Gas Prices Got You Down?
Bike Fest 2011 Begins Tomorrow!
Tucson, Arizona (March 10, 2011) – Let the fun begin as Bike Fest 2011 kicks off over 20 different events designed to inspire us to park the car and hop on the bike to experience the many benefits bicycling brings to our community. From March 11th through April 30th, enjoy a variety of bike rides, inspirational transportation-related discussions, bike to work and school events, free admission to the Zoo, Cyclovia’s car-free streets, cleaner air, healthier communities, and a chance to win great prizes. The City of Tucson, Pima County, and Pima Association of Governments are partnering with Living Streets Alliance to coordinate Bike Fest and promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.
With gasoline prices continuing their rise, this is the perfect time to dust off the bike and begin replacing motor vehicle trips with two-wheeled transportation. There are currently 23 Bike Fest activities designed to fit diverse interests and encourage everyone to incorporate this inexpensive, non-polluting mode of transportation into their lives. Bike Fest 2011 events include several Bike 2 Work Celebrations, Walk & Roll to School Day, Urban Assault Ride, Bike to the Zoo Day, Cyclovia, the Bike Fest Commuter Challenge, opportunities for conversations with nationally renowned alternative transportation experts Mia Birk and Mark Fenton, the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association Bike Swap Meet, and more. Secured valet bicycle parking will be offered at many of the venues.
An annual promotion of the bicycle to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion and promote a healthier, more sustainable community has been occurring since 1989 in the Tucson area. See below for key highlights of the ever-growing list of Bike Fest 2011 activities. For more details and updates on the all the Bike Fest 2011 events, visit www.BikeFestTucson.com. These are “waste-free” events, so please bring your own reusable water bottles and pack any waste you generate home to recycle or throw away.
Calendar of Events
11th (Friday) – Living Streets Alliance presents: Joyride Community Bike Ride with Mia Birk at Noon
Join Mia and your fellow Tucsonans for a leisurely bike ride through the Old Pueblo. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to participate – just bring your bike, your helmet, and be ready to have fun! Meet at the fountain west of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus at 11:45am.
11th (Friday) – How To Get Tucson Moving Free Public Lecture by Mia Birk at 3:30pm
Living Streets Alliance presents a free public lecture by Mia Birk to learn more about how Portland and other leading bike-friendly cities throughout the world are reshaping the way cities move. This lecture will be co-hosted by the University of Arizona School of Landscape Architecture & Planning and will be followed by a short panel discussion with Tom Thivener, Tucson’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, and Matthew Zoll, Pima County’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager. The lecture will take place in the U of A’s Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME 202S) lecture hall. Please visit LSA’s events page for more details.
11th (Friday) – Joyride Happy Hour with Mia Birk from 6-7pm
Living Streets Alliance presents a casual happy hour with Mia Birk at Barrio Brewing Company. Get a chance to chat with Mia while enjoying a fresh local brew.
12th (Saturday) – Book Signing by Mia Birk at the Tucson Festival of Books from 10am-1pm
Visit Living Streets Alliance and Cyclovia Tucson at the Tucson Festival of books on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-5:30. Author Mia Birk will be present to sign books from 10am-1pm on Saturday. Bring your bike helmet — we’ll have a special Bike Helmet Decorating Station set up!
13th (Sunday) – GABA Sierra Vista Classic Bicycle Ride check in at 7:00am
Once again we are back with one of the most beautiful, challenging, and “epic” rides of the year – the Third Annual Sierra Vista Classic Bike Ride. Check-in time will be at 7:00 am. You must be on the road by 8:30. Three distance options will be available, a full Century (103 actual miles); a metric Century (65 actual); and a ½ metric Century (32.5 actual). At the finish line, you will be greeted by cheerful volunteers; and a wonderful BBQ lunch awaits, compliments of Mike’s Cowboy Barbeque. For more information, visit www.bikegaba.org.
