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Ride list and Thoughts on Whats Happening in Bike Advocacy

It’s been a busy week on the bike front.

The city of Tucson is holding public meetings about how to spend $200,000 in impact fees that are designated for Sentinel Peak “A Mountain”.  Your voice matters. Take the survey here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RBV6RF Personally, I said “trails”. In the additional comments I mentioned a trail from the Mercado to the top of “A” Mountain and to the South to access Starr Pass and Tucson Mountain Park. This could be so huge for tourism and a safe playground for local kids of all ages.

Last Tuesday the Pima County board of Supervisors voted on a hands free ordinance in Pima County as a primary offense. In the past 5 years I have been working with Brendan Lyons from the State to the local municipalities to try and get people behind the wheel to pay attention. While this is a project that is still in process, this was a giant accomplishment. It’s rather incredible knowing that these efforts will save lives. Now we need to get Tucson to accept it as a primary offence and  Marana, South Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley and the University of Arizona to adopt an identical ordinance so we have continuity in all of Southern Arizona. It gives me great satisfaction seeing Pima county do what is the right thing when the State is unwilling to step up.

As the Executive Director of the Arizona Bicycle Center I have had plans drawn for a Velodrome, BMX Park, Cyclocross, Mountain bike Park, Pump track, Jump Track, crit course that is close to Mountain Biking and the Loop. I’ve had the conceptual plans for a few months, but have been waiting on getting County, City, and most important, neighborhood buy in. I’m super excited to announce the support we need from the County and City is in place and next week I’m meeting the neighbors. I’m chomping at the bit to tell everyone where this grandiose project will be, and hope to do so in the next few weeks.

The WAPA easement, the access to Honeybee Trails was reopened 17 days ago for Rancho Vistoso Residents. There is a 20 day window to appeal the zoning interpretation that opened it.  If there were no appeals it would have stayed open. However, from what I have been told, the Honeybee HOA is going to appeal this. If they do, I’ve organized a group from the cycling community who will be challenging the zoning interruption as well.  What the appeal from the cycling community will state is that the trail should remain open for all residents of Oro Valley and their guests.

Finally, as a Parks and Rec commissioner for Pima County I’ve asked for an item to be on the agenda at the May 12th Meeting.  The agenda item says “Informational update on Advisory Committee regarding speed limits on the Loop”.  I see the number one challenge on the roads, trails, paths is people not playing nice. Hopefully, others will see the value in creating a committee to deal with how we can make all the trails and paths friendly for everyone.   The meeting is open to the public and is at 9:30AM (unfortunately the same time as the GABA Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb). The meeting is at 3500 W. River Road.

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

Ride on,

Damion

I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most of the ride leaders and shops.  You should always verify times before you head out and remember these ride times are when the ride leaves.  Please show up as early as needed to make sure you are ready to roll out at the time posted.

REOCCURING WEEKLY RIDES

What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
 
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Monday

6:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles How fast can a mosey be? http://uacycling.com/

 

 

Ben’s Bike MTB Meet at shop Monday

6:00 PM

1-2 hours Easy, fun, social Ben’s Bikes

ben@bensbikestucson.com

The Bicycle Loop Ride Udall Park

7290 E. Tanque Verde,

Monday

6:30 AM

15-16 54 miles http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/
Monday Night Mash 12.14 Diamondback Bridge in Ironhorse Park on the Aviation Bikeway Monday

7:15pm

15-25 miles Social regroups https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147259775287516/
 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday

5:30AM

20 miles

About an hour

12-14

HILLS

Damion Alexander

520-977-5664 text or call

VeloVets The VA Blind Rehab Center, Building 30. Tuesday, 5:30 Not that long. Just doing good helping out our Vets. Thanks for Serving! https://www.facebook.com/VeloVets/?fref=ts
Tuesday Fair Wheel Ride University/Euclid Tuesday

6:00AM

2.5 hours

40 miles

Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

6:30PM

Few Hours Varies Fast brownus_clarence@yahoo.com
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

8:30PM

12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
 
UA Cycling  Wed.Worlds Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

6:00AM

40-60 miles   http://uacycling.com/
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed

6:00AM

55-60 Miles   www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking Lot Wed

5:30AM

Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon Casual

NoDrop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Julian Wash Out n Back Roy Schoonover Trail Head

