NewsNet 11-12-14

TUCSON EXPLORING BIKE SHARE PROGRAM - The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system and is seeking input from the public. The City has launched an online survey and WikiMap to solicit comments. The survey allows the public to weigh in on the proposed program, while the WikiMap helps identify specific locations for stations. Bike share is a public transportation system where subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated self-service kiosks located throughout the community. More than 30 cities in the United States have existing bike share systems.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
- The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings this week to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The meetings continue tonight, 5:30-7:30, at Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. That meeting will discuss fair housing issues, while a meeting tomorrow will focus on homelessness. Tomorrow's meeting is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the West Side Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile. Read the news release.
PARKS AND RECREATION CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW - Tucson Parks and Recreation's Spring 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers, and pools. Copies also will be available at the Family Festival in the Park event on Saturday (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Reid Park, or can be viewed online at the link below. The Program Guide has information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school sites, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program. The 64-page booklet also has information on recreation centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and swimming pools. Registration opens Saturday for city residents and Monday for non-city residents.
Tucson Parks and Recreation website

HOW TO FIGHT THE FLU - Flu season is here and you may have already noticed people around you sniffling and sneezing. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you ways to brace yourself for the season, and it all starts with a flu vaccine.

USA TODAY READERS RANK REGION FOR BEST BIRDWATCHING - Southeastern Arizona finished in the top 10 of the USA Today 10 Best list of "Best Birdwatching," as chosen by readers. The website listing says, "The 'Sky Islands' of Southeastern Arizona are a magnet for birds. The most famous residents are the 15 species of hummingbirds - the highest diversity north of Mexico - visible from April to September." Read the list of "Best Birdwatching" from USA Today 10 Best. The City of Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands attracts many different birds and serves as an environmental education facility for a variety of wildlife. See a list of birds found at Sweetwater.