Plans for a fall Cyclovia event have been in the works since early 2013. For the first time in the five-year history of the event, Cyclovia Tucson organizers have announced a new route for the second event of 2014, which will take place on Sunday, November 2nd. “Tucson is exceptional for walking and bicycling between the months of October and April,” says Ann Chanecka, City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian program Coordinator, “and we see big jumps in the number of people using these options for transportation during these months. Switching Cyclovia to a spring / fall schedule is a great way to celebrate the return of cooler weather to Tucson and encourage people to get out and give biking and walking a try.”
Organizers have released information about the route which links the thriving Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street business district to University Boulevard, Fourth Avenue shopping and entertainment districts, to the Sun Link Modern Streetcar, and the University of Arizona to neighborhoods in the north via Tucson’s newest bicycle feature: the Fourth Avenue / Fontana Bicycle Boulevard. The route will take participants on a tour of some of Tucson’s most beloved parks – Mansfield and Catalina – and spans seven central Tucson neighborhoods. Organizers expect 25,000 to 30,000 people from across the region to participate in the seventh event of its kind.
On August 1st, Living Streets Alliance – the organization that presents two Cyclovia events each year – launched Cyclovia’s Fall Fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $15,000 by August 15th. Donations can be made via the Cyclovia Tucson website and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. One-of-a-kind artwork, t-shirts, and bandanas celebrating the grassroots enthusiasm this event has generated across the region are available by donation at http://www.cycloviatucson.org/donate/cyclovia-fall-fundraiser/ All proceeds go directly towards expenses for the November 2nd event which include police, traffic barricades, printed maps, and the activity and entertainment hubs.
Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s most exciting initiatives to promote the benefits of active transportation and healthy lifestyles. With dozens of free activities, games, entertainment, and local businesses located within easy walking or biking distance along the route, Cyclovia Tucson helps make the possibilities of Tucson’s streets visible to all who attend. For more information on becoming an activity provider or community partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is really working to show Tucsonans that our streets can be retrofitted to do so much more than just carry cars and the results are quite pleasing to everyone,” said Living Streets Alliance founder and Executive Director, Emily Yetman. “Adding protected bike lanes, converting parking spaces into parklets, calming traffic with native plants that also provide shade – these are all techniques that will be demonstrated at Cyclovia and they are all examples of what LSA envisions for our streets.”
Cyclovia Tucson is currently accepting sponsor, business, and vendor inquiries from entities interested in supporting the growing active transportation movement. For more information or to become a sponsor, send an email to email@example.com or call (520) 628-7950.
Cyclovia Tucson is made possible by the support of Pima County, Pima Association of Governments and the City of Tucson. The 2014 season of Cyclovia events is also supported by Cox Communications, Technicians for Sustainability, 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