Tucson gears up for bike fest

Bike Fest 2012 returns to Tucson for six weeks beginning the weekend of March 17. Many local groups will be hosting bicycle events to inspire riders of all ages and skill levels.

Bike Fest serves as an umbrella network for nearly 20 bike-friendly events such as the Third-Annual Cyclovia Tucson on March 18, Bike to Work Week, Tucson’s Inaugural Kidical Mass, The Old Pueblo Grand Prix, Bike to the Zoo Day and more. 

Bike Fest 2012 is expected to attract more than 50,000 participants across all scheduled events.

Bike Fest showcases bicycling as a safe and convenient alternative means of navigating through our community.  It is a regional event designed to educate and encourage riders to participate in community bike activities. 

Bike Fest is hosted by the local non-profit advocacy organization, Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with the City of Tucson, Pima County and Pima Association of Governments.   

The mission of Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

LSA is improving access to alternative modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.  For more information, visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org.

Celebrate Sun Shuttle expansion in Oro Valley

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Town of Oro Valley are hosting an event to celebrate the expansion of Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride service in the community.  The celebration and educational event will be held Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fry’s Food Store, 10450 N. La Canada Drive. 

Residents are encouraged to attend to learn how to best utilize the service, and understand the varying service areas for seniors, person with disabilities and the general public.

Sun Shuttle, the region’s neighborhood transit service funded by the RTA, serves Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina, Sahuarita, Green Valley, San Xavier and Tucson Estates.  The expanded service in Oro Valley, which launched on February 13, provides mobility to more individuals in the Oro Valley area and enables passengers to connect to Sun Tran or Sun Express service for travel throughout the region. 

For specific Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride information for Oro Valley, visit the website at www.suntran.com/sunshuttle, or call the Customer Service Center at (520) 229-4990 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 The Regional Transportation Authority is the fiscal manager of the $2.1 billion plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006.  The RTA Board is comprised of representatives from the local jurisdictions in Pima County, including the cities of Tucson and South Tucson, Pima County, the towns of Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation.  A representative of the Arizona State Transportation Board also serves on the board.  For more information about the RTA plan, visit www.RTAmobility.com or call 770-9410.

Memorial Museum hosting event

The 390th Memorial Museum is hosting an open house for students, parents and teachers to meet World War II veterans on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Admission to the 390th Memorial Museum is free for this special event.

The museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85756.  To RSVP call 574-0287 or online at museum@390th.org.


Support the troops in Tucson Welcome Home parade

Arizonans from all walks of life will cheer the troops and wave American flags at a long overdue parade to welcome home returning servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Saturday parade on March 31 begins at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Tucson. Parade viewers are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave.

The parade salutes veterans and active-duty personnel in the U.S. armed services who fought in the Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom–Afghanistan wars. All other veterans are invited to participate.

The parade’s organizer, Alan Toppel, said, “Our valiant warriors need to be honored for their service to our country and the brave sacrifices they have made for the cause of freedom.”

The City of Tucson Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed the parade. Committee Chair Vern Pall said, “This will be a memorable parade and a proud day for our community. The Committee appreciates the chance to say welcome home and thank you to these troops.”

The parade will progress north on Stone Avenue from Pennington Street, move west on Franklin Street, then turn south on Main Avenue, east on Alameda Street, south on Church Avenue, and then head east on Pennington. The parade will end where it began at Stone and Pennington.

The parade organizing committee welcomes parade entries, sponsorships, volunteers, and donations. Forms are available on the Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/TWHVP.

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