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2 BikeLife Tempe EVERYDAY BikeCapitalUSA ELGRUPO GettingKids on Bikes NEW CycloviaRoute BikeLife Sweepstakesseepage3 TUCSON Spring 2016 READ THIS. RIDE OFTEN BIKE MAP PULLOUT INSIDE RECIPESfrom theFEEDZONE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR. 4001 North Country Club Road Tucson 520 795-6960 Must present this ad. New members only. Expires 12312015 We are located on the south side of the Rillito Path between Campbell and Dodge streets. Non-members are always welcome in our restaurant and sports bar so stop by for an ice cold beverage and bite to eat while on The Loop. Get one month free when you pay for two months of membership. ONE MONTH FREE Attention cyclists runners and walkers Win a Trek District 9 bike For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES16 MORE PRIZES FROM Sweepstakes closes July 31 2016. Winners will be notified by email and posted on Facebook. Winners must reside in the U.S. Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities SWEEPSTAKES 4 BikeLife Tucson TUCSON RYAN FAGAN Ryan is a city planning student at the University of Arizona with a special interest in the connections between active transportation the built environment and public health. Last summer he completed an internship with Tucsons Bicycle and Pedestrian Program working on the Mayors Challenge for Safer People Safer Streets. Ryan enjoys the outdoors by bicycling hiking running and walking his dogs Jake and Roxie around his midtown neighborhood. Lynn Guissinger Griffin Bohm Susan Wasinger Zane Wilson Andy Bemis Ann Chanecka Ryan Fagan Damion Alexander Daniela Diamente Evren Sonmez Griffin Bohm Rich Cook Jessica Hersh-Ballering Kylie Walzak Sarah Prasek Ryan Amirault and Greg Thomas Shirlee Adolfson Griffin Bohm - 303 444-5545 x112 Rich Cook - 303 444-5545 x106 BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut Street Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 Contact for media kit and rate card Contact for submission information Contact for information Publisher Editor Art DirectorDesigner Designer Contributors Online Finance Sales Editorial Office Advertising Story and photo submissions Distribution ON THE COVER Ryan Fagan Photo by Michael Martinez GRIFFIN BOHM Griffin has been riding bikes his entire life. An avid cyclist he enjoys riding mostly off- road and exploring the great trails and rides around the southwest United States. He also has recently picked up cyclocross racing. CONTRIBUTORS MTBproject.comDERRICKDAVIS BikeLife Tempe 3 6 I Bike Tucson Whos who on our paths and trails 7 Welcome Letter By Michael J. Ortega 8 Bike Friendly Biz Tucson businesses that love two wheels 10 Everyday Bike Capital USA Tucson rolls to 1 in the nation 12 Tucson Bike Fest Bike-in movies group rides happy hours and more 14 Training Table Tasty recipes to fuel your ride 18 Tucson Bike Map Pull it out and get riding 21 Kids on the Move Safe routes to school 22 El Grupo Changing lives on wheels 24 The Cargo Bike Demystified Why it might just be your next bike 26 Taking it to the Streets Cyclovia Tucson is April 10th 28 Can Cycling Make you Smarter Bikes the brain and ADHD 30 Bike Hacks 7 cheap and easy ways to ride in any conditions 32 Hawks Toucans Keeping Tucsons streets safe for all BikeLife Tucson Spring 2016 ONTHEWEB FOLLOWUS Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities TUCSON READ THIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Tucson from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Tucson What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. page 26 page 22 page 32 page 21page x 6 BikeLife Tucson Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels CHARLES IGLEHART 37 Engineer at Raytheon Why do you like to ride Its the perfect form of transportation - it costs nothing its great exercise and its fun I work in a windowless office every day so its a fan- tastic way to get some fresh air and sunshine. Tucson showcases a rare blend of urban and natural scenery that make biking a treat. Also the weathers almost always favorable for riding. Where in Tucson do you like to go riding Around U of A campus downtown any large hill that makes my lungs feel like theyre about to explode by the time I get to the top. What advice do you have for others Get a helmet and a bike map and get out there Also get yourself some heavy-duty inner tubes so you wont be changing a flat every month. I bike Tucson KATHRYN SISTERMAN 34 Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology at the Sarver Heart Center Why do you ride I encourage patients to exercise every day - commuting with my bike ensures that I practice what I preach. Kathryn even biked throughout her recent pregnancy My ob- stetrician encouraged me to ride my bike to work as long as I wanted - which ended up being around the eighth month of pregnan- cy. Biking was the only aerobic exercise that felt good with my big tummy. What do you like about riding in Tucson The best part of biking in the mornings is watching the cute little elementary school commuters bike to school and the morning ride wakes me up better than coffee. The best part about biking in the evenings is smelling the fragrant orange blossoms and watching the sky change colors as the sun sets. It helps me mellow out at the end of the day. BILL BEMIS 68 Retired Social Worker Why do you ride From the time my father helped me mount my first bike a brand new shiny red and white Montgomery Ward one-speed I was off down the street feeling a new sense of freedom. I ride today for that same sense of liberation - from my automobile above all but also from the physical passivity of driving. Riding is a sensual activity you feel your body working the bumps in the road the wind the cold or the warmth of the sun the sights and sounds and smells. And all the while youre not burning gas not wearing out an engine not poisoning the air. What do you like about riding in Tucson I like riding the Loop cruising neighborhoods downtown and in the Foothills. Riding is a way to know Tucson more intimately. It gets us closer to how life was experienced before the automobile when the slower pace allowed one to notice the sights and sensations that greater speeds prohibit. BikeLife Tucson 7 I ts good to be back in Tucson. After spend- ing over 20 years away I am thrilled to re- turn to this beautiful and unique city with its revitalized downtown thriving local busi- nesses and bold plans for the future. The