It’s that time of year again — time to give back and get inspired.
2014 has been a tremendous year here at LSA. We’ve reached some major benchmarks including:
- Leading the charge for Tucson’s First Parklet to be built;
- Kicking off a Safe Routes to School Program to get more kids biking and walking to and from school;
- Hosting the first-ever fall Cyclovia Tucson event and opening streets to a record number of participants;
- Coordinating five more Neighborhood Walkability Assessments and empowering local residents to take the lead on making their neighborhood more walkable;
- Launching a brand new Bike Valet service to promote biking to major events;
- Hosting by far the biggest, most successful Bike Fest in Tucson’s history;
and so much more. This, in addition to helping ensure that dozens of encouragement events like Kidical Mass and Light the Night happened throughout the region, throughout the year.
So what’s on the horizon for 2015? In a nutshell:
Tucson is at a tipping point.
Our shared vision of safe, comfortable streets for all is contagious and it’s spreading across the region. This year it’s finally tangible. We see it when bicycle commute rates for the metro area reach a record high – 3.4% – and there are people of all kinds out on bikes everywhere you go. We feel it when 50,000 people come out to participate in open, car-free street events annually. We know it when dozens of community partners come together to make walking safer and residents identify it as one of their top three priorities for funding.
But, as tipping points go, now is the time to step it up more than ever. 2015 is going to be a big year for our region, one in which decisions made will effect us for the next 20 years. Here are three of the biggest ones:
1) Bike Share
For the first time ever, Bike Share is a real possibility for Tucson. The feasibility study is happening right now, but it’s going to take rallying community support to take it from feasibility to implementation. You know the value of Bike Share and so do we, but it’s going to take a lot of time and dedication to get everyone on board needed to make it happen.
2) Major funding for better walking
$25 million could be earmarked for Pedestrian Safety & Comfort. For three years now, we’ve been leading the charge on establishing dedicated funding to make walking safer and more enjoyable in our region. On Friday, January 9th, the final decision will be made whether over a dozen key pedestrian corridor projects in our region get included in the upcoming Pima County Bond election. We need your help now to make it happen! You can start by filling out and mailing the enclosed postcard to let the Bond Advisory Committee know that you support a walkable region.
3) RTA 2.0
Reauthorization of the RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) sales tax will be shaped for voter approval. This is the BIGGEST funding source our region has for transforming our transportation network. It could be more and wider roadways, or it could be a smart, multi-modal transportation network that places just as much value on biking, walking and transit as on private automobiles. Which would you like?
With your support, we can be successful in all three of these initiatives.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, but there’s no denying that it is happening. Let’s ensure that it continues.
Make and end-of-year contribution to LSA and you’ll ensure that we have the capacity to carry each of these initiatives past the tipping point this coming year. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and any amount makes a difference.
Together, we can do this.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support, your commitment to a shared vision of a transportation system that values people and places, safety and comfort first, and your dedication to making it happen.