Pedaling the Pueblo – Gabriela Barrillas Longoria Discusses Tucson Slow Streets
The City of Tucson is supporting the health, safety, and well-being of families and residents with a new initiative: Tucson Slow Streets / Calles Lentas.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) piloted Tucson Slow Streets, an initiative to reconfigure streets to support social distancing and encourage physical activity. The Slow Streets program temporarily closes certain streets to all but local traffic, giving Tucsonans more space to safely walk, bike, and run.
Slow Streets are neighborhood streets, temporarily limited to local traffic only through barricades, cones, and signs that:
- Provide space for safe physical activity, transportation, and recreation (walking, wheelchair rolling, jogging, biking, and playing) in the street.
- Encourage people driving to use alternate routes, only using Slow Streets when necessary to reach a final destination.
- Urge people driving to drive slowly and safely, and look out for people sharing the street.
- Do not impact emergency vehicle access in any way.
Especially now, Slow Streets help meet the needs of Tucsonans to keep recreating and moving in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, while staying at least 6-feet apart.
Read more and find out how to get Slow Streets in your neighborhood.
Pedaling the Pueblo is a mini-program and podcast that connects people to news and information about Tucson’s bicycle culture. A collective of bicycle enthusiasts host and produce weekly programs covering a wide variety of topics. From community events to questions about how bicycle funding works; tips to start riding more to interviews with local bicycling legends, Pedaling the Pueblo explores life on two wheels from a “people first” approach, allowing us all to have an open dialogue about how people move through our shared built environment.