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Things you cargo bike cultists, super-athletes, engineers, etc., can do with body and mind this blustery weekend in the Old Pueblo...

from PRI,

Here's what you can do with a whimsical idea and a whole lot of leg power

Over at:

Drones, schmones.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Link roundup: February 26


Somebody one posited to Red Star that the minivan exists to "zone" the children. Could be...

2 weeks ago on 5 reasons biking with kids isn’t as awesome as we make it look


@nugget Agree. Years ago, around the turn of the century, 24/7 flashing red lights where installed on top of the stop signs on Camino Miramonte at 3rd. Couldn't miss them. A few months later they were gone. Perhaps a neighbor objected or the grant ran out. Many neighborhood streets have become mini-arterials, or, connectors, Camino Miramonte being one example. A sign and symptom of dysfunction. 

The main thing for COT DOT is to bring bike share to Tucson. Our Mayor is very serious and determined...

3 weeks ago on Link roundup: February 13


@zz  There's a decent sub sandwich (if one is into that) place near 3rd/Camino Miramonte, Jersey Mike's. They can observe their brunch/lunch being prepared. Perhaps it's an economic development thing?

3 weeks ago on Link roundup: February 13


Flagstaff/NAU has a big footprint?

3 weeks ago on Mapping where Tucson and Arizona’s bike commuters live



La Policia have migrated east from 3rd/Treat to 3rd/Camino Miramonte (an expansive and relatively benign intersection)!


yesterday, midday.

This is an intersection they haven't milked in a zillion years.  It's impossible for Red Star to know from the data whether they are actually writing citations or being annoying.


3 weeks ago on Link roundup: February 13


@A Yes, there is every indication that Richard Nassi pulled it all together and came up with the HAWK, a remedy that is proliferating in many USA cities. He deserves more than being "some guy in Tucson." Unfortunately, COT, Mayor and Council (so busy with the busy Steve), COT DOT,TPD, PAG, and media are too what -- obtuse, lazy, gtm to recognize him in any meaningful way despite the savings in lives and the first responder cost reduction for this city and others. There seems to be more interest in John Dillinger. But of course!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Three new crossing signals in the works


It's up. The BAC Packet for February. Leading off over at:

as "BAC Packet for February"  (.pdf)

Officially unofficial...

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Link roundup: February 9


@zz Indeed. It's hard to figure why there is broken glass on the roadway to begin with, in this day and age. It's never been like there are clumsy glaziers setting up shop along every roadway on the planet.

In 1967's film 'The Graduate,'  the mighty Walter Brooke (as Mr. McGuire) promised "There's a great future in plastics." 

Perhaps alcohol and plastic don't get along in a profitable way for the manufacturers and the merchants. Hence lingering glass containers in the marketplace and roadway?

4 weeks ago on Photo: Tacks are back


@arsolot That's totally possible. But you miss the point. Whether willful (criminal) or by innocent incompetence, the dysfunctional behavior that gives rise to these hazards (or, events, if you wish) needs to stop. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Photo: Tacks are back


With all the rain runoff lately, the tack may be a leftover from the tack attacks of years past. The real question is whether the tacker is back. Hard to figure at this point; one can only hope the tacker is not back.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Photo: Tacks are back


First, we would want to correct the headline from

Friday a big day for biking at(sic) walking at Bond meeting


Friday a big day for biking and walking at Bond meeting

Second, we would want to alert BBC pop up, which is in town, of this event of getting around big gov, big corp to walk and ride...local

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Friday a big day for biking and walking at Bond meeting


COT DOT -- stop the empire-building and other silly costly gimmicks and FIX THE POTHOLES! 


1 month, 2 weeks ago on City still looking for second bike and pedestrian planner


@snwaites Or, as Red Star's 5th grade teacher, Miss Fernandez, told us: It's its. She made us write that 500 hundred times. Forever hot for that teacher, a very lovely and memorable young woman.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Three reasons why Tucson isn’t Portland


No Link Roundup today, the 16th, so you get to step back in time and learn

The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking"


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: January 15


@KyleVanRenterghem This is speculative, but it could be that as a national advocacy group LAB has to focus on the type of cycling that overall has the largest footprint, growth, need, and (theoretical) fixability when making comparisons. That would seem to be commute/utility.

