One hundred and twenty people turned out to to ride the streets of Tucson with mountain-bike pioneer Gary Fisher Tuesday night.
Despite being known for creating mountain biking, Fisher is a big advocate for using bicycles as transportation and said doing an urban ride is a great way to show people you can get places on a bicycle.
“[Transportation cycling] is so much the the future of our cities and urban areas,” Fisher said. “It is the healthiest way to get around. Who let these guys onto 100 percent of our streets with vehicles that are known to be dangerous and poisonous? One hundred years from now we are going to look back on this age and go ‘wow that was strange.'”
The ride was organized by Trek Bicycles of Tucson manager Duncan Benning, who said having Gary Fisher in Tucson helps draw attention to the cycling community and Tucson as a whole.
“It is something special. It draws attention to the community — not just the cycling community,” Benning said. “Gary is such a big personality that it really draws attention to Tucson in general.”
Benning was extremely pleased with the number of cyclists who turned out for the ride, which started at the Trek Bicycles of Tucson store on Ft. Lowell and ended at Borderlands Brewery at Toole and 7th Avenue for a sneak peek of the brewery and the Velociprints art show.
Fisher was also thrilled with how many people showed up to ride with him.
“I didn’t expect so many people to turn out,” he said. It’s an honor.”
Check out the photos and video below.
Professional photographer Kathleen Dreier was on hand and posted the photos on her site. Check them out.