"I think it is most impressive, showing 120 miles of bike lanes without any gaps," said long-time cycling advocate Bill Adamson.
Adamson said the unveiling of the simplified map coincides with the "Launch the Loop" celebration in Tucson on Saturday that finally connects the Santa Cruz and Rillito River paths. Those are two of the most popular auto-free routes in the city that have had extensive use over the years.
Riders can register for that event, which includes a dedication ceremony, by visiting http://www.pima.gov/TheLoop/, or try to get in on free shirts, water bottles, backpacks and other gear by registering at Flowing Wells District Park on Shannon near River from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Loop will not only bring the two river paths together, but will connect with the University Boulevard Bikeway and Mountain Avenue Bikeway to create a 23-mile car-free route around the mid-town area.
Adamson also noted that Pima County plans to complete the Anza Trail next year that many locals use, finalizing the extension from Green Valley through Sahuarita. He said he hopes they will connect with The Loop one day, which would give riders a "major long-distance trail that will rival other trails in the U.S., such as the Katy Trail and C&O Canal Trail."