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  • Bike ambassador events set for September, October 2016

    Aug 30, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Bike Ambassadors will hand out bike bells and maps of The Loop, Pima County’s 110-plus-mile shared use path, as well as other safety items as part of outreach events held through Oct. 29. 

    Chatting with folksBike Ambassadors working with Pima County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program will give out the bells on a first-come, first-served basis. They are adjustable and fit any diameter handlebars on all bikes. They also will have copies of Loop maps that fold down to business-card size. Ambassadors also will be handing out bike and pedestrian safety bookmarks to help people understand how to safely share the path. 

    On Saturday, Sept. 17, bike ambassadors will be on hand for the groundbreaking of the Pantano Wash Bank Protection and River Park: Tanque Verde to Fort Lowell Park Project. The event takes place 8:30-10 a.m. at the southeast corner of Glenn Street and Sahuara Avenue.

    Several stations also will be set up along The Loop on Sept. 17, as part of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America’s “Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop” event. Loop the Loop is a free, easy, casual, fun ride open to individuals of all ages and abilities.  

    A cycling celebration encouraging everyone to take up cycling as a means to better physical and mental health, the event also encourages residents to use The Loop to get from one end of the County to another. While on The Loop, users can meet as many as 30 of the 50 non-profit organizations that will benefit from the 34th El Tour held on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event is sponsored by Perimeter Cycling, Pima County, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Easter Seals – Blake Foundation.

    For the Sept. 17 Loop the Loop event, bike ambassadors will be stationed at the following locations from 6:30 to 11 a.m.:
    • Julian Wash Greenway at Thomas Jay Regional Park, Craycroft Road north of Littletown Road;
    • Kino Environmental Restoration Project, Mulcahy YMCA, north of Ajo Way and west of Country Club;
    • Rillito River Park, Brandi Fenton Park (near splash pad), south side.
    Dates and locations of outreach events in October are:
    • Saturday, Oct. 1, Rillito River Park at Children’s Memorial Park, 6:30-9:30
    • Saturday, Oct. 8, Oro Valley Bike Swap, Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 15, Julian Wash Greenway, Augie Acuña Los Ninos Park, 6:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 23, Harrison Greenway at south side of Irvington Road (Fantasy Island), 6:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 29, Cañada del Oro River Park at Christina Taylor Green Trailhead, west side of Shannon Road south of Magee Road, 6:30-9:30 a.m.
    For more information, visit Pima County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at www.bikeped.pima.gov or call 520-724-BIKE.