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Ban bikes along the Streetcar? Read my editorial against it

Inside Tucson Business published a couple stories earlier this month related to the streetcar and bicycling safety. The first was a news story about bike safety and the streetcar. The second was an editorial by Inside Tucson Business, which called for banning bikes along the streetcar line. Here’s a snippet from the editorial: There are […]

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City officials: Streetcar safe for cyclists; not a motor vehicle

 Editor’s note: A lawyer friend of Tucson Velo pointed out a section of A.R.S. 28-101 that excludes vehicles that run on tracks as motor vehicles. Here’s the snippet: 58. “Vehicle” means a device in, on or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a public highway, excluding devices […]

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Streetcar officials respond to video of tight squeeze

The post about being passed by the streetcar on Fourth Avenue generated a significant discussion and even a story on KVOA. It also garnered a response from the streetcar team about their safety training related to bicycles. Here’s the email response to a streetcar officials about the training drivers get from Sun Link operations manager […]

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Photo & Video: Getting passed by the streetcar on 4th

I consider myself a confident and skilled bike rider, but when the streetcar passed me on Fourth Avenue, it was very uncomfortable and a violation of the law. Here’s what happened: On Monday morning, I was returning from the courthouse after checking court records for the story I posted on Tuesday. I was riding a […]

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Photo: Streetcar crashes reminder of track danger

I’ve been getting used to the streetcar tracks and how to navigate. I might have even been getting a little complacent about them. Last week I witnessed my first streetcar crash and saw the aftermath of a second, which served as a reminder that one mistake can lead to a crash. In both cases the […]

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It’s time to enforce parking rules along Streetcar route

Streetcar construction has wrapped up, but people are still violating parking rules on a daily basis creating dangerous conditions for cyclists. It’s time for the University of Arizona and Tucson Police Departments to crackdown on motorists like they do during their bicycle enforcement. The most common violation is parking in no parking zones and not […]

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More sharrows placed as streetcar construction wraps up

New sharrows and green paint popped up along this entire length of the streetcar tracks last last week. The new markings arrived as the construction is winding down. In fact, the emails alerting the public and media to streetcar construction alerts will no longer be sent out. Here’s what the streetcar team said in the […]

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Streetcar begins daytime testing today

Tucson Modern Streetcar officials announced they will begin testing the streetcar during daytime hours today and tomorrow. The testing will take place between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. During the testing, drivers will begin their certification process. Here’s a snippet from the release: The loop for these daytime tests will be from the […]

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Loading zone along streetcar moving to avoid squeezing cyclists

A loading zone along the streetcar route will be moved in the coming weeks, giving cyclists riding south on Park Avenue a little more room. Streetcar construction manager Joe Chase said crews will create two new loading zones on University Boulevard between Park Avenue and Tyndall as well as one on Second Street west of […]

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Check out city’s streetcar safety PSAs

The City of Tucson recently filmed several public service announcements about safely interacting with the streetcar. There is an overview video, which combines shorter videos for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.  You can find them at the streetcar page or check out the overview video below. What do you think? Anything jump out at you?

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Updated: Fourth Avenue sharrows violate national guidelines, streetcar plans

Editor’s note: I incorrectly wrote that City of Tucson crews installed the sharrows along Fourth Avenue. It was actually the contractor hired by the city to perform the streetcar construction that placed the sharrows.  The recently added sharrows along Fourth Avenue are between one and two feet too close to the curb, violating national guidelines […]

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Coming soon: Bicycle pavement markings & education along streetcar

Starting next week, the streetcar route will look a little more green. Ann Chanecka, the City of Tucson’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said, bicycle-specific pavement markings would be going in along half of the streetcar route. The markings, which include green bike boxes, sharrows and guides to show cyclists how to cross the tracks […]

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