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  • County departments prepare for El Tour de Tucson

    Nov 20, 2015 | Read More News
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    Student bike ridersSeveral Pima County departments will contribute to making the 33rd Annual El Tour de Tucson on Saturday, Nov. 21, a success. 

    Pima County’s multiple roles in El Tour include DOT’s preparation of county roads and work done by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. In addition, the Sheriff’s Department will handle traffic control during the event.

    Nearly 60 percent of the 104-mile route that cyclists will ride during El Tour happens along Pima County roads. This includes approximately 15 road segments throughout all five county districts.

    “Throughout these past two months, we’ve had crews patching up roads, addressing shoulder conditions and sweeping sediment off the roadways to ensure our roads are in good condition for the safety of the cyclists,” said David Cummings, DOT maintenance operations division manager. 

    Transportation crews will continue to perform road sweeps through Friday afternoon.

    Besides route preparation, bike ambassadors – cyclists who work on contract with the county to manage various bike safety and education programs – spent evenings and weekends this fall helping former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords train for the 40-mile portion of the ride. Much of her training was on The Loop.

    Giffords was gravely injured in an assassination attempt Jan. 8, 2011, as part of a mass shooting that killed six and injured 13 others. 

    The race begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. and ends at approximately 5 p.m. at Armory Park, located at Broadway Boulevard and 6th Avenue. Approximately 9,000 bicyclists will ride in this year’s El Tour de Tucson. 

    To assist the bicyclists and ensure their safety as well as the safety of motorists, the Sheriff’s Department and other uniformed law enforcement will shut down various major intersections along the route at various times during the day. Use caution if you have to drive along the El Tour route and expect possible delays.

    Please note the 55-mile course will begin at Swan and Fort Lowell Roads at 10:30 a.m. For details, check out the El Tour de Tucson route.