Tucson has every kind of bikeway

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A bicyclist rides north on the “Highland Avenue” separated bike path on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona.

(This is the second post about Tucson, and the fifth about my December 2009 trip to Arizona.)

I had heard that Tucson was a bicycle friendly town. I didn’t know just how friendly until my dad and I rode our bikes around town and  happened onto one of the many bike-only separated paths. You can see the campus bike map (PDF).

There are probably 10 different names for this kind of path. It’s not a separated path because there’s no adjacent roadway accessible to automobiles. You could call it a multi-use trail, but it’s not really a trail. The path is part of the city’s street grid; some streets “dead end” into the entrance so bicyclists don’t have to turn onto another street to go straight, they simply enter this bicycle only path. In some places, the path is grade separated and travels under a shared street.

I like this kind of bikeway a lot. I know they are standard fare in the Netherlands, and it’s nice to know they are standard fare somewhere in North America.

See the full photoset of bikeways in Tucson.

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Riding under Speedway Boulevard on the “Warren Avenue” bike path.

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About Steven Vance

Enthusiast for urbanism, bicycling as transportation, and open data. Building a bicycle culture in Chicago.
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    hmmm i planning to buy a bike…

    • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

      Check your local bike shop first.

  • http://www.yuriartibise.com Yuri Artibise

    If only Phoenix would learn from it’s neighbor to the south…

    • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

      Perhaps Phoenix will dispatch a little delegation to Tucson. It’s a short drive!

  • http://dottiebrackett.com Dream Dottie

    I didn’t realize how advanced Tuscon’s cycling infrastructure is. Interesting. I’d love to see some bikeways/separated paths in Chicago.

    • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

      I would like to see them, too.

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      Two years later and what has changed in Chicago? Have we seen any of Tucson-style separated bikeways?

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    bicycle is a great way to do you cardio…

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