Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists Comes to Town

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Jim Harms Photo

Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists was in town July 17 – 19. The League is the national bicycle advocacy organization that awards Bicycle-Friendly status. Cities and regions must apply for consideration and their applications are rigorously evaluated by League staff and outside reviewers. This spring, Tucson/East Pima County Region was again awarded Gold-Level status.

Clarke was out for a bit of vacation but found time to meet with a variety of people from government and the community including: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ian Johnson, President of the Bicycle Advisory Committee; Matt Zoll, Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager,  Donna Lewandowski, Safe Route to School Coordinator, and Pima County Department of Transportation  staff working on The Loop multi-use bike and pedestrian trail; and FEATS – an organization of Tucson event and festival promoters. Clarke attended the monthly University of Arizona Medical Center El Tour de Tucson board meeting with sponsors, beneficiaries and Perimeter staff, an open forum with community members including Tucson City Councilman, Paul Cunningham from Ward 2, and he made time to meet with several other individuals.

A highlight of the trip for many was the Wednesday morning bike ride from the University of Arizona campus along The Loop bike and pedestrian path. In the photo above, Andy Clarke (right) is riding with Pima County Bike Ambassadors in gold shirts.

“I love coming to Tucson,” Clarke said. “There are so many committed people, from government and the community, who are focused on making Tucson a great bicycling community – and as a result there are always new things to see and new challenges that are being tackled head on. I had a unique chance to see first-hand the task force working to finish The Loop; the inspirational board members of Perimeter Bicycling and so many of the remarkable beneficiaries of El Tour de Tucson; and the fresh, exciting leadership of the Living Streets Alliance. And, best of all, I got to ride!”

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