15,000 turned out for Cyclovia’s second April event | Community Spirit
On April 28, 15,000 plus bicycle riders and walkers turned out to visit and explore new neighborhoods along a new five mile route for Cyclovia. More than 120 businesses, organizations, and community groups hosted free activities while musicians and DJ’s lined the event route providing a musical soundtrack to a warm and sunny day filled with smiles.
More than nine Tucson neighborhoods and two regional jurisdictions – the City of Tucson and Pima County – hosted Cyclovia’s new route. Businesses along the route participated by setting up booths and providing free samples and information for those passing by. Restaurants along the route reported an increase in new customers as hungry families stopped in for cold drinks and snacks. Twenty area food trucks did a brisk business with mini round-ups at five of the activity hubs. Neighbors along the route spontaneously participated with water-cooling stations for pets, sprinklers set out at intervals for participants, and a street piano inviting anyone interested to sit down and play.
Cyclovia Tucson is an annual event, which gives residents from the greater Tucson region and beyond, a unique and rare opportunity to enjoy beautiful weather, see neighbors and friends, meet people from throughout the area and get exercise – all while on Tucson’s largest public space – its streets! \
Comprised of nearly 3,000 linear miles of roadways and making up about 1/3 of the city of Tucson’s total footprint, streets are the public’s largest shared space within the City and a great resource for creating green space, connecting people, and enhancing neighborhoods. Cyclovia Tucson is designed to help celebrate community and reintroduce Tucsonans to the joys of walking, biking, and being out in the community so that they can then help bring Tucson’s streets to life after Cyclovia too – all 365 days of the year.
Last Sunday’s event saw a 50 percent increase in the number of participants from the first event on April 7, which drew 10,000. This raises the total number of participants in one of Arizona’s largest block party’s to 25,000 for April. The next Cyclovia Tucson isn’t scheduled until early in 2014 , but due to public demand, event coordinators will be meeting in the coming week to determine if another event is possible sooner.
This is the fourth year for Cyclovia in Tucson and the second under the umbrella organization, Living Streets Alliance, a Tucson-based non-profit organization working to make the region’s streets better places for people of all ages and abilities. Living Streets Alliance envisions the streets as vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play and is improving and expanding transportation choices in the greater Tucson region through education, outreach, advocacy, and research.