What a fabulous day! Tucson had its debut Cyclovia. Given it was the first, it hardly seems fitting to call it a treasure of Tucson, but I expect it will be. All sorts came out on to the streets on their unicycles, bicycles, tricycles and other cycles. There were luxury cycles and unicycles, furred and flowered cycles, puppet shows and cycling mayors all enjoying the day.
Scratch a little below the SUVs and trucks, the wide, grid street layout, and we have a town busting to be a bike town. Bicycling Magazine agrees and places us at number nine in the nation. After today’s bliss of riding on roads without cars, I propose we block off Columbus, Elm and Mountain to all but local traffic and bikes and try for an even higher rating.
Bean had a fabulous time. We met up, quite by accident, with some friends, K & E which made for an absolutely fabulous time. The girls both chattered away, and the only issue was when they colluded to chant ‘Candy. Candy.” This small town nature, just running in to friends, is truly the treasure of Tucson. Permission to be a little quirky as well as laid back are other huge positives.
We decorated our bikes before we left, but then further punked them out at one of the events led by Janet K. Miller, a fabulous Tucson artist. We had a plug for the Learn-to-Knit on the bikes. Only got a couple of questions about it, but it did remind K and every little bit of familiarity is important. Right? I’m going to keep my bike just the way it is for a while. Can’t wait to see the looks I get from my students when I ride it into work tomorrow! Bean will love it.