TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Cyclovia Tucson is coming back in 2019, according to the Living Streets Alliance, the organization that puts on the event.
Three miles of car-free city streets will be open on Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for people of all ages to walk, bike, or skate. It’s an opportunity to explore neighborhoods, participate in other free activities, maybe even discover businesses or make new friends.
New since the last Cyclovia event, is the implementation of Tucson’s first tactical urbanism demonstration project at the intersection of North Sixth Avenue and East Seventh Street, passage of the Parks and Connectivity bond proposal, Proposition 407, and the adoption of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy for Tucson earlier this month.
Banner-University Medical Center is the new title sponsor of Cyclovia Tucson 2019. Banner-UMC is preparing to open a new nine-story, 670,000 square-foot tower in April and will host a sneak preview for the public as part of its energy-packed activity hub at the northern end of the Cyclovia Tucson route, just west of North Campbell Avenue and north of East Elm Street.
Participants can begin their day at that location, with activities like a free zip line, live music, bicycle-blended smoothies, food trucks, complimentary bike valet parking, Wilma & Wilbur Wildcat, and tour the interior of Banner-University Medicine’s state-of-the art facilities.
From Banner-University Medicine’s new tower, the route will head south to the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center on East Helen Street, just west of North Cherry Avenue. Here as well as throughout the entire route, Tucson- and Arizona-based poets and literacy organizations will host dozens of interactive and engaging ways for everyone who attends Cyclovia to experience poetry in a meaningful way in recognition of National Poetry Month (April). From poems chalked on sidewalks to live screen-printed poems on T-shirts, to poetry readings and audio recordings of spoken word, poetry will be plentiful throughout Cyclovia Tucson this spring.
After the Poetry Center, the route continues through the historic Jefferson Park and Feldman’s neighborhoods along Helen Street, then enters West University Neighborhood as the route crosses Speedway Boulevard at North Fourth Avenue. From there the route turns west on East University Boulevard passing in front of the Historic YMCA, then south on North Sixth Avenue before ending in a day-long block party and festival at the #CorbettPorch, the intersection of North Sixth Avenue and East Seventh Street, right in front of the soon-to-be temporary home of the Rialto Theatre.