Downtown Tucson will host the 37th El Tour de Tucson on Saturday, November 23, 2019. El Tour de Tucson is Arizona’s largest and longest-running bicycling event. Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fundraising adventure ride attracting cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide. The 100-mile start line (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park on Sixth Avenue at 13th Street.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early in order to avoid traffic detours necessary for the event. Below are the downtown vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures. Businesses, parking garages and parking lots are open and accessible.
El Tour de Tucson Festival & Expo closures – Beginning Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 5 p.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed from 12th Street to 13th Street. Beginning Friday, November 22, 2019, at 5 p.m., 13th Street and 12th Street will be closed from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue. These closures will be in place until Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 10 p.m.
El Tour de Tucson Start/Finish Line closures – Beginning Friday, November 22, 2019, at 5 p.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed south of Broadway to 22nd Street and will remain closed until Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 6 p.m., with 12th Street to 14th Street remaining closed until 10 p.m. Beginning Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 5 a.m., 15th Street from Sixth Avenue to Fourth Avenue, and Fourth Avenue from 15th Street to Broadway, will remain closed until 8 a.m. Also on Saturday, the bus lane of eastbound Broadway from Fourth Avenue to Barraza-Aviation Parkway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
There will be additional traffic restrictions regionally to accommodate this event. Further information about El Tour de Tucson, including a route map, can be found at http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/. Motorists driving in the downtown area may experience lengthy traffic delays associated with this event, so please plan accordingly. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in these areas. Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs and personnel providing traffic control.