Cycling League Comes to Green Valley

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Yesterday marked the 25th Anniversary of El Tour De Tucson - a popular annual bicycling event that now attracts more than 10,000 riders.

As a 25th anniversary gift, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the largest bicycle advocacy organization in the United States, named El Tour the “National Bike Rally” for 2007. This means that all cyclists registering for the event will not only be bicycling in the 25th El Tour, but will also be part of the 2007 National Bike Rally. To illustrate their support for the ride, representatives of the league were in the area the week of the El Tour.

Green Valley was delighted to have them visit on Wednesday. Government and community representatives from Sahuarita, Green Valley, and Tucson attended a conference hosted by the local Santa Cruz Valley Bicycle Advocate Committee( SCVBAC). LAB Executive Director Andy Clarke was accompanied by several members of his staff and members of the board of directors. Andy reviewed some of the programs the league sponsors and spoke highly of the implementation of bicycle friendly improvements in the Pima County area. He suggested that our area was “ahead of the curve” on accommodations for bicycles.Local bicyclist Bill Adamson followed with a review of area road improvements in the past few years for the advantage and accommodation of all users of the roads.

Their busy schedule included a board of directors meeting in Tucson today, and of course, participating in the 25th ride of El Tour yesterday.

Andy Clarke, LAB Executive Director Addresses the gathering at Green Valley

Special to the Green Valley News by Chuck Hill, one of the members of the SCVBAC