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  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

    The Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is responsible for planning, engineering, and improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout unincorporated Pima County. The program is dedicated to improving safety and access for walkers and cyclists and seeks to accomplish this through engineering, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.

    The program works in partnership with the Tucson- Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, Brad P. Gorman Memorial Bikeway Fund, Pima Trails Association, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, Pima Association of Governments (PAG), City of Tucson, Arizona Department of Transportation, Greater Arizona Bicycling Association, Perimeter Bicycling Association, and other interested groups who are striving to improve walking and cycling conditions in our community. Pima County is developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson. Over 100 miles of shared-use path have been completed. Once completed, the Loop will total 131 miles.

    Safety Classes

    Pima County sponsors a number of different bike safety classes including classes designed specifically for children and university students. All classes are conducted by L.A.B. League cycling instructors, and free bike safety items such as helmets, bike lights, and u-locks are often included with participation. See the schedule for Bike Safety Classes.

    Diversion Classes

    Bicycle diversion classes are reserved for persons who've received a traffic citation while riding their bike.  The City Prosecutor's Office will dismiss a cyclist's civil traffic citation if he or she submits proof of completion of the Bicycle Diversion Program safety class offered by the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.  Advanced Registration is mandatory! Call 724-BIKE (2453) to register.  See the schedule for Bike Diversion Classes.


    The Loop Map

    Tucson Metro Bike Map

    Find your best route!  The Tucson Metro bicycle map include Green Valley, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and South Tucson.  The map includes paths, bike routes, paved shoulders, bus/bike lanes, mountain bike trailheads and future improvements to the bikeway system.

    Tucson Metro Bike Map (smaller size for mobile devices)

    Share the Road Guides


    The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee (TPCBAC)

    For more information call 724-BIKE or
    (520) 791-4371.

    The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to local govenrments on issues relating to bicycle recreatin, transportation, and safety. The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.

    Meeting Packets:


    Overview

    Over the past few years, the BAC has been involved in a variety of issues, and we've had some pretty good results. Some of the successes we've had include:

    • Getting a new Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator position established at the City of Tucson and at Pima County.
    • Initiating and being the primary sponsors of a new State of Arizona law. Helping the City of Tucson and Pima County develop high-priority bikeway improvement lists.
    • Providing recommendations to the City, County, and ADOT to improve intersections and roadways to accommodate bicyclists. 
    • Working on the Pima Association of Governments Transportation Enhancements Committee to get more bicycle improvements built in the region. Working with ADOT to revise and improve their current shoulder rumble strip standards.
    • Getting the Coronado National Forest to reduce a proposed fee of $5 per day per bicyclist to ride up Mt. Lemmon to $0 per day!
    • Working with the City of Tucson and area neighborhoods to design and construct specialized traffic signals for bicyclists and pedestrians. 
    • Helping put on promotional events and safety programs for bicycling.
    • Develop a video on bicyclist and motorist education and safety issues.

    Join us

    We meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue. All are welcome to attend.

    Current Committee Members

    If you want more bicycle facilities, cleaner air, and a healthier community, please join us on the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee. You don't need to be an experienced bicyclist, just committed to improving conditions for cycling.

    Safe Routes to School

    Program Information

    Pima County and the City of Tucson have launched a pilot program at seven local elementary schools to develop safe routes for children to walk or bicycle to school, and to educate them about walking and bicycling safely. This pilot program is funded by a federal grant, with matching funds from the county and city. It aims to encourage children to engage in more physical activity, and reduce traffic collisions involving children.

    In addition to educating children, the program engages parents, teachers, school staffers, transportation officials, law-enforcement officers and school district officials to identify the travel habits of students and develop safe routes for students to use while walking or bicycling to school. Needed facility improvements, such as the addition of bicycle racks or sidewalk ramps, are being identified. Training programs will be implemented for teachers and school staffers, along with enhanced police enforcement measures. Educational and promotional materials will reinforce the message of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

    Pilot Elementary Schools

    The seven schools participating in the pilot study represent four local school districts, including the Flowing Wells Unified School District, the Marana Unified School District, the Tanque Verde Unified School District and the Tucson Unified School District.

    • Agua Caliente Elementary, 11420 E. Limberlost Road
    • Brichta Elementary, 2110 W. Brichta Drive
    • Butterfield Elementary, 3400 W. Massingale Road
    • Homer Davis Elementary, 4250 N. Romero Road
    • Howell Elementary, 401 N. Irving Avenue
    • Hughes Elementary, 700 N. Wilson Avenue
    • Laguna Elementary, 5001 N. Shannon Road
    • Santa Clara Elementary, 6910 S. Santa Clara Ave.

    Program Schedule

    The program’s first phase focuses on the educational component, along with the identification of both minor and major infrastructure improvements needed to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The second phase will include the complete design of a limited number of small improvement projects at the schools, and the preliminary design for larger improvement projects. Additional funding will be needed to construct the infrastructure improvements.

    Pima County and City of Tucson officials believe the Safe Routes to School program will offer many benefits to the schools and the community. They hope to extend the program to other schools in the future.

    Additional schools cannot be added to the pilot program at this time, but informational materials may be provided to people interested in instituting some of the principles of Safe Routes to Schools in other schools.

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