peo- ple of Tucson continue to impress me with their passion and dedication for making this city a better place through shared cultural experienc- es a vibrant arts community and local advocacy groups working to make Tucson safer healthier and more sustainable. I am especially impressed by how bike friendly Tucson is and by the peo- ple who continue to make it even better. This edition of BikeLife includes an article about how the City of Tucson is a national leader in bicycle and pedestrian safety en- hancements. Youll also find a map and information on the April 10th Cyclovia Tucson event that features a brand new route BikeLife Tucson continues to feature organi- zations like Living Streets Alliance BICAS and in this edition El Grupo who all work to put safe and healthy transportation choices within reach of more Tucsonans. The cooperation of individual volunteers advocates nonprofits businesses and govern- ment has allowed cycling in Tucson to grow and flourish but there is still progress to be made. Active transportation options and good urban design are more than just nice ame- nities they improve health and quality of life and they are increasingly important in attracting employers and talent to our city. The vision for a prosperous Tucson includes more people choosing to commute by bike more children bicycling to school and more healthy recreation options. To achieve this we plan to build upon Tucsons extensive network of bike facilities and implement a public bike share program to improve mobility in the citys urban core. I look forward to supporting Tucsons ongoing efforts to become a world class cycling city for people of all ages and abilities. Whether youre a lifelong cyclist or just getting started there is plenty here to get you excited about riding in Tucson. Sincerely Michael J. Ortega P.E. Tucson City Manager Greetings from BikeLifeTucson Welcome One of only Gold-Level Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the US Tucson continues to improve its bicycle infrastructure. One of the TOP10bike towns in the U.S. Outside magazine 1000 MILES of dedicated bikeways 50000 PEOPLE attend the citys annual Cycloviaevents 21 TUCSON at-a-glance 8 BikeLife Tucson Sun Sprout Diaper Service Three years ago Charles and Ileana Swanson set out to help local families and the envi- ronment. They opened Sun Sprout Diaper Service which delivers cotton diapers to clients once a week and washes the dirty ones. They also have a small shop with cloth dia- pers and items related to diapering. As bike lovers Charles and Ileana have incorporated rid- ing into their business in a big way. Ileana regularly rides her bike to the shop while Charles delivers and picks up diapers from central Tucson clients using a CETMA cargo bike with a pedal-assist electric motor. Sun Sprouts clients are spread all over the Tucson region but Charles still estimates that about 30 of home deliveries are done by bike. Charles says that he is surprised by how easy it is to use a cargo bike and that he and Ileana believe that biking has been good for business. Charles says The bike has been a great way to advertise our business. When people see the Sun Sprout signs and the pile of diapers I get a lot of comments and friendly dings from other cyclists bike bells. He continues Using the bike communicates that we aim to take care of not just Tucsons babies but also our Mother Earth. As parents of a toddler and an infant Charles and Ilea- na find biking for their business to be the easiest way to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Biking regularly also sets a great example for their kids We want to model to our children that even though we live in a very auto-centric era there is a more fun way to go. Learn more at Tucsons business owners are on a roll Bike-Friendly Biz Using the bike communicates that we aim to take care of not just Tucsons babies but also our Mother Earth. BikeLife Tucson 9 IsyourbusinessbicyclefriendlyTellusabout it andwell include you in our next issue. Email Exo Roast Co. is a specialty coffee shop located in a beauti- ful historic building just north of the train tracks on Sixth Avenue. This local coffee shop has quickly become an anchor for residents and visitors in the Historic Ware- house Dunbar Spring and West University neighborhoods. Editors note we LOVE the Exo Mole Latte Serving as a neighborhood coffee shop Exos owners take pride in promoting walking and bicycling to their business. Every Tuesday they offer a .50 discount for those that arrive by bike or on foot. They encourage their em- ployees to bike to work and have helped facili- tate good bike parking racks just outside their building. They are also moving towards delivering many of their wholesale orders by bicycle. Exo also supports the work of the Living Streets Alliance through Living Streets Alliances Business Membership Program. When asked what prompted Exo to invest in bicycling and walking friendliness co-owner Amy Smith said Customers should be able to ride their bike or walk as these modes of transportation are better for the planet you can enjoy more of your city and it is all part of investing in Tucsons downtown vibrancy. It is important to build a positive relationship with the community. At Exo we hope to contribute to even more bicycle riders and be a model for not only coffee shops but for other local businesses. Find Exo Roast Co. at 403 N. Sixth Ave. or online at Technicians For Sustainability At TFS we strive for sustainability in both our work and personal lives with many employees choosing to commute - or even live - car free. For solar installations located close enough to the TFS office TFS has a small fleet of electric-pow- ered bicycles hitched to trailers for carrying supplies to-and-from the job site without relying on trucks. TFS also offers a 250 annual reimbursement for cycling-related expenses offered to employees who choose to commute via bicycle as well as convenient indoor storage racks to safely store equipment once at work. Our goal is sustainability so we work to ensure that clean transportation is never an inconvenient alternative. Learn more at Customers should be able to ride their bike or walk as these modes of transportation are better for the planet you can enjoy more of your city and it is all part of investing in Tucsons downtown vibrancy. BIKECAPITALU.S.A.Tucson rolls to 1 in the nation 10 BikeLife Tucson EVERYDAY BikeLife Tucson 3 Measurement was easy on the final