This Sunday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., thousands of fun-loving folks from across the region will take part in Tucson’s seventh open streets event – Cyclovia Tucson. The 2.6 mile route will connect Keeling Neighborhood in the north to the Sixth Avenue business district through three neighborhoods and two municipal parks, touching the Fourth Avenue and University of Arizona districts just close enough to the modern streetcar for participants to be able to use it to arrive at the event.
More than 50 free, healthy and engaging activities hosted by local organizations and business line the route. New this year, a scavenger hunt called ¡Cinco for Cylovia! will guide participants to 25 featured activities for a chance to win one of two bicycles donated to the event in a raffle, as well as dozens of other prizes. Sunday’s featured activities include:
• an urban campsite hosted by the Ironwood Tree Experience
• free rock climbing wall co-sponsored by The Access Fund and Sierra Club
• free bounce houses provided by Cox Communications
• more than 3,000 free youth helmets will be fitted and distributed by partners Tucson Medical Center, Pima County, Pima Association of Governments and Living Streets Alliance
• free bike repair stations provided by area bike shops
• over 14 food trucks will be stationed at various locations along the route
• New Belgium and Oskar Blues breweries are hosting two beer gardens to raise funds for Living Streets Alliance, the organization that produces two Cyclovia events per year.
A complete list of the 25 featured activities and raffle prizes can be found at: https://www.cycloviatucson.org/cinco-for-cyclovia/
There will be four official Cyclovia Tucson information booths along the route where participants will find free drinking water from dispensers provided by Sparkletts, route maps, ¡Cinco for Cyclovia! scavenger hunt cards, activity and event information, restrooms, and knowledgeable volunteers. The locations of these stations are:
• Keeling Neighborhood Activity Hub on N. Fontana Ave. between E. Blacklidge Dr. and E. Laguna St.,
• Mansfield Park Activity Hub on N. 4th Ave. just south of E. Sahuaro St.,
• Catalina Park and the Fourth Avenue Activity Hub on N. 4th Ave. between E. 1st and E. 2nd Streets,
• Sixth Avenue Activity Hub hosted by Living Streets Alliance at the south end of the route near the entrance to the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association’s (GABA) Fall Bike Swap.
The majority of the expected 30,000 participants will walk, bike or take public transportation to the event. According to a survey conducted at the April 2014 event, 70% arrived to Cyclovia without a car. For people who need to drive to Cyclovia, parking is available in the north at the Keeling Elementary School parking lot, 2837 N. Los Altos Ave., two blocks from the route. Parking is available in the middle of the route at the Mansfield Park Donna Liggins Community Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave. Participants are encouraged to park at either end of the Sun Link Modern Streetcar and use it to arrive at the event. The nearest stops to the event are along N. 4th Ave. and E. University Blvd. Due to the GABA Bike Swap Meet, parking at the southern end of the route will be limited. Parking is available at the Pennington Street Garage, one block from the route at 110 E. Pennington Street.
Motorists in the area of the event can safely cross the route with TPD assistance at the following major intersections:
• E. 6th Street and N. 6th Avenue,
• E. Speedway Boulevard. and N. 4th Avenue,
• E. Grant Road and N. Fontana Avenue
• E. Glenn Street and N. Fontana Avenue.
Expect some delays in the area if traveling by car or by bus.
Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s largest most exciting initiatives to promote the benefits of active transportation and healthy lifestyles and is attracting national attention. Delegates from Reno, Nevada and Phoenix will travel to Tucson this weekend to observe the event. Both cities are planning their own open streets initiatives in the next year.
Cyclovia Tucson is a program of Living Streets Alliance (LSA) a local non-profit organization with a mission to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling socializing and play.” LSA is improving access for active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research. For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org
Support for Cyclovia Tucson is provided by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Pima Association of Governments. The 2014 season of Cyclovia events is supported by: Cox Communications, Technicians for Sustainability, Edible Baja Arizona, Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, Allstate, the University of Arizona Medical Center, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA).
For more information about Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org