PAG coordinates several programs that help bicyclists and walkers. The main PAG bicycle and pedetrian planning efforts are summarized below. Click on any of the links for more detailed information.
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 (LAB). 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. PAG will submit a new application in 2016.
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 and Pedestrian Crash Analysis
PAG updates a regional bicycle crash analysis annually with data dating back to 2001. The Bicycle Crash Analysis quantifies the number of crashes, general conditions such as time of day, whether alcohol was a factor, and both the bicyclist and motorist actions that resulted in the crash. This information is used to help identify mitigation strategies such as wrong way signs and pavement markings, as well as to help identify enforcement education that is needed. PAG staff also will start analyzing pedestrian crash information.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Opportunities
As the regional planning organization, PAG helps jurisdictions secure funding for transportation projects. PAG helps coordinate two federal grant programs that fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements: Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School.
- Transportation Enhancements - Transportation Enhancements are competitive grant funds that communities can apply for to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through 12 eligible TE activities, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation and environmental mitigation.
- Safe Routes to School - Safe Routes to School is a federal program aimed at improving safety and encouraging more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. Competitive grant funds are available to help educate students, provide prizes and other incentives and for safety-related infrastructure improvements.
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 the first Regional Pedestrian Plan in July 2000. It also developed and is currently updating the first-ever comprehensive sidewalk inventory which is used as a tool for identifying 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 UA include reduced congestion, improved air quality and healthier communities.
PAG Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee
PAG coordinates a working group to identify the issues and needs related to regional bicycle and pedestrian planning, as well as recommended project and program improvements for the Transportation Improvement Program, the long-range Regional Transportation Plan, and other available funding programs. The working group is made up of jurisdiction staff and interest group representatives.