Help LSA raise $7,711 for the seventh year of Cyclovia and the eleventh event this October 30th!
High temperatures and humidity in Tucson these days may make it feel like cooler fall weather is a long way off, but less than 60 days stand between us and the next Cyclovia Tucson scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 30th from 10am to 3pm.
Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is excited to unveil the second new route this week. The new route will connect Miramonte, Palo Verde and Garden District neighborhoods in central Tucson to businesses, parks, schools, and other attractions like the Tucson Botanical Gardens. For the first time ever, a portion of North Alvernon Way will be entirely closed to car traffic between East Grant Road and East Seneca Street, and will instead be filled with tens of thousands of people biking, walking, skating, dancing, and playing in car-free streets. You can view and download a map of the new route here.
Long time Palo Verde Neighborhood resident and member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church community, Dorothea Zinn, says, “I am so excited this event is happening in my neighborhood. What a great opportunity to connect with my many neighbors. I can relax and take time to explore what my neighborhood has to offer in a vehicle free environment!”
Living Streets Alliance has begun outreach to the thousands of residents, businesses, schools, and organizations in the area. It is not too late to become a sponsor of the October event and support the work of LSA in bringing this FREE event to a new part of Tucson. For more information on how to become a sponsor or to make a donation in support of Cyclovia Tucson, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-261-8777. There are also numerous opportunities for businesses to participate, and volunteers are also needed during and leading up to the event. More information is available at www.cycloviatucson.org.
Living Streets Alliance is working with area businesses, neighborhood associations, residents, and community organizations along the 2.25 mile-long route to organize hubs of activity all along the way. Here are just a few of the activities planned with many more details to be announced in the coming weeks:
- The Tucson Botanical Gardens, hosting a very special exhibit on loan from New York City called “The Garden and Life of Frida Kahlo”, will offer free admission with food, music, and pokéstops available inside the grounds. Your business can underwrite admission to the Botanical Gardens for thousands of people! Email us to find out how.
- Catalina High School Park on North Dodge Boulevard and East Seneca Street will house Pima Association of Governments (PAG), Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program and the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association as they host free bike repair, bicycle decorating stations, live music, slow-bike races, face painting, Zumba classes, food trucks, and exhibits from other area organizations.
- Watershed Management Group’s Living Lab and Learning Center on North Dodge Boulevard, will offer hands-on water harvesting demonstrations, filtered rainwater for filling up water bottles, dancing, music, food and more, along with local B-Corporation, Technicians for Sustainability.
- Bookmans Sports Exchange, Whole Foods Market, and Ward 6 City Council Office will host an activity hub at Camino Miramonte and East First Street with climbing walls, a zipline, photo booths, DJs, free bike repairs, a beer garden hosted by New Belgium Brewing Company and much more.
Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s largest events drawing 55,000 people annually and serves to raise awareness of the benefits of active transportation, safe streets, and communities designed to support 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 email@example.com
“Through Cyclovia Tucson, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is trying to demonstrate for Tucsonans that our streets can be transformed in a way that enhances our overall quality of life,” 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 we demonstrate at Cyclovia and they are great examples of what LSA envisions for our community.”
Cyclovia Tucson is made possible through the support of the City of Tucson, Cox Communications, Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, Allstate, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA). Media sponsors of the event are Edible Baja Arizona magazine, Zócalo Magazine, and #ThisIsTucson.