Thurs- day of each month between April and No- vember 2015 representatives from each participating city would count people on bikes at a preselected location from 430 pm to 530 pm. The eight-month compe- tition was meant to be fun and humorous so each month had a designated theme such as cargo bikes and trailers racks and baskets with bonus points for flowers in them people riding in skirts and dresses people wearing Lycra kids on bikes people riding in office attire people in costumes and finally riders with beards. As soon as the staff from Living Streets Alliance LSA heard the call to cities to participate in this friendly contest they knew they had to get Tucson involved. The competition attracted cities from different parts of the country including At- lanta Boston Chicago Denver Pittsburgh West Hollywood and Seattle. Despite also having Portland in the mix which many consider to be the bicycling Mecca of America the bike counts turned out to be a fierce competition between Memphis and Tucson. Memphis won several of the counts by a photo finish over Tucson. How- ever folks at LSA were not discouraged and they continued to deploy all kinds of whimsical tactics such as asking people to wear multiple layers of skirts handing out Halloween masks and adorning any- one who fell short on facial hair with card- board beards. Running up the score was highly encour- aged by PeopleforBikes because after all everyday biking is all about community. Dubbed the Whimsical Bike Counts in Tucson LSA promoted the events via press releases and social media and invited all Tucsonans including bearded ladies men in tutus people in 80s Lycra outfits to get creative and let their imaginations run wild In the end the Old Pueblo-style enthu- siasm paid off. After eight months of com- peting with cities from across the nation Tucson pedaled away with the winning title of the best U.S. city for everyday bik- ing. Thanks to everyone who kept coming month after month even at the height of the summer heat in their kilts with home-made crochet beards on their kids faces and wearing suits only to be packed away in a garment bag after getting count- ed. These bike counts confirmed that Tuc- son is lucky to have a bicycling community that is passionate fun-loving diverse and of course full of whimsy H he plan was simple a competition hosted by PeopleForBikes the national bicycling advocacy organization to find out the best U.S. city for everyday biking. The goal discover which U.S. city has the most cyclists who ride casually mostly for transportation as part of their daily lives and wearing everyday clothes. T Living Streets Alliance is a local non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to promote healthy communities by empow- ering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking bicycling socializing and play. A monthly updated log of the entire contest with links to PeopleForBikes blog posts and photos from each bike count is available on LSAs website By EVREN SONMEZ Living Streets Alliance TRADITION Since the early 1990s Tucsonans have participated in a re- gion-wide celebration of the bicycle in some form or another. Its part of our culture We have a community that consistently ranks in the top 10 best places to bicycle we should designate one month to recognize and celebrate our accomplishments. COMMUNITY The weather is glo- rious in April and thats when we see peak numbers of people riding bicycles. Its exciting to be a part of a community-wide celebration. Ring- ing your bell at other bicycles during your ride feels extra special during Bike Fest Month. Plus it gives peo- ple who are thinking about bicycling a little extra incentive to get out there and give it a go FUN Lets face it seeing all of the wild and creative ideas for bike rides all in one place is FUN The Bike Fest Month calendar gives you the excitement of choosing between so many different rides. You never know whom you will meet or what new route you will learn that will open up an entirely new part of the region to you. Last year marked the biggest Bike Fest in Tucsons history. With more than 75 events scheduled throughout April and covering every corner of the region it was impossible to attend them all. More than 20 local businesses participated in Bike Fest by offering special deals discounts and happy-hour gatherings to celebrate people on bikes. The 2-mile commuter challenge saw 194 individuals representing 57 different organizations log over 20000 miles in one month Last year was the first year that organizations could challenge each other and compete for bragging rights as the workplace substituting the most individual car trips with bicycle trips. Watershed Management Group took home top honors last year 12 out of 16 employees collectively logged 448 trips by bicycle Bike-in movies group rides happy hours and so much more... BikeFestwillreturnthis April with more reasons than ever to ride The month of celebrations is brought to you by the Living Streets Alliance. Be sure to visit throughout the month for all the details on where you can find bike-in movies group rides happy hours and deals and discounts from local businesses. Start spreading the word now to your friends and co-workers Encourage them to participate in the 2-mile commuter challenge and the workplace commuter challenge. Join the fun of a little friendly competition in the Tucson area. L ets be honest every month in Tucson is a phenomenal month for bike riding even in July and August biking is a delight in the early morning So why do we set aside only one month per year to celebrate bicycling L 12 BikeLife Tucson Tucson Bike Fest Tucson JointheFun APRIL 2016 BikeLife Tucson 13 COMPETE in the 2 mile or workplace commuter challenges for prizes bragging rights Brought to you by LOG YOUR BIKE TRIPS TO WIN PRIZES JOIN OR LEAD A RIDE TO DINE SHOP EXPLORE OR EVEN CAMP Visit for details. DOZENS OF FUN FREE BICYCLE EVENTS ALL OVER TOWN TRAINING TABLE Tasty recipes to fuel your ride 14 BikeLife Tucson W hen exercise physiologist Dr. Allen Lim leapt out of the lab and into professional cycling he found that the peloton was weary of food bland meals processed bars and gut wrenching gels were hindering the performance of cyclings most elite athletes. Dr. Lim had a hunch that by returning the joy flavor and care to the meals the riders ate their performance and joie de vivre would return. He set out to make delicious practical food for the riders to satisfy body and soul. What he and cele- brated chef Biju Thomas have accomplished is changing the definition of sound sports nutrition - for elite athletes everyday athletes and enthusiasts alike. The recipes youll find here are among the ener- gy-packed wholesome real food recipes shared in their Feed Zone Cookbook series we hope that you find these meals and snacks easy to prepare delicious to eat and enhancing not only for your performance goals but for your everyday health and well-being. CASHEW AND BACON RICE CAKES Makes 10 rice cakes This variation of Allens original is the favorite of our friends at Velo magazine. Together with the bacon the cashews and nut butter give these rice cakes a salty-sweet taste. The extra boost of protein makes this portable great for longer training sessions. 