Another fours years have passed and once again, Tucson missed out on earning a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
The Arizona Daily Star’s Murphy Woodhouse has a good in-depth article online about why Tucson continues to miss the platinum mark.
However, the reasons are not new and are the same reasons the city didn’t earn the designation four years ago.
1. We don’t have enough bicycle commuters. The LAB cares about getting to and from work by bicycle, so all those recreational rides don’t really rate in their eyes.
2. Crashes are too high. The LAB looks at the total number of bike crashes and deaths compared to the number of bike commuters. This obviously skews the numbers since many of the crashes involve recreational riders. Woodhouse breaks this down well in his article and if you haven’t you should read bicyclist Alan Solot’s break down of why crashes aren’t actually increasing in the region.
Ultimately the only way Tucson will become a platinum city is by increasing the number of bicycle commuters in the city.