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  • Get free bike bells on The Loop Aug. 8-9

    Aug 04, 2015 | Read More News
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     Pima County’s bike ambassadors will be giving away 100 bicycle bells on two different sections of The Loop Aug. 8-9. The bells, which are given on a first come, first served basis, are adjustable and fit any diameter handlebars on all bikes. In addition, ambassadors also will hand out the newly printed pathway system maps of The Loop, which fold down to business-card size.

    The events are:
    • 6-9 a.m. Saturday, August 8, at the Roy Schoonover Trailhead at Kolb and the Julian Wash. The trailhead is on the east side of Kolb Road where the Julian path intersects with Kolb, about three-quarters of a mile north of I-10, one-quarter mile south of the railroad tracks.  
    • 6:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, at the Heritage Farmers Market. It’s 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.
    Cycling on The LoopWith 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.

    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 the safety signs:
    • Keep your ears clear / and your dog walking near, / so cyclists can pass / without causing fear! / Stay Alert!
    • Ride the roads, / if you gotta fly fast. / The Loop is for cruising, / not hitting the gas! / Ease the Speed!
    The bike ambassadors also will provide 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@pima.gov

    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.