2 cups uncooked calrose rice or other medium-grain sticky rice 112 cups water 8 ounces bacon 3 eggs 12 cup cashews raw or roasted 14 cup nut butter 12 cup raisins optional Combine rice and water in a rice cooker. While the rice is cooking fry the bacon in a medium saut pan over medium-high heat. Drain off fat and wrap the bacon in paper towels then press on the towels to crumble the bacon. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl and softly scram- ble them in your saut pan over medium heat. In a large bowl combine the cooked rice bacon scrambled eggs cashews nut butter and raisins if us- ing. Mix well. Press mixture into an 8- or 9-inch square pan to about 112 -inch thickness. Let cool thoroughly in fridge before cutting and indi- vidually wrapping individual cakes. Per serving 1 cake Energy 286 cal Fat 14 g Sodium 246 mg Carbs 31 g Fiber 1 g Protein 10 g CARROT WAFFLES Serves 4 These delicious waffles only require about 20 minutes plus 510 minutes juicing. For great texture and a boost in fiber try adding PULP to the waffle batter. Heat the waffle iron. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl or measuring cup combine carrot juice eggs and melted butter. Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture and whisk together until flour is thoroughly incorporated. If youll use the carrot pulp add it now. The batter will be a bit lumpy. Pour enough batter into each waffle form to nearly fill all the squares the batter will expand when pressed. Cook until the outside of the waffle feels crisp to the touch. Repeat if necessary using remaining batter. Makes 4 large waffles. Let cool then cut in half and stack for easy wrapping. Per serving Energy 223 cal Fat 9 g Sodium 75 mg Carbs 30 g Fiber 1 g Protein 7 g Water 41 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon raw sugar 14 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 12 cup fresh carrot juice 2 eggs lightly beaten 2 tablespoons melted butter 12 cup carrot pulp optional 18 BikeLife Tucson CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD with PICKLED ONIONS Serves 46 This is a great last-minute salad to make use of leftover chicken. You can change it up throughout the year to include the most colorful vegetables you can find. The star of the dish is the flash- pickled onions and radishes. The combination of the vinegar sugar and salt balances out the strong flavors beautifully. 2 cups roasted chicken shredded or chopped 1 cup canned garbanzo beans drained and rinsed half of a head of purple cabbage thinly sliced 14 cup chopped dates figs or your favorite dried fruit 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley coarsely chopped Pickled Onions 12 cup red onion sliced 4 radishes sliced thin 14 cup red wine vinegar 12 teaspoon coarse sugar 12 teaspoon coarse salt 14 teaspoon pepper To finish juice from 1 lemon drizzle of maple syrup sprinkle of coarse salt Shred half of a whole roasted chicken sprinkle in some fresh ground black pep- per and a sprinkle of salt then set aside. In a small pan saut the garbanzo beans in a splash of olive oil at medium heat until slightly crisp. To make the pickled onions combine the red onion and radishes with the red wine vinegar coarse sugar and salt and pepper. Toss together and let sit for 5 minutes. In a large bowl mix together the chicken cabbage garbanzo beans dates and herbs. Add the pickled onion mixture and toss to combine. Transfer to a large platter and finish with fresh-squeezed lemon juice a hint of maple syrup and salt. Republished with permission of VeloPress from Feed Zone Table by chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim. Photography by Aaron Colussi and Jeff Nelson. Try more recipes at PhotoAARONCOLUSSI 16 BikeLife Tucson TUNE-UP SPECIAL SAVE HUNDREDS ACCESSORIZE With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. SAVE 10 10 OFF 15 OFFon any tune-up reg. tune-up 50 any in-stock regularly priced bicycle any in-stock accessories YOUR COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP ONE DAY Turnaround on Most Bike Repairs Ask About Becoming a Preferred Customer Sales Service Repair Fit 3 Locations to Serve You 2850 W. Ina Rd. 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Find us on Remember the fun and energy of walking and biking to school Safe Routes to School SRTS Tucson is supporting families so our kids dont miss out on that experience In its second year the SRTS Tucson program is in full swing working with area schools to educate and encourage kids and sponsoring regional events so all children throughout Pima County can enjoy the rewards of active commuting. THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM HAS BIG PLANS This past fall a whopping 45 schools and almost 10000 students participated in the 2015 WALKtober Walk to School Challenge. The spring SRTS regional event the ApROLL Bike Walk to School Challenge April 11 -15 2016 is fast approaching. Kids who attend participating schools and travel by foot during event weeks will receive prizes and compete for honors amongst other schools. Want your child to participate in the upcoming ApROLL Challenge All Tucson and Pima area schools are eligible for the event and can register at A new school year is right around the corner and with it comes new possibilities SRTS Tucson will be selecting a new focus school for the 2016-2017 school year and will work closely with this school to find solutions to travel challenges and build a culture of biking and walking among students staff and families. If you would like to nominate a school for this opportunity email SRTS Tucson is here to help local kids stay safe on the move For more ideas and ways to enjoy walking and biking