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Gary Fisher encouraging utility bicycle use with Tucson ride

Mountain biking legend Gary Fisher is returning to Tucson for a community bike ride to encourage people to ride their bikes for transportation and raise money for Living Street Alliance.

LSA’s Kylie Walzak wrote in an email that Fisher, who has become an advocate for utilitiatian bicycling, is here to encourage recreational riders to use their bikes for transporation too.

“Gary is here in Tucson to call out to our active racing community and challenge them to take up the bicycle not just for sport, fitness and fun — but also for transport. More people biking means fewer cars on the road and a higher quality of life, for everyone,” Walzak wrote.

Ride organizer Duncan Benning said they have a lot of activities planned including a bicycle raffle to raise money for Living Street Alliance. Check out the event details below:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17
Where: Event starts at Trek Bicycle of Tucson, 1800 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
When: Show up at 5:30 p.m. for a short meet and greet. Ride leaves promptly at 6 p.m.
Heading to: The ride will wind through midtown to Borderland Brewery located at 119 E. Toole Ave.

Other activities:

• The Trek Store donated a Trek Earl to raffle off with the proceeds going to LSA. Tickets can be purchased at the Trek Store prior to the ride for $4 or 3 for $10. The raffle will be held at the brewery.

• DJ Andy DePew will provide music

• Crossfit zone for kids

• VelociPrint preview with a portion of sales going to LSA

• A dollar from every beer will also go to LSA

• Seis food truck and one other will be at the brewery

• A signed art piece of an old Gary Fisher photo will be silently auctioned throughout the night.


Ah, won't be participating in this ride… bummer…

Red Star
Red Star

Is there a Google map of this ride? Cannondales allowed?

Martha Retallick
Martha Retallick

Methinks that Mr. Fisher is on to something. Sure, there's nothing like going for a ride just for the sake of going for a ride. But rec-riders, hear us utilitarians out for a moment: Taking your bike out for an errand can be every bit as rewarding. Who knows, you might even stop and make a new friend or two.