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“If we had a velodrome, that would make us the bicycle capital of America,” said Richard DeBernardis, president of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.
That’s why a velodrome is part of a Pima County bond package that will go to voters, oh, no time soon.
Maybe in November of 2013 at the earliest, ChuckHuck recently said to me. The idea was to build the velodrome for $5 million on county land near the Kino Sports Complex as part of that package.
This is a perfectly fine plan, but the problem apparently is we need a velodrome now, and we need it downtown.
So the new working idea, courtesy of the county’s bond advisory committee, is to have flat broke(n) Rio Nuevo pay for the velodrome, and Pima County would then pay Rio Nuevo back once voters approve the project as part of a bond package. Or maybe Pima County would front Rio Nuevo the money, and then pay itself back once the bond package passes.
Talk of building a velodrome in Tucson has been circulating for years, but has been stalled by the postponing of the bond election.
The velodrome isn’t the only bicycle related project being held up by the ever delayed bond election. The Kory Laos BMX park is waiting on the bond election to build a concrete BMX park. Also tied into the bond is $15 million for an urban greenway path system throughout the city and money to help build portions of the county’s urban loop.
Make sure to check out the rest of Brodesky’s column here.