Just a little over a year ago, we all celebrated a major “win” when the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee finally approved the inclusion of $20 million in pedestrian improvement projects in the 2015 bond election. While it was only a small piece of the overall bond, it signified a major shift of priorities in our region and that is something that we can all be proud of. A huge group of people from all walks of life came together behind a shared vision of making walking better in the Tucson area, and while the bond did not pass, we continue to be motivated and inspired by the broad support for walkability in our region.
So, on January 29th and 30th, we convened dozens of partners for a Community Walking Forum to keep the conversation going about how to move walkability forward in Tucson. Based on shared priorities and values, the group brainstormed around three potential campaigns/initiatives to work on together:
- Vision Zero — a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
- Complete Streets — a policy, planning, and design approach to create streets that enable safe, comfortable, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities regardless of how they are traveling.
- WalkTucson — a paradigm shift to create a “pedestrian-first” culture and to ensure that walking and walkability is at the forefront of every conversation and is meaningfully addresses at every opportunity.
We’d like to thank AZ Prevention Research Network for helping underwrite the Forum, Exo Roast Co. for keeping participants caffeinated and alert during it, and Hotel Congress, Betts Printing, and Bruegger’s Bagels for their in-kind support. We couldn’t have done it without them!