Tucson’s first protected bike lane set for May 1 opening
By May 1, this stretch of St. Mary’s should be protected by bollards.
Tucson’s first protected bike lane is scheduled to be completed before May 1.
The protected lane will be installed on St. Mary’s Road between I-10 and Church Avenue.
Tucson’s bike and pedestrian program manager Ann Chanecka said they will be using a type of bollard to create separation between the automobile lane and the shoulder.
The city is using a product called Bike Lane Delineators made by Impact Recovery Systems.
Bike Lane Delineators by Impact Recovery Systems.
The plastic bollards have springs in the base in order to bend instead of break if a car does hit them.
Similar devices have been used along the Fourth Avenue Bike Boulevard in an attempt to prevent motorists from driving straight on the bikeway. Those, made by a different company, were destroyed fairly quickly.
According to Impact Recovery’s website their bollards include a five-year warranty.
Chanecka said the bollards will be placed about 40 feet apart on long stretches and closer together near driveways.
She stressed that this is a pilot and the city would determine if adjustments needed to be made in the future.