If you were one of the more than 32,000 people that enjoyed car-free streets in the heart of Downtown and South Tucson last month, we hope this image helps take you back to the joy of seeing streets filled with people. Church Avenue never looked so good!
Beautiful weather and an exciting route filled with tons of activities for everyone tempted a record number of people out of their cars for the day and set them out on an exploration of Downtown museums and cafes, historic barrios, picturesque pocket parks, school yard gardens, and neighbors cooking up red chile fry bread in front yards.
We’d like to thank the many partners and volunteers without whom Cyclovia simply would not happen. Our health and wellness partners Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, and El Rio provided easy access to health information and bicycle safety equipment. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s team kicked off April Fitness Month in the Tucson Museum of Art courtyard where admission was free all day. La Cocina provided a welcome respite from the bustle of the event with live music, food, and beverages. Our governmental partners Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and the Clean Air Program and City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program distributed helmets, bike maps, and information on making car-free commuting a routine part of your lifestyle. MOCA Tucson and Rio Nuevo partnered to offer tons of free activities in the Cox Communications Plaza at MOCA where entrance to the museum was free all day. Of course the zipline was a star attraction and for that we’d like thank Rio Nuevo for making it possible.
We were thrilled to work with the Healthy South Tucson coalition who organized the 6th Annual Health Fair at the House of Neighborly Service in the heart of the City of South Tucson this year. There were an astonishing number of activities and exhibitors located at the southern terminus of the route that reflected the cultural assets of the neighborhoods in South Tucson.
Our volunteers do an incredible job every event of keeping participants safe and informed, and ensuring residents in the host neighborhoods are treated with respect and courtesy. Thanks to them and to our very wonderful Volunteer Coordinator Vanessa Cascio.
Before you know it, we’ll be on the backside of summer and will set our sights on the next Cyclovia Tucson, scheduled for Sunday, October 29th. We have another new route in the works and are very excited to share it with you a little later this year.
Thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and cheered on Cyclovia Tucson this year. We’ll see you again soon!