About Perimeter Bicycling …
“Cycling in pursuit of wellness.”
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of five major cycling events — El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, Cochise County Cycling Classic and Indoor El Tour — as well as an annual fall and spring Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo, El Tour Adventure Walk/Run, and El Tour Fun Rides. Perimeter Bicycling also supports and promotes El Tour de Mt. Fuji and El Tour de Kusatsu, held annually in Japan. Both events are modeled after El Tour’s concept of cycling in pursuit of wellness.
Each Perimeter Bicycling event enables non-profit, charitable agencies to raise funds for their organizations. Over the past 33 years, Perimeter Bicycling events have raised over $67 million for local and international charitable organizations.
In the early 1980s, the organization was known as El Tour de Tucson. With the addition of a second event —Tour of the Tucson Mountains in 1986 — Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. was formed.
Perimeter Bicycling publishes Perimeter E-News, a biweekly electronic bulletin, Tail Winds, a bimonthly newspaper, and the annual Perimeter Bicycling Journal. Perimeter Bicycling is also a membership organization that sanctions world records in perimeter cycling and records the perimeter accomplishments of its members. All records and accomplishments are updated annually in Perimeter Bicycling Journal and in the November/December issue of Tail Winds.
Founded in 1983, El Tour de Tucson is Perimeter Bicycling’s flagship event and the largest perimeter bicycling event in America. Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour attracts over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from around the United States and beyond. Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson one of the premier organized rides in United States. Bicycling Magazine ranked El Tour as the Best in Cycling in November (2010) and one of the top fundraising rides in the country (October 2002). Since 2005, Perimeter Bicycling has produced an annual Downtown Fiesta on El Tour day, bringing together cyclists and members of the greater Tucson community for a celebration of art, health and fitness.
Perimeter Bicycling is dedicated to making Tucson/Pima County the nation’s best bicycling region. In 2008, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) awarded the Tucson/Pima Eastern Region gold-level status for its commitment to providing safe facilities for bicyclists and its support for bicycling for recreation, fitness and transportation – LAB renewed the region’s gold-level status, Spring 2012. To date, only Davis, California; Boulder and Ft Collins, CO; Portland, Oregon and Madison, WI have achieved platinum-level. The bar was raised even higher in 2012 this year with the announcement of the diamond level above platinum — no group has been named to this level. Perimeter Bicycling along with volunteers and staff from the City of Tucson and Pima County continue a concerted effort to achieve top honors.
Tucson’s bicycle-friendly reputation continues to receive national acclaim. In May 2015 Tucson was ranked #6 by Travel Channel “Top 10 Best Bike Cities.” In May 2012, Outside Magazine ranked Tucson as #1 Bike Town in the U.S., having previously named Tucson the best town for road-biking (August 2010). The Atlantic named Tucson as the overall city with the “Most Bikeable Neighborhoods” (May 2013). National Geographic Adventure (October 2008) named Tucson the best town for cyclists in the Rocky Mountain Region, and Forbes Magazine (2010) rated the Old Pueblo the fifth best American city for cyclists.
Perimeter Bicycling has established seven premier funds so businesses and individuals can support the following worthy causes. You may contribute to any one of these funds by sending a check to Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., specifying your choice of fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
Arizona Bicycle Center (ABC) and Bicycle Fund
supports the construction and operation of a center for cyclists of all ages and abilities. ABC focuses on youth development and the hosting of national and international track cycling events.
Brad P. Gorman Memorial Fund
supports projects that make our streets safer by establishing bike trails and educating motorists and cyclists alike on ways to share our roads.
El Tour Youth Development Fund
fosters fitness and sports participation for children through mentoring, training and educational programs. The goal is to create a group of well-trained kids who can go out in the community and share their knowledge and passion for the sport of cycling. Participants receive the best educational and support tools available so that they can use this knowledge to start cycling groups at their schools, volunteer at bicycling events, and come back to help with this training program in the future. With community support and involvement, this program can be a national model of how to enable children to embrace long-term fitness through participation in sport.
Handcycle Physically-Challenged Athlete’s Fund
sends handcyclists to national and international competitions and develops handcycling programs for physically-challenged youth and adults.
Matthew Preston Memorial Fund
provides free and/or low-cost housing for University of Arizona graduate students studying health or medicine.
Perimeter Bicycling Fund
helps ensure the continuance of Perimeter Bicycling, its cycling events and associated projects, especially El Tour de Tucson. Contributions to the Perimeter Fund go to the promotion of Perimeter Bicycling events, on-going education and advocacy efforts to promote safe cycling and a healthy lifestyle.
(Living in Fitness & Excellence) is an interdisciplinary bicycling, arts, education and fitness program for middle and high school youth. The project provides opportunities for youth to embrace an active lifestyle through flexible programing offered during the school day, after school, and in conjunction with summer school.
Perimeter Bicycling motto:
“One learns more by going around than by cutting across.”