7500 S. Kolb

Wed

4:30PM

10 10-no drop http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/
Heavy Pedal Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:00PM

Different route each week    
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride. Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento, Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30 A few miles No Drop https://www.facebook.com/pg/TransitCycles/events/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista 31.501495, -110.274078 Wed

7:00PM

10 miles   Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
Bike Polo UofA Mall Wed

8:00PM

    https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
 
Up Oracle

Thursday

University and Euclid Thurs

6:00AM

  Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs

5:30AM

20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander

977-5664

Thursdays are for wheel People AJ’s

Sunrise/Campbell

Thursday

7:00AM

45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com

548-3624

U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Thurs

6:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride http://uacycling.com/
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

Thurs

5:30AM

Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
Tasty Chipolte Night Ride Sierra Vista

Chipotle  6 or circle K at 6:30

Thursday

6:30 PM

Circle K on BST

16  miles No drop Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685

Mrk.lapaglia@gmail.com

 
U OF A Cycling  Friday Freewheelin Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Friday

6:00AM

2 hours

30-40 miles

Team Time Trial Practice http://uacycling.com/
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the Stretchies Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

Friday 8AM 75-90 minutes Recovery ride https://www.facebook.com/HomestretchFoundation/?pnref=story
 
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina

 

Saturday 6:30AM

 

53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles 17-20

MPH

Free Breakfast after ride

Steve 520-219-4311

The

Old  Man Shootout

University and

Euclid

Saturday 5:45 AM

 

60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast

20 MPH+

www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University and

Euclid

Saturday 6:00AM 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
HMS Shop Ride 8225 N. Courtney Page Way Saturday 7:30AM 4 routes 25-30 Miles No Drop hmsbikes@gmail.com 520-989-0196
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Saturday 7:00AM 15-20 miles 12-15

No drop

Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 10-15 miles beginner 12-15

No drop

pbs054@performanceinc.com

520-296-4715

Zona Cycling

First of the Month Mt Lemmon Ride

Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

1st Saturday 7:30AM As far as you can get Until you turn around https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Zona Cycling

 

El Con by the Starbucks . 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th,

Saturday 7:30AM

65 miles 16-18 https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various Routes

Call Scott

Saturday 8:00AM     Scott 296-7819
Miles Ahead Shop Ride I’m sad to say that Miles Ahead has closed and one of the best shop rides in Tucson is no more.  If you are interested in starting a Pistol Hill Ride Every week, please let me know so I can put it here.  I know there is an interest, we just need someone to step up.  Thanks Geoff for having such a great ride.  You and Miles Ahead will be missed.
Ben’s Bike Ride At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Saturday

8:00AM

6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

           
Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 7:30AM   No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com

 

 
Bicycle Ranch Different Trails Sunday

7AM

Different No Drop Steve 520-219-4311
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Sunday

7:00AM

30-35 miles 12-15 Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek

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Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. Lowell 1st Sunday of each month 90-120 Minutes No Drop Misty Burch dr.mistyburch@gmail.com
 
           
Ben’s Bikes At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Sunday 8AM 35-40 17-20 www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Cactus cycling and GABA have on-line ride calendars.  Check them out for more rides.

Cactus Cycling   http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA- http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/

 

 

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES  ^^^^Road rides are above^^^^

What Location Date

Time

Time  Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at.

SAMBA http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/

SDMB http://www.sdmb.org/events/

TORCA http://torca.org/calendar/

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH SOMETHING BIKE RELATED

What Location Date Contact- More Info
TORCA –

May CDO Round Two Trail Work

CDO 10 miles in two days May 13-14 https://www.facebook.com/events/1816912081882385/

 

RACES AND RIDES IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

What Location Date Contact- More Info
The Highly Falkner South Mountain Time Trial Phoenix, AZ Saturday, May 7 http://www.teamvitesse.com/#!highly-falkner-south-mountain-tt
Javelina Chase Gran Fondo & Omnium Duncan, AZ May 05-06 http://www.javelinachase.com/
Highly Falkner South Mountain Time Trial Phoenix, AZ May 13 https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2017-270
Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb

 

Tucson, AZ Friday May 15, 2015 http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137250
Ride of Silence Tucson AZ

And across

the country.