Clearly, if one considers climate, terrain, mtb trails, the whole sport/rec thing, etc., Tucson/Pima would be awarded some element stronger than the universe. But other important things would get lost...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Three reasons why Tucson isn’t Portland


ADS provides the standard beer gut semi-annual car-centric pothole story (winter version) here:

Winter weather fuels pothole growth

No mention that a cyclist is far more likely to be seriously injured (or worse) than a motorist, by a a...pothole!

Thank you very much ADS, Coyle, Channecka!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: January 12


@MikeMcKisson @Red Star 

Burley is a very clever and innovative bikey company. Maybe, ROI permitting, they will add little kid racks and little bags as accessories to the Piccolo line.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bike camping with a kid: The best one yet


Spinlister has received a lot of mainstream media attention during the past few weeks (you can google news "Spinlister" if the stories are important to you). Essentially Spinlister seems to be an Airbnb for bikes, originally, and other outdoor gear.

Why, it's even being tried in the Old Pueblo: search a Tucson/Pima County zip code at their site.


1 month, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: January 12


Missing from the gear list is harmonica and, (most important), ukulele! Red Star has obtained good results with these two devices car-camping (sorry) and at home. The silliness distraction, time-passing, engagement thing.

Can Luci's Burley Piccolo be fitted with a small rack and small bags? Because, eventually, they like to emulate the grownups.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bike camping with a kid: The best one yet


@RobertJosephRiccitello Could you repeat that?

3 months ago on Photo: This is a new one


Hate it when they bark like this, but it's private property so there's not much to be done about the lack of consideration by the officer.

As for the Target bike racks, they are telling something: don't buy a bike at Target.

Have a remarkable day!

3 months ago on Photo: This is a new one


Why not paint all 10,000 miles or whatever it is of roadway in Tucson with white stripes and declare Tucson the forever "winner" of bicycle infrastructure? Stronger than the Universe! Indeed, many in media would fall for the claim.

Meanwhile the ridiculous trio could continue to ignore potholes in neighborhood streets, reaching out to outlying neighborhoods, safe connections to Suntran, things like that...

3 months ago on Tucson region now boasts 1,000 miles of bicycle infrastructure


Sorry, Red Star messed up. The lauded source LA Times piece is

"Hit-and-runs take a rising toll on cyclists"


we think...

3 months ago on Link roundup: December 1


The LA Times piece, "Los Angeles Sees Rise in Bicyclist Hit-and-Runs" (linked above) is good bikey journalism (and regular journalism) in that it tells of actual sad experiences and brings out underlying issues. The experiences and issues described apply to most all cities, including the Old Pueblo.

Read it!

3 months ago on Link roundup: December 1


They're not texting. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 months, 1 week ago on Photo: This never happens in a car


The genius thing about GABA's El Tour de Tucson is the diversity: pro/semi-pro/serious amateurs, and all the rest of you. It's all a credible celebration.

Doable in other cities...

3 months, 1 week ago on 2014 El Tour de Tucson photos


Thank you Alan Solot!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: November 20


Their Facebook page may be the easiest way to chase down the donation mechanism:

The weather? Unlike last year, forecast to be cool, sunny and dry...classic El Tour...not so much of a basic survival thing.

Good times? Good charitable passing?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Pro cyclists to chase down El Tour riders for charity


The City of Tucson Department of Transportation/Police Department sting operation was working the TPD quota thing over at 3rd and Treat Friday morning:

E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV    11-14 Fri     07:38 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180174
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      11-14 Fri     07:28 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180164
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      11-14 Fri     07:18 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180157

according to the rolling log at:

TPD was told to leave the intersection alone.

This morning we find this:

"Near-campus wreck prompts UA student to seek lighted crosswalk" from ADS at:

When we look at West University Neighborhood logs at:

We find not much TPD interest in traffic enforcement of any kind (re: motorists, cyclists, peds). Too dangerous for TPD when there are easy quota-pickings over at 3rd and and Treat?

