The first ever Cyclovia en la Doce on Sunday, October 29th was, by all accounts, an enormous success. Enjoyed by an estimated 30,000 people on an abnormally hot, late-fall day, the five hours spent along S. 12th Avenue were filled with delicious smells, incredible sights, joyous sounds and thousands of smiles.
The 3.75-mile route, the second longest route in event history, provided opportunity for residents of several nearby neighborhoods to join the route and quickly find themselves welcomed at an activity hub, eating at a participating restaurant, or enjoying a musical performance. More than 130 free activities lined the route provided by long-time Cyclovia event sponsors Cigna, Tucson Medical Center, City of Tucson, Cox Communications, New Belgium Brewing Company, and Pima County’s Clean Air Program. Dozens of local businesses also participated as “Featured Activity Partners” welcoming visitors to their activity areas all day long. We want to thank these businesses for welcoming Cyclovia with open arms!
Did we mention the music?! At Pueblo High School there were mariachi performances from area groups every hour, with even more mostly youth mariachi performing at different spots up and down the route. At the LSA Hospitality Tent, where LSA members could check-in for special perks and prizes, live music from Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments and Santa Pachita kept everyone dancing. At Mission Manor Park, DJs Logan Phillips and Enrique “Q” Garcia were drawing people from surrounding neighborhoods with their eclectic mix of old and new.
Living Streets Alliance wants to thank the more than 200 people who were heavily involved in the planning process or provided an activity, and the more than 150 people who volunteered that day to keep the streets car-free and residents happy by answering questions and helping them get into their homes. This event would not have been possible without the support from the S. 12th Ave. business owners, Ward 1 and Ward 5 offices and staff, and the thousands of residents along the corridor who graciously shared their part of town with us. We at LSA are committed to bringing the community-building opportunities that come along with events like Cyclovia to parts of town that don’t normally get them and look forward to building on the energy and enthusiasm generated by this event.