PAG Regional Pedestrian Plan - Approved December 2014
PAG has developed a Regional Pedestrian Plan in order to respond to the challenges facing our pedestrian environment. Due to higher-than-average pedestrian fatality rates, Tucson was named a Pedestrian Safety Focus City by the Federal Highway Administration. PAG's Regional Pedestrian Plan emphasizes the importance of walking as a mode of transportation in the Tucson region and has established pedestrian improvement priorities, including specific goals.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program
In 2008, PAG kicked off an annual bicycle count in order to better understand the trends and characteristics of cyclists, to evaluate planning efforts and to help guide investments. Each fall, jurisdiction staff and volunteers count at approximately 100 locations throughout the entire region. In addition to the raw count, other data is collected on the cyclists including direction of travel, gender, helmet usage and unsafe riding behaviors such as riding on the sidewalk and riding the wrong way against traffic. In 2010, the first pedestrian count information also was gathered.
Bicycle Friendly Community Program – Pedaling Toward Platinum
The Tucson/Eastern Pima County Region has been recognized as a gold-level, bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. The LAB is one of the largest and most respected bicycle advocacy programs in the country. While we are proud of the gold designation, the region strives for platinum, the highest rating given.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Opportunities
As the region's metropolitan planning organization, PAG helps jurisdictions secure funding for transportation projects. The current federal program that is specifically aimed at funding bicycle and pedestrian improvements is called the Transportation Alternative Program. TAP helps fund bicycle and pedestrian programs and projects that can be both on and off-road and can include planning, design and construction. Activities that were previously funded by Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancement are generally eligible for TAP funds.
TAP was established in 2012 with the passing of the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for the Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). TAP is designed to provide funds for activities and projects that help improve mobility and access to non-motorized travel. Funds are awarded annually through a competitive process in which sponsor agencies submit applications which are ranked and voted upon.
Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans
The 2009 Regional Plan for Bicycling was the sixth update in a series dating back to 1975. PAG coordinates the regional planning process among local jurisdictions and adopted Regional Pedestrian Plans in July 2000 and December 2014. PAG is updating its first-ever comprehensive 2012 Regional Sidewalk Inventory, a tool to identify important gaps in the regional pedestrian network.
University of Arizona Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
PAG partnered with the University of Arizona and the City of Tucson to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The purpose of the plan is to improve bicycle and pedestrian conditions for students, faculty, staff and visitors for today and for the future. The regional benefits of increasing the bicycle and pedestrian mode shares to the UA include reduced congestion, improved air quality and healthier communities.