Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

The Department of Transportation believes that bicycling and walking are important modes of transportation. To facilitate biking and walking in Tucson we do the following:

  • Plan, implement and maintain a network of bikeways and walkways
  • Plan and construct pedestrian and bicycle signals
  • Identify and rectify barriers to walking and biking
  • Educate motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on "rules of the road"
  • Encourage walking and bicycling by initiating and continuing to support key projects, such as Cyclovia Tucson, Bike Fest, Pedal the Pueblo and the El Grupo Youth bicycle camps
  • Install bicycle parking
  • Collaborate with the Tucson Police Department on enforcement strategies

Tucson Bike Share

 

The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a public bike share system. Bike share provides another transportation option for short-trips around urbanized areas. Bike share can leverage the investment in the modern streetcar and will make Tucson more bicycle friendly. Click here to find out more about bike share for Tucson. You can take an online survey about bike share as well as suggest where stations should be located.

Safe Routes to School for Tucson

 

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage daily physical activity and the development of healthy habits in youth by promoting regular walking and biking to school. Walking and biking also reduces traffic congestion and pollution around schools, improves safety in school zones, and provides families and friends an opportunity to share time with each other and build connections in their community. The City of Tucson launched a new Safe Routes to School program in August 2014 operated by the Living Streets Alliance.

In The News

  • Over 50,000 people attended Cyclovia Tucson events in 2014!  Visit Cyclovia Tucson for more information regarding the next event on April 19, 2015. Click here to see pictures of the last event on November 2, 2014.
  • Mayor and Council have created a Pedestrian Advisory Committee to help create a safer and more comfortable walking environment.  Meetings are at the Ward 6 Offices on the third Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Let us know if you are interested in serving on this committee.  
  • Tucson is working on a Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan to develop an alternative mode network using our neighborhood streets.  There are five Bicycle Boulevards under design now and will be constructed in the next few years.  
  • New pedestrian/bike signals are going up around town to help people get across busy roads.  The City is working on installing several of these at this time.  Stay tuned for a signal coming to your neighborhood soon! 
  • The best way to stay up-to-date on all the newest bicycle and pedestrian projects and events is to sign up for our monthly on-line Newsletter.

Bicycle Boulevards

The City is currently working on a new Master Plan for Bicycle Boulevards to help move Tucsonans of all ages and abilities around the City.

Visit the main Bicycle Page for the latest! 

Free Bike Commuter and Safety Classes

The City of Tucson and Pima County support folks who ride their bikes - to make a difference in their health, to improve the environment, or simply to have fun.

Interested in riding but want to learn skills and safety tips? Click on the image below for the most current schedule of classes and then call 724-BIKE to register.  Classes are taught by League Certified Instructors in a casual setting in several locations around town.  Pima County offers classes for adults, kids, women only - just about anyone who wants to start bicycling. In addition to learning something new, graduates recieve a FREE helmet, Lock or Lights for their bike.

Bike Classes

Bike Diversion Program

If you have received a traffic citation while riding your bicycle, you may have the option of taking a 4-hour class instead of paying the fine.  Click on the image above for the most current schedule of classes and then call 724-BIKE to register. 

Bike Boxes

The City of Tucson now has four bike boxes (6th St and Highland, Grant Road and Fontana, Speedway and 4th Avenue) and a partial bike box (Grant Road and Mountain Avenue)

Bike Box

Please check out our brochure to see what you should know about the Bike Box pdf

Diagram of Highland/6th Street Bike Box pdf

Images (Flikr)

Images from around Tucson