with children visit the SRTS Tucson website events and resources pages. Safe Routes to School Tucson keeps biking walking Kidson the Move WALK OR BIKE ONE DAY A WEEK. Walkingbiking just once a week helps your child build healthy habits for a lifetime. Get started Schedule time for one morning or afternoon walk a week. Check with your school to see if they have walkingbiking encouragement programs. PARK WALK. If you drive parking away from school lets you save time enjoy a short walk with your child and avoid the stress of the school drop-off and pick-up area. Get started Find a parking space a block or more away from school and walk with your child from there. WALK TO THE SCHOOL BUS. A short walk to the bus is a great way to start the day. Get started Walk on a weekend and test how long it takes to walk to the bus stop with your child so you can set your departure time. Would you love for your child to walk or bike to school but feel too busy dont want them walking alone or live too far from school Dont despair Here are a few simple ideas for busy families to make walking and biking to school work for them BikeLife Tucson 21 By Sarah Prasek EL GRUPO Changing Lives on Wheels USA Cycling honors youth programs 22 BikeLife Tucson F or most kids in America riding bikes is a part of growing up. Unfortunate- ly not every child is lucky enough to have access to a bicycle. El GrupoTuc- sons unique nonprofit supporting cycling health and youth empowermentis look- ing to change that. El Grupo is a youth cycling organization that provides children with experiences that are fun skill building and bike cen- tered aiming to build the self-confidence and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. Our mission is to empower youth through bicycles says director Daniela Diamente who started El Grupo in 2007 with her husband head coach Ignacio Ri- vera de Rosales. We aim to instill life-long healthy habits and build character and ca- maraderie through bicycle riding racing and outreach. Through our programs we are getting female and male youth on bikes and they in turn are teaching inspiring and empowering other youth to ride enjoy and love bikes. Today El Grupo reaches over 1200 youth annually that are underserved or simply uninspired and gives them something positive to be excited about. The skills taught on the bike carry over fostering the next generation of active healthy and com- munity-minded cycling leaders in Tucson. This unique organization has not only im- pressed Tucson but received national rec- ognition from USA Cycling when awarded Junior Club of the Year in December. El Grupo has grown to include daily programs offered seven days a week Diamente says. We hold practices five times per week and we offer academic and mechanical sup- port. We do many outreach events races and adventures for youth aged 12-20. And for younger kids ages 6-12 we have El Grupito a scaled-down version of El Grupo and our Summer Bike Camps. Not everyone has to race says Rivera de Rosales. Our program is about finding whats right for each child. Week- end training rides are also available. Participants spend an av- erage of 50 hoursmonth engaged in leadership and cycling development. This summer El Grupo will offer three week-long bike camps for ages 7-14 from June 6-10 June 13-17 and June 20- 24. Each childs confidence knowledge and skills increase in a safe fun and peer-led environment through activities that focus on developing safe-riding skills mechanical knowledge and bike handling for all skill levels. By Daniela Diamente Executive Director Co-Founder El Grupo Youth Cycling with photos by Damion Alexander WanttogetinvolvedwithElGrupo Hereswhatyouneedtoknow El Grupo welcomes riders of all genders shapes sizes backgrounds and interests. Currently EG aims to maintain at least one-third female participants in all programs. Try-outs for El Grupo and El Grupito are based on three Cs coachability compatibility and commitment. No previous experience equipment or skills necessary. El Grupos outreach programs including Kidical Mass target underserved neighborhoods and youth who would not otherwise be able to afford a bike safety equipment and training. The organization encourages diversity and therefore does not discriminate on any grounds. Riders come from every walk of life from all over Tucson. Participants are not necessarily athletes or health-oriented youth they are youth who just want something positive to get excited about. El Grupo provides that and more. Check out for more information and email to get started El Grupo would not exist if it were not for the amazingly generous Tucson and larger regional cycling community that we have. El Grupo youth ride bikes parts and equipment that have been donated by people like you You can support a low-income youth to participate in El Grupos programs with your donation. Find out how you can help and more at THE CARGOBIKEDEMYSTIFIED HARRY VS. LARRY BULLIT Originating from Denmark but available through dealers across the U.S. the Long John Bullit is a super stable and surprisingly light ride. The speedy Bullits standard alumi- num frame can be customized to meet your unique cargo carrying needs. Powered by an experience of pushing forward the bikes cargo platform sits low in front of the rider making stuff or your kids visible and manageable. Base model 2300 24 BikeLife Tucson W hen you hear the term cargo bike what comes to mind An aptly bearded hipster pushing a case of craft beer on the front bed of his custom built long-john The cool mom who week after week tows her kiddos to the farmers market secured to the deck of her Xtracycle The perception that only a highly dedicated class of cyclist can travel as such creates a misnomer of the term cargo bike. Anyone can ride a cargo bike because any bike can be a cargo bike. Wear a backpack and boom beard or no beard youre carrying cargo by bike. Since most people already own a backpack this is the most simplistic and inexpensive way to carry cargo on your bike. But if you dont want to be the mule that shoulders the cargo there are lots of cargo carrying products out there that can help to lighten the load from your back. Individual bike travel needs are diverse. You may have to experiment to discover a cargo- carrying set-up that works for you and your family. Whether youre haul- ing beer produce or kids once you understand your options youll be shuttling family members and running errands in no time. This cascade of options