May 17th https://www.facebook.com/events/1234450613344202/
Verrado Velo Criterium 2.0 Verrado, AZ Saturday, May 20 https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2017-1328
Arizona State Time Trial Championships Arizona City, AZ Sunday, May 21 https://tucsonmasters.org/
Grand Junction Off Road Grand Junction

Colorado

May 20 – 22, 2017 http://www.epicrides.com/
Luna Lake Overnight Tour

 

Springerville, Quemado, Pie Town, Alpine May 27 – 29, 2017??? Unverified http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137251
Flagstaff Omnium Flagstaff, AZ June 10-11 http://singletrackbikes.com/
10th Annual Bike the Bluff- Arizona Elite Road Race Championship Show Low, AZ June 17 http://www.bikethebluff.com/
Carson City Off Road Carson City, NV June 16-18, 2017

 

http://www.epicrides.com/
24 Hours In The Enchanted Forest

 

Gallup NM in the Zuni Mountains June 24 June 25 http://ziarides.com/event-register/24-hours-in-the-enchanted-forest
South Boundary BigRide

 

Angel Fire Resort to Taos Youth and Family Center July 22 http://ziarides.com/event-register/south-boundary-bigride/
Dawn til Dusk Camerco, NM August 26 http://ziarides.com/event-register/dawn-til-dusk/
Ninja Mountain Bike Performance | Sedona Sedona, AZ 09/09/2017 – 09/10/2017 https://sandiegomountainbikeskills.com/
Man vs Machine 2017 Williams, AZ September 30 http://www.grandcanyonracing.com/
12 Hours Of Albuquerque and MTB Fest Tijeras, NM September 30 http://ziarides.com/event-register/12-hours-of-albuquerque-and-mtb-fest/
AZ CROSS Series #1-#2 Sedona, AZ October 29-29 https://azcross.com/
AZ CROSS Series #3-#4 Phoenix, AZ November 25-26, https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2017-460
Dawn to Dusk Arizona

 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, December 9 http://ziarides.com/event-register/dawn-dusk-arizona/

 

 

 

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved in the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, Tu Nidito Ride For A Child, Tour De Cure with The American Diabetes Association….  Added bonus, I’ll be there and the pictures are free;-)

RIDE AND EVENT DISCLAIMER

These rides are not mine.  I am only sharing the data.  The Damion Alexander Team  cannot guarantee anybody’s safety.  There are unknown and unforeseen potential hazards in every ride so you should  pay attention and take reasonable precautions.  I always use a helmet.  I think that Helmets are required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in the right ear and keep the headset out of the left ear. Better yet, buy a FarEnd Gear earbud.  Communication is essential during all rides and having the ability to hear is a part of your responsibility to others.  Please also ride within your limitations. You are  not racing the Tour de France.  If you see someone  that is  not riding within their limitations or are becoming a hazard to others we should politely bring this to their your attention  Dothis for your and everybody’s safety.

Also, it is everybody’s responsibility to follow all traffic laws.  We are not lemmings.  Just because somebody does something foolish does not mean you need to follow.  Use your head and enjoy your ride.

 

THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM, DAMION ALEXANDER, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THIS LIST SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR INJURY THAT OCCURS ON THSES RIDES.  EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AROUND THEM

 

WHERE DO ALL THE RIDES COME FROM?  These links and shops and clubs and teams and facebook and YOU.  See a ride that is missing.  Please let me know  Damion@DamionAlexadner.com.  Thanks

Road

*Vistoso Cyclist http://vistosocyclists.weebly.com/road-biking.html

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

*Tucson Tri Girls https://www.facebook.com/groups/ttgandfriends/   http://www.tucsontrigirls.org/index.php/calendar

Zona Cyclist https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794

JKG Strava – https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts

U of A Cycling http://uacycling.com/

Velo Vets  Phonehttp://www.azvelovets.org/: 520-465-5186

Tuesday Night Ride https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/

Bicycle Commuters of Tucson https://www.facebook.com/groups/160142187481277/

Mountain Bike

Tucson Offroad Cyclists and Activists TORCA http://torca.org/   www.facebook.com/events/

Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists  https://www.facebook.com/SDMB.org   http://www.sdmb.org

Tucson Mountain Bike Addicts https://www.facebook.com/TucsonMTBAddicts \

Our MTB Rides – Dave Slagle Slaglesphone@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourmtbrides/385655391621830/?notif_t=group_activity

