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Old 11-01-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Is Tucson a bike friendly city?

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Mike
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Is Tucson a bike friendly city?

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Mike
Good question, Mike.

Tucson's weather is definitely Bike Friendly.

I've been riding since relocating here in the late 90's but usually only on the Rillito Trail, rarely on the busier streets.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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thanks Bummer,

I would think Tucson would be have potential to be a great biking and walking city.

Mike
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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Tucson certainly aspires to be bicycle friendly. It has a "Gold" rating from the League of American Bicyclists. There are lots of on-street bikeways and about 70 miles of separated bike paths. However, you probably won't find the level of "share the road" attitude in the majority of motorists that you would find in Davis, Boulder or Portland. Tucson is still a city where automobile dependency prevails and car-bicycle conflicts are common. But it's the best in the southwest. If you want to live in Arizona, you won't find anything better for bicycle friendliness. League of American Bicyclists * Bike Friendly Community Campaign

In terms of walkability, sprawl and walkability just don't go together. You need to have a fairly compact municipal footprint to have a walkable community. The university area is very walkable as are some of the older sections of town, but in general, Tucson was designed around the car being the preeminent mode of transportation.

You might check out the community of Civano if you want to live in a well-planned, walkable part of Tucson.
Community of Civano in Tucson, Arizona : UnSprawl Case Study : Terrain.org


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Old 11-01-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Sedona, AZ
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I've biked a bit in Tucson. I find it quite bike friendly compared to other cities. Lots of bike paths/lanes, good off-road pathways, etc. Even the ride up to Mt. Lemmon is quite friendly. It may depend on where you're planning on riding? From what I've seen, South Tucson might not be the best place to ride around...
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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I am looking at the northern part River road area. I believe
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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I am looking at the northern part River road area. I believe
I live near River and Stone, Mike.

The Rillito Trail runs along the Rillito River (how clever of those guys) for miles which, for the most part, runs parallel to River Road.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Oro Valley AZ.
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Is Tucson a bike friendly city?

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Mike
I think overall most people try to be considerate of the bikers, always a few jerks though. Unfortunately we do have a few too many "ghost rider" monuments around town.

Found an interesting link, give you some "hands on" feedback from cyclist.
Bike paths in Tucson, Arizona, United States at Bikely.com

And of course we host the El Tour De Tucson (http://www.pbaa.com/!ETT/ETThome.html - broken link) every year.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I think overall most people try to be considerate of the bikers, always a few jerks though.
There are plenty of jerks among the bikers, too! Only that they don't seem to realize that they're the ones who will die by being jerks. For one thing, they better make up their minds whether they act as vehicles or pedestrians - they can't have it both ways!
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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There are plenty of jerks among the bikers, too! Only that they don't seem to realize that they're the ones who will die by being jerks. For one thing, they better make up their minds whether they act as vehicles or pedestrians - they can't have it both ways!
Excellent point, Sierra.

In spite of being a bike rider, on many occasions while driving I am amazed and downright shocked at the stupidity and arrogance of other bike riders. Obviously they are in a "lose lose" position when attacking a car or, even worse, a commercial truck.

Maybe that's why I stick to the bike trails rather than the busy thoroughfares.
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