Cyclists who ride in Tucson Mountain Park may see stepped up enforcement by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department after complaints from employees who work for Old Tucson Studios.
According to Deputy Ryan Roher the Sheriff’s Department received a letter complaining about the behavior of cyclists riding in Tucson Mountain Park.
Roher believes the Sheriff’s Department will likely begin targeting the area.
TPCBAC members requested that the enforcement not only target cyclists, but that car drivers would also be included in the enforcement activity.
Roher paraphrased some of the letter for the TPCBAC. The letter stated that cyclists riding In Tucson Mountain Park do not use common sense or follow roadway laws. They cited cyclists going 5 miles per hour up hills and cyclists going 10-15 miles per hour over the speed limit on downhills.
Additionally, they cited cyclists failing to stop at stop signs and urinating on the side of the road.
In addition to increased Sheriff’s department presence, they also asked that the laws be changed for Tucson Mountain Park so that cyclists would be required to ride single file and 20 feet apart.
Pima County Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator Matt Zoll said he looked at accident data in Tucson Mountain Park for the last 11 years to determine whether the cyclists in the area are really causing accidents. The data suggests that only 2 percent of the 337 documented accidents in Tucson Mountain Park involved cyclists.