The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) has identified 193 miles of future bicycle boulevards along 64 residential corridors in a recently released Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan draft.
The draft plan is available for public review and comment via the TDOT website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/projects/bicycle-boulevards through Friday, August 26, 2016. The public can also review and comment on the draft plan during an open house on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. First Street.
Bicycle boulevards are residential streets designed to prioritize bicycling and enhance conditions for walking.Bicycle boulevards support several community values including improving the health of Tucsonans, promoting safer streets, stimulating the economy, and enhancing the Sonoran Desert environment.
Bicycle boulevards vary in character to reflect the unique neighborhoods they travel through, but all include the defining features and engineering tools to slow traffic, reduce cut-through traffic and assist people bicycling and walking to cross busy major streets. The estimated cost of completing the entire bicycle boulevard network in Tucson is $31.7 million or approximately $165,000 per mile.
The Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan will guide the implementation of the network. The plan includes:
• A summary of the history, current conditions, and benefits of bicycle boulevards in Tucson
• Design guidance for the construction of bicycle boulevards
• Conceptual plans and cost estimates for each bicycle boulevard corridor
• A prioritized list of bicycle boulevard projects
• A description of the implementation process