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Jan 24, 2012 12:24 PM

Tucson ranks high as bicycle and pedestrian-friendly city

TUCSON - Of the 51 largest cities in the U.S., Tucson is ranked 5 for spending per capita for cyclists and pedestrians, and has the more on-street bike lanes than any other city in a study conducted by The Alliance for Biking and Walking.

The group works to create and strengthen bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups in the United States, and today, they released the results of their 2012 benchmarking report, showing areas where Tucson has excelled.

Overall, Tucson ranks 16 of 51 cities in terms of bicycling and walking levels, incorporating a wide range of data from cyclist and pedestrian safety to funding to legislation and integration.

About 3.6 of Tucsonans walk to work, and 1.9 percent bike to work - 71 percent of them men, and 29 percent of them women. Tucson has over 620 miles of streets with bicycle lanes, more than any other city on the list.

Tucson was one of only four cities to earn "Gold" bicycle and pedestrian-friendly status from the alliance. Only Portland earned the higher "Platinum" status.

You can download a complete copy of the 2012 report here:

http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/

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