Tucson Slow Streets

Tucson Slow Streets

The City of Tucson is supporting the health, safety, and well-being of families and residents by piloting a new initiative: Tucson Slow Streets / Calles Lentas.  


What are Slow Streets?   
What makes a successful Slow Street?    

We want to hear from YOU!  
Tucson’s 1st Pilot Project    
Slow Streets FAQs 



What are Slow Streets? 

Slow Streets: 

Are neighborhood streets, temporarily limited to local traffic only through barricades, cones, and signs  

  • Provide space for safe physical activity, transportation, and recreation (walking, wheelchair rolling, jogging, biking, and playing) in the street  

  • Encourage people driving to use alternate routes, only using Slow Streets when necessary to reach a final destination

  • Urge people driving to drive slowly and safely, and look out for people sharing the street  

  • Do not impact emergency vehicle access in any way.  

Especially now, Slow Streets help meet the needs of Tucsonans to keep recreating and moving in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, while staying at least 6 feet apart.  

Slow Streets are NOT: 

  • Closed streets - local residents, emergency vehicles, environmental services, and delivery vehicles can use them to get in and out of neighborhoods. Cut-through traffic is discouraged from using these streets.   

  • Gathering places – At this time, due to public health precautions associated with COVID-19, Slow Streets are not meant to be places for gathering in large groups or socializing. While using Slow Streets, people should follow current public health guidance (Pima County Health Department)  

What makes a successful Slow Street?  

In general, Slow Streets:  

  • Are neighborhood streets 

  • Are not streets also used by transit  

  • Are not located in commercial areas  

  • Have safe crossings (e.g. HAWK, crosswalks, traffic signals where crossing major streets)  

  • Prioritize underserved communities  

  • Consider using existing bicycle boulevard routes identified in the City of Tucson Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan  

We Want to Hear from You!  

Please fill out this quick survey and share your thoughts about Slow Streets (available in English and Spanish)

Share your photos on social media using the #TucsonSlowStreets and/or #CallesLentas hashtag in your post   

Report Slow Streets maintenance needs by calling or emailing us at: 520-791-3154 or TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov 

Phase 1:  Pilot Project 

This program began with a test pilot installation launched on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 along a segment of the 4th Avenue Bicycle Boulevard from Grant Road to Speedway Boulevard.   

This pilot project is a partnership between Feldman’s Neighborhood, Living Streets Alliance, the Department of Transportation & Mobility, FUGA and Parks & Recreation, with support from the Mayor and City Council Wards 3 and 6. 











Staff and volunteers will evaluate the success of the program, make adjustments as necessary, and explore opportunities to expand the reach of Slow Streets in Tucson.  

Tucson Slow Streets are being deployed with existing available resources and will not detract from the delivery of other essential City services.  







Tucson Slow Streets FAQ   

Will this impact garbage pickup, deliveries or emergency vehicle access? 

On the streets where this is implemented, local traffic will be allowed. This includes service, emergency, delivery vehicles, etc.  

What is the criteria for selecting routes and streets?  

Existing and planned bicycle boulevards with traffic signals at major intersections, streets not also used by transit, density, and equity are all factors in determining the candidates for Slow Streets. Want to propose a route? Complete the survey and let us know where you’d like to see Slow Streets.  

Why wasn’t my street a candidate? 

Multiple factors were considered when creating the initial map of potential streets. These factors include limited resources, hospital/emergency routes, transit routes and traffic patterns (See "What Makes a Successful Slow Street?” section above). 

Will this be implemented City-wide?  

The goal is to implement this in as many areas of the City as possible. The responses from the survey will help inform the details of the implementation.  

How long will this go for?  

This is a temporary measure that will be in place 24/7 only on a select few, clearly marked streets and only during the time period that the Stay Safe, Stay Home directive is active.  

Would normal traffic and safety laws apply?  

Yes – local vehicle traffic would still be permitted, and normal bicycle, scooter and pedestrian laws would still be in place (i.e. stop at stop signs, don’t park scooters in the middle of the street, etc.)  

On impacted streets, how would people safely recreate?  

Continue to follow CDC guidance: do not gather in groups, wear a mask or cloth face cover, wash your hands before and after going outside, and stay at least 6 feet away from others.  

Once a decision is made, how would the public be notified what streets are impacted?  

This page would be updated with a list and map of all the confirmed streets and there would be on-street signage.