The University of Arizona

Public Meeting on Walking and Biking Plan is Next Week

By Shelley Shelton, University Communications | June 6, 2012

The public will be asked to review a study and offer recommendations on new intersections and multiuse paths.

Parking & Transportation Services has been working with the Pima Association of Governments to come up with a feasible walking and biking plan for the UA campus to improve safety.
Parking & Transportation Services has been working with the Pima Association of Governments to come up with a feasible walking and biking plan for the UA campus to improve safety.

Parking & Transportation Services and the Pima Association of Governments will present a series of recommendations for a campus biking and walking plan in a public workshop (PDF) beginning at 6 p.m. June 14 in the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Building.

Community members will have an opportunity to review a draft of a study on the matter and offer input on its recommendations. Parking is free in the lot adjacent to the building.

PTS and PAG have been working together for several months to come up with a feasible walking and biking plan for the UA campus. The groups held walking and biking audits and a public meeting in January to get community input on where and how improvements could be made.

A biking and walking plan would help ensure better safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians as they navigate their way around each other, project organizers say.

Preventing collisions or near-collisions between walkers and those on bicycles is of utmost importance, said Tom Amparano, transportation manager for Parking & Transportation Services.

And increasing the number of people getting around on foot or on two wheels is also important, said PAG's Ann Chanecka.

As part of the biking and walking plan, there are several recommendations for new intersections and multiuse paths, so it's important to get as much input as possible from the UA community and surrounding neighborhoods to find out which ideas the community wants to see implemented, Amparano said.

For example, one recommendation is to position Fifth Street as a gateway to the University across Euclid Avenue, so bicycles don't have to contend with the streetcar tracks along University Boulevard. 

Many people have expressed safety concerns about crossing Speedway Boulevard and Sixth Street, Amparano said, so a lot of time has been spent discussing how to improve those corridors.

He hears more about on-campus potential collisions between bicycles and pedestrians than about anything else, so his main concern is how to alleviate those near-misses, he said.

For more information, contact Amparano at 520-626-2458 or tamparan@email.arizona.edu.