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  • Pima County kicks off special safety campaign on The Loop

    Sep 18, 2014 | Read More News
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    Join Pima County Bike Ambassadors on Saturday, Sept. 20, to launch a new safety campaign on The Loop.

    The Bike Ambassadors will be on the north bank of the Rillito at Mountain Avenue from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. to put up new signs and give away 50 bicycle bells.

    The LoopMore people are using The Loop to run, bike, walk, roller blade, and ride horses. More people, dogs and horses mean a bit less space for each, so Pima County is launching a campaign to encourage path users to understand each other’s needs and promote sharing of the path.

    The County will be placing temporary, movable signs in specific locations along The Loop with humorous safety messages. The signs are inspired by the Burma Shave signs along U.S. roadways from the 1920s through the early 1960s that encouraged safe driving and promoted the company’s shaving products.

    Look for these messages and others on signs about 30 feet apart:
    • Ride the roads / if you gotta fly fast. / The Loop is for cruising, / not hitting the gas! / Ease the speed!
    • Walking the dog / on a leash too long / will lasso the bike / and both will be gone! / Keep Fido close. 

    The Bike Ambassadors will also be providing free bike maps and safety guides and will discuss issues and pathway improvements with Loop users.

    The County plans to continue this outreach and welcomes sign suggestions. Sign messages can be emailed to Matt Zoll, Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager. With the public helping to spread the word, Pima County hopes to promote safe and enjoyable use of The Loop for years to come.

    And remember: Turn down the tunes / and use your ears! / Don’t cause a spill / ‘cause you can’t hear! / Stay alert!

     Please visit The Loop online for the latest maps and updates on access, improvements and other news about The Loop. Or check out – and “like” – The Loop on Facebook.