New class targets University of Arizona students; teaches safe track crossing
A new class and informational brochure have been created to target University of Arizona students who are riding around campus and attempting to navigate the newly installed streetcar tracks.
The class and brochure are a response to safety concerns with inexperienced cyclists and the addition of several miles of tracks being installed for the streetcar.
Matt Zoll, the county’s bike and pedestrian program manager, said in an email that there have already been several crashes caused by the new tracks including a young woman who broke her wrist when she fell on the tracks.
The class, which is billed as a “UA area bike ride” is described as a free, one-hour ride around the UA campus to get the riders familiar with campus bike routes and how to safely ride around campus — including riding over the new tracks.
In addition to the class, the county has created a brochure to hand out illustrating how cyclists should cross the tracks in order to avoid getting a wheel caught in the gap.
Download the brochure here.
The ride schedule is:
Tuesday, Sept. 4: 8:30-9:30 a.m., UA/Pima County Bike Station, UA Mall & Highland
Thursday, Sept. 13:10:30-11:30 a.m., UA/Pima County Bike Station, UA Mall & Highland
Wednesday, Sept. 19: 9:00-10:00 a.m., UA/Pima County Bike Station, UA Mall & Highland
Tuesday, Sept. 25: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., UA/Pima County Bike Station, UA Mall & Highland
If you are interested in attending the ride, call 520-243-BIKE
Check out the Arizona Daily Wildcat story about the streetcar and safety concerns.