TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — Five-mile bouldering party Cyclovia Tucson returns after a two-year hiatus.
On Sunday, March 27, car-free streets will be open for attendees to walk, ride, bike and play on the road connecting downtown Tucson and the city of South Tucson.
Community partners will be installed along the course with games and gifts and grouped in activity poles.
You can explore on the interactive map here.
Banner – University Medicine Center at Jácome Plaza (Stone Ave and Alameda St)
As BMX riders freestyle through the air, KXCI will provide energetic and eclectic tunes. Navigate a giant inflatable obstacle course while charging your phone at the COMMON Workspace charging station. Tucson Roadrunners will have an inflatable slap shot activity and selfies with the Roadrunners mascot. Check out wheelchair basketball and try a handcycle with Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports, or take Salsa or Zumba dance lessons led by different groups including El Rio Health, YMCA and Ritmos Latinos. Banner–University Medicine will host a health fair and donate bicycle pumps. If you live, work, or use Church Avenue for commuting, talk to people at the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility about the upcoming changes to the street. Learn about Prop 411 and try a temporary protected bike path while you’re there. The ASU Office of Community Health, Engagement and Resiliency (OCHER) is hosting a Frozen Dance Wild Game to learn about your heart rate, breathing, and other sensations to track calming sensations and other ways to self-regulate the nervous system.
Living Streets Alliance in downtown Clifton (Stone Ave and 16th St)
Living Streets Alliance (LSA) hosts Cyclovia twice a year to invite people to experience their streets in a new way, as car-free and care-free public spaces. Streets create a sense of place within communities and connect people to places and to each other. Cyclovia amplifies Tucson’s unique places by supporting local businesses, highlighting vibrant places and spaces that build year-round community, and learning more about neighborhoods from established community leaders, neighbors, and organizations.
Learn more about Living Streets Alliance and Cyclovia by visiting the LSA Welcome Tent. Take the new Cyclovia t-shirt design, fresh off the press. Cool down with a refreshing beer at The Downtown Clifton’s beer garden, with pours provided by Dragoon Brewing Company and frosés by Sand Reckoner. Profits are donated to LSA. Join in or watch local skaters perform cool tricks at the Tucson Skatepark Alliance ramp setup in the middle of the street – includes some kicker ramps, fun boxes and rails. At the Cigna lounge, come relax a bit with more gifts and games.
Drachman Montessori Hub (Meyer Avenue and 21st Street)
This eco-conscious hub includes the Tucson Water Monsoon Storm Tunnel and Water Fill Station. Resident Artist Alex Jimenez! will lead an interactive art project and Drachman Montessori will organize gardening activities and gifts for children. The watershed management group will teach tips on water harvesting, and Saguaro National Park’s mascot, Sunny Saguaro, will give neighbors tips on how to get out and enjoy the wilderness. Be sure to bring some nice clothes you no longer love for Cero’s Zero Waste Clothing Swap. If you are bringing a bicycle to Cyclovia, practice mounting and dismounting your bicycle on a parked Sun Tran bus stand in a low pressure situation.
The technicians for sustainable development will have a table tennis with solar panels and a drink station. Epic Rides will be giving away free cycling/outdoor products such as sunscreen, lip balm, bike lube, tire sealant, cycling shirts and water bottles. Tucson’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure program will make seed bombs for kids to take home. The Tucson Unified School District will be there to provide information and enroll students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Santa Rita Park Junction (4th Avenue and 22nd Street)
Ready, Set, Rec from the Tucson Department of Parks and Recreation! vans keep this park busy with huge lawn games, hula hoops, and sports equipment. The Pima County REACH Program will host a “Tardeada de Salud” resource center featuring dance, music and COVID-19 education, testing and vaccines. The Pima County Health Department will distribute coloring books to use when it’s time to rest in the shade. Visit the International Rescue Committee to learn more about refugees in our community.
Ochoa Community School Center (8th Avenue and 25th Street)
It’s a mash of monsters at the BICAS Mutant Bicycle Obstacle Course. Race with your friends or create recycled bike art. Try a new language with others at International Language Swap through games, informal conversations and activities – all languages and levels are welcome. The Sam Lena Library Book Bike will distribute books, the Ochoa Community School will help enroll your students for the 2022-2023 school year, and the Ochoa Ecology Club will host a wildflower seed packet at take home or spread. somewhere in your neighborhood. Enjoy shade and soft paletas for $1, and all proceeds will go to their Optimist Club which helps buy supplies and fund activities for Ochoa students. Natural Grocers will provide water, samples and reusable bags.
Galeria Mitotera and Avenidas Hub (4th Ave & 28th St)
Galeria Mitotera hosts its regular community pop-up at Cyclovia, which includes live interactive art projects with Melo Dominguez, music, food, and free giveaways. Discover the slow cars and lowriders of the Sophisticated Few Car Club. While educating the public about our important pollinators, the Arizona Conservation Corps will show attendees how to make seed balls native to the Sonoran Desert to welcome them in the rains.
PDEQ on the move at Mission View (8th Ave & 36th St)
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Program partners with the Living Streets Alliance to encourage a light-driving lifestyle. Don’t miss their bike and scooter raffles. Artist Arte Rosas will direct a live mural along 8th Avenue. Mission View Elementary will also feature music, mariachi and popsicles. If you’re passionate about youth advocacy, talk to CASA, the Pima County Court Appointed Special Advocates, and sign up for their volunteer program. The Center for Neurosciences Foundation is bringing its interactive Brain Bus to raise awareness of concussions with activities like putt-putt golf while wearing concussion goggles. Project Bike Club will bring bikes and equipment to set up obstacle courses and teach mechanics.
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