FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kylie Walzak, Cyclovia Tucson Program Coordinator
Living Streets Alliance
P.O. Box 2641 Tucson, AZ 85702-2641
Tucson, AZ (March 3rd, 2017) – Living Streets Alliance, the non-profit organization that coordinates two Cyclovia open streets events each year, is pleased to announce that it will once again connect neighborhoods in and around downtown Tucson and South Tucson on Sunday, April 2nd, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
For the first time ever portions of West Alameda Street and Church Avenue will close to vehicle traffic and connect tens of thousands of people on bikes and on foot to the Museum of Cotemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson, the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA), La Cocina and Old Town Artisans, historic Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, Jacomé Plaza and the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and dozens of downtown-based businesses and restaurants. Alba Rojas-Sukar, Chief Development Officer for the Tucson Museum of Art says, “We are thrilled to be a part of Cyclovia this year! We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of participants to our campus and providing free admission to the Museum.”
The new route meets the old (from events in 2011-2015) at Cushing Street and Convent Avenue weaving through and connecting Barrio Viejo, Barrio Santa Rosa, Barrio Ochoa, and the City of South Tucson along South 8th Avenue, finally culminating with Healthy South Tucson Coalition’s 6th Annual Health Fair, an event filled with music, entertainment, demonstrations, activities, and healthy eating. “The Healthy South Tucson Coalition exists to promote health across all aspects of community, and the Health Fair is vital to the City of South Tucson because it provides an awareness of the many health resources available to a significantly underserved population,” says Lorenzo Gonzalez, president of the Healthy South Tucson Coalition. “We are especially excited to partner with Cyclovia and host the fair at the House of Neighborly Services as it provides an opportunity for others to visit and get to know the City of South Tucson. We are certain visitors will quickly recognize what we already know about this community – it is a charming, familial community rich with people, culture and diversity.”
Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is the non-profit organization responsible for organizing two Cyclovia Tucson events in different parts of the city each year. To absorb the costs of the increasingly popular event, which attracted 60,000 people to two events in 2016, LSA is hosting an online fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $15,000 by March 15th. Contributions will be used to help cover the costs of producing the April 2nd event, including: barricades, safety and police personnel, special-event insurance, activity coordination costs, equipment rental, and pre-event notification and outreach in adjacent neighborhoods. Donations to the Living Streets Alliance spring fundraiser can be made online at cycloviatucson.org and are tax deductible.
Cyclovia Tucson is a program of Living Streets Alliance (LSA), whose mission is to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling socializing and play.” LSA is improving access to active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.
Cyclovia Tucson is made possible with support from the City of Tucson, Cox Communications, Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, New Belgium Brewing Company, Pima County’s Clean Air Program and dozens of other partners and sponsors.
For more information about Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org
For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org
To download a copy of the event route map go here.