17th (Thursday) – Complete Streets Public Lecture by Mark Fenton from 5:30-7pm
Join Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized speaker and expert on walking and bicycling, stakeholders and advocacy groups for a kickoff event at the Doubletree on Alvernon. Work with your local communities to establish a common vision for our streets and make a lasting change to improve safety, lower transportation costs for families, encourage walking and bicycling for health, and foster a strong community. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Shannon Whitewater, Pima County Health Department, at 520-243-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th-27th – GABA Bike Week
During our spokes event, you will have an opportunity to get away from cold winter weather and warm up, both yourself and your muscles with some pre-season training. We are offering nine days of rides to some of Tucson’s most historic and interesting areas, culminating in an optional overnight ride from Sonoita to historic Bisbee, via the Town Too Tough To Die – Tombstone, Arizona! Of course, we will ride back to Sonoita the next day. For ride agendas and registration, visit www.bikegaba.org.
20th (Sunday) – New Belgium Brewery’s Urban Assault begins at 9am
The New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride is the country’s biggest bike scavenger hunt, hitting the streets of 10 cities in 2011 – including Tucson! You and your fun-loving teammate will grab your favorite bike and complete funky obstacle courses at checkpoints all over town. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and the after-party is wild. There are prizes and there is a charge to participate. For more info and to register visit www.urbanassaultride.com/tucson.
26th (Saturday) – Bikes @ Borealis from 3-8pm
What!? Never heard of Bike Fest, Cyclovia, or BICAS? Well, they’ve never heard of you, either. But, they do want to help you fall back in love with your bicycle. You can learn about these wonderful people, and enjoy a bit of art at the same time. A portion of all art taken home today will benefit BICAS (www.bicas.org) Prints and original works by, for, and about you crazy bicycle people. Printmaking workshop with Casey from BICAS – don’t just look at the art, make some of your own. Best of all, this is just a warm-up to the BIG bike/art show we’re bringing to Tucson in November. For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205660739448062
27th (Sunday) – Cyclovia Tucson from 10am-3pm
Cyclovia Tucson is an annual car-free event that opens selected streets to people so that they can walk, skate, run, bicycle, and socialize with their neighbors. It’s a free event, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin downtown at Armory Park and make a 5-mile loop south on streets free of cars. Join Solar Rock and the Water Festival at Armory Park for even more fun. For more information visit www.cycloviatucson.org.
29th (Tuesday) – Green Commuter Open House from 10am-2pm
Green commuting saves you money, strengthens your health, reduces traffic congestion, and improves air quality. Learn more about options for your work commutes including bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, and transit. Pima County Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation (Bicycle & Pedestrian Program), Pima Association of Governments, VPSI, Sun Tran, and UPH will be available to provide information and resources. Enter to win great prizes including tickets to Old Tucson Studios and the AZ Sonora Desert Museum, a Stored Value Pass from Sun Tran, or a gift card from Blimpie. Abrams Public Health Center first floor meeting rooms, 3950 South Country Club Road (SW corner Ajo Way & Country Club, parking at Kino Stadium west of Forgeus). For more information please phone 243-7449 or e-mail Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov.
Date TBD – Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge
40% of all urban travel in the US happens within 2 miles, and 90% of that is by car. Fight climate change simply by riding your bike. Sure, we appreciate that long ago the automobile changed the way the world works; but like anything, it’s best in moderation. So we, the employees of Clif Bar & Company, created a game to see how many car trips we could replace with a bike instead. Join the ride and take the 2 MILE CHALLENGE. More information at 2milechallenge.com
1st through 30th – Bicycle Commuter Challenge
Who’s ready for a little commuter bike competition? Everyone can play. All it takes is 20 one-way commute trips to qualify for the grand prize, a new bicycle and loads of other great prizes. Log in your daily commutes on the Sun Rideshare web site at www.884ride.org/ridepro.
1st-3rd (Friday-Sunday) – 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair (Bike Valet)
The 4th Avenue Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue from 10 a.m. to dusk. Free to the public, the Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the Free SPIKE kids hands-on-art Pavilion, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, packs them into three days of celebration. Parking can be a challenge, so ride your bike and enjoy free Valet Bike Parking at 7th Street near Hoff. Visit http://www.fourthavenue.org/fairs/general-information/ for more information
4th through 8th (Monday-Friday) – Bike to Work Week
Bike to work and your efforts will be well rewarded! All week long, businesses throughout Greater Tucson will be hosting Bike to Work Stations with freebies, discounts, bike tune-ups and more – from breakfast giveaways to happy hour. Support your local bike-friendly businesses and discover some new ones. For schedules and locations, continue to browse the Bike Fest 2011 section of this website.
