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Bike count challenge Tucson
September 24, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Today in the United States people are riding their bikes more than they have in decades. The American Community Survey data shows a 62% increase in bicycle commuting since 2000. Similarly, a report from the Census Bureau released last spring reveals that bicycle commuting is the fastest growing commuting mode in the last decade. While Americans continue to ride their bikes for recreational purposes, much of this growth is attributed to more people biking as part of their everyday lives: mostly for transportation, wearing their everyday clothes, without thinking much about it. These trips involve going to work, picking up kids from school, buying groceries, dining out, and running errands.
The national advocacy organization People for Bikes refers to this type of casual, utilitarian biking as “everyday biking” and they’re on a quest to name the “everyday biking capital” of the United States through a series of monthly, themed bike counts. The counts are intended to showcase the best U.S. cities for biking in a humorous and playful way, unlike more scientific initiatives to count cyclists.
September’s bike count theme is people riding in business attire (jackets, blouses, ties, office-friendly skirts and dresses). This is, of course, a tough one to win for a city with its very own non-business dress code, also known as “Tucson casual.” Bicycling enthusiasts are encouraged to leave the cargo shorts at home and button down those collars just for a day! The count will take place on Thursday, September 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the corner of Stone Avenue and Toole Avenue by the seperated bike lane.
To date, Tucson has ranked highly amongst cities participating in the challenge, landing in second place multiple times by less than a percentage point, right behind Memphis. There are only three more monthly bike counts left in the challenge and this month is the “make or break” chance to declare the Old Pueblo “the best city for everyday biking” in the nation! For more information on the event, visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/2015/05/whimsical-bike-counts-selecting-the-everday-biking-capital-of-the-us/ or call 520-261-8777.
The mission of Living Streets Alliance is to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.” LSA is improving access to active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research. Visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/ for more info.
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