Tucson Police Department officers will have to find a new spot to target cyclists for running stop signs on Third Street at Treat Avenue are removed this week.
On Thursday construction crews will install speed tables on Third Street both east and west of Treat Avenue. Once complete, the stop sign for cyclists riding along Third Street will be taken down.
The stop signs have long frustrated cyclists who ride on Third Street, which is one of the most popular bikeways in the region. The sign was often ignored by cyclists and frequently enticed TPD to setup stings to ticket cyclists.
Cyclist Alan Solot rides through the intersection daily and said the switch to speed tables instead of stop signs would be an improvement for cyclists.
City of Tucson bike and pedestrian program manager Ann Chanecka said the goal was to create a traffic circle at the intersection, but compromised with the neighborhood on the speed tables and removal of the Third Street signs.
Chanecka was out of the office when speaking to Tucson Velo and didn’t have the exact cost estimate for the project, but said speed tables generally cost $4,000 each.
The project if being funded through Regional Transportation Authority funds devoted to the route.
She said the idea behind the project is to keep cyclists from having to start and stop often and keep the traffic on the street going slow.
“Without the stop sign there would have been a long stretch of road without any traffic controls,” Chanecka said. ”The speed tables will encourage drivers to slow down.”
Ordinary Bike Shop owner, David Tang said Third Street is one of his main routes and he is all for the change.
He said people roll through the stop sign all the time and the change will be welcome.