage walking and bicycling by initiating and continuing to support key projects, such as Cyclovia Tucson, Bike Fest, Pedal the Pueblo and the El Grupo Youth bicycle camps
  • Install bicycle parking
  • Collaborate with the Tucson Police Department on enforcement strategies

In The News

  • The Third Street/University Avenue Bicycle Boulevard is being resurfaced between Campbell Avenue and Tucson Boulevard beginning on Wednesday, May 20th. Read more about project in our special edition newsletter, and check out our detour map before you ride.
  • Check out our new pedestrian safety brochure!
  • Over 20,000 people attended the most recent Cyclovia Tucson event on April 19, 2015!  Visit Cyclovia Tucson for more information regarding the next event on November 1, 2015.
  • The Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which helps create a safer and more comfortable walking environment, recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. Meetings are at the Ward 6 Offices on the third Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Let us know if you are interested in serving on this committee.  
  • Tucson is working on a Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan to develop an alternative mode network using our neighborhood streets.  There are five Bicycle Boulevards under design now and will be constructed in the next few years.  
  • New pedestrian/bike signals are going up around town to help people get across busy roads.  The City is working on installing several of these at this time.  Stay tuned for a signal coming to your neighborhood soon! 
  • The best way to stay up-to-date on all the newest bicycle and pedestrian projects and events is to sign up for our monthly on-line Newsletter.

2015 Annual Report

 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program has accomplished a great deal in the past few years. To learn more about our recent projects and programs - and see pictures of our work - read our 2015 Annual Report. The report also contains information on our public engagement efforts, including our citizen-led committees and online survey efforts. Additionally, the Annual Report is full of useful Tucson-specific biking and walking statistics: How many Tucsonans bike and walk? Where do Tucsonans bike and walk? How many miles of biking facilities does Tucson have? Finally, the 2015 Annual Report concludes with a preview of what we are working on for the next few years. At the end of the report, you'll find a map that identifies the locations of all of our upcoming projects and programs. Click on the report below to read.
 

Tucson Bike Share

 

The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a public bike share system. Bike share provides another transportation option for short-trips around urbanized areas. Bike share can leverage the investment in the modern streetcar and will make Tucson more bicycle friendly. Click here to find out more about bike share for Tucson. You can take an online survey about bike share as well as suggest where stations should be located.

Safe Routes to School for Tucson

 

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage daily physical activity and the development of healthy habits in youth by promoting regular walking and biking to school. Walking and biking also reduces traffic congestion and pollution around schools, improves safety in school zones, and provides families and friends an opportunity to share time with each other and build connections in their community. The City of Tucson launched a new Safe Routes to School program in August 2014 operated by the Living Streets Alliance.

Bike Boxes

 

The City of Tucson now has four bike boxes (6th St and Highland, Grant Road and Fontana, Speedway and 4th Avenue) and a partial bike box (Grant Road and Mountain Avenue)

Bike Box

Please check out our brochure to see what you should know about the Bike Box pdf

Diagram of Highland/6th Street Bike Box pdf

Images (Flikr)

Images from around Tucson