Celebrate 'life on two wheels' in April with Bike Fest

Celebrate 'life on two wheels' in April with Bike Fest

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Bike Fest 2016 kicks off on Friday, April 1.

There will be free bike tours, bike-in movies, giveaways and much more, according to a news release from the Living Streets Alliance.

In 2015 there were more than 85 bicycle-related events, and 20 local businesses participated, encouraging people to "live on two wheels" with special deals, discounts and hosting events.

The Two-Mile Commuter Challenge is back for 2016, after Watershed Management Group, a local nonprofit won the prize in 2015. WMG won by logging in 448 trips by staff on bicycles during the entire month of April.

The Two-Mile Commuter Challenge is for both workplaces and individuals. Individuals will compete for free bike gear, while businesses who compete can improve the health and productivity of their employees by encouraging their entire workforce to participate and log trips on their bicycles.

There are 35 events scheduled for Bike Fest, with more being added to the list almost daily. Here are several that are back for 2016:

  • Cyclovia Tucson: Car-free, care-free streets for walking, biking, and all out fun on Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • GABA (Greater Arizona Bicycling Association) Bicycle Swap Meet on Sunday, April 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bike-In Movie Series, presenting Klunkerz, Wadjda, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (see Bike Fest Calendar for dates, times and locations)
  • Bike-in breakfast at Whole Foods on Speedway & Ride with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to downtown: Tuesday, April 26, breakfast starts at 7 a.m., ride with the Mayor departs at 7:45 a.m.

Bike tours and breakfast with a nutritionist have been added to the events for 2016. The first is offered by Tucson Bike Tours, who will be offering free sunrise tours every morning from April 11 to 17 at 6 a.m. Bike Tours will provide a bike, helmet and water and lead an eight-mile ride on flat terrain through the UA Campus, El Presidio and Barrio Viejo, finishing up by 8:15 a.m. Space is limited for these free tours, so get there early.

The second event is sponsored by Natural Grocers, titled Breakfast with a Nutritionist. This event will be on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. People will arrive by bicycle to the Natural Grocers on Oracle Road, and breakfast for free on healthy foods provided by Natural Grocer's Nutrition Health Coach. A registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist will be on hand to answer sports nutrition questions.

In total, participants in Bike Fest 2015 logged 21,816 miles by bike, burning over a million calories and preventing over 21 tons of CO2 from being emitted into Tucson's air.

For more information and a complete list of Bike Fest events, visit http://www.BikeFestTucson.com.

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