The City of Tucson means it when it says they are prioritizing bikes on the Fourth Avenue/Fontanta bicycle boulevard.
The city is trying a new repaving scheme that will provide a smooth riding surface for cyclists only.
The plan is to cut away a three or four-foot wide ribbon of asphalt and repave it with smooth pavement. The placement of the new pavement is in a location which is optimal for cyclists.
Tucson’s transportation director Jim Glock says the idea is to give cyclists a smooth riding surface without having to replace the pavement from “curb to curb.”
“Anyone who rides on 4th Avenue knows it can be teeth-chattering,” Glock said.
For now the the city is limiting the experiment to Fourth Avenue between University and Speedway.
Martha Retallick is a long-time cyclist and lives along the corridor. She says her neighbors aren’t impressed with the idea and she tends to agree.
“You’ve got this nice new section of pavement on either side of the road meanwhile the drivers have to put up with something that is a bunch of junk,” Retallick said. “It is just going to create more resentment toward bicyclists. I think they are shooting themselves in the foot.”
Tom Thivener, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said the pavement should be completed in the first few weeks of the project which started on Feb. 7.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of the asphalt ribbon for cyclists?