30,000 ATTEND LARGEST CYCLOVIA EVENT EVER UNDER PRACTICALLY PERFECT CONDITIONS
Tucson, AZ (Monday, November 3rd, 2014) – Cloudy skies parted half-way through Tucson’s seventh and largest attended Cyclovia event yesterday, raining down nothing but sunshine and smiles on some 30,000 people who took to the 2.6 mile-long route on skateboards, rollerblades, wheelchairs, bicycles and of course, with their own two feet.
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords even made an appearance, riding in her recumbent trike and smiling broadly.
“The energy in the streets was palpable,” said Vanessa Cascio, Cyclovia Tucson Super Volunteer and Living Streets Alliance Board member. “It was so exciting to see so many organizations and members of our community engaged in this wonderful event.”
Many people walked the entire route stopping to admire a pop-up art installation of cardboard creatures riding bicycles and other wheeled devices in the Feldman’s Neighborhood by artist Jana McConnell.
Amphi High School’s marching band stole the show in the Keeling Neighborhood, north of East Grant Road on North Fontana Avenue. Many of the students in the band lived along the route.
It was an intergenerational outing for everyone as many families of grandparents, parents and children found stops all along the route with something for everyone to appreciate – including jumping castles at Mansfield Park, beer gardens at the south end of the event, GABA’s fall bike swap meet, and dozens of free dance, aerobics, and Zumba classes.
If you missed your chance to participate yesterday, the next Cyclovia Tucson is a mere 166 days away. Save the date for the next event, which will return to downtown and South Tucson on Sunday, April 19th, 2015.
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, Pima County, and Pima Association of Governments. The 2014 season of Cyclovia events is supported by: Cox Communications, Technicians for Sustainability, Edible Baja Arizona, Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, Allstate, the University of Arizona Medical Center, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA). Living Streets Alliance is currently accepting inquiries for 2015 sponsorship opportunities. For more information about Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org