Paul's Note: Friday, July 26th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, July 26th, 2019
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
Protected Bike Lanes Increase Ridership and Are Much Safer
There was an excellent article in the Daily Star this Monday about the new protected bike lane created by the installation of flexible delineators on the Prop 101-funded repaving of West Starr Pass Boulevard. Click here to read the article.
But the article could have said much more about the benefits of protected bike lanes.  Let’s agree that when someone choses to use a bicycle to get where they need to go, it’s a win for our community. Replacing driving trips with bicycle trips decreases traffic congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and wear and tear on our streets, all while improving physical and mental health.  Not to mention, it’s just plain fun. 
Unfortunately, we know that there are many in Tucson who want to ride a bike, but are concerned about their safety doing so.  A majority of potential bike riders, studies have shown, look for two things before they’ll get on a bike: the perception of safety and actual safety. Increasing both results in a significant increase in bike ridership.
The great thing about protected bike lanes is that by providing dedicated and separated spaces between people driving and people biking, they increase the predictability and safety for everyone on our streets, no matter whether they are biking, driving, walking, or riding the bus. 
A new protected bike lane on Starr Pass Blvd might not change behavior overnight, but it’s a start and a sign that we’re headed in the right direction.  We’ll have peace on the road, when everyone has a piece of the road.
People for Bikes have a lot of excellent information on protected bike lanes on their website, and if you want more information, that’s a good place to start. (The bullets below are copied from the People for Bikes website; there’s a lot more there.)
It’s easy to conclude that protected bike lanes significantly increase both bike ridership and safety for all users of the road.
On Starr Pass, 262 flexible delineators were spread 50 feet apart along the road at a cost of $28,558, or $109 each. How much is a life worth?
Pima Council on Aging
This week I had the opportunity to tour the new Pima Council on Aging Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center at 600 S Country Club Rd. PCOA’s CEO W. Mark Clark was on hand to give us a tour of the still under renovation facility. The new facility, designed to be more centrally located, is along transit lines, bike and greenways and across from Reid Park.
The new 15,000 sq. ft. center will house Healthy Living Programs which focus on personal health, staying fit and prevention workshops for seniors. Also housed at the center will be caregiver training classes, space for the Senior Companion Program and an area for the Neighbors Care Alliance, which is a volunteer program designed to allow older adults the option to age in place.

The new Pima Council on Aging Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center.
The importance of PCOA work is underscored by the fact that in 2016 Tucson was ranked as having the third oldest metro area in the nation. From 2010 to 2015 the population of Pima Country grew by 3%, yet the number of people over the age of 60 grew by 17%.
We expect renovations to be complete in the next month with a grand opening sometime in the fall. Please visit their website to learn more:
Reporting Monsoon Damage
While we eagerly await more rain this summer, we all know that a big storm can make potholes multiply. If in the aftermath of a monsoon there are potholes, missing street signs, or dangling tree limbs over the roadway, you can report them directly to the City of Tucson Transportation Department. You can call them at (520) 791-3154 or email the exact location (photos and street addresses help) to
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week

July 31st is National Mutt Day. This day along with December 2nd was set aside in 2005 to help save the lives of mixed breed dogs. Dogs like Zeus. The staff at Pima Animal Care Center thinks he’s a little over 2 years old and he weighs about 15 pounds.  To get an idea of what breeds make up this handsome guy, plug in some answers on this questionnaire
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Friends of Marty Birdman Back to School Event
July 29th
5-7 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
Thrive in the 05 Business summit
July 29th
5-7 pm
Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room
Ft Lowell/Country Club Neighborhood Coalition
July 29th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Old Pascua
July 30th
6-7 pm
785 W Sahuaro
August 1st
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
Ward 3 Events
Free English Classes for Adults
International Learning Center of Tucson is offering ESL classes for adults
Every Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am-10:30 am
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
For more information contact Steve Knittel at 520-257-1161 or
Thrive in the 05 Business Summit
July 29th
5-7 pm
Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room
1255 N Stone Ave

August 10th
10 am-1 pm
Literacy Connects
200 E Yavapai Rd

City Wide Events
Free Movie at Reid Park
July 26th
6 pm
Reid Park
DeMeester Outdoor Performance Theater
900 S. Randolph Way
Enter the park off South Country Club Road.

Cox Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns to the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Theater at Reid Park with a free showing of "Aquaman."
This kid-friendly movie starts at approximately 7:45 pm (at dusk). In addition to the movie, the evening offers entertainment and games beginning at 6:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available from vendors. Reid Park is located at the northeast corner of Country Club Road and 22nd Street. This will be the final movie of the summer season.
Movies in the Park:
KXCI 91.3 FM presents: The 8th Annual House Rockin' Blues Review
August 2nd
7:30 pm
El Casino Ballroom
437 E 26th St
Featuring “West Coast Blues Explosion”
with Junior Watson, Billy Watson & Taryn Donath
Opener: Bryan Dean Trio

Did You Know...?
City Primary Election August 27th
The August 27 Primary Election is being conducted as a vote-by-mail election by the City Clerk's Office.  If you have any questions regarding this upcoming election, call the office of the City Clerk Elections -- Support Services at (520) 791-3221.  There is also information on the City of Tucson website:
Applications Being Accepted for Watershed Management Group Docents Until August 1st
Docents are Watershed Management Group's volunteer ambassadors and they perform duties like giving tours of WMG’s public demonstration site, tabling at outreach events, data collection and monitoring, rain garden care, administrative tasks, Spanish translation, Latinx community engagement, and assisting visitors at the WMG Welcome Center.
Applications for Fall 2019 docent training that begins August 30th are due August 1st.
To find out how you can become a member of the team at Watershed Management Group click the following link:
Solar Panels being Installed at Various City Facilities
The City of Tucson is installing solar panels and solar photovoltaic shade structures at several of its facilities, including the Ward 1, Ward 3, and Ward 6 council offices, the William M. Clements Regional Center, Tucson Police Department Operations Division West, Tucson Fire Department Station 20, and the Sun Van Administrative Office.
During construction, the usual parking accommodations at these locations may be unavailable. Visitors are asked to obey construction signs and notices and not block driveways or other access routes when parking.
If you have any questions on solar energy projects, email
City Energy Office:
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