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Stroll in fresh air at Cyclovia Tucson

Take an umbrella with you if you're planning to hit the third annual Cyclovia Tucson this weekend.

Cars will be banished from five miles of downtown streets; instead, walkers, bikers, skateboarders and others will be free to loop around the area.

According to the Weather Channel, it'll be 68 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain. If you're new to Tucson, don't worry, rain here usually doesn't last more than a few minutes.

"Learn from the Northwest," said Robin Johnson, Pima County's sustainability manager. "Dress in layers and get out there."

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, most of South 4th and South 8th avenues will be closed to traffic but open to biking and walking. There will be activities and learning opportunities at Santa Rita Park, located at 4th Avenue and 22nd Street, including:

  • An urban wildlife exhibit
  • The Pima County Public Library's Bookbike and giant chess set
  • Weatherization demonstrations
  • Jumping castles
  • Fur-Your-Bike station

And other games and activities at Santa Rita Park as well as music and food there and at other locations along the route.

Cyclovia Tucson is a project hosted by Living Streets Alliance, which hopes to promote healthy communities through the event. The concept began in Bogota, Columbia but now there are cylovias throughout the United States, according to Johnson.

"It's such a fabulous, family, outdoor activity," said Johnson. 

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