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Parks dept. creating citywide path system

The City of Tucson parks department has developed a city-wide plan to create paved paths that officials say will serve multiple purposes including recreation and transportation. The 12-foot asphalt paths will be located along major washes throughout the city. Julie Parizek, a project manager for the parks department, said the plan developed because the city […]

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BAC envisions car-free 4th Ave and University in the future

While no formal action was taken on the modern streetcar during the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday night, the BAC expressed interest in a future where Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard are car free. The discussion about a car-free Fourth Avenue came after BAC member David Bachman-Williams, who has been the point person […]

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Millions allocated for bike projects in bond package; election pushed to 2012

The good news for cyclists is that the Pima County Bond Committee has included four bicycle projects in the upcoming bond election. The bad news, the committee also decided to postpone the election until November 2012. At their last meeting, the committee voted to add a fourth bicycle project to the pot — an additional […]

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Bicycle commute sparks business idea for bike-themed cafe

Every weekend, Jaime Arrieta is out on the edge of the Rillito River path at Campbell Avenue, spinning on his trainer as cyclists and pedestrians whiz by. If his bike is empty, he is probably brewing a cup of coffee for one of his regulars Arrieta is the owner of Peddler on the Path, a […]

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Five local projects recommended for federal funding

Regional bicycle and pedestrian planners learned Wednesday that five local improvement projects were recommended for federal funding, including two multi-use path improvements and a bike boulevard. A state transportation committee recommended five regional projects out of 14 submitted by the Regional Transportation Authority’s bike and pedestrian group. Pima Association of Government’s John Liosatos said until […]

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Congresswoman Giffords talks bikes

Please check azstarnet.com for updates on Rep. Giffords status. Editor’s note: I ran into Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a local coffee shop where she was having breakfast with her husband after they biked around the city. I attempted to set up a time to chat with her about bikes but she suggested we talk right […]

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No federal grant money for county’s Urban Loop

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the $600 million in federal grant money designed to stimulate the economy, but Pima County’s Urban Loop project missed the cut. Nannette Slusser, a Pima County assistant administrator and the point person for the 55-mile car-free loop, said she was disappointed they weren’t awarded a piece […]

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County could find out about Urban Loop money by mid-week

Despite leaks surfacing about projects being funded by federal reinvestment grants, Pima County officials still haven’t been notified of whether they received any money to help fund the Urban Loop. According to Matt Zoll, the county’s bike and pedestrian program manager, the federal agency in charge of doling out the money has verified the project’s […]

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Q&A: Cyclovia director Daniela Diamente

Cyclovia Tucson’s director Daniela Diamente answers questions about the 2011 event, which has a new route heading through South Tucson and will be a month earlier this year, March 27: What’s happening with Cyclovia Tucson planning? We are going down south. South Tucson. The idea is to continually move Cyclovia around so that it is […]

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Riding with Luci: Thoughts on riding around Tucson with a child

There is an inverse relationship between the temperature and the number of trips and miles I’ve ridden with my daughter Lucilia. Mix in a mother who is getting slightly more comfortable with the prospect after joining us on several rides and you’ve got the most miles and trips Luci and I have been on. Last […]

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Bike planners pushing to add automatic counters in region

Figuring out just how many people are riding around the region might get a little easier is local bike planners have their way. Planners from the City of Tucson and Pima Association of Governments met with a representative from Eco Counter, a French company that sells automatic bike and pedestrian counters on Saturday. Eco Counter […]

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Pima County plans lake-front park with several bike amenities

Pima County officials are moving forward with a plan to convert a cement quarry into a regional park, which would feature two lakes and several bike amenities. Nanette Slusser, Pima County’s assistant administrator, said the national headquarters of the CapPortland cement company approached them about turning the land into a park, which the county is […]

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