Activate Tucson was created in 2004 as a result of the Mayor's Healthy Tucson and the YMCA's Pioneering Healthier Communities initiatives. This community led coalition has continued to grow and expand and demonstrates that we are much stronger together than apart. As a group we work to influence policy, systems and environmental change to have a positive impact on the health and well being of our community and it's members.
To educate, motivate and facilitate long-term collaboration with business, government, schools, communities, neighborhoods, social service agencies and the media toward making the greater Tucson area a healthier place to live work and play and to advocate for policies that support that ideal.
To influence public policy, promote and support information and education on healthier, active lifestyles, and develop and deliver informational
and motivational messages
Important Current Events
Stop i-11 from cutting through Tohono O'odham lands
It's time to get serious about I-11. This proposed interstate, running from the the U.S/Mexico border to Wickenberg, is being pushed full speed ahead despite considerable, unified, and consistent opposition from communities all over southern Arizona. Current recommended alignments run either through Tohono O'odham lands or City of Tucson. Both are terrible.
Recently a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released with just 30 days for public comment, which is unacceptable. Join us in telling Arizona Dept. of Transportation (ADOT) and FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) that the community deserves more time to sift through the nearly 5,000 (FIVE THOUSAND!!!) page EIS. Request an extension of the public comment deadline from 30 days to 120 days.
There's plenty more action to take, but let's start with securing more time. Our allies over at the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection have put together some helpful talking points, a slew of background materials on i-11, and multiple ways to contact ADOT/FHWA and comment on the project. Click below to take action and don't wait—there's only two weeks left!
Find the talking points and take action >>
Three more Bicycle Boulevard projects about to roll out
Plans are now underway for three more bicycle boulevard projects in Tucson funded by the RTA. Tucson Department of Transportation & Mobility is hoping to hear from those of you who live near one of these corridors or travel on them by bike or on foot:
5th Street from Euclid Ave to 6th Ave
9th/8th Street from 4th Ave to Treat Ave
9th/Castro Avenue from 6th St to Ft. Lowell Rd
This is an opportunity to fine-tune the alignment of these corridors, create safer crossings at intersections with major roadways, and install traffic calming at key locations.
Learn more and take a survey to help design the projects >>