Bicycle boulevards are shared roadways that create an attractive, convenient, and comfortable cycling environment that is welcoming to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Bicycle boulevards are low-volume, low-speed streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through treatments such as traffic calming and traffic reduction, signage and pavement markings, and intersection crossing treatments. These treatments allow through movements for cyclists while discouraging similar through trips by non-local motorized traffic. To make bicycling practical for a broader range of Tucsonans, a network of low stress, enhanced bikeways are needed. Bicycle Boulevards are one key tool to get that done.
Bicycle Boulevard Goals for Tucson:
- Provide a healthy and safe way for non motorized traffic to get around Tucson
- Connect neighborhoods to regional destinations via select corridors
- Reduce motorized cut-through traffic on select corridors
- Reduce motorized speeds on these corridors with traffic calming tools
- Help people on bikes or walking to cross our busier streets
- Provide guidance to let people know they are on a special corridor and help them find their way
3rd Street/University Boulevard is Tucson's original Bicycle Boulevard. It has evolved from being a simple crosstown residential bike route into a facility that features enhanced crossings of major roads for bicycles and pedestrians, traffic calming, and motor vehicle restrictions. Plans are in the works to add additional traffic calming and special wayfinding signage along the corridor.
The 2009 Regional Plan for Bicycling in Tucson identified 170 miles of Bicycle Boulevards along 40 seperate corridors for implementation. The 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, approved in 2010 as a long term planning document, reaffirmed support for Bicycle Boulevards in Tucson. Inclusion in the plan also makes Bicycle Boulevards elgible for regional funding. Both planning documents were produced by Pima Association of Governments, which works with all the jurisdications in the Tucson region on transportation planning.
Why Bicycle Boulevards?
Bicycle Boulevards have been credited in Portland, Oregon for being one of the primary reasons for the recent increase in bicycle use there. With the implementation of Bicycle Boulevards in Tucson we should see an increase in commuter bike use, which has not increased in Tucson over the last decade (2000 to 2009).
Information on Bicycle Boulevards
- Bike Boulevard Guidelines Report
- Safety of Bike Boulevards vs. Arterial Routes
- Streetswiki definition
- Bicycle Boulevard Presentation
- Wayfinding Sign Program
- Masters Thesis: ‘Breaking the Barriers’ by Jenny Leijonhufvud
- Drachman Institute Plan: ‘4th Avenue/Fontana Bike Boulevard Design Concept’
- 2008 Regional Bike Counts
- Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee Support Letter
- Landscape Advisory Committee Support Letter
- Advocates for Bike Boulevards
- Infomercial for Bike Boulevards
- Short documentary of Portland's Bike Boulevards
- News on Bike Boulevards