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Transportation Alternatives: Neighborhood Collaboration

In addition to making personal transportation choices, you can collaborate with neighbors to develop transportation alternatives that reduce single occupancy vehicle trips. There are many possibilities for neighborhood transportation solutions. Explore the ideas below and utilize the resources to help get you started. Also visit the Energy and Climate Change section for more information about reducing your energy use.

Learn about the transportation needs of your neighborhood. Organizing with your neighbors to learn about your transportation needs will help you develop solutions to reduce your single occupancy vehicle trips and utilize alternatives. Gathering information can be done in a number of ways, such as through social gatherings or surveys.

 

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Transportation solutions for neighborhoods can be designed to meet your transportation needs. Here are some ideas that may work for you:

  • Establish a carpool for neighbors that work in the same area. You can also arrange trips to the grocery store or shopping so a group of neighbors can share one ride.
    Pima Association of Governments (PAG) runs the RideShare Program where you can get connected with an existing carpool or vanpool.
    Click here for a map of park-and-ride lots with connections to bus service and carpools. Use this information to organize carpools to these locations so neighbors can use the transit system to get to different locations.
  • Purchase a neighborhood electric vehicle. By pooling your resources you and your neighbors can have access to an economical vehicle to share for short trips. This strategy can also be used for a car-sharing program where a group of neighbors purchase a vehicle together to share.
  • Establish a bike-sharing program. Pool your money and purchase a few bicycles that the neighborhood can share.
    Click here to download a copy of Tucson’s Bike Map.
  • Educate your neighbors about transit services. Host a workshop or barbeque and provide information about SunTran, SunVan, or the RideShare Program.
  • Establish a walking school bus for children in your neighborhood. Most schools are within walking distance of neighborhoods. Leading a walking school bus gets children to school safely, reduces traffic, and establishes healthy habits.
  • Utilize the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. This program facilitates the addition of traffic calming devices in neighborhoods where residents have traffic concerns. Street trees and landscaping are used as part of the traffic control system.
  • Apply for a grant from PRO Neighborhoods. PRO offers both small grants and technical assistance for neighborhood projects. They assist groups working together to mobilize and build upon existing talents and resources within the community.
  • Learn from Community Models. People throughout the community are working together to make Tucson more sustainable. Learn from their projects and use the strategies in your neighborhood.