Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee members voted unanimously to send a letter requesting Pima County reconsider their decision to halt progress on the Brad Gorman Memorial Bike Trailhead.
The BAC’s letter will include support for the trailhead at its original location near Catalina Highway and Camino Miramonte. They are also asking the County to schedule a public hearing about the facility.
According to Matt Zoll, who is the Pima County, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, the plan met all the legal requirements for the project to move forward, but there was a lot of opposition from homeowners in the area. According to Zoll they feared the trailhead would bring crime to the area.
Zoll said there are rougly 22 other similar trailheads in Pima County and increased crime has not been a problem at any of them.
The county is looking for alternative sites to locate the trailhead, but they don’t have any viable publicly owned land in the area. Additionally, much of the money for the project has already been used to prepare the original location.
According to Zoll, Jean Gorman, who has led the movement to build the trailhead is open to moving it to a new site, but is fighting to keep it in its original location.
The brakes were put on the trailhead after homeowners in the area complained they weren’t consulted on the project.
The committee also heard from the City of Tucson’s bike/pedestrian coordinator, Tom Thivener, about proposed signage for the 4th Ave/Fontana bike boulevard project. Thivner asked for the committee’s input on the proposed designs. Check out the image at the top of the post to see what the proposed street markings look like.
You can also check out more of the proposed signage here.
EDIT: I couldn’t find this last night, but here is a link to better examples of the signs. You can even vote on which ones you like best.