The Old Pueblo’s Best Bike Friendly Businesses
Q&A with Owner Brian Vance
Bicycling is a cornerstone of the Catalina Brewing Company (CBC). The motto – “We Bike, We Brew” – sums up owners Hank Rowe and Brian Vance quite well, and the brewery was first devised during Epic Ride’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain bike race.
What incentives do you offer for customers and employees to bike to CBC?
CBC is accessible from The Loop (near Ina and Camino Martin), offer- ing a car-free, comfortable option for customers and employees, and we offer $1 off a beer to anyone who rides in. We have secure indoor and outdoor bike parking, and for larger, outdoor events we commission Living Streets Alliance’s bike valet service for our customers.
Many of our employees bike to work regularly, and most of us ride for pleasure as much as possible. Early on, we put a shower in one of our bathrooms, which is loved by our employees after a long ride and/or on brew days.
How have you incorporated bicycling into your business?
We support bicycles in the community as much as we can. We sponsor the Oro Valley Bicycle racing team, and an annual CBC team in 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, we host trail work days and pint night fundraisers for Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Association, and Busi- ness Builders Bike Ride nights, even the tap room art is from Rudi Cycling Art, Guru Suspension, and BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage).
Q&A with Christian Ramirez, Director of Education and Performance MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from Tucson and around the globe. MOCA is committed to thinking globally, acting locally and engaging with the ethics and aesthetics of contemporary life. MOCA Tucson aims to inspire new ways of thinking through the cultivation, interpretation and exhibition of cutting-edge art.
How do you encourage customers and employees to bike to MOCA?
On the second Sunday of each month, visitors who ride their bikes to the museum get free admission. We hosted our first community bike ride in August, and plan on doing another one for Tucson Bike Fest this spring. We also took advantage of the City’s free bike rack program and have recently installed eight new bike racks.
For our staff, we’re located in an old fire station, which is ideal for our commuting by bike. On-site we have showers, lockers and laundry service available, as well as plenty of indoor and outdoor bike parking.
What do you and your co-workers/employees like about biking in Tucson?
Biking allows us to engage with the city and its people in a more direct manner than by car, which we all really enjoy. Cycling is a nice way to exercise and stay sharp. It’s also a generally more convenient means of transportation with less sitting in traffic and easily accessible parking.
We are also proud to be a newly recognized Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. Big shout out to the Living Streets Alliance for their help with the application process.