Tucson In A Tie For The 10th Best City in the Nation
According to a recent published results from PeopleForBikes is in 7 way tie for tenth place based on 5 factors. The five factors are: (1) how many people are riding bikes, (2) how safe is it to ride a bike, (3) how easily can people get to where they need to go by bike, (4) how well does the bike network serve the entire community and (5) how quickly is a community working to make biking better.
Tucson's 2020 overall score is 3.1 compared to last year's score of 2.9 and the 2018 year's score of 3.3. The complete report can be found Here.
Two New Loop Reports
The first one is the Huckelberry Loop Survey Report containing the results of surveying 1,338 people living the Tucson area regarding The Loop. Key findings are:
- The majority of people use The Loop primarily for recreation
- The types of destinations that most people are interested in accessing on The Loop include bars, restaurants, and cafes, parks, and special events
- Respondents would be more likely to use The Loop if there were
- More connections to other parts of the city
- Safer routes to walking or biking to The Loop
- More destinations of interest along The Loop
- Traffic and speeding vehicles on Loop-adjacent roadways are the biggest safety concerns for users
The survey's recommendations are:
- Create Loop pathways throughout the city of Tucson
- Improve safety of bike routes to The Loop
- Encourage bike-friendly development along The Loop
- Increase awareness and enforcement of Loop regulations and policies
The second report, Initial Loop Counter Results
, is the data from the two new counters on the Santa Cruz and Rillito river parks.The counters count both pedestrians and cyclists going in each direction. It is not a surprise the Rillito counter by the Horse Race Track had the highest count over the two week period. The count of over 27,000 users easily out paced the Santa Cruz count of 12,000 users. The Santa Cruz counter is between Speedway and St. Mary's on the west side. Bicycle usage at the Rillito site exceed pedestrian usage by only 4 percentage points. Bicyclists far exceed pedestrians at the Santa Cruz site.
By Catherine Serra
I had my bicycle stolen in April. I was extremely fortunate the Tucson Police located my bicycle the next week. Every cyclist in Tucson is aware of the staggering rates of stolen bicycles. Most often the bicyclists were locked up, whether on a bike rack, secured to a bicycle rack, inside a car or protected in some other way. That does not detour thieves. Unfortunately, the police do not have the staff to make bicycle theft a priority. It is rare bicycles are recovered and if they are, usually no arrest is made. Additionally, having anything stolen from you brings on feelings of violation, as well as, the initial anger. Not to mention, bicycles are very expensive, thus being difficult to immediately replace.
Bike Theft Continuation