Feb 23, 2012 9:32 AM
TUCSON - The intersection of Toole and Congress is tricky for cyclists and motorists.
To help make it safer, The City performed their first road safety assesment. Some of the recommendations have been implemented, and cyclists like Ian Johnson are impressed.
"It's fantastic. This is one of the heaviest used bicycle and pedestrian areas in Town--and it's a critical juncture so it's important they get this right," he said.
The intersection has lanes converging from all different directions, making the area confusing, and sometimes dangerous. To help drivers understand what lane they should be in, the City has added numerous treatments.
"They've put in some really innovative green striping to help cyclists understand the best places for them to cross the tracks safely. They've changed the way the median island works so it's clearer that you can only turn right from certain lanes which is great," Johnson continued.
Additionally, they've built what's being called the "Jim Glock Bypass." It allows cyclists and pedestrians to travel through the bridge from the Meynard's parking lot, and continue behind the new parking garage on Congress. The detour keeps riders away from traffic completely.
"Now you can just keep moving...you never have to stop pedaling. You don't have to deal with the traffic or the lights. We love it," one cyclist said.
Julie Reed, who cycles with her young kids, agrees.
"The signage is great, it's really clear. The green is easy to read...it's clear that it's a special path. It's really awesome."
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