The Tucson Pima Bicycle Advisory Committee presented two Staff Appreciation Awards to Pima County at the “Pedal the Pueblo” Kick-Off Breakfast today. Deputy County Administrator John Bernal and Bicycle Education Program Coordinator Ignacio Rivera de Rosales received awards.
“It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of all the Public Works staff who work so hard on The Loop,” said Bernal. The Loop started as a Regional Flood Control District (RFCD) bank protection project with river parks built to mitigate project impacts. Staff from RFCD; Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation; and the Department of Transportation worked together on the path and adjacent recreational facilities.
The Loop’s shared-use path encompasses both banks of four major river systems or waterways. Pima County residents and visitors can enjoy biking, walking, or horseback riding along the Rillito River, the Santa Cruz River, the Pantano Wash, the Julian Wash and the Harrison Greenway. The Loop also has path extensions along tributary washes. This includes the Tanque Verde Wash and the Cañada del Oro Wash.
More than one third of the metropolitan population lives within a half mile of The Loop or Loop extended paths.
In addition to excellent infrastructure, Pima County has great bike education programs, too. “I love my job,” said Rivera de Rosales, “I get to play games with kids this morning, teaching them about bike safety, and this afternoon, I’ll be riding with kids at a pump track we built together.” He works with elementary and middle school students, teaching bike safety in fun ways that emphasize individual responsibility. He also works with adult refugees, teaching them how to bike safely on Tucson’s busy streets.
Other award recipients today were: Greg Yares, Bicycling Advocacy Award; Duncan Benning, Bicycling Advocacy Award; Elizabeth Crump, Bicycle Commuter Award; Joseph Suida, Bicycle Commuter Award; and Technicians for Sustainability, Bicycle-Friendly Business Award.
Be sure to check out other great events during Pedal the Pueblo week, including Bike to Work and School Commuter Stations on Wednesday, April 10. The stations will be open 7 to 9 a.m. with free snacks at Jácome Plaza downtown, Himmel Park Library, and Mountain Avenue and Ft. Lowell Road.
For more information about The Loop, visit: www.pima.gov/TheLoop.
For more information about bicycle education programs, visit: http://bikeped.pima.gov/index.html.