Is Roberto Villasenor/TPD behavior (mindless quotas, apparent sting operations) warping (biasing) the implementation of  costly HAWK sites?


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: November 17


Aside from the disgusting(*) and mindless "Keeping up with the Joneses" aspect of this "proposal," it is interesting to note that the Bicycle Tucson piece does not identify the consultant  ("outside company" is all you get) nor does COT DOT on any of its readily-accessible webpages. Perhaps it's nobody's business?

Under the circumstances, Red Star will not dignify the astoundingly biased survey.

* when there are so many more unaddressed basic infrastructure needs such as potholes and gators on the bike boulevards we have.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on City looking for input on bike share locations


And in other TPD news, TPD officers (probably the usual, the motorcycles) worked the quota over at 3rd and Treat last Tuesday despite being asked/told repeatedly to leave it alone:

E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV    10-28 Tue     11:24 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010438
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      10-28 Tue     10:54 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010407
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      10-28 Tue     10:45 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010397

Easy duty for a quota-driven police department?

Here's the interesting link:

Also, the Red Star Bureau of Irony found this:

***FREE*** Drivers Training for Teens this Weekend!!!

Ironic in light of recent developments.


4 months ago on Link roundup: November 4


The TPD Facebook disclosure states the eastbound cyclist was struck by the "right front corner" of the unmarked northbound police vehicle in the curb lane (whatever that is)...hmm...

It will be interesting to learn how this one turns out for the motorist and his department.

4 months ago on Cyclist dies in crash with Tucson Police Department officer


"RTA board slashes funding for regional bicycle/pedestrian projects"

This latest development comes as a HUGE SURPRISE?


Something isn't understood...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on RTA board slashes funding for regional bicycle/pedestrian projects


From a competent editorial board...

We’re Walkin’ Here!

over there at:

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: October 13



Madam, Red Star did not state, imply or suggest that the two assaults (the throwing of the can at the cyclist around milepost 1, the kicking of the cyclist farther down) occurred in Summerhaven.

One can only hope Pima County Sheriff will pursue all possibilities in this case and not be so reflexively dismissive.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Cyclist attacked on Mount Lemmon highway


The case seems workable. There are some "ifs." If the Summerhaven merchants and residents had outdoor video cams, if the merchants there had indoor video cams (and if the suspects entered the stores/lots) it's possible a scrap of license plate, a green top, whatever, was captured on video. But it's Summerhaven, so perhaps not on the ifs.

Hope there will be persistent pressure on Our Sheriff to pursue this.

As an aside, would it be the end of the world for Pima County/Charles Huckleberry to install basic cams at, say milepost two or three? Doing so might prevent this kind of criminal nonsense, the tacking and who knows what else. After all, there is only one way way up and one way down for crazy motorist and passengers.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Cyclist attacked on Mount Lemmon highway


They are back. After a week or so doing other things, who knows what (if much of anything in the really mean streets of the Old Pueblo, officer safety being paramount of course), Tucson Police (TPD) are back at prosaic 3rd and Treat, like the "the hungry little mouse," cleverly working the quota game set up by TPD Chief Villasenor of the Oro Valley Tribe:

10-3  0923

10-3  0847

10-6  0750

10-6  0729

This despite the fact that they were asked not to, despite grand promises about that intersection by someone of COT DOT tribe.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Link roundup: October 8


Has the potentially useful service for those attempting car-free life, known as Zipcar, finally arrived at the Old Pueblo? Cycling Red Star saw one Saturday morning around Speedway and Tucson Blvd. It was white. It was small. It had "zipcar" painted/decalled on the side. It had California plates. It was politely zipping down the 'way...

Or was that Zipcar a very long way from home?

5 months, 1 week ago on Link roundup: September 29


A Death in Central Park Raises Real Questions About Bicyclist Behavior

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: September 22


Suggest Pima County learn the lesson, cut its losses and get rid of them. Why should bedazzled Pima County bureaucrats involve themselves with this kind of bike repair and maintenance? 

