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Cyclovia Tucson: Banner—UM to Warehouse Arts District
April 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cyclovia Tucson is a free, public event and while many people ride bicycles, participants can walk, skate, use wheelchairs, push strollers, and use any non-motorized form of transportation they wish to slow down, take in the sights, and experience the city from a new perspective, outside of car.
Cyclovia Tucson is a biannual event that moves the route around to different parts of the city, bringing the experience to people’s doorsteps. This event is presented by Banner Health with support from the Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, the City of Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Humanities.
Banner – University Medicine is preparing to open its new, nine-story, 670,000-square-foot hospital tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and will host a sneak preview for the public at its vibrant, energy-packed activity hub at the northern end of Cyclovia Tucson, just east of North Campbell Avenue and north of East Elm Street.
Start your day here with a free zip line, live music, bicycle-blended smoothies, food trucks, complimentary bike valet parking, Wilma & Wilbur Wildcat and a tour of the new hospital tower.
The route continues through the historic Jefferson Park and Feldman’s neighborhoods along Helen Street, then enters West University Neighborhood as the route crosses Speedway Boulevard at North 4th Avenue. From there the route turns west on East University Boulevard passing in front of the Historic YMCA, then south on North 6th Avenue before ending in a day-long block party and festival at the Corbett Porch, the intersection of North 6th Avenue and East 7th Street, right in front of the soon-to-be temporary home of the Rialto Theater.
For the first time ever, Living Streets Alliance, the organization home to Cyclovia Tucson, is partnering with local literacy and poetry organizations, including the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, Urban Poetry Pollinators, Tucson Poet Laureate Tc Tolbert, Stories that Soar, Bookman’s, and the Arts Foundation for Southern Arizona to co-celebrate National Poetry Month as part of the next Cyclovia Tucson event on Sunday, April 7th from 9am to 3pm.
The three-mile long route, which includes a stop at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, will be packed with events and activities all aimed at achieving a singular goal: all 40,000 people expected to attend Cyclovia Tucson will experience poetry in some way. Whether that experience includes reading chalked poetry on the street, creating bike-haikus (bi-kus) with poets, listening to poetry as spoken word or amplified from behind a roving poetry-equipped audio bicycle, to screen printing your own poetry refrigerator magnet-style onto t-shirts, to experiencing the great Hall of Giants at the Poetry Center celebrating the lives and works of poetry greats, to sampling Emily Dickinson’s personal gingerbread recipe, is up to each individual but all of these activities and so many more will line the route.
Information about the event including how to participate can be found at cycloviatucson.org or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @CycloviaTucson, or by calling 520-261-8777.