Re: the Dec. 16 guest column "Study shows Velodrome would be an economic boon to Tucson."
Damion Alexander paints a rosy picture of benefits of a velodrome to Tucson — recreation, income, and quality of life. Yet the proposed Santa Cruz River location would defeat these goals. Such a facility would partly cover important historic areas, hurt wildlife, and damage neighbors’ quality of life. However, the most serious difficulty with the location is access.
The velodrome plan includes seating for 1,000 people and parking for 200 cars. Only Grande Avenue provides road access. This two-lane winding street has poor visibility. The intersection where it joins Mission Road is tricky to maneuver. It is naïve to assume that all attending the velodrome would bicycle there. Velodrome events would create major traffic headaches and endanger both motorists and cyclists using the street. If Grande Avenue needed improvement, this would be at great cost to city and county and, in the end, to taxpayers.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.