Local television station KVOA ran a story about the bike parking code updates, which will have an overall negative effect on bicycle parking in Tucson. Check out the video below.
Check out an excerpt from the story:
Potential changes to the City’s Bicycle Parking Code are upsetting cyclists who say the changes put safe and convenient bike parking at risk.
Members of the Land Use Code Committee, the City-appointed group recommending the changes, say the updates make sense.
“Some business owners use that area for merchandise display,” said Jason Wong, commercial real estate developer and Land Use Code Committee Member. Wong is also a member of the Parking and Bicycle Guideline Sub Committee.
Wong says after factoring in bike parking in front of a business, there may be little room left for much else.
“Bicycle parking has a number of guidelines that require the bicycle rack be able to accommodate the six foot bike, have four feet maneuvering between the bikes,” Wong said.
Then they quote BICAS employee and BAC member Kylie Walkzak:
However cyclists, like Kylie Walzak, a member of the government-appointed Bicycle Advisory Committee, says 50 feet should be the maximum.
“If you put bike racks closer to the entrance of a building, and there are lots of bikes locked up to it, people going in and out of that building might think to themselves, ‘Oh look at all these people who have biked there, I could do that too,'” Walzak Said.
For Kylie, safety is the biggest concern.
“As a woman, it is really important that I have safe, close bike parking, because I don’t want to be parking somewhere late at night that is dark, that is far away,” Walzak said.
Lastly, here is what you can do to help:
Use the emails below to contact the Mayor and council members and let them know why quality bicycle parking is important. The council is expected to review the updates on March 8.
City of Tucson Mayor and Council, c/o City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Mayor Bob Walkup – firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Romero, Ward I – email@example.com
Paul Cunningham, Ward II – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Uhlich, Ward III – email@example.com
Shirley Scott, Ward IV – firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Fimbres, Ward V – email@example.com
Steve Kozachik, Ward VI – firstname.lastname@example.org