can hone your focus to ride with cargo. Wear a backpack Strap bags directly to your bike Add racks or a basket to your bike Add panniers to your racks Attach a do-it-yourself DIY long tail to your bike Buy a full blown cargo bike Add an electric motor to your bike or get a bike that already has one Use a detachable bike trailer By BLAIR YOUNG DAX BURGOS SURLY BIG DUMMY The Big Dummy is a sturdy workhorse. Slow and steady this long tail is built for heavy-duty carrying capacity. This particular model can adopt all of the Xtracycle add-ons and smaller 26 wheels keep the center of gravity low making it accessible for even a smaller rider. Full set-up 2100 SOMA PICK-UP ARTIST The lesser-known cycle truck is much like a regular bike but is designed to handle cumbersome cargo. The Pick-Up Artist platform rack is fixed to the front of the frame not the fork. This secures a heavier load keeping it from flopping around as it would in a bar-mount basket. A smaller 20 front wheel and low center of gravity stabilizes steering. The user-friendly step-through frame makes for easy-oneasy-off mounting and dismounting. Full set-up 1800 TREK DISTRICT 9 Built for the utilitarian biker the District 9 blends function and class to make a slick commuter. This reliable 9-speed bike is detailed by a front basket with a built in U-lock carrier mechanical disc brakes puncture-resistant tires and a set of elegant fenders. Also available in a step-through model called the Chelsea 9. Either model 789 XTRACYCLE LEAP DIY If you dont want to part with your cur- rent bike Xtracycles Basic Kit will transform your trusty whip into a long- tail minivan that can haul stuff or people on its flight deck. The kit will also set you up for add-ons like waterproof saddlebags andor hooptie safety rails that keep kids secure on the deck. All for an additional cost of course. Basic Kit 599 YUBA SPICY CURRY Think Longtail cargo bike enhanced. Highlights of the Spicy Curry are its electric assist motor and smaller 20 back wheel that makes for an easy reliable ride. Low-riding cargo lightens the experience brightening up your ride with more smiles and less sweat. A good choice if you have hills to climb. Electric Model 4200 BikeLife Boulder 3BikeLife Boulder 3 THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS Velo-Shopper by Ortlieb USA is an 18-liter shopping bag with magnetic closure made from waterproof abrasion resistant nylon. The closure is easily opened with one hand and the unit securely attaches to the bike. The Velo-Shopper stays upright thanks to an inner stiffener and base feet. A handle and removable padded shoulder strap provide added convenience. From 140 For panniers and other types of bags try Swift Industries. Founded in 2008 Swift is a relative newcomer to the bik- ing scene. Their bags boast eye-catching design and bomber construction. Choose custom colors to suit your cycling mood or pick from their pre- made line up. Based in Seattle Swift blends the function of traditional touring gear with a modish urban twist. From 180-300set For more economy check out the Black- burn EX-1 rack. The EX-1 will fit over your wide or narrow tires and has a carrying capacity of up to 40 pounds. If its a young child youre hauling the EX-1 is compatible with a va- riety of Blackburns Co-pilot bike seats that include a rack with purchase. From 40-45 The Porcelain Rocket frame bag is custom-made to fit the interior of your frames main triangle. Maximize aerodynamics and maneuverability with this low-weight low-profile bag that comes in an array of color combinations. True masters of their craft Porcelain Rockets seat bags and handlebar bags adapt to fit almost any bike. From 125-260 I n 2010 a small but mighty group of people with diverse interests sat down together to figure out how to bring open streets to the Tucson re- gion. The concept of cyclovas streets that are temporarily closed to cars was taking off across North America and this group wanted to figure out how to bring the concept here. THE GOALS FOR CYCLOVIA TUCSON WERE Enhance the brand and identity of Greater Tucson as a progressive urban community Increase the health and activity of Greater Tucson area residents Promote and increase awareness for cycling and walking as an acceptable and safe mode of travel on public streets Increase neighborhood mobility livability and access Provide a unique and sociable fun experience for citizens Provide a free public event affordable for all 26 BikeLife Tucson Taking It to the Streets Car-free Care-free Cyclovia Tucson April 10th NewRoutes More Neighborhoods Music foodvendors CLIMBING WALL Funfor Kids BikeRepairClinics NewRoutes More Neighborhoods Music foodvendors CLIMBING WALL Funfor Kids BikeRepairClinics Now in 2016 Living Streets Alliance has decided the time has come to expand Cyclovia into new neighborhoods. Bringing the event to peoples front doors has always been important to the event organizers as it provides opportunity to explore the city outside of a car get to know neighbors better and try out active transportation walking or bik- ing to nearby destinations. In 2016 Living Streets Alliance plans to bring Cyclovia to new neighbor- hoods with brand new routes. The first event will take place on Sunday April 10th from 10 am to 3 pm and will connect the Lost Barrio the neighborhood just east of downtown and south of Broadway also referred to as Barrio San Antonio to Himmel Park. The 2.5 mile route boasts a wide variety of popular destinations including Himmel Park Sam Hughes Elementary School Miles Exploratory Learning Center as well as hidden gems such as the Lost Barrio historic shopping district Barrio Trails BMX park and the Arroyo Chico parks and multi-use paths. Several activities are planned for the day including the Sam Hughes Neigh- borhood Garden Tour and a Porch Fest along East Ninth Street in the Rincon Heights Neighborhood. The Earth Day Festival will also join Cyclovia Tucson and will set up its earth-friendly demonstrations and exhibitors inside Himmel Park. There are plenty of ways to participate in Cyclovia Tucson by volunteering hosting an activity or just bringing your family or friends and joining us for the day on your bike trike scooter skates or feet BikeLife Tucson 27 Formoreinformation besuretovisit PARKAVEPARKAVE EUCLIDAVE FREEMONTAVEFREEMONTAVEFREEMONT SPARKAVE TYNDALLAVE 1stAVE 2ndAVE JACOBUSAVE 8th ST 9th ST 9th ST 9th ST 6th ST 8th ST 10th ST 10th ST 10th ST MANLOVE ST MANLOVE ST BROADWAY BLVD BROADWAY BLVD 3rd ST 3rd ST 4th ST 5th ST 1st ST 1st ST 2nd ST HAWTHORNE ST SPEEDWAY BLVD MOUNTAINAVE 2nd ST SANTARITAAVE MOUNTAINAVE TOOLEAVE EUCLIDAVE SANTARITAAVE 7th ST 12th ST MILES STMILES ST 13th ST13th ST 12th ST 14th ST 15th ST 16th ST HIGHLANDAVE HIGHLANDAVE HIGHLANDAVE CAMPBELLAVEKINOPKWY WARRENAVE CHERRYAVE VINEAVE TUCSONBLVDTUCSONBLVD OLSENAVE PLUMERAVE WILSONAVE NORTONAVE TREATAVE FORGEUSAVE SAWTELLEAVE AVIATIONBIKEWAY SAM HUGHES NEIGHBORHOOD RINCON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD MILES NEIGHBORHOOD ARROYO CHICO GREENWAY BARRIO TRAILS BMX PARK UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HIMMEL PARK ACTIVITY HUB AND EARTH DAY FESTIVAL SAM HUGHES ACTIVITY HUB MILES ACTIVITY HUB SAN ANTONIO PARK ACTIVITY HUB LOST BARRIO ACTIVITY HUB LOST BARRIO TO HIMMEL PARK APRIL 10 2016 10AM-3PM 2.5 MILES WITH SUPPORT FROM PRESENTED BY CYCLOVIA TUCSONHAS ABRAND NEWROUTE living streets alliance presents I . 