Ward 5 - Council Member Richard Fimbres

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Tucson, AZ (September 13, 2018) – Friday, September 14th marks the fourth year that students, teachers, and parents from Los Amigos Technology Academy will be participating in Walk ‘N Roll Fridays, where organized groups walk and bike to school together. This on-going initiative sponsored in part by Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a program of Living Streets Alliance in partnership with the City of Tucson is one way that Los Amigos’ school community is making active travel an accessible option for students and their families.


Los Amigos Tech Academy begins Walk ‘N Roll Fridays early in the school year so that students and families are encouraged to start healthy habits from the get-go, and they continue every Friday throughout the year. Walk ‘N Roll Fridays to school has anywhere from 90-200 students, parents, and teachers walking, scooting, and biking to school together on a given Friday. Lack of safe walking and biking infrastructure and disconnected pathways make active travel nearly impossible as a daily option, however, Walk ‘N Roll Fridays creates an opportunity students otherwise do not with the help of teachers and parents. With visible groups of walkers and bikers taking to streets like Drexel Road, their sizeable presence helps to signal to drivers to slow down. Yet, with the only route to school having discontinuous sidewalk, high traffic volume and speeds, and a barren dirt shoulder, the school community has expressed the need to “complete” the street with amenities like sidewalks, shade trees, buffered bikeways as a way to make walking, biking, and even using transit a safer and more comfortable option for families to use every day.


For their Walk ‘N Roll Kick-Off this Friday, September 14th, the school is pleased to have special guest Councilman Richard Fimbres to accompany walkers and celebrate their commitment to create a healthier community together. Tucson Police Department will be present to support students on their journey to school. Los Amigos staff, students, and families will assemble at the parking lot of Walmart (2565 E Commerce Center Pl.) starting at 7:30 AM. Five different “Walking School Bus” routes, including one “Bicycle Train” (groups of school children walking and biking together with grown-up leaders) will meet up at Walmart to greet special guest walkers and lead the way to Los Amigos.


Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school. On average, students can get one-fourth of their recommended daily physical activity simply by walking to school. Studies show that children who walk or bike to school arrive more alert and ready to learn. SRTS programs also reduce traffic congestion and pollution around schools, improve safety in school zones, and provide families and friends with opportunities to share time with each other and build connections within their community.


In 2014, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) kicked off the SRTS Program in partnership with the City of Tucson, to encourage more area children and families to walk and bike throughout the Tucson region. For more information, visit http://www.saferoutestucson.org


The mission of Living Streets Alliance is to “advocate for a thriving Tucson by creating great streets for all of us.” LSA is improving access to active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research. They were awarded the title of “Advocacy Organization of the Year” in March 2016 by the national Alliance for Biking & Walking. For more information, visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org

Have a Safe Fourth of July!

As the former Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for Governor Janet Napolitano, we worked to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving. The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks. And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Councilmember Richard Fimbres, and the Ward 5 staff: Mark Kerr, Matt Pate, Lupita Robles and Mary Kuchar wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


The Ward 5 Council Office will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  The Ward 5 Council Office will open Monday, November 27.

A Letter

Dear Friends:


Recently, I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting of another new business opening up in Ward 5.


ArcPoint Labs of Tucson was the news business, located at 6401 South Country Club.


The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, along with other business owners, officials from ArcPoint Labs parent company were also present for the dedication of Tucson’s newest business, which is starting with a half dozen employees with plans to expand next year.





TUCSON, Ariz. – The Renaissance of the City of Tucson’s Council Ward 5 continued with the opening of another new business and the largest residential annexation in recent memory.


Thursday, October 12, ArcPoint Labs of Tucson, opened their doors at their location at 6401 S. Country Club.


Summary of Current Events - 10/10/17

Here are the summary of current events read by Councilmember Richard Fimbres at the October 10, Mayor and Council meeting.


On September 25, I took part in the Adopt-A-Park dedication for the Cherry Avenue Neighborhood Association Park in Ward 5.   Assurance Health and Wellness is the group that has worked to keep this park clean for residents.  I want to thank them for their efforts.


2017 Tucson General Election Ballots Being Sent To Registered Voters Today

Ballots for the City of Tucson's Nov. 7 General and Special Election mail-in election will be sent to registered voters starting today. The consolidated election will be run by Pima County and includes races for three Tucson City Council seats and several ballot propositions.

Tucson City Clerk's vote-by-mail calendar
Pima County Recorder
The Choice is Yours publicity pamphlet

Ward 5 Summary of Current Events

Here are the Summary of Current Events I delivered during the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council, Wednesday, September 6.


I want to welcome the students back to Pima Community College and the University of Arizona for this new school year.


It was great to see residents of our City and County coming together to mark “One City, One County, One Community.”


The event was held, Thursday, August 24, at Tucson’s City Hall, first floor conference room, and was organized by me, my Chief of Staff, Mark Kerr and my aide, Lupita Robles.