BAC prepares for bike boulevard discussion in August
The executive subcommittee of the Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee clarified what August’s bicycle boulevard agenda item would include on Wednesday night.
Committee member Norm Land said he wanted to give a presentation about bike boulevards, but didn’t go into specifics about what would be included in the presentation.
The executive committee asked him to include an explanation of how the RTA’s Bike and Pedestrian Working Group — an advisory committee Land participates in — operates.
Ian Johnson, a new member of the BAC and creator of Bike Boulevards for Tucson, suggested there also be a presentation about the benefits of bike boulevards in addition to recaps of previous action the BAC has taken on them.
Land said he didn’t plan to introduce a motion overturning the BAC’s March recommendation giving bike boulevards a higher ranking, a motion he proposed. But he said he wouldn’t be opposed to it.
Committee member David Bachman-Williams was not able to attend, but asked that a statement be read during the meeting.
He wrote, “I believe we need to have a concerted effort to tone down the rhetoric and quit making people beyond the BAC uncomfortable with our disagreement. It is harming our standing and reputation as a reasonable and thoughtful body.”
The meeting discussing bike boulevards will be held at the Himmel Park Library at 6 p.m. on August 11.
Two new members join BAC
The executive committee introduced two new members if the TPCBAC.
Ian Johnson fills the Ward Two post of the BAC. Johnson is the founder of Bike Boulevards for Tucson, a website advocating for bike boulevards.
Chloe Forsman fills the city’s Ward Four spot. Forsman is an undergraduate student in the University of Arizona’s Zuckermann College of Public Health and a skilled road and mountain bike racer. Forsman is currently racing the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Europe for USA Cycling’s Women’s National Development Program.