Cyclists will have the opportunity to learn more about Tucson’s modern streetcar plan as it pertains to biking in Tucson on Wednesday.
Engineers and planners in charge of Tucson’s modern streetcar will present updated plans to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting at 6 p.m.
Tucson’s bike and pedestrian program manager Tom Thivener encouraged cyclists to attend the presentation.
“It makes sense that [cyclists] come out to learn what is in the plan,” Thivener said. “If they do have questions, that is a great place to get answers.”
Thivener said they should have people there who can answer technical questions.
He said there are several things cyclists should know about:
- The existing tracks on University and Fourth Avenue will be removed and the new tracks will be placed in the travel lanes.
- There will be several new signals including one at Park and University, which will slow cyclists’ progress through the area.
- New tracks will be placed on 2nd Street through the University of Arizona campus, which is a smaller street.
- The Warren Street underpass will be redesigned to accommodate the street car, which will narrow the area reserved for bike and pedestrians. The plan is to create a shared-use path under Speedway.
Because of the new signals and complicated track crossings, Thivener said it might make sense to create a second east/west bike corridor through the UA. He said 5th Street already has an entrance into campus and would need a few upgrades to make it an alternative to University.
One issue that will likely be raised is safety concerns related to the tracks. Many cyclists have crashed on the tracks when trying to cross them.
Thivener said he is working on different types of pavement markings to set cyclists up to safely cross the tracks as close to a right angle as possible.
According to Thivener, the new tracks used with the streetcar will be more flush with the road.
Thivener said the plans are not complete and there is still time to have changes incorporated into them to make the streetcar project more friendly.
Check out the event listing for the meeting time and location.
Check out the video below of a StreetFilms video about crossing tracks and check out the pavement markings they are using.