Tucson’s first contraflow bike lane — a bicycle lane that allows cyclists to ride in the opposite direction of traffic on a one-way street — has been partially installed on the University of Arizona campus.
The contraflow lane is part of the streetcar construction and allows cyclists to avoid riding on second street next to the track. Part of the lane is being paid for with streetcar funds. The UA is paying to extend it further. Check out the map below.
The lane will be added to James E Rogers Way, a westbound one-way street, allowing cyclists to travel east on the street.
City of Tucson bike and pedestrian program manager Ann Chanecka said the treatment is nationally accepted and has proven safe.
At the moment, bike legends and a sign indicating the road is open to two-way traffic has been added. Eventually, crews will add a double yellow lines to separate the eastbound cyclists from westbound motorists.
Chanecka said many students have already been riding against traffic on the street and the hope is the lane will make it safer.
Chanecka said the striping should be completed by the end of August.
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