Sierra Vista MPO Newsletter

October - December 2016

 

Upcoming SVMPO Meetings:

November 15, 3:30 p.m., SVMPO Board of Directors.  City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista

Please check the MPO's calendar to ensure a meeting has not been cancelled or rescheduled.  The calendar can be found on the MPO's web site at www.SVMPO.org/calendar/

In this Issue:

Intercity Bus Service

Road Diets

We Need Your Input!: Regional Highway Safety Plan

Cochise-VistaTrail

Create a Healthy Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Walk/Bike to School Day

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Intercity Bus Service

The Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO) is conducting a study to explore the feasibility of intercity bus routes connecting Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista, with possible links outside of Cochise County.

Share your ideas and opinions at an upcoming "listening session" to which the public is invited to share needs and priorities regarding intercity transportation.

When: Thursday, October 20, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Sierra Vista Public Library

Website: www.CochiseTransitPlan.com

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Road Diets

Four-lane undivided highways have a history of increased crashes as traffic volumes rise, due to motorists sharing the inside lane for higher speed through movements. Additionally, as active transportation increases, communities desire more livable spaces, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and transit options, which are not easily accommodated by a 5-lane  roadway. One solution that benefits all modes is a Road Diet (Roadway Reconfiguration). A Road Diet is generally described as removing vehicle lanes from a roadway and reallocating the extra space for other uses or travelling modes, such as parking, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, transit use, medians or pedestrian amenities and pedestrian refuge islands. Road Diets have the potential to improve safety, provide operational benefits, economic development, and increase the quality of life for all road users.

For updates concerning the proposed Fry Blvd Corridor Study, please see the project page HERE.

We Need Your Input!

 

Regional Highway Safety Plan Survey:

SEAGO and the Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization (SVMPO) need your input. Help improve traffic safety in our communities by pinpointing worrisome areas and risky travel behaviors you have witnessed.  

Link to Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AZ-SAFETY

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Cochise-Vista Trail extends to 20-mile loop

Article Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista

Local bicyclists may have noticed that new signs for the Cochise Vista Trail were recently posted, expanding the designated bike route into a 20-mile loop. 

Previously, the route had extended north along Cherokee Avenue from Ramsey Canyon Road to lead bicyclists on a scenic and safe 12-mile ride through the center of Sierra Vista, ending up by Buena High School. Now the route continues south from Buena and continues along bike lanes, low-traffic streets, and multi-use paths to close the southern end of the loop at Cherokee Avenue, just north of Ramsey Canyon Road. 

 This route was proposed by the Cochise Bicycle Advocates and completed with the assistance of Cochise County and the City of Sierra Vista. It provides access to key destinations and secondary routes throughout the community. 

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Create a Healthy Sierra Vista

How do we create a built environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle with the goal of improving the overall health of our community?  One way is through continued collaboration among planners and public health professionals.  The Sierra Vista MPO is coordinating efforts with the Be Healthy! Sierra Vista Health Advisory Committee to improve the transportation system to encourage healthy lifestyles.  Recent activities include the development of the Health Impact Assessment: Active Transportation In Sierra Vista and supporting efforts for National Bike/Walk to School Day (below).

The Be Healthy! Sierra Vista Committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m., Mona Bishop Room, Sierra Vista Library. Next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 6.

Want to know more, visit Be Healthy! Sierra Vista on Facebook.

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Celebrate National Bike to School Day!

Celebrate National Walk and Bike to school day on October 5.

Hosted by the Sierra Vista Unified School District this event offers K-12 students an opportunity to participate in this national event. Why? Because it is fun and healthy.

For more information ask your school's Health & Wellness Coordinator or call Barbara Mosher at (520) 515-2724

 

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Contact:

Web: www.svmpo.org

Email: SVMPO@SierraVistaAZ.gov

Phone: 520-439-2178

Office Address: 401 Giulio Cesare Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635