Last night, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 11621, formalizing the City’s vision for Complete Streets and its commitment to building our streets and transportation network differently going forward. (Read the official press release here.)
This is a major step in the right direction for Tucson. It reflects this community’s commitment to:
- ensuring equitable and affordable ways to get around the city, no matter who you are, where you live, or how you get around
- combating climate change by prioritizing sustainable transportation
- building the infrastructure that will make it easy for people to integrate physical activity into their everyday lives
- eliminating crashes on Tucson’s roadways, so that people of all ages can get to wherever they need to go safely, whether they’re walking, biking, driving, or taking public transit
- fostering vibrant, attractive, and resilient neighborhoods with shade, greenery, crosswalks, and all the good stuff that makes being outside a dignified and joyful experience.
We’d like to express our deepest gratitude to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and each City Councilperson for their leadership and dedication. Huge thanks also goes out to:
- the Tucson Department of Transportation for their awesome partnership all along the way
- the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who made our participation over the past two years possible through their Voices For Healthy Kids initiative
- the Complete Streets Task Force for all of their time, energy, and spirit of collaboration drafting the policy
- our all-star volunteers who facilitated dozens of Complete Streets workshops and presentations to engage Tucsonans across the city in this initiative
- Emiko Atherton and everyone else at the National Complete Streets Coalition (and Smart Growth America) for their technical support and guidance
- our partners at Vitalyst Health Foundation, Elan Consulting and The Next Chapter Consulting & Coaching who supported us in developing and modeling an inclusive public engagement process.
Lastly, thank you to the thousands of partners and supporters who made this policy happen through their generosity, energy, enthusiasm, by volunteering, and by showing up and participating in the process every step along the way.
It’s been a fantastic ride, and we look forward to getting started on the next chapter, helping build complete streets right here in Tucson.