Hi there, I’m Michael McKisson. Some of you may remember me as the journalist behind TucsonVelo.com, which morphed to this site, BicycleTucson.com. During the roughly seven years I ran the site, I published almost 3,500 posts about biking in Tucson. In 2017 I stopped writing stories and focused on my family and full-time job. However, I didn’t stop riding my bike or being a journalist. I am hoping to get back to work on this site with some news articles as well as posts about my new project: #EveryStreetTucson.
I’m a long-time bicyclist and an even longer-time Tucsonan who always prefers getting where I am going on two wheels instead of four. Like most cyclists I prioritize safety, pavement quality and speed when deciding which route to take, which results in riding the same streets over and over.
That all changed when I met Erik Binggeser, better known as @truemarmalade. He was spending the winter here and started trying to ride all the streets in Tucson. He eventually left to work on a project in Tempe, but managed to ride a bit more than 60 percent of Tucson. He showed me Wandrer, which analyzes streets you have and haven’t ridden based on GPS and I am taking up where he left off.
When I loaded up my old rides, I was shocked to discover that despite riding my bike in Tucson for more than 12 years, I had only ridden on about 25 percent of the 2,800 miles of Tucson roads and a fraction of the more than 15,000 miles in Pima County.
Starting in January 2022, I began riding new-to-me streets in an effort to ride all 2,800 miles of Tucson streets.
I am documenting the project using street photography, drone photos and GPS mapping. When finished, I plan to create a book of photos and facts about the various neighborhoods in the city.
In addition to photos, expect posts about the gear I am using, the relative ease I can move through neighborhoods that others may not have, which neighborhoods have the most loose dogs, the smell of other people’s dinner and much more.
I hope you enjoy the photos, stories and anecdotes, but mostly I hope this encourages you to get out and explore new parts of your own community.