Hundreds of people showed up for the Bike Fest Grand Finale and Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee’s award presentation on Friday.
Check out the photos from the event and find out who won the awards.
Bike Commuter of the Year:
1. Juan Mungia
Mungia has been commuting 30 miles each way to his job at O’Rielly Chevrolet for the last 14 years. He was nominated by a colleague who said he’s always got a smile on his face when he gets to work.
2. Brad Lancaster
Lancaster has been car free for years and uses his bike for all his local business including picking up his friends at the airport on his trusty Xtracycle.
Advocate of the Year:
1. Janet Miller
Miller puts the fun in bicycle consistently creating fun bike events including many rides during Bike Fest. Her nomination for the award, however, stemmed from helping an elderly woman who was riding on a dangerous road for bicyclists. Miller stopped, helped the woman find a safe route and provided her with a bike map that she keeps with her at all times.
2. Jorge Garza Sr.
Garza does a lot to promote cycling in the region here is a list of a few things he does that prompted his nomination. He’s taught classes for the Pima County Bicycle Ambassadors for 6 years, has worked with BICAS and helps refugees get reliable bicycles for transportation, works with middle-school students and works at the UA bicycle booth.
His son said in the nomination, “Jorge represents the possibilities of biking and is an advocate with an amazing amount of compassion, empathy and integrity towards that mission. Jorge inspired me to become a greater cyclist and has inspired hundreds. I cannot imagine anybody that has a bigger heart for making Tucson a better place to ride in or that is happier to teach others about bikes. Jorge deserves to be called the advocate of the year.”
Bicycle Friendly Workplace of the Year
Tap and Bottle
Here’s what the nomination said about the business:
Tucson’s newest locally-owned, craft beer and wine shop on N. 6th Ave. hasn’t even been opened for a full year yet has already firmly established itself as a bicycle friendly business. Owners Rebecca and Scott encourage biking and walking with customer appreciation nights and strongly supported the addition of a bicycle corral located near the entrance to their business. Rebecca has also worked closely with Living Streets Alliance and the City of Tucson’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to create and help fund the City’s first Parklet and is helping test Living Streets Alliance’s Bicycle Friendly Business Program. Additionally, Tap & Bottle has officially designated an employee bicycle liaison whose work supports increased access and comfort for customers arriving on bike.
Staff Appreciation Award
Here’s part of the nomination for Credio:
I would like to recognize TDOT Project Manager Sam Credio for his diligence and hard work on the Downtown Links Phase I construction along St. Mary’s Road, and for Sam’s spirit of collaboration and cooperation during the Phase II and III design process. It is largely to Sam’s credit that City of Tucson will join dozens of other cities in implementing our first separated bicycle lanes along St. Mary’s Rd. Seen as a pilot project, once implemented, these barriers have the potential to be installed along the entire Downtown Links corridor which will raise Tucson’s miles of protected bikeways significantly. Sam has consistently shown his willingness to listen and find creative solutions to keep people of all ages and abilities safe along Tucson’s roads.
Here are more photos from the finale, which included free food, that ran out quickly, beer and sangria.