Is the streetcar squeezing cyclists off the streets?

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Is the streetcar squeezing cyclists off the streets?

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Mar 14, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Cyclists are worried they will be squeezed out when the streetcar starts running in July. 

Councilman Steve Kozachik rode along with Living Streets Alliance and Downtown Tucson Partnership to map out the route's problem areas 

From Second Street to Fourth Avenue to Congress, Kozachik and company point out pinch points between cyclists and the streetcar. They mapped the route taking pictures and notes of places they felt were too close for comfort. 

"I'm just happy the streetcar wasn't behind or we would either be slowing them down or become a hood ornament for them," Kozachik said. 

"It's just a matter of time," said Kylie Walzak of Living Streets Alliance. "We're going to have to make some significant changes to keep everyone safe."

Kozachik plans to present the "pinch points" to Tucson's Department of Transportation and demand change. But the solution is still up in the air. 

Walzak says the key is education for cyclists, drivers and streetcar operators. The City of Tucson says they already have those programs in place. 

The city also says streetcar operators are not allowed to pass cyclists without substantial room. 

But Kozachik says eventually, the city will have to give up parking spots to make room. 

The city says parking issues will not be addressed until the streetcar is running on the revenue service, which is expected in July. 

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.

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