Tucson, Arizona 2021-10-22 09:15:32 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —Some neighborhoods are trying to make the streets safer by encouraging drivers to slow down.
“I think Kelso had a lot of traffic during the last half of last year,” said Nancy Reed, a neighbor. “I’m always begging for speed bumps. This is to slow down traffic.”
Reed has lived in the area for many years and is now the block leader of the Transport and Mobile Department in Tucson. Slow street program.. She said she and her fellow neighbors immediately suggested Kelso Street when the city of Tucson asked the community which street should be the slowest street.
“We have these signs of asking people to slow down and share the streets with people walking,” Reed said.
For 30 days from October 14th to November 9th, Kelso Street is restricted to local traffic including delivery, mail and bus drivers. Gabriella Bariras Longoria, program leader and city habitability planner, said the program began at the beginning of the pandemic and aims to keep people out and socially distant. The slowdown of the driver gave the street more space for others to use it.
“First and foremost, it’s safe and draws attention to the streets,” she said. “People should feel that their city is safe to use. We know that safety is complex and that means it varies from person to person, but this is just the beginning.”
The city designates four slow streets a year, one district at a time. After 30 days, the street will be improved.
Joy Holdread is another block leader in the Slow Streets program that has lived in the neighborhood for many years. She and her fellow leaders are armed with straw hats and piles of leaflets to raise awareness of high-speed driving issues.
“Not all intersections have pedestrian crossings or flashing lights,” she said. There are always school attendants, dog pedestrians, bicycles and children. I think it’s great to admit that and encourage pedestrians to be human. ”
She wants the community to come together. This is what she has seen a little more.
“They will see other people caring and trying,” she said. “It will give them the opportunity to think about what the streets are for everyone.”
On October 23, Slow Streets will be hosting a free mobile bike repair to repair your bike before riding your community bike on November 7. Barillas-Longoria said the next neighborhood will be chosen within the next few months, but if you’re interested, tucsonaz.gov/tucsonslowstreets..
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