Tucson has installed its first set of protected bike lanes along St. Mary’s Road from approximately Main Avenue to Hughes Avenue just west of Davis Bilingual Magnet School. This is a BIG deal and here’s why you should try to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 1st, at 10 am at the vacant lot at St. Mary’s Rd. and Hughes Ave. to show your support.
Randy Neufeld of The Green Lane Project describes protected bike lanes as “the solution that makes riding on the street like riding on a trail.” If you’ve got four minutes take a look at this video that describes how protected bike lanes are what some folks call maximum impact bicycle advocacy – a cheap, quick and efficient way to open cycling to thousands of interested, but concerned potential bicycle commuters.
These first few feet of protected bike lanes are a litmus test for the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) who are considering installing these types of lanes elsewhere throughout the city. We urge you to attend the celebration Thursday or write a letter to your Councilmember or TDOT supporting this positive step towards making the bicycle a viable, safe, and comfortable alternative for everyone.
Images courtesy of the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.
How has this new protected bike lane changed your daily commute? Let us know! We’ll collect your input and be sure to let our elected officials know what you think about this new bicycle infrastructure.