If you were there, you know the April 7th Cyclovia Tucson was the biggest and BEST event yet. Dozens of new and plenty of returning activity partners put on quite a show along the route, dazzling the record-setting crowd of 44,000 people with what felt like activities galore along every block. We wish to thank the more than 150+ volunteers, 120+ activity partners, and all of our sponsors from being a part of this tremendous event!
LSA was thrilled to partner with Banner—University Medicine as they unveiled their new hospital tower to the public. Thousands of people had the chance to catch a glimpse of the new, state-of-the-art interior waiting room and lobby while they explored interactive tables featuring robots who assist Banner surgeons with surgery, local community and advocacy groups, and face-painting. Outside, in the new Banner parking lot, people had the chance to eat food, listen to Mariachi, ride the zip line, and try out electric bicycles, before setting out to explore the rest of the nearly 3-mile long route.
And of course, who could have missed the extraordinary activities taking place all day long at the University of Arizona Poetry Center?! The live, free poetry screen-printing by C.R.E.A.M. was a huge hit with lines of people waiting to create and print a keepsake poem of their own. There were also live poetry readings all day long by local and visiting poets, chalked poems and art all over and around the gorgeous building by Urban Poetry Pollinators and so many activity stations set up for people to create, reflect, and simply be.
The true character of Feldman’s Neighborhood was on display for everyone to experience and appreciate. We enjoyed seeing the Saguaro Stompers perform and watching families ride the BICAS obstacle course, while neighbors and visitors alike used the occasion to catch up on the latest news and greet one another on public streets without being surrounded by noisy traffic.
South of Speedway Blvd. there were so many activities that took place it was understandable if you had no idea about the Piñata Moon project and piñata smash that happened outside of The Historic Y. It was a gigantic act of gratitude with children opening eggs filled with slips of paper noting the Tiny Things people in Tucson are grateful for.
The southern end of the route was bustling all day long with sound and food, misting tunnels, and shady spots to rest and people watch. We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise and Tucson turned out in droves to celebrate community, streets for people, local business, and a beloved chance to reimagine our lives and our streets with more room for each other.
Until next time, Tucson! We hope you’ll join us for the next Cyclovia on Sunday, October 27th!