The University of Arizona Parking and Transportation Services initiated a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for campus in spring 2012 to improve bicycle and pedestrian conditions for students, faculty, staff and visitors for today and for the future. With over 11,000 commuters walking and biking to campus each day, it is important to provide safe facilities and education in order to minimize risk and maximize attractiveness of non-motorized modes of transportation. In addition, there is an opportunity to increase bicycle and pedestrian trips to and from campus considering 40 percent of the drivers to campus live within five miles. The regional benefits of increasing the bicycle and pedestrian traffic to the University of Arizona (UA) include reduced congestion, improved air quality and healthier communities.
The study identifies specific improvements to the bikeway and pedestrian infrastructure within the study area in order to achieve a more cohesive and functional system that is integrated with existing infrastructure, accommodates future growth on campus, encourages bicycle and pedestrian trips and integrates with transit services on and around campus.
The study was developed by Alta Planning and Design, a leading bicycle and pedestrian planning firm based out of Portland, Ore. Alta teamed up with Tucson’s Kimley-Horn engineering firm to conduct the study.