In the next three years Cyclovia Tucson organizers have 45,000 fewer reasons to worry.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said the county will provide organizers with $15,ooo a year for the next three years to help organize the event.
The money will come from the county’s bicycling and pedestrian program.
Living Streets Alliance president and Cyclovia Tucson chair Emily Yetman said the county’s commitment allows them to focus on other areas.
“Knowing that we have a set amount of money to start with for each event is going to allow us to put our efforts elsewhere instead of scrambling to find new sponsors every year, we now know we can count on them,” Yetman said. “We have ambitions for growing Cyclovia to happen more than just once a year. This is really going to help us move toward that goal.”
Yetman said each event costs about $60,000 to put on, but many of the goods and services are donated.
Huckelberry said they are working to complete a section of the Loop that would connect to the south end of the Cyclovia Tucson route, which remains largely unchanged from last year’s route.
“Our goal, if we have one, and it is going to be a little tight is to get that river park connection into Cyclovia,” Huckelberry said. “So that not only can folks start on one end up at Scott, if you are on the riverpark system you could actually get to Cyclovia without riding on a major thoroughfare.”
He said the event meshes well with the county’s priorities.
“One of our main focuses is public health so if we can combine that mission with the livable community mission then it is something we ought to do,” he said.
Cyclovia Tucson will take place on March 18 this year. Check out the newly announced route here.