Not feeling safe
is the largest barrier of entry
for riding a bicycle
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This is Tucson Arizona
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We have a vast network of Bicycle Lanes along with over 130 miles of a Shared-use Pedestrian Path surrounding the Tucson metro.
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However Traffic Accidents with cyclists and pedestrians remain disproportionally high compared to national averages.
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This is unsurprising, considering most of Tucson's bicycle infrastructure consists of Unprotected Bicycle Lanes nested along the margins of High-Speed Vehicle Traffic.
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For novice bicycle-riders, High Stress Roads are quite simply, not perceived as safe. And Unprotected Bicycle Lanes do little to remedy that perception.
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In fact, by accounting for perceived safety, we are left with far fewer Bicycle Lanes than initially illustrated.
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However, we have far better alternatives in plain sight: a vast network of Low-Stress Residential Streets in combination with Signalled Pedestrian Crosswalks.
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Our Residential Streets are nearly devoid of vehicle traffic. These streets are significantly more quiet, scenic, and safe for bicycle routes.
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In combination with push-button Signalled Pedestrian Crosswalks, a bicycle rider can easily bypass vehicle traffic, and connect through various neighborhoods throughout the city.
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So while traditional thinking has Tucson's Bicycle Infrastructure look like this...
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This is how we should see our city.
This Low Stress Network linked via Signalled Pedestrian Crosswalks, is how people can safely travel through Tucson. Rides will be significantly safer, more quiet, and more scenic.
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Map your own safer bicycle commute through your neighborhood.
Click the Tutorial Button in the top-right corner of the map, and use the draw tool to create your own route.
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