The mayor released his two-year progress update this week and discussed bikes.
The first was in relation to tourism and the bike share.
Tucson continues to host pro cycling races; tournaments in baseball, golf, soccer and softball at the amateur, professional and/or international level; and the annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros and Tour de Tucson. The Mayor’s Office is working with city staff to secure private sponsorships for a bike share program, a popular amenity with tourists as well as residents. A bike share program will also help Tucson become one of six cities in the United States to be designated a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
The second was an entire section on biking and walking.
In 2013, Mayor and Council voted to put $1.8 million of HUD Section 108 loan guarantee funds toward sidewalk construction ADA compliance. Also in 2013, Allstate Insurance Company worked with the Tucson Department of Transportation to create the Look Twice, Tucson safety campaign, still in effect. In 2015, Mayor Rothschild joined the national safety campaign Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, with an increased focus on both enforcement and engineering. Working with the Tucson Department of Transportation and the Pima Association of Governments, Mayor Rothschild secured federal funding to create a bike share program for Tucson and is now soliciting sponsorships to cover operating costs. Through TDOT, PAG and the Regional Transportation Authority, more and safer bikeways and crosswalks have been constructed within city limits. Mayor’s Office staff have worked with the bike community, Davis-Monthan, and Pima County to bring the 100-Acre Wood project, a mountain bike trail facility near the base, to the next stage of development.