We are delighted to announce that on Friday, January 23rd, the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee moved to include our Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Proposal in the next Pima County Bond election. This has been the culmination of years of research, outreach and advocacy and marks a major turning point for the greater Tucson region.
Over 250 supports of the proposal came to the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting and over 25 spoke at the call-to-audience, sharing their stories, convictions, and vision for a walkable region with the committee. After extensive discussion, the BAC voted almost unanimously to move the $25 million proposal forward with the current proposed project list, while also requesting that non-participating jurisdictions (Marana, unincorporated Pima County, and Sahuarita) be approached about including signature projects.
This is a tremendous moment for the health, safety and wellness of Pima County residents. It is the first time that such a provision has been included in a Pima County Bond election, and marks the beginning of shifting priorities – priorities that make a commitment to a different type of built environment in the future, as well as dedicated funding to make it happen. We think it’s a great first step in the right direction!
It’s not a done deal, however. The BAC will spend through the end of February refining the greater “package” of projects that will be included in a bond election and will then make a recommendation to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, who will have the final say. When the actual election will be is also still unconfirmed, as the County will decide is forecasting for a November 2015 election looks promising, or whether it would be better to wait until 2017.
In the meantime, Living Streets Alliance will continue to build our coalition of partners and supporters of a walkable region. If you support the proposal, we urge you to contact us (if you haven’t already) and also to thank the BAC for moving forward with our proposal by filling out a quick online comment form.