Old Pueblo Mountain Bike – Todd Rasmussen 520-256-1340   https://www.facebook.com/groups/203787656312279/?fref=ts

RBAR – Jesus Friaa 520-271-3776

 

Shop Rides

Performance Bicycles Speedway Tucson – Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎ http://www.meetup.com/Performance-Speedway-MeetNRide/events/

Performance Bicycles Broadway –  pbs054@performanceinc.com 520-296-4715

Fairwheel Bikes https://fairwheelbikes.com/tucson-arizona-location-ezp-1.html#rides  (520) 884-9018

Grasky Endurance Coaching  www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

Broadway Bicycles

Bicycle Ranch Tucson – http://bicycleranch.com/tucson-rides/ (  520-219-4311

Ben’s Bikes http://www.bensbikestucson.com/  520-574-2453

Recumbent

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/?fref=ts

 

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AT A COURTESY OF THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM.  THIS LIST IS DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT NOT GUARANTEED.  WHEN POSSIBLE, CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE GROUP RIDERS ARE PROVIDED.  TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DOUBLE CHECK OR GO TO THE RIDE AND IF NO ONE IS THERE, GO RIDE BY YOURSELF.

 

Arizona Bicycle Center- Tucson’s Velodrome project

On Friday, December12, there was a bond meeting to decide if the advisory board would support the construction of a Velodrome in Tucson as part of the next bond election.  Having been my first meeting on the subject, here is a one line summary.  The cycling community came out in force, but we seemed very unprepared to address the questions and concerns of the advisory council.  If you want a detailed summary see the blog http://bikepilgrim.com/?p=405

Based on that meeting another was set for Thursday Dec 18th to discuss how we could handle the objections brought up at the Advisory meeting.  The following is a summary of what happened at the follow up meeting.

The meeting was at Perimeter Bicycling.  Richard DeBernardis started the meeting with a brief history of the Velodrome from the original efforts through last weeks meeting.

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The brief History

The Arizona Velodrome Association was founded by Tom Nieman(present at the meeting) and Jon Roberts. The group started looking for support in the community and were successful in raising some funds .  After a few years Perimeter Bicycling was asked to get involved because they were the largest cycling organization with the most credibility.  A group of 50 people from across all  sections of the community were consulted and efforts were put into picking the best location that worked and getting financial backers.  Canyon Ranch committed to paying 200K a year to cover sustainability, but it is likely that with the changing economy that funding is no longer available.

The perception from the community was that this was a playground for a small population of wealthy citizens who lived on the North and East side of town.   When it was proposed to ask the county for funding it was clearly not going to be funded by the bond unless it drew in the youth at risk kids.

In 2008 the county decided not to have a bond election due to the economy  and has not had one  since.  In 2008 they had 250 projects recommended for 2.5 billion.  The Velodrome was put into the recreational sub-group of the bond items.   When the recession came the total funding for all bonds was cut by 80% to a total of 500 million.  Each month there was a meeting and every month representatives from the cycling community were present and talked on behalf of the merits of the Velodrome.  Some of the largest lames cycling spoke, like Greg LeMond.  There were speakers from Mexico who talked about their willingness to travel and use the facility.  Representatives of the business community talked about the economic impact.  All around, the cycling community did everything it should have to show the Velodrome was worthy of the Bond money.

One time the bond committee gave over an hour just to hear about the Velodrome.  18 months ago they approved putting it on the bond if it was put at Kino.  However, the state of Arizona challenged how various items made the bond election.  As a result,  In early 2014, the bond selection committee started the process all over again and they are now looking at what projects warrant coming in.

A company called Populace was hired as a consultant to look at the development of Kino Sports complex.  Populace, who built the London Olympic Velodrome said it was going to cost over 15 million based on their opinion.  At the bond meeting that’s followed representatives from the cycling community did not attend as they thought the Velodrome was already an approved by the committee.

Last week, for the meeting on December 12, those in favor of the Velodrome were caught unprepared for the meeting.  Not only was the velodrome no longer on the list, but the county administrators office was no longer in support.  You can read the last blog post on more details of what happened.

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After the meeting last week it was clear we had some issues to work out on location, funding, operating agreement and community support.  In a nut shell, here is what we need to do now in order to have the best chance of getting on the Bond.

Location

If this is to make the recommendation for the   current Bond Election we need to focus on Kino Sports Complex.  The challenge is the county wants an exact location within Kino, but there is an ongoing study of the best uses for Kino and until that is complete it is challenging to pick “the spot” as it is a moving target.

