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  • Get a free bicycle bell on Saturday, Dec. 6, on The Loop

    Dec 03, 2014 | Read More News
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     Pima County’s Bike Ambassadors will be giving away 100 bicycle bells on the Santa Cruz River west bank segment of The Loop on Saturday, Dec. 6. The bells are adjustable and can fit handlebars of any standard diameter.

    Bicycle bellThe Bike Ambassadors will be at a small park south of Speedway from 8 to 11 a.m. to put up safety signs and give away bells. 

    With more people using The Loop to run, bike, walk, rollerblade, and ride horses, there’s greater need to share the path. So Pima County is providing bells so that bicyclists can alert pedestrians and other bicyclists of their presence when passing. The Ambassadors will also put up safety signs that encourage path users to understand each other’s needs and promote sharing of the path.

    The signs have humorous safety messages and 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:
    • Don’t blast the tunes / when out for a run / Causing a spill / could ruin your fun! / Be Alert!
    • A guy who rides / a bike wide open / is not thinkin' / he's just hopin' / Ease the Speed!
    The Bike Ambassadors will also be providing free bike maps and safety guides and will discuss pathway improvements and other items with Loop users.

    The County welcomes sign suggestions. Send them to Matt Zoll by email. And remember: A venomous bite / can ruin your day! / Give those snakes / the right of way! / 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.