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  • Get a free bicycle bell July 12 on The Loop

    Jul 09, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Bike Ambassadors will be giving away 100 bicycle bells on the Rillito River Park segment of The Loop on Sunday, July 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bells, which are given on a first come-first served basis, are adjustable and fit any diameter handlebars on all bikes. 

    Bike Ambassadors will give away the bells and answer questions at their location at the Heritage Farmers Market, located in the southeast corner of the Rillito Park property right next to the Rillito Path Loop and Rillito Park Racetrack, on the north bank of the Rillito 500 feet west of the Mountain Avenue bicycle-pedestrian bridge.

    An additional bike bell giveaway will be held Sunday, July 26, 6:30-9:30 a.m., at Santa Cruz River Park, located south of Speedway on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. Additional giveaways are planned for this summer at the Pantano River Park, the Julian Wash Greenway as well as at the Rillito River Park and Santa Cruz River Park. 

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

    Bike bellThe 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 the safety signs:
    • 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 also will be providing free bike maps and safety guides and will discuss pathway improvements and other issues with Loop users.

    The County welcomes suggestions. Messages regarding signs can be sent to Matthew Zoll

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