28 BikeLife Tucson When we started our cycling class we thought biking would be a fun activity for our students it has turned out to be much more. We have witnessed a change in our students ability to focus in class connect socially and improve fitness and attitude toward school and their peers. Assistant Principal Payson UT A Danish study in 2012 showed that kids concentrate better after biking or walking to school. The study titled Mass Experiment 2012 looked at the links between concentration diet and exercise. The survey explored nearly 20000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cy- cled or walked to school rather than traveling by car or public transporta- tion performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration such as solving puzzles and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school. The study showed positive cognitive benefits from cycling and not just for school-age kids. And yet these connections are only beginning to be adequately explored. More recently Specialized Bicycle Components founder and CEO Mike Sinyard has long dealt with the effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disor- der or ADHD in his own life. He no- ticed that those symptoms seemed to dissipate after returning from a ride. He also saw the positive benefits that riding has had on his son Anthony who also suffers from ADHD. In try- ing to better understand ADHD and bicyclings apparent positive effects he decided to explore more of the science behind ridings impact on the brain and began to assemble a team to study ADHD through evidence-based youth cycling programs. The Specialized Foundation fund- ed research to investigate how aerobic exercise specifically cycling can be- come an integral part of a comprehen- sive treatment program for kids with ADHD. Through its pilot programs researchers have been finding encour- aging results. Here are some of the pro- cesses and observations With research partners in the field several six-week pilot programs were established in middle schools across the United States. Indications are that kids brains are better prepared for learning when they take part in cycling activities improving many of the core deficits of ADHD like attention mood and behavior. And these programs have also shown improvements in academic performance as measured by standard- ized test scores. Furthermore bike riding has shown itself to be an ideal conduit to these pos- itive effects as its easily accessible for kids with varying degrees of fitness. So this means that students are able to par- ticipate at a higher rate than with other forms of aerobic activity. Beyond early findings of improved attention riding also develops physical fitness in kids. Researchers found a significant reduc- tion in participants Body Mass Index or BMI on average in their study. The evidence is stacking up that bi- cycling and active lifestyles can have a positive impact on mood self-esteem attention and academic performance as well as general fitness. Nearly six million children in the United States have been diagnosed as having ADHD. While many parents worry about the medications often prescribed to help their kids what they might not know is that help may be as close as those bikes sitting in the garage. CANCYCLING MAKEYOUSMARTER H id you know that riding a bike for an hour has a powerful effect on your ability to pay attention So whether youre studying for midterms or preparing for a long day of meetings getting out to ride will show you brain-boosting potential firsthand. D By RICH COOK S o you rode your bike to work and the weather changed. You were out on the road and blew a tire. Or maybe you just want to save some mon- ey on costly riding equipment. Well whether you have to call an audible from the office or on the road or youre just interested in ways to save here are hacks that can help make your ride easier. By GRIFFIN BOHM 30 BikeLife Tucson BIKE HACKS NEWSPAPER WIND VEST Does your office get a daily newspaper that no one seems to read Well you can finally put it to good use. All you have to do is stuff a newspaper into your shirt or jacket and it will serve as an admirable windbreaker. You can crumple it up or put it in flat whichever is more comfortable but the more you stuff the more insulation youll get. Its a trick still used by pro cyclists. RECYCLE REPURPOSE RETHINK A host of hints and hacks for your ride TRASH BAG RAIN COAT Just poke arm and head holes through the bot- tom of a regular black trash bag and voila A totally waterproof raincoat that will protect your clothing from the rain and help keep you warm although we hav- ent figured out how to keep those arms dry. PATCH YOUR INNER TUBES New tubes can cost up to 10 apiece but patch kits can be found for as little as 4-5 in your local bike shop and they can rescue several inner tubes. Pro tip practice patching a tube once or twice at home so youll have the confidence to patch your tire on the road when needed. But if your tire has a gash in it a patch kit wont solve the problem. In that case use a dollar bill or energy bar wrapper folded to fit inside the gash to keep your tube from popping through. CARDBOARD FENDER All you need here is any old piece of cardboard cut it so that its long and thin like a hot dog bun. Then just jam it in between your seat stays on the bottom of your saddle. You want it nice and snug so that it wont fall out on the ride home. Make sure that the cardboard reaches far enough back to block any spray your rear tire would otherwise shoot