NewsNet 03-19-15

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT PLANS CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT - A new crosswalk enforcement program scheduled to begin later this month aims to raise awareness about road safety for pedestrians. The Tucson Police Department will use grant money from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to conduct the operation, which will use an officer in plain clothes to cross a street in a crosswalk, while another officer will watch for drivers who fail to stop. If the driver does not stop, the spotter officer will radio another officer in a police vehicle who will make a traffic stop. Arizona law states drivers must yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks. Drivers also cannot pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. Read more from Tucson News Now.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

RIDE PUBLIC TRANSIT TO 4TH AVENUE SPRING STREET FAIR - The Sun Link streetcar and Sun Tran buses provide a cost-effective transportation option to the 45th annual 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair, tomorrow through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The streetcar stops at 4th Avenue/9th Street and University Boulevard/3rd Avenue provide convenient access to the fair. More than 11,000 parking spaces are near the streetcar route, including public and private garages, meters and surface lots. Parking is free at more than 1,200 metered street spaces after 5 p.m. Friday and through the weekend. Two streetcar stops at Fourth Avenue/Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue/Seventh Street are not in service during the fair, but passengers will be able to use bus shuttles.

TUCSON RECOGNIZED AS A TREE CITY - The Arbor Day Foundation has included Tucson as part of its 2014 Tree City USA designation. Tucson joins 3,400 other U.S. cities recognized for their commitments to effective urban forest management. The U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to honor communities that use trees to help clean air, improve stormwater management, save energy, and increase property values.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed after yesterday's rain? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report those issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov.

TUCSON TAKES PART IN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS - As part of tomorrow's celebration of global happiness, Tucson will have a Do Happy Today flash mob between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Jacome Plaza at the Main Library downtown. The dance group Dancing in the Streets will choreograph the Tucson Happy Dance. Another celebration will take place Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Tucson Auto Mall.