Feb 2, 2012 10:04 AM
TUCSON - The University of Arizona recently held their first bicycle audit, which gave the community a chance to offer opinions and suggestions on the safety of cycling around campus.
Sam Corbett, from San Diego's Alta Planning and Design, was hired to assess the area. His goal was to find out what changes could be made to make the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
"Without a doubt the collision rates in Tucson are higher than National average," Corbett said.
Corbett says one of the reasons for this is our highway system.
"You essentially have one freeway ,I-10, and a lot of the arterials in Tucson function as freeways so people travel at high speeds and high volume."
Which deters locals from cycling or walking around town. To combat the issue, the audit gave Tucson's 2 wheeling, and non 2 wheeling community, a chance to weigh in on what they think could improve our roadways.
David Heiniking, from the University of Arizona's Parking and Transportation Department, says that with the increase in cycling activity, comes the increase in safety concern.
"A couple years ago, we had six to eight thousand bikes a day. Now we're looking at ten to twelve thousand. So we thought it was important to make sure everything was working well," Heiniking said.
Participants at the assesment agreed, and were excited for the opportunity to share their voice.
David Bachman-Williams, one of them, said that "We need this expert back up to what we've all learned by being bicycle commuters for many years."
The assesment results are currently being analyzed and should be ready in the near future.