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.
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 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). 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 whic hare ranked and voted upon.
PAG's role in TAP involves a number of activities. First, PAG provides assistance to applicants in the preparation of project proposals. Second, PAG convenes the Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee to review and rank project proposals from the region.
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 2012 Regional 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.