City working on new bike map for less confident riders

The cover of the existing regional bike map.

The City of Tucson us working on a new supplemental bike map aimed at people who are interested in cycling, but may not feel comfortable on major roads.

Tucson’s bike and pedestrian program manager Ann Chanecka said the map is centered on the University or Arizona and bounded by River Road on the north, Silverbell Road to the west, Ajo Road to the south and Wilmot Road to the east.

She said the map will be smaller and will highlight low-stress routes like Third Street and Fourth Avenue north of University.

“The current map shows Speedway the exact same way as Speedway,” Chanecka said. “To me those are a little bit different to the user.”

The new map will illustrate six different route types within the metro area.

They include (least-most potential conflict):

  • Shared Use Paths: Rillito River, Santa Cruz and Aviation Paths.
  • Bike Boulevards: Fourth Avenue/ Fontana and Third Street.
  • Enhanced Bike Route: Treat and Blacklidge
  • Enhanced Bike Lane: Mountain Avenue
  • Bike Routes: Residential routes without amenities like bike and pedestrian crossings.
  • Bike Lanes: Speedway and Broadway Boulevards.

Chanecka said she was organizing a focus group this month with people who are not avid cyclist to see how they view the new map. She is hoping to get it printed late this year or early next year.

You can download the existing regional map here.

 

5 comments
Orvis
Orvis

This map is beautiful. It's also more easily read than the larger regional map plus at least one of the mistakes in the regional map is corrected in this new map. I mean it, this is a drop dead gorgeous work of art that happens to be a map too.

Red Star
Red Star

How about an online interactive map of deadly potholes ignored by City of Tucson?

Martha Retallick
Martha Retallick

I think this is an excellent idea. And, as one who lives near the 4th Avenue Bicycle Boulevard, let me say that the mojo needs some work. We have speeding drivers who treat the traffic circles like a high-speed dodge 'em challenge. The bike box at 4th and Speedway is also ignored. So, let's work on the behavior of road users along with the development of this map.