Tucson, AZ (October 24th, 2017) – Cyclovia Tucson is set to debut a new route this Sunday, October 29th from 10am to 3pm along 3.75 miles of Tucson’s South 12th Ave., stretching from 39th Street to Mission Manor Park, crossing major streets like Ajo Way, Irvington Road and Drexel Road. The event will pass through a thriving business district, touch some of Tucson’s most well-established neighborhoods, feature involvement from dozens of community groups, schools, businesses and organizations, and celebrate a part of town that is often overlooked by visitors and residents alike.
Cooler temperatures and near-perfect weather conditions will draw tens of thousands of people of all ages out on the route this Sunday to explore the more than 130 listed activities lining the route. Participants can begin their day with a group bike ride to the event led by Greater Arizona Bicycling Association, which will leave from St. Phillip’s Plaza at Campbell Avenue and River Road and pick up groups at spots along the way. In addition, participants who are familiar with previous “Downtown to South Tucson” Cyclovia event routes can use South 8th Avenue to connect at West 37th Street to South 10th Avenue, to 39th Street which will connect to the Julian Wash Pima County Loop and deliver participants to the northernmost activity hub at South 12th Avenue and West 39th Street.
From there, participants may want to stop in to the famous Café Santa Rosa for authentic Tohono O’odham tacos before making their way to the Youth Mariachi Showcase presented by Allegro School of Music and Southwest Strings. After taking in some local talent, participants will head east to the future Liberty Bicycle Boulevard to cross Ajo Way, then reconnect with South 12th Avenue at Palmdale where a cool, syrupy raspado from Oasis Raspados may be necessary while exploring the chalk art, murals, and music from DJ Alias.
The route continues along South 12th Avenue past iconic businesses such as BK’s Tacos, famous for the Sonoran Hot Dog, which will host a free zip line, a rock-climbing wall, and serve up hot dogs, tacos and more all day long on their shaded patio. Burning off those calories shouldn’t be a problem as participants make their way to the Mission Manor Park Activity Hub filled with free Zumba classes, the El Tambó Cumbia DJ dance party, the Sunnyside all-class high school reunion, and dozens of interactive exhibitions with everything from wheelchair basketball to El Grupo Youth Cycling’s bicycle obstacle course.
For a complete listing of activities, destinations, parking suggestions and tips on routes to take to make the entire day car-free, visit cycloviatucson.org. A mobile-friendly interactive route map is available to conveniently access information such as parking, restrooms, restaurants, food trucks, activities and more. Visit www.cycloviatucson.org/interactive-route-map to begin to plan and explore, and bookmark the site to access it on Sunday.
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 healthy modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.