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PTS launches safety survey

UA’s Parking and Transportation Services has released a new “”Campus Area Mobility”” survey for UA students, staff and the general public to take so they can learn more about walking and bicycling habits around campus.

PTS teamed up with Pima Association of Governments and the City of Tucson to improve safety, and research is their first step.

“”The original intent came about because it is a safety concern,”” said Bill Davidson, marketing manager of PTS. “”The survey takes about five to 10 minutes and it initially just asks basic demographic information … it also asks about other forms of alternative transportation.””

The survey was made to help PTS get a better grasp of what people perceive as barriers to walking and biking, how often people walk and bike and how important it is to improve conditions. “”We also partnered up to take a closer look at ways we can encourage safe walking and biking around campus,”” Davidson said.

Bianca Gaspar, a freshman majoring in family studies and human development, has not taken the survey yet but gets around by foot or by borrowing her friend’s bicycle.

Gaspar said she “”doesn’t think it’s a big problem,”” in regards to safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Gaspar said most of her friends walk or bike, and she probably won’t bring her car to the UA until her mom lets her.

“”I ride my friend’s bike to Spanish class at night. It can be kind of sketchy, but I think that’s just me being paranoid,”” Gaspar said. “”I haven’t had any problems with cars or traffic, except they get really upset with people on bikes sometimes, and you can just see it. They get upset with people riding their bikes in the street.””

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