The greater Tucson region offers a dry, sunny climate that encourages cycling and walking, both healthy alternatives to driving and ideal to connect people to public transit options. Through its planning efforts, Pima Association of Governments seeks to improve cycling and walking conditions for all users in the region through education and identification of funding sources to support infrastructure improvements. These improvements include new sidewalks, signalized pedestrian crossings, bike lanes and off-street paths.
Regional Pedestrian Plan
The vision of PAG’s Regional Pedestrian Plan is to ensure a safe, accessible, comfortable and well-connected walking environment for everyone in the region. In addition to establishing a safe environment where people choose to walk, another plan goal is to ensure a well-funded pedestrian system.
The data-driven pedestrian plan, which has been in place since 2014, serves as a guide for the greater Tucson region’s jurisdictions and community members on potential pedestrian investments. Guidance includes looking at pedestrian infrastructure deficiencies in the regional network, analyzing pedestrian crash data, reviewing and sharing best pedestrian safety practices, and identifying performance measures and safety targets to track and evaluate.
The plan aims to address pedestrian safety challenges in the region since Tucson is a Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian Safety Focus City due to higher-than-average pedestrian fatality rates.
Funding from the Regional Transportation Authority, which is managed by PAG, has contributed to improving pedestrian safety with the addition of new sidewalks and signalized pedestrian crossings throughout the region.
Regional Bicycle Plan
The vision for bicycling in the greater Tucson region is to provide and facilitate safer bicycle travel using a continuous and connected system of bikeways. The goals of PAG’s Regional Bicycle Plan include education, enforcement, engineering and encouragement to support that vision:
- Educate all road users on legal, predictable and safe behavior
- Establish and implement targeted enforcement of specific traffic laws
- Plan, design, construct and maintain bicycle facilities that meet or exceed accepted standards and guidelines
- Encourage use of bicycles for transportation and recreation
Infrastructure improvements to enhance bicycle safety in the region have been recognized. The Tucson-East Pima County region is designated as a gold-level bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. The region has over 1,000 miles of infrastructure dedicated to bicycling.
The Regional Transportation Authority has funded more than 330 miles of new bike lanes since the RTA regional transportation plan was approved in 2006. The 20-year RTA plan is funded through June 2026.
Pima Association of Governments’ planning efforts focus on providing a safe and reliable transportation network in the greater Tucson region for all users. PAG offers various bicycle and pedestrian safety…
The regional bicycle network consists of over 1,000 miles of bicycle lanes, routes, shared-use paths/trails and bicycle boulevards. The greater Tucson area was the first region in the United States…