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Walking or biking in Tucson shouldn’t be a death sentence

Being a pedestrian or cyclist in Tucson is deadly, and it has taken away too many lives. ... Read more»

Feds giving states $260 million for highway safety

The federal government has announced that it is giving nearly $260 million in grants to states to beef up their highway safety - funding which will comes from the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure law and be used to support a broad range of traffic safety priorities.... Read more»

New Arizona law prohibits vehicles blocking sidewalks, punishable by a $250 fine

A new Arizona law making it a crime if your vehicle is blocking a sidewalk was one of 12 new laws that went into effect Wednesday - others deal with penalties for “doxxing”, classifying gun stores as essential businesses and adding new provisions for aggressive or reckless driving.... Read more»

Pandemic prompts cycling surge — and calls for new protections

COVID-19 has sparked a surge in cycling, as Americans have sought alternatives to crowded gyms, buses and trains, and there also has been an uptick in distracted drivers and speeding over the past 18 months, raising the risks for cyclists on the road.... Read more»

Pedestrian deaths spike during pandemic, despite decrease in traffic

Pedestrian fatalities grew in 27 states in the first half of 2020, despite a large drop in traffic volume during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has found. The pedestrian death rate rose 20% during that period, alongside jumps in speeding, distracted and impaired driving.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Advocates: Community planning key in obesity fight

With sedentary lifestyles contributing to a national epidemic of obesity, state health officials are looking to local governments to plan communities that encourage residents to be more active. That includes incorporating ways to promote daily exercise in general plan updates.... Read more»