The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is creating a Pedestrian Safety Corridor on 22nd Street from Osborne Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad Nogales Branch tracks near Santa Rita Park. The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony on:
Thursday, April 21, 2016
9 a.m. at Santa Rita Park (southeast corner)
401 E. 22nd Street
The one-mile segment of 22nd Street will feature warning signs, flashing beacons, and targeted police enforcement of pedestrian laws.
A crash analysis conducted by TDOT shows that between January 2009 and August 2015, there were 25 bicycle and pedestrian crashes with motor vehicles along the approximately one-mile stretch of 22nd Street from Osborne Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad. Of those 25 crashes, six resulted in fatalities, five of which were pedestrians.
The City of Tucson has been identified by the Federal Highway Administration as a Pedestrian Safety Focus City because of a high pedestrian crash rate. This designation requires the City of Tucson to emphasize pedestrian safety and develop strategies to reduce the pedestrian crash rate.
Creating the Pedestrian Safety Corridor will create better awareness of pedestrian activity along this corridor. The Tucson Police Department will utilize a portion of the funding they receive each year from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety for targeted enforcement of both motorists and pedestrians along the Pedestrian Safety Corridor.
Tomorrow’s event will include the installation of a Safety Corridor sign with guest speakers including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Richard Fimbres, City Manager Michael Ortega, and officials from the Federal Highway Administration, Tucson Police Department, the City of Tucson Pedestrian Advisory Committee and neighborhood leaders.