The con rolls uphill, obtains its own legitimacy and carefully-coaxed inertia. Pima County fell for it. It shouldn't have.

Here's the tell...

"Zoll said they have investigated ways to monitor the stations including using surveillance cameras, but ultimately it is “very costly” to do so." (Tucson Bicyclist, this date)

What is next from Pima County? Car repair stations, lube, oil and filter stations, air up your car tire stations?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Loop repair stations result in big maintenance costs


Anyway, bike share might work where population density is greatest and trips are short (UA, north of UA) My how the local Old Pueblo bureaucrats mindlessly, reflexively pursue the next big glamorous trending thing. And they just can't do enough for UA.

Red Star's suggestion is no more resume-building toys for Old Pueblo Dept of Transportation until it fixes, really fixes 3rd Street bike "boulevard."

Oh, and part of the problem of bike share, why there is even such a concept and ridiculous implementation, is that bicycle manufacturers just don't manufacture, and market simple steel single speed $200 bikes in USA.They don't.But is that COT's problem? Any city's?

Suggest City of Tucson work on actual infrastructure (pavement, drainage, signage, ethical police dept behavior, etc., etc). The basics.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Tucson bike share moves forward with study


For some reason the September Tucson-Pima BAC Agenda (contains notes from August meeting and agenda for last night's September meeting) appears here:

NB: this site is "unofficial," whatever that means. Looks official enough.

Aside from improved awareness and presentation of expected funding issues, interesting is this link regarding bicycle theft in the Old Pueblo:

You might glaze on over the list; the location and heat maps have coolness.

More good work from Colin Forbes.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: September 11


Perhaps viewers will be exhorted, in month or two, to share photos of the deadly potholes, cracks, alligators, fissures, separations, gravel, general unpleasantness, etc., etc., that result from this fun...

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Share your Tucson bicycle flood photos if you’ve got ‘em


Here's an update on TPD enforcement at 3rd and Treat. Thursday and Friday numbers are in. It looks like TPD was otherwise involved Thursday, but Friday the TPD quota/performance standards work-arounders went nuts there, 3rd and Treat:

7:39 am

7:22 am

7:13 am

7:03 am

Playing catchup, perhaps? Or perhaps the result of a "clerical error?" We do know that rather than patrolling for and correcting serious bike/ped/motorist problems during Friday's morning rush hour, TPD gamers were having, well, you know, having a treat!

The media are indifferent.

yep, yep, yep

6 months ago on Link roundup: September 5


Here's an interesting and local link:

But before you go there, keep in mind that it is a rolling list of Tucson Police Department activity in that neighborhood (so will out date as time goes by) and keep in mind that all kinds of things go on there--not all are bikey. The bikey things are:

09-02 Tue 3rd and Treat

08-29 Fri  3rd and Treat

08-28 Thu 3rd and Treat

08-27 Wed 3rd and Treat

08-26 Tue 3rd and Treat

Red Star has no idea whether TPD is actually issuing citations in these stops or wasting city resources in this grand spasm of police activity over an intersection having obsolete signage.

What is known is that the city's Bicycle/Ped Coordinator, Ann Chanecka, asked TPD to lay off that 3rd and Treat intersection while the signage difficulties where resolved. TPD agreed and did so for a while. But they are back.

Another thing known is that perhaps a year or so ago, TPD instituted an (average) "one traffic stop per day" for its motorcycle and car patrol officers. Recently in the Old Pueblo's news media Red Star has viewed TPD Chief Villasenor pleading that such activity is not an evil "quota" but, rather, a "performance standard." Red Star suggests the parsing, semantic game-playing Chief visit the factories in Asia that make his electronics, and make his "case" to the suicidal workers vital they are to his mission.

We have no sure idea whether TPD patrol officers are cynically gaming the quota/performance standard system by going to 3rd and Treat. And ignoring real safety issues that affect cyclists--patrols and enforcement that might actually be more challenging and dangerous for officers. We have no idea.

There are no reports of cycling activists bringing doughnuts or even bagels to these hardworking police officers at 3rd and Treat.

6 months ago on Link roundup: September 4