6th (Wednesday) – U of A Bike 2 Work and School Day: 9am-2pm on the UA mall (in front of the science library). We will have a lot going on for bicyclist – free bike registration with a free bike light kit and free bike bell (while supplies last), free minor bike repairs/tune-ups, free nutritional bars from Clif bar, Trek Bicycle shop, UA Cycle Club, free maps, brochures, giveaways, etc.
8th (Friday) – Downtown Bike to Work Celebration from 7-9am
Celebrate bike commuting at the downtown Bike 2 Work Week Celebration. Enjoy live music, free food, and more. Details coming soon.
8th (Friday) – Walk & Roll to School Day
Experience the simple joy that comes with walking and biking to school. Walking and biking to school promotes safety, health, concern for the environment, a sense of community and physical activity among children. Participating schools receive posters and flyers to help advertise their event, and a prize for each student. The first 40 schools to register will also receive a scooter to raffle off as part of their event. To participate, have your school call 243-BIKE (2453) to sign up. Click to download the Walk & Roll to School Poster .
10th (Sunday) – Susan Komen Race for the Cure (with Bike Valet Parking)
The Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to host the 13th Annual Race for the Cure at Reid Park. You are invited to join in the largest participatory event in Southern Arizona! With your help, vital breast health resources can be provided to members of our community. Limited parking at the site, so ride your bike! Free Valet Bike Parking will be provided. Visit www.komensaz.org/ for more information.
16th (Saturday) – Bike to the Zoo Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ride your bicycle to Reid Park Zoo and show your helmet to get FREE admission and FREE valet parking inside the zoo. GABA will have rides starting from various locations around Tucson, in varying distances and speeds. You decide which level and distance you want to pedal, and start with the group that most closely matches your cycling preference. All rides will converge at the zoo between 9 AM and 12 PM. Upon arrival at the zoo, stop at the GABA table with your helmet which will be set up inside of the entrance to get your ice cream cone/cup voucher (limited to the first 300 cyclists). Free valet bike parking will be available, through the GABA, inside the Reid Park Zoo for everyone who rides. Bike parking offered 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Visit www.bikegaba.org for more information.
16th (Saturday) – Earth Day Festival & Parade (Bike Valet) from 9am-2pm
Join the fun at 17th annual Earth Day Festival and Parade at Reid Park, near Country Club and 22nd Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participate in hands-on activities at booths and view an alternative fuel vehicle show and a solar competition. Ride your bike to reduce parking congestion and enjoy free Valet Bicycle Parking. For more information visit www.tucsonearthday.org/
16th (Saturday) – Tour of the Tucson Mountains
Celebrate springtime by biking the Tucson Mountains. Open to all ages and abilities, the Tour offers 73 and 27-mile distances, plus Fun Rides of 4 & 1/4 mile events. The 73-mile event is a perimeter ride around – not over – the beautiful Tucson Mountains. All routes begin at Marana Town Hall in Marana, AZ and are generally flat, perfect for beginning riders! For more information and to register visit Perimeter Bicycling Association at www.perimeterbicycling.com or call 745-2033.
17th (Sunday) – GABA Bike Swap Meet from 6am to 1pm
Come to the largest bike swap in the west on 4th Avenue between 6th Street and 9th Street to get great deals on bicycles, parts, and gear. Visit www.bikegaba.org for more information. Free Valet Bike Parking while you shop.
17th (Sunday) – Old Pueblo Grand Prix from 12:30pm to 5pm
The Old Pueblo Grand Prix is a premier cycling event in the heart of downtown Tucson that is FREE to spectators. With $20,000 in cash prizes the Old Pueblo Grand Prix will attract top professional and amateur athletes from around the country. It’s a perfect day to bring your friends and family to downtown and experience high speed pro bike racing right here in Tucson. Races start at 12:30 PM when amateur racers take to the .6 mile course. Make sure to bring your children for the kids race at 3:25 PM and grab a bite to eat at one of the 9 restaurants located on the race course. Following the Pro Women’s race is the Pro Men’s race at 5:00 PM that will finish as the sun is setting and reach speeds of over 30 mph. Make a day of it, bring your family, and tell your friends. Visit www.oldpueblograndprix.com/general-information.html for more information.