all over your back. MAKE YOUR OWN RIDE FOOD Bars and gels can be great but theyre often costly and sometimes taste a bit like card- board. But things like nuts raisins or beef jerky make for excellent ride snacks try making your own trail mix. But remember to pack things that sit well nothing will make you want to head in early quite like an unhappy stomach. GROCERY BAG SEATSHOE COVER If rain is coming protect your seat and your bum with just a grocery bag and a rubber band. Wrap the grocery bag around the seat and secure it un- derneath with the rubber band. Then when youre ready to head home just remove the bag and you will have a nice dry seat for your ride. Reuse the grocery bag and rubber band and another iden- tical set to wrap around your shoes and those nice leather shoes you love will be safe from the elements. BUY USED Cycling equipment can be expensive but it doesnt have to be. Often there is plenty of high-quality used gear out there that will cost you a fraction of buying new. Craigslist and are ideal places to look for everything from used bikes to shoes pedals or other equipment. Be careful buying a used helmet you dont want a damaged one Companies like Green Guru in Boulder and Alchemy Goods in Seattle create a wide range of urban bags and products from used bike tubes banners and other recycled materials. Keeping Tucsons streets safe for all T ucson has many neighborhood streets that are great for bicycling and walking including our dedicated bicycle boulevards Third StreetUniversity Boule- vard and Fourth AvenueFontana Avenue. But Tucson also has multilane major roadways Speedway Boulevard or Swan Road for example. With lots of fast-moving traffic these major roadways can be difficult to cross for many bi- cyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclist- and pedestrian-activated signals can help you cross these major roadways 22 BikeLife Tucson HAWKS TOUCANS 32 BikeLife Tucson Tucson is a pioneer in the develop- ment of bicyclist- and pedestrian-ac- tivated signals. The first signal was installed in 1998 along Third Street to help bicyclists and pedestrians cross Country Club Road. Fortunate- ly around that time City of Tucson Traffic Engineer Dr. Richard Nassi observed a unique pedestrian cross- ing while he was on vacation in En- gland. Dr. Nassi modified the design to meet U.S. engineering standards and the HAWK High-intensity Acti- vated Crosswalk was born Dr. Nassi continued to experiment and innovate with crossing treat- ments to fit the needs of various roadways. His avian-themed pedes- trian crossings - the TOUCAN which stands for TwO groUps CAN cross and HAWK are essentially bicyclist- and pedestrian-activated signals that help people traveling on minor streets cross major roadways more safely and comfortably. There are more than 115 HAWK signals around Tucson today. And now after being approved for use in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices the national traffic control manual published by the fed- eral government these signals are popping up all over the country. These signals do ex- actly what Dr. Nassi and the City of Tuc- son hoped they would Studies show that mo- torists yield to pedes- trians using HAWK beacon signals 97 of the time according to a soon-to-be re- leased Federal Highway Administra- tion FHWA 2016 report. Pedestrians on average use the crossing beacon 91 of the time. Another previous study conducted in 2010 showed that intersections had a 69 average de- crease in crashes involving pedestri- ans after the installation of a HAWK beacon signal. From pioneer to innovator the City of Tucson has modified the original HAWK crossing to accommodate bi- cyclists. These BikeHAWKs have two push-buttons one for pedestrians walking on the side- walk and another that can be reached by bi- cyclists still seated on their bikes and two crosswalks a tradi- tional white one for pedestrians and a green one for bicyclists. There are four BikeHAWKs on Tucson streets today with more in the works. HAWK High-intensity Activated Crosswalk TOUCAN TwO groUps CAN cross There are more than 115 HAWK signals around Tucson today BikeLife Tucson 33 Areyouunsurehowtousethesesignals Herearehelpfultipsregardingthesecrossingswhetheryourebikingwalkingordrivingacar. AS A BICYCLIST To begin press the push-button to activate the signal. Many signals will have a push-button that you can reach while seated on your bike at others dismount and walk onto the sidewalk to press the button. Wait until all cross-traffic has stopped and you have the signal to cross. If you are using a TOUCAN you can cross when you see a green bike light up at a BikeHAWK you may cross with the pedestrian signal. Ride through the intersection always watching traffic AS A PEDESTRIAN Press the push-button to activate the signal. Wait until all cross-traffic has stopped and you see a WALK light. The flashing orange hand and a countdown tell you how much longer you have to cross. Dont cross if you see a solid orange hand. AS A MOTORIST When traveling on a major street you may encounter these bicyclist- and pe- destrian-activated signals at intersections with minor roads. You can continue along the major road if the signal is completely dark all lights off. If a bicyclist or pedestrian activates a HAWK signal you will first see a warning flashing YELLOW light followed by a solid YELLOW then a RED light. At a TOUCAN you will see a traffic light that changes from the GREEN to YELLOW to RED. As with all stoplights a solid RED signal means STOP. HAWK signals change from a solid RED beacon to flashing RED. A flashing RED light should be treated like a STOP sign. At a flashing RED light come to a complete stop and once bicyclists or pedestrians are across the intersection and it is safe to proceed you may continue through the intersection. 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 Get more information about Tucsons efforts to make its streets safer for everyone at www.tucsonaz.govbicycle 34 BikeLife Tucson Sweepstakes closes July 31 2016. Winners will be notified by email and posted on Facebook. Winners must reside in the U.S. Win a Trek District 9 bike For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES16 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities MORE PRIZES FROM SWEEPSTAKES Go Solar Start Saving Renewable Savings ROC185775204338 520.740.0736 Every year the average home solar installation saves 16200 Miles Utility Bill Savings 10 Trees 6750 Gallons of Water