4th Avenue/Fontana Bicycle Boulevard

Project Happenings

Background

The 4th Avenue/Fontana Bicycle Boulevard Project will provide bicyclists of all abilities a safe and pleasant place to ride in midtown Tucson. The route connects thousands of residents between Prince Road and University Boulevard to shopping, jobs, schools and to several other bicycle friendly routes that easily reach the University of Arizona, downtown and beyond.

Tucson's first planned Bicycle Boulevard plan was produced by the Drachman Institute for the Amphi, Keeling, El Cortez Heights, Northwest, Feldman's and West University Neighborhood Associations.  You can view the plan here.

Planned Features

  • Traffic circles with yield signs at key intersections to calm traffic and to provide for additional vegetation/ public art amenities. Traffic circles with yields signs instead of stop signs will allow bikes to keep most of their momentum while traveling through intersections.
  • Street trees will one day create a shaded canopy over the road and enhance the roadway by helping keep the route cool.
  • Entrance restrictions would help eliminate cut through traffic on 4th Avenue/ Fontana, but still allow non-motorized users and emergency vehicles access.
  • Planned TOUCAN signal at Grant Road crossing (with Grant Road RTA project)
  • Wayfinding signage and pavement markings help brand the boulevard, show bicyclists where the route is and provide wayfinding informtation
  • Existing HAWK signals at Ft. Lowell and Prince help users cross busy roads
  • Focus on getting more people bicycling to school, work, and commuting purposes
  • The 4th Avenue/Fontana corridor provides a direct and continuous connection for bicyclists in the neighborhoods between Stone and Euclid.
  • On-street bike parking corral at Epic Cafe near 4th Avenue and University