THOUSANDS WILL EXPLORE DOWNTOWN TO SOUTH TUCSON CAR-FREE THIS SUNDAY– HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tucson, AZ (Thursday, April 16th, 2015) – This Sunday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. thousands of families and fun-loving people of all ages from across the region will take part in Tucson’s eighth open streets event – Cyclovia Tucson. The 4.5-mile route will connect the City of South Tucson to Downtown Tucson highlighting historic neighborhoods, business districts, elementary and middle schools, and three municipal parks.
More than 50 free, healthy and engaging activities hosted by local organizations and businesses line the route. Twenty-five featured activities make up a scavenger hunt called ¡Cinco for Cyclovia! that will guide participants on an unforgettable tour of the event and help them gather stickers for a chance to win one of three bicycles donated to the event, as well as dozens of other prizes from local merchants. Sunday’s featured activities include:
- Cox Communications unveils free downtown WiFi Hotspots on S. 6th and E. 12th St.;
- Banner – University Medical Center hosts family-friendly activities at S. 6th and Armory Park;
- the Save Oak Flat Street Party at S. 4th & E. 26th St.;
- free rock climbing wall from ClifKid at S. 8th and W. 37th St.;
- more than 3,000 free youth helmets will be fitted and distributed by partners Tucson Medical Center, the City of Tucson, Pima Association of Governments and Living Streets Alliance;
- free bike repair stations provided by area bike shops;
and more. A complete list of the 25 featured activities and prizes available through the drawing can be found at: http://www.cycloviatucson.org/
There will be five official Cyclovia Tucson information booths along the route where participants will find free drinking water provided by Sparkletts, route maps, ¡Cinco for Cyclovia! scavenger hunt cards, activity and event information, restrooms, and knowledgeable volunteers. The locations of these stations are:
- Southwest Activity Hub near Mission View Elementary School on S. 8th and W. 34th St.,
- Southeast Activity Hub in the heart of South Tucson Restaurant Row on S. 4th and E. 30th St.,
- Northeast Activity Hub in Armory Park on S. 4th and E. 18th St.,
- Living Streets Alliance Hospitality Tent on S. 6th at E. 13th St.,
- Santa Rosa Park Activity Hub on S. 8th and W. 20th St.
The majority of the expected 30,000 participants will walk, bike or take public transportation to the event. According to surveys conducted at the April and November 2014 events, 70% of participants arrived to Cyclovia without a car. For people who need to drive to Cyclovia, parking is widely available at the following locations:
- north of the route at downtown parking garages including Pennington Street Garage and El Centro Parking Garage or on-street,
- mid-route in the Drachman Elementary and Santa Rosa Community Center parking lots, 1085 S. 10th
- south of the route at Tucson Greyhound Park, 2601 S. 3rd or Pasadera Behavioral Health Network, 2700 S. 8th Ave.
Participants are advised to avoid parking in the Armory Park and Barrio Viejo Neighborhoods where residential parking permit programs are in place and enforced 24 hours a day.
Motorists in the area of the event can safely cross the route with TPD and South Tucson PD assistance at the following major intersections:
- Stone Ave. and Cushing St.
- 22nd and S. 8th Ave.
- 22nd and S. 4th Ave.
- 29th and S. 8th Ave.
- 29th and S. 4th Ave.
- 6th Ave. and 34th St.
Expect some delays in the area if traveling by car or by bus.
Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s largest, most exciting initiatives to promote the benefits of active transportation and healthy lifestyles. Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in one of two events making it the fourth largest event in Tucson and the largest bicycle and walking event in the state of Arizona.
Cyclovia Tucson is a program of Living Streets Alliance (LSA) a local non-profit organization with a mission to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling socializing and play.” LSA is improving access for active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research. For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org
Support for Cyclovia Tucson is provided by the City of Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center, and Cox Communications. The 2015 season of Cyclovia events is supported by: Cigna, Allstate, the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) and New Belgium Brewing Company.
For more information about Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org