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Agreed, Kyle, that there should be some belt tightening. But this is the point:
The RTA has decided to slash the categorical funding, which includes most of the alternative transportation projects while committing to fund road widening projects at their full level. “I think that should be absolutely reversed,” Cook said. “It’s economically ruinous to continue to widen roads.”
Bob Cook for Mayor or RTA director or something. Widening roads is no longer the answer. It costs too much money and it does more damage than good.
3 months, 1 week ago on RTA board slashes funding for regional bicycle/pedestrian projects
This actually makes me happy - I love going downtown these days because it is so vibrant and walkable. This didn't exist 5 years ago. Keep the underpass closed to cars and focus on the people who stop and spend time and money (pedestrians/cyclists) rather than those that are just passing through.
4 months ago on High foot traffic root cause of 4th Ave underpass congestion
I love the loop, I live on the loop, & I think it is a great idea. The portion of the loop near Brandi Fenton is full of people, and I think the Strava segments certainly encourage some cyclists to travel at unsafe speeds.
6 months, 1 week ago on Many Loop Strava segments pulled from site
Holy smokes, I thought that would never be open again. That's great news. It makes it so much easier to go from 4th to Rocks and Ropes and Barrio.
Removing the planter probably wasn't necessary, especially since it could speed up the bike traffic at a point where they share the sidewalk with pedestrians. It's done, though, so I'll use it.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Photos: Downtown bypass modified and reopened
Thank you for sharing the post and the pictures!
I was screaming for you as you came through the exchange tent at night. I don't know if you could hear us through the cacophony, but we were cheering you on.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Photos: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo recap
Agreed whole-heartedly! I'm having drivetrain trouble right now on my new, nicer bike that I never had on my old behemoth. Still haven't found the right middle ground.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Durability in bikes and parts
Great news! I've been specifically avoiding these streets for a while, despite their low traffic, due to the poor pavement. I bet some of the businesses (Arizona Bicycle Experts) are happy as well.
1 year ago on Portions of Third Street and Treat Avenue to be repaved
I assume the East and the West are supposed to be switched in this statement?
"The lane will be added to James E Rogers Way, an eastbound one-way street, allowing cyclists to travel west on the street."
1 year, 6 months ago on First ‘contraflow’ bike lane partially installed
This is just sad.
1 year, 6 months ago on Photo: The pump still works…
Just wanted to share something I discovered today: if you're riding on the south side, the bike lane on Palo Verde ends at Gas Rd (just north of Irvington) and never shows up again as you go south (this is accurate on Google Maps). An alternative is to take the Palo Verde Greenway connection from Palo Verde over to Country Club. Country Club has a nice wide bike lane that runs all the way from 36th down to Drexel Rd (not on Google Maps), at which point it's intermittent down to Valencia. This bike lane and the lower car traffic on Country Club made my morning commute much more enjoyable.
1 year, 7 months ago on New Tucson bike map highlights routes with fewer cars
Mountain: AZ Trail from Lakes Road to Hope Camp
Road: Pistol Hill loop
1 year, 8 months ago on Community Question: What is your favorite bike ride?
@EdBeighe @CodyM48 Touche. Thanks for the link, Ed. I guess Swan and Sunrise don't actually have bike lanes then.
River still does, though, and the bike lane is regularly full of debris.
1 year, 8 months ago on Community Question: Why don’t more people commute by bike in Tucson?
@Red StarThis: "The key for the city is to maintain the boulevards (pot holes, fissures, etc.); many of them are shot." I love the bike boulevards, but I avoid 3rd street altogether due to the spine realignment I receive when I ride it these days.
1 year, 8 months ago on Community Question: Are bike boulevards a bandaid solution?
That's a valid point, but the effective width of a 5' bike lane is sometimes significantly narrower. Consider northbound Swan, where an asphalt/concrete seam capable of eating tires in some places runs right down the middle of the lane, and storm drains pepper the curbside. Or River or Sunrise where the bike lanes are chock full of debris, forcing the rider into a 1' window by the white line or risk a tire blowout.
