Cyclovia Tucson is car-free, care-free fun in the streets!
Because in Tucson almost 30% of our community footprint consists of roads and parking lots. With so much space set aside for the automobile every day, we don't think it's too much to ask to take back some of that space a couple times a year and populate it with people who can exercise and breathe clean air.
That's just part of what Cyclovia Tucson does. This event - which drew 10,000 people in 2011 - strengthens communities by providing a reason for neighbors to come out and meet each other, swap ideas and talk about local issues.
Cyclovia Tucson also shows that healthy, active transportation choices like biking and walking are fun ways to weave more activity into our daily lives. Cyclovia routes are designed with popular destinations in mind like schools, parks, businesses, and restaurants.
But the real fun is in slowing down and discovering all the hidden treasures in our neighborhoods that we zoom right past in our cars every day. Cyclovia Tucson organizers are working with local designers and artists to create passports and hand-carved rubber stamps that are hidden in plain site along the routes. Inspired by the popular pastime known as Letterboxing, this special Cyclovia Scavenger Hunt encourages all of us to slow down and be very observant of our surroundings.
Cyclovia Tucson is expanding this year to two events - April 7th and 28th from 10 am to 3 pm. The additional date means an additional route has been designed to bring the joy and fun of Cyclovia to a whole new part of town! The route has been designed to include more neighborhoods, parks, businesses and is located within a quarter mile of over a dozen schools. Organizers chose streets that can be comfortably navigated by bike or by foot the rest of the year too, not just during Cyclovia.
We need your help to make both Cyclovias more fun and interactive than ever before! With two events our expenses to pay for things like barricades, insurance, police officers, and signage along the route are doubled. The number one priority of Cyclovia Tucson organizers is to ensure the public's safety. Anything left over in our budget will help fund as many fun activities as possible along both routes, but our budget is tight this year and we may not be able to purchase some materials. For example, we may have to limit the number of "Fur and Flower Your Bike Stations" to just one per event or we may not be able to print enough scavenger hunt passports for everyone that wants to participate. We don't want to see that happen, so we are asking for your help to make sure Cyclovia Tucson is bigger and better than ever!!
Visit the Cyclovia Tucson website here: http://www.cycloviatucson.org/
To find out more about Living Streets Alliance, the parent organization of Cyclovia Tucson, click here: http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/
Kickstarter backers at the $45 level or higher will receive one of our new t-shirts for 2013 plus check out the other great swag below!
Risks and challenges
Last year as most fans of Cyclovia Tucson remember, bad weather spoiled our fun. We've taken several reasonable precautions this year to mitigate the effects of bad weather. We have chosen two dates later in the year (April) for full blown Cyclovia events, but in the event that one of the dates is a bust, we have a second date to fall back on this year. Weather can spoil the best laid plans, but our hope is that it won't spoil our plans twice in one month!
Another challenge for Cyclovia Tucson is getting the word out about our event. It is our hope that this Kickstarter campaign will not only help us fund a significant portion of our material and activity budget but will help spread the word about this new, exciting event in Tucson. We always run the risk of not reaching everybody that wants to know about and attend Cyclovia and we could sure use everyone's help in that regard.
Finally, it is important to note that if we do reach our funding goal and are able to provide materials at Cyclovia, we can't guarantee that there will be enough supplies to go around or that activities we helped program will be there when you arrive. We do our best to work with all of our partners to program events and activities that are spread out through the day but not everyone stays for the whole day nor do they bring enough supplies for all 15,000 - 20,000 people who are expected to attend Cyclovia. The best advice is always to get to Cyclovia early and stay late - that way you'll get the most of what the event has to offer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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