Cyclists riding to Tucson International Airport will soon have an easier time locating bike racks.
According to Jordan Feld, TIA’s planning director, the airport had a few bike racks but they were hard to find and not secure.
Feld and Tom Thivener, the city’s bike and pedestrian program manager, worked together to purchase several new racks that will provide parking for both employees and the public.
TIA officials are placing the racks in six locations around the airport. Several of the locations will be used primarily by employees but at least two of the racks will be located out front for visitors.
“Tucson Airport Authority has a handful of employees that currently ride their bicycles to work,” Feld said. “Maybe not every day, but on a semi-regular basis.”
They are hoping the parking will encourage more people to ride their bikes more often.
“To some degree it is a chicken and egg kind of thing,” Feld said. “Once employees here start seeing that there are more opportunities to park their bicycles, they might decide that it is a viable mode for them.”
Edward Cantrell rode to the airport, but couldn’t find a place to park when he wanted to fill his water bottle. He said it will be useful for cyclists who live in the area or want to greet people at the airport, to have parking out front.
Feld said having the bike racks out front will show visitors to Tucson that cycling is a part of the community.
“It is really nice that for the tourists in Tucson one of the first things they see when they leave the airport and they go out into the city will be these nice upscale bike racks in and around our campus,” Feld said. “I think that it projects Tucson’s identity when it comes to the bicycle community and what a big part of Tucson that is. I think the airport provides a good gateway into that aspect of our culture here.”