The other reason we are focusing on Kino is in order to sell the Velodrome to the voters it will need to be a project for the community not just an elite group who live in the Foothills.

Greg Wexler sits on the Bond Committee and said he has land that he and a partner can potentially donate near Tangerine and I-10.   However, they still need to discuss this with all of their investors and can’t give a definitive answer until it is too late for the bond meeting.  So even though this is an option in the future, it is off the table for now.

Community Support

The community needs to show support this project.  If we can’t come together as a community and say we want this, we will vote for this and we will pay to use it is not going to happen.

In order to make this as easy as possible for you, we have created a link where you can do all of this online and it will take about 90 seconds. Here is the link and I’ll post it below as well.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-dYZtqKFdnyz_ILEUxz3HBMTN_fcW7P_RlV8plJ5AzE/viewform

(if this does not work copy and paste into your browser_

If we can get enough people to say they are willing to pay for an annual membership it will cover the sustainability issues.  If you have a business or are willing to be a founding member or a sustaining member, your pledge is very important.  Please note: no funds are being collected and this time and this  is not binding, but it is essential that we put our intentions for using the Velodrome out there for the bond committee to clearly see.

Operating Agreement

Perimeter cycling and USA cycling are working on this part of the county’s request with the county.  If you have experience in running a Velodrome or large sports facility please let us know. Otherwise, we have this part under control.

Educational component

One of the concerns is will this facility be used for only an elite portion of the population.  The rational of putting it at Kino Sports Complex is that it will become another place for at risk youth to go.  Ignacio and Elaine both are teaching cycling to kids in our public schools.  They will be working on getting letters endorsing the Velodrome from parents and kids.  If you work in a school and are willing take a leadership roll in getting kids and parents to fill out the online survey or send in letters please let us know.

You can contact me if you want to be involved or fill in the online survey and make a comment about wanting to help out.  The only way this stands a chance of happening is if we all do a little.

Again, Here is the link for the survey.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-dYZtqKFdnyz_ILEUxz3HBMTN_fcW7P_RlV8plJ5AzE/viewform

Tucson Velodrome. To be or not to be?

Tucson and a Velodrome

Of all the great cycling infrastructure we have in Tucson it seems like a Velodrome is a missing link.

Over the past few years I have had many conversations on the Velodrome and the history in getting it built here. I was thinking of going into that here, but am going to skip it because where we have come from is less important than what we need to do today and in the next 30 days.

On Friday, December 12, 2014 there was a meeting with the Pima County Bond Advisory committee to get their blessings for including the Velodrome on the next bond issue. We were asking for 5 million dollars in what will be a half billion dollar bond. The cycling community stepped up in a big way last week and did everything in advance of the meeting that could be expected and more. Letters were sent to the committee from locals, our cycling friends around the country and even Canada. We had more people at the Bond meeting to speak than any other issue on the agenda.

At the meeting the Pima County Administrator gives a thumbs up or down on funding for the various bond issues. They supported almost all of the bond issues on the agenda but they did not support the Velodrome.

The good news is that at the meeting, they gave us the reasons they disapprove. All of objections can be overcome if we work together in the next month. The three key factors are location(or lack thereof), an operating agreement and community participation in the funding( this was not clear, but I think both capital and sustaining costs)

There was a vote to completely remove the issue from the bond election, but that failed. I had the feeling that those who most ardently oppose the project are doing so for 2 reasons. 1- There is some political bad blood between the organizers of the Velodrome and the Bond members. This is just my opinion and I may be way off, but I’m not;-)   2- We did not have our act together and after 7 years of asking for funds for the project I get the feeling that some members feel we are just wasting their time. I am reaching out to those I think are opposed because they are more against the personalities involved and not the issue. As for the second group, if we can come up with a concrete plan and stick with that, we might bring them on board. Either way, they were a minority, but there concerns helped keep the vote fro being in the Velodromes favor.

The ultimate decision in the meeting was to give the Velodrome a stay of execution.   We will be back at the January meeting to re-present. The county asked for meetings to discuss the objections they have. The primary ones being the location and operating agreement . One of the Committee members, Mr. Wexler, expressed an interest in bringing the Velodrome to some land he is a partner on near Tangerine Road. Kino Sports Complex is the other location on the table. A meeting with Mr. Wexler is set for next week and the county meeting to address the Kino location has not been set.

