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Oct 6, 2011 10:52 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: Family bike day helps promote The Loop

TUCSON - This Saturday morning, the Northwest YMCA, along with Pima County, are holding the first ever Family Bike Day at the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Park.

Donna Lewandowski, a cyclist, and the Pima County Safe Routes to School Coordinator, says having family events that get people moving are extremely important.

"Kids are are playing more video games. They're spending hours in front of screens...we're just losing that connection."

So to entice everyone to unplug and have some good old fashioned fun, the two organizations have planned a day full of exciting events.

"They'll be able to get a free helmet, there will be a bike decorating station if they want to do that. There will be a bike rodeo which will be a skills course for kids that teaches bike safety and handling skills. Oro Valley Bikes will come out and provide tune up's and bike checks for safety," Lewandowski continued.

However, that's not all the day is about! It's also a way to celebrate the first major connection of Tucson's "Loop," which will eventually connect 55 miles of pathway around Tucson.

While the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Park is not part of the loop yet, eventually it will be.

Barb McFarlin, from the Northwest YMCA, says the Family Bike Day is a way to help include families in this exciting project.

"Pima County has been working hard on the linear park system within the community and they've just completed the new section of 23 miles and they want to celebrate that."

Additionally, McFarlin says, the YMCA is looking forward to getting Tucson physical!

"Let's connect Tucson. Let's get our families out there, our kids out there, let's exercise and get healthy and try to mobilize the community."

For more information on Family Bike Day, call:
520-229-9001

For more information on "The Loop" and the Loop launching ceremony, head to: www.pima.gov/theloop

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