"Father of mountain biking" leads community bike ride

TUCSON, AZ(KOLD)- Gary Fisher, inventor of the mountain bike, will visit Tucson to lead a community bike ride on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00pm.

The ride will start at Trek Bicycles of Tucson (1740 E. Fort Lowell Rd.) and travel through central Tucson, the University area, and conclude with an informal celebration at the soon-to-open Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole Ave.) in the heart of downtown.

Participants will experience some of the City's best urban bicycling facilities while enjoying a beautiful Fall evening in Tucson.

Mr. Fisher is well known and loved in the bicycling community.  He was named "Founding Father of Mountain Bikes" by Smithsonian magazine in 1994 and has been a leader in promoting the sport of mountain biking as well as road racing since he began competing in races by The Amateur Bicycle League of America at the age of 12. He helped found the National Off-road Bicycle Association in the United States, and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1988.
 
Throughout his career, Fisher has revolutionized mountain biking through his innovative mountain bike creations, many of which have won numerous awards over the years.  In addition to managing his own line of bikes (now carried by Trek), Fisher has spent much of his time traveling the globe as a bicycle advocate. 
 
His visit marks a pivotal moment for bicycling in Tucson, with census data just released reflecting that commuter trips increased by 58% last year.
 
The October 25th ride in Tucson is meant to be a celebration of all the contributions and efforts that are being made to make the region a bicycle-friendly community. 
 
It is being organized by Duncan Benning, manager of Trek Bicycles of Tucson, in partnership with El Grupo Youth Cycling, VelociPrints, B.I.C.A.S., TucsonVelo.com, and Living Streets Alliance.  The event is FREE and open to the public, and all are invited and encouraged to attend.  Lights are recommended.
 
The mission of Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is to "promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play".  LSA is improving alternative modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.