Following the meeting the group in support met outside to discuss what the next step is. Don Melhado, who has been a part of the project from the beginning, had the worst idea I’ve heard in some time. He recommended that I take the lead on this project. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to give, but it really needs someone to take the reins. Until I can find that person, I will help rally the troops in preparation for the final meeting. I’ll need some help and feel good about the 20 plus who took their time to show up for the meeting and the others who sent in letters, but if we want to see this happen, we will need YOU!

Richard DeBernardis, Don Melhado, Jon Roberts and Joey Luliano are working on the issues relating to the location and creating an operating agreement with the county. . I’ll be heading up the efforts to get more letters to the committee and funding. I’ve already started the conversation to see specifically what the committee and county want us to provide in terms of community matching funds. It was also unclear if the concerns are for the original construction capital or sustaining the Velodrome for perpetuity. I expect it will be some of both and will be looking for YOU to be a founding member, a sustaining member or commit to buying an annual membership to use the facilities . Best part, most will only be pledges, so it is not be a cost you will need to worry about today. Unless you happen to have a few million dollars and want the thing named after you. In that case, we should talk.

If you have interest in being involved, please send me an email at Damion@damionalexander.com and put Velodrome in the subject line.

Below are the short notes I took at the meeting. I was paraphrasing and gotting these down on the I-phone, so they are not the best. Hopefully, I’ll post the minutes for the meeting when I get them. Again, time is not on my side so I am just giving what I wrote at the meeting.

SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE VELODROME. Each speaker was allotted 1 minute.

David Grief. UA student. Came here for the cycling. From San Diego. Had a velodrome been here it would have made his choice to go to UA even easier.

Joey Luliiano

Pres. Of ua cycling. Helped write proposal for the current Velodrome . One of the concerns about the Velodrome is the cost will be much more than 5 million. Rock Hill, SC just built one and it cost less than the 5 million for the Bond in Tucson.

Brendan Lyons.Executive Director for a advocate group called Look, Save a life Arizona. Told all of the rakings for Tucson in the biking world from different organizations.

Ted Frohling did not speak

Don Mellano. USA cycling. Over 3000 people race each year in Tucson The. Velodrome will ad an additional 5000-6200 racers. The Economic impact of this is like having another El Tour each years and it will happen without any cyclist being on your road/

Ben Elias. Youth programming. Healthy and happy lifestyle of cycling.. Encourage local youth. El Grupo Youth Cycling.

David Swanson. Cyclist and race with para cycling team. Spectator friendly, kids racing. Safe and controlled environment. Can be used for multi use from volleyball courts and spectator events.

Kevin Harsley. Racing for 20 years. Will start driving to San Diego next year. Money will be spent in San Diego instead of Tucson. Will volunteer there instead, but would like to keep his money and community envolvement in Tucson

Ken Montany. Racer. Commuter. Bike shop employee. Sees infrastructure is here to see people involved. This is another way to get more people on bikes.

Richard DeBernardis – This can be done under 5 million. We need r=this for gabby for the 95 year old. We need this for the local Pascua Yaqui tribe who put over 100 cyclists in El Tour this past year.

Alisa Neave. Tri girl. Coaches with Jr. El Tour. Professional volunteer. Safe place for kids. Need a place where kids and the community can get there race on and get more people involved. The loop is great, but it is not the environment to race/ Increase property values. Entertainment

Gord Fraser Canadian Olympic coach. In Canada they are excited Tucson could have the team here on a velodrome. As the coach Gord would rather sleep in his own bed at night and if we have the Velodrome the team will train here.

Allison Alterman. UA student. Came here for cycling team. As an emerging varsity team more pull for out of state students.

Kevin Goldstein. Makes specialty earbuds. Velodrome would create business. He would be advertise to support the Velodrome with his pocketbook as well as be a spectator.

Paul Dominguez Moved here for the cycling. Thrilled by the idea of the velodrome. Goes to multiple venues to ride the track. Track builds a lifetime of character. And health for kids

Elaine MariolleMarketing at el tour Good for beginning to advanced/ She works with many at risk youths. This is a great venue for kids in a safe environment.