I struggled with the car/bike commute question this morning, eventually deciding to car commute primarily because of logistics. It being the first day of the work week, I need to carry my laptop, briefcase, and workbook from home as well as my packed lunch, a change of clothes, and some gear for the gym after. I don't have enough space in my backpack to carry all of this, so I opted for the car. I could've mitigated this by bringing some of it to the office late last week, but honestly wasn't thinking about it before the holiday weekend. I don't have a cargo bike/panniers because of the cost and the fact that I work far enough away that I prefer a lighter road bike frame to get there in a reasonable amount of time.
My current MO is to car commute Monday with extra food and clothing, and then bike commute mid-week, using up my stash, and then car commute at the end of the week. This minimizes my load each day on the bike but makes shorter work-weeks hard and precludes the possibility of bike commuting everyday of the week.
@Ann Chanecka Thank you and great work, Ann! The only update I have so far is the addition of the Palo Verde Greenway following the drainage near 45th and Country Club.
1 year, 8 months ago on New Tucson bike map highlights routes with fewer cars
Who should we contact to say "Thank you!"?
I love it! It seems it's already out-of-date, though? The Palo Verde Greenway shared use path connects Palo Verde to Country Club south of Aviation Highway. I'll probably print it out and annotate it as I ride around.
@Scott Lunt Thanks, Scott. I've used their website before, but as you mentioned, the maps are typically out-of-date.
I've been doing periodic Loop exploration rides to see if there's any new pavement anywhere.
1 year, 8 months ago on County: Starr Pass paving discussion premature
The attached overhead map of the Loop CAP trail and connection routes is awesome. Where did you find it? Do you have any similar maps for the other parts of the Loop? I'd love to have some way to track which sections of the trail are recently completed and planned for the near future.
Great picture and thanks for sharing! The last time I rode one of these was many years ago, and I was on the back trailing behind my dad. Many fond memories. Enjoy the father/daughter time!
1 year, 8 months ago on Photo: A big day for on a big girl bike
I had the same experience on Tuesday night: eastbound on University just past Time Market, a pickup truck driver swung his door out in front of me. I had been watching the car for ~10 seconds before passing and saw no indication that the car was occupied (engine off and no lights on in the cab). It helped me realize that there's barely any room between the cars and the streetcar tracks as it is, much less with an open car door.
1 year, 9 months ago on Lessons from a near dooring along the streetcar route
Consider this: as Sonny says there is no
pavement to the right of the white line for much of this road. This
means even a single cyclist on this road using two feet near the white
line will require cars to move 5 feet to the left in order to pass. This
means the cars must cross the double yellow line in order to pass. Since
the oncoming traffic lane also has no pavement outside the white line,
this forces the motorist to wait for a gap in traffic to avoid a head to
If one cyclist forces motorist into oncoming
traffic, how would cyclists riding two abreast be any different? How is
5 abreast any different? In this scenario, isn't a group of cyclists 5
wide and 50 feet long better than a group of cyclists two wide and 130
feet long since it forces motorists into oncoming traffic for a shorter
1 year, 9 months ago on Photos: Tuesday Morning Ride frustrates motorists
I'm 90% sure that that is the portion of Kinney that widens into a divided road with two lanes of travel each direction (right by Old Tucson Studios). If so, the cyclists and the automobile are each taking up one lane, and neither are moving against the flow of traffic.
Cop Car Hits Cyclist, City Sends Biker A Bill For Repairs
1 year, 9 months ago on Link roundup: April 8
I like "neighborhood greenways." It's concise and to the point, uses a minimum of slang, uses no hokey alliteration, and matches the precedent set by Portland.
Whatever they're called, as long as we keep funding construction and improvements and spend a minimum on rebranding, I'm happy. I use several to get to and from downtown, friends' houses, and to run errrands 3-4 times per week. Thank you for all your hard work, Ann!
1 year, 10 months ago on Bike boulevards to get a new name and update
So excited! Don't forget it lines up with 2nd Saturdays (http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/). A group of us have dinner reservations downtown, then we'll catch the race and walk around and see what else Tucson has to offer. Hopefully it stays dry.
1 year, 10 months ago on Old Pueblo Grand Prix: Crit racing this Saturday night
Love the signs! Clean, simple, and useful. Thank you for investing your time and money in the community.
1 year, 11 months ago on Walk Tucson: tactical urbanism meets walking directions
I'm also impressed by the thoroughness of both the team riders and the Tucson Police. All too often these stories end with unidentified drivers speeding away; at least now there is an opportunity for justice to be served.
1 year, 11 months ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver