by James Hudson
For the first time in five years, the extremely popular Cyclovia biking event will have a new route come Sunday, November 2, one in which organizers say will link "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."
In this its second cycling-celebration of 2014, Clyclovia's host Living Streets Alliance expect up to 30,000 residents to participate, but they are hoping to get donations to cover expenses, which cover police barricades, maps and the various entertainment hub activities along the route. Living Streets' goal is $15,000, and you can help them achieve this by donating to Cylcovia Tucson Fundraiser.
Scroll down for a download of the complete route, and below is the full Living Streets Alliance press release.
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 email@example.com
For more information about Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org
For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org