Three years of consistent effort and enthusiasm has paid off! Pima County residents will now have the opportunity to vote “yes” to fund walkability.
If the Pima County Bond passes this coming November 3rd, twelve key corridors in the greater Tucson region will receive funding to make them safe, comfortable, and convenient for walking.
Chances are, you’ve been following LSA’s efforts to improve walking in our region through our Pedestrian Safety & Comfort Campaign of the past three years. Our main objective through that campaign continues to be to increase funding for pedestrian/walkability improvements in our region — a part of our public infrastructure that is sorely underfunded, with many majorly negative consequences.
Thankfully, through our work with dozens of community partners, we were able to eventually convince the County’s Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) that walking infrastructure is a wise investment and something that taxpayers can get behind. Earlier this year (2015), the BAC and Board of Supervisors finally voted to include $12 Million in pedestrian improvement projects in the Bond election.
The specific projects are part of Proposition 429: Public Health, Welfare, Safety, Neighborhoods and Housing. (Note: there are 7 total Propositions for voters to consider this fall — each has a variety of projects that will increase the quality of life for Tucsonans, so we encourage you to vote “yes” on all 7!) Below is the final project priority list that was submitted. There is enough funding for the first 12 projects, but our hope is that additional matching funds might help stretch the $12M further, making projects on the longer list get built down the road. This is by no means a list representative of the need in our community. It was a very long and tough process to whittle it down from dozens of great and highly eligible corridors.
You can read more about each of the corridors here, and there’s a helpful interactive map on Pima County’s website, where you can see the location of each of the projects at http://web1.pima.gov/bonds2015/
If Proposition 429 passes, funding towards these projects will be released each year of the Bond, helping to ensure that a project is completed every single year except for the first (FY 16/17).
To see the entire Bond Implementation Plan Ordinance document, go here. (See pages 136-139 for our full proposal, then scroll all the way to the end to see the funding timeline.) If you’d like more information about any of this, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.