Bicycles Will Rule the Streets for Cyclovia Tucson

March 25, 2013

Traffic weary Tucsonans will have twice as many opportunities to experience car-free streets as Cyclovia Tucson is set to return with two events on April 7 and April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bicycles will not have to dodge cars during Cyclovia.

Bicycles will not have to dodge cars during Cyclovia.

On April 7, Cyclovia Tucson will once again connect Downtown to South Tucson, inviting residents and visitors alike to experience Tucson’s cultural and culinary riches located in some of the region’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods.

The Downtown route features six main “activity hubs,” each highlighting a great park, school, business corridor, or cultural resource: Armory Park/Tucson Children’s Museum; Santa Rita Park; South 4th Avenue “Restaurant Row”; Arizona Children’s Association/Mission View Elementary; Santa Rosa Park; and Ochoa Elementary School.

Each activity hub will feature numerous attractions for participants including food vendors, entertainment, music, interactive games and demonstrations, and more.

Then on April 28, for the first time ever, the brand new route will connect the University of Arizona north campus to neighborhoods and business districts including Keeling, Hedrick Acres, Samos, the Campbell Avenue Business District, La Madera, Cabrini and more before delivering participants to the Pima County Loop multi-use path at Dodge Boulevard and Brandi Fenton Park.

This new route will feature a wide variety of planned and spontaneous activities for people of all interests and ages including dodgeball games on Dodge Boulevard, sweet treat food trucks on Treat Avenue, an interactive art walk featuring local artists and solar powered soundscapes provided by local DJ’s Herm, Alias and Matt McCoy.

Pedestrians and rollerskaters can also share the streets with cyclists during Cyclovia.

Pedestrians and rollerskaters can also share the streets with cyclists during Cyclovia.

With a rained out event in 2012 and increasing public demand for car-free opportunities to explore the city, Cyclovia Tucson expects to attract nearly 20,000 participants per event, doubling its attendance from 10,000 in the spring of 2011.

Each event begins with a grand launch emceed by local celebrities, like Ernesto Portillo Jr. from the Arizona Daily Star, and features kick off activities by local officials and major sponsors from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Cyclovia Tucson, a project of Living Streets Alliance, is made possible through the generosity of its supporting partners, including the City of Tucson, South Tucson, Pima Association of Governments, and Pima County and over 50 community groups from throughout the region.

United Healthcare, Cigna, Bookman’s Tucson, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson Medical Center, Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA), and Ordinary Bike Shop also provide generous support for Cyclovia Tucson.

Cyclovia Tucson is Tucson’s adaptation of an event that began in Bogota, Colombia 35 years ago where every Sunday 80 miles of streets are closed to traffic and opened to people to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic pollution. These “open streets” events have gained traction all over the world, including many cities throughout the U.S. such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and New York. Open streets events are a great way to encourage people to adopt healthier, “active” transportation habits.

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