Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets

In March, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced that the City of Tucson would join nearly 200 other cities across the country in the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets. As part of this challenge – issued by the US Department of Transportation – Tucson will take steps over the next year to improve the safety, convenience, and comfort of bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Mayor Rothschild joins students and Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager Ann Chanecka for a Safe Routes to School Walk to School event.

The Benefits

  • Special access to resources from the US Department of Transportation
  • Peer support from other cities participating in the challenge

What challenge activities will Tucson do to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians on our streets?


Tucson will convene a local action team to advance safety and accessibility goals. The team will assess current programs in each of the seven challenge activity areas and will develop key strategies in each area.

7 challenge activity areas:

  1. Complete Streets
  2. Fix Barriers
  3. Gather Data
  4. Design Right
  5. Create Networks
  6. Improve Laws
  7. Educate and Enforce

What have we done so far?

  • Crosswalk enforcement
  • Developed a new pedestrian safety handout
  • Created an action team with a variety of local stakeholders
  • Completed our Self-Assessment Summary Document, which assesses our current practices, challenges, and potential improvement actions.

How does supporting bicyclists and pedestrians make Tucson a better place for everyone?

  • Biking and walking improves the physical and mental health of people who bike and walk by increasing their levels of physical activity.
  • Of course, biking and walking even improves the health of people who don’t bike or walk by reducing particulate pollution and improving our local air quality.
  • Biking and walking positively impact our economy in a number of ways. Tucson’s bicyclists and pedestrians come from all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels; what all bicyclists and pedestrians have in common, however, is that they save money by biking and walking instead of driving, and research shows that bicyclists and pedestrians tend to visit local businesses more often and spend more money there than people who drive.
  • Cities that invest in walking and biking infrastructure are consistently more attractive to businesses that are considering relocation.