Curtis Gunn. Former pro cyist. Avid cyclist. He was a Fat kid. Velodrome in Atlanta is where he got fit. Gave him the opportunity to lose the weight and has lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Ben Ferguson Mentioned the 5 c’s. Started for the Climate but became an avid cultist because of the culture. It is fun. It will continue to grow the community.

SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION of the VELODROME

Nanette Slusser: County recommended that the Velodrome not be added to the bond election. In the past year the county has attempted to arrange sit downs with those interested in the Velodrome and those meetings never happened. There is a concern for the location. It will take up a footprint of nearly 6 acres to build the Velodrome. That does not include parking. Kino Sports complex may work, but the concerns the county has have been unanswered.

Carolyn Campbell. Go over operating costs. Main key is the operating Velodromes have a major ongoing subside. Many have not been successful. Most need a benefactor to be sustainable.

Gary Davidson. There was a May 13th chuck memo. Still don’t have a site? Also, there is still not an operating agreement in place.

Tom Warne. How large is the site? He is in favor for youth. Does not have an agreement for oporating. Sees the value of theft Lowell Shootout and UA book fair and what they have done for Tucson.. No parks are self supporting. Does not look at it as a business from a P and L standpoint. . Sees it as good for the community’s, but wants to see a road map.

Nanette. Can it work at Kino? Is there parking? Is it self-sustaining. Need discussing of a deal for the bond project and what the applicant can do. 6 acres plus parking The next meeting Is Jan 9th. Can we get a matching fund.? We need a binding agreement?

Chris sheafe. We have funding that says they will back it up but are waiting to see what is happening. He is making a motion to move it on as a community investment in lifestyle and this will benefit the community and that we are the growing area of the community.

Richard DeBarnadrdis. There were matching funds before from a community member, but due to changes in financials those are not there now. As for matching funds, when pressed by the committee. He said Perimeter Cycling will sign an agreement for funds.

Nicole Fyfee. It has been difficult to get Richard to sit down. Will Richard sit with the county at any time.

Richard _ I’m her 24/7. Just tell me where you want to meet.

Gary Davidson – Can’t vote for it if it does not have a specific site. We need some details. I’ll vote for it, I think it’s a good idea, but it needs to be defined. Too much up in the air after 7 years.

Ted pretzelski – Sounded pie in the sky. Supporters have done everything they are supposed to do. But concerns. Difficult to turn a profit. Wants to know more of recent projects. When he sees cycling he sees recreational cyclists. Concerned when this hits the ballot that the radio hosts will blow it to pieces. Needs help from the cycling community and will they come out and support this.

Tom Warne. We are not looking at the big picture. So many benefits No one Moves here for soccer. For softball. This is a generator of funds. A return on investment on the south side park is unheard of. It will bring money here. Will it break even. No. It will though for youth. It Is for beds in hotels. Lots of benefits. Narrowing it down to a P and L is not the way of looking at this. We can put our community on the map.

Carolyn CampbellEl tour brings people, people moving here, el Grupo. Concerned there is no matching funds. Can’t support it. Recommended it be deleted from the Bond.

Wexler. Wants to expand on meeting about land he has in Marana. Asked if the proponents would be OK with Marana as a location.

Chairman noter that one speaker in favor of did not have a chance to speak

PK Steffan Ccoach with JDRF. Brings 180 people for el tour to Tucson. Great boon for Tucson. Will bring people here. We have a choice, should it be in Phoenix or tucson. Put us on the map as a destination. After all these years that we are still trying to get it shows the community support.

There was a vote to Delete this item from the bond Election proposals.

Vote to continue. 4 votes against it Carolyn Campbell (Vice Chair, District 5), Tom Dunn (Town of Marana), James Ward (Sahuarita), Michael Lund (Dist. 4).

The rest of the Board voted to stay the final vote for the next meeting to give the Proponents an opportunity to address the questions brought up at the meeting.

After the vote we milled around and chatted in small groups before deciding to gather and discuss the next steps. We received some of the history of locations and what the challenges are.

Following the meeting the group in support met outside to discuss what the next step is. Don Melhado, said I should be the point man for this.

Richard DeBernardis, Don Melhado, Jon Roberts and Joey Luliano are working on the issues relating to the location and creating an operating agreement with the county. . I’ll be heading up the efforts to get more letters to the committee and funding as well as media and communications.

Damion Alexander as Bike Pilgrim