Currently Pima County trails and parks, including the Loop, are open from dawn to dusk.
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclist vice president, Marth Lemen said the petition was created by an SDMB member and it is something the organization supports.
“SDMB is interested in changing park hours to accommodate the many riders and other trail users who use the trails after hours,” She said. Night riding is a great way to get exercise and not die of the heat in summer and in winter, it allows for exercise during the short days.”
The reality is that riding at night on popular Pima County trails like Sweetwater and Starr Pass is largely ignored by law enforcement, but it’s something mountain bicyclists would prefer to be made legal.
Lemen said the group hasn’t set an hour at which they would like to have the parks close instead, but she personally thinks 10 p.m. would be a reasonable closing time.
James DiDomenico wrote a comment on the petition site saying, ”Tucson county parks currently close at dark, an ambiguous time. ‘Dark’ occurs in the winter months at close to 530 PM and in summer months around 8 PM. These times hardly give taxpayers who work all day time to enjoy the parks! I would like to see a fixed time, such as 10 or 11PM as a closing time, if one is actually needed. This gives everyone adequate notice and allows police to patrol and ticket offenders if needed. As mentioned by others, summer heat in Tucson makes outdoor activities unrealistic during the hot daytime hours. Lets keep the parks open to recreational users, forcing vandals to go elsewhere!”
The petition creators are hoping to get 1,000 signatures. As of this writing 457 people have signed the petition.
Signs at the Sweetwater trailhead ask hikers and cyclists to keep their voices down because the noise travels easily in the area. Additional and later noise could be a concern for residents who live near the trails.
You can sign the petition here.