The League of American Bicyclists has announced that Sierra Vista earned a bronze level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
The designation reflects the many ways Sierra Vista supports bicyclists including efforts to share bicycle safety education opportunities, access to bicycle amenities like Sierra Vista’s 30-mile network of multi-use paths, and community participation in events like Walk and Bike to School Day, which is being celebrated by local schools all this week. Sierra Vista is now one of 416 communities in the nation — and 11 in the state of Arizona — that have received a Bicycle Friendly Community award.
“We applaud these communities for making improvements for people who bike in ways that build upon [the communities’] existing strengths and are based upon their particular needs, whether that is infrastructure, education, or encouragement,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. The designation is valid for four years and will be up for renewal in 2021.
“This designation highlights Sierra Vista’s growing reputation as a community that provides ample amenities for cyclists and offers residents the resources they need to enjoy a healthy, active way of life,” says Judy Hector, marketing and public affairs manager for the City. “This also bolsters our tourism efforts to attract cyclists to Sierra Vista, where they can enjoy stunning scenery and temperate year-round weather that make our community an ideal destination for this emerging market.”
With Sierra Vista’s inclusion in U.S. Bicycle Route 90, the City is becoming a popular stop among touring cycling groups that ride long distances across the country. Twice each year, Adventure Cycling’s Southern Arizona Road Tour brings about 40 to 50 riders through southeast Arizona, including a night in Sierra Vista.
The announcement comes during National Bike Month and local residents can still participate in a month-long cycling challenge by creating a free Strava account and joining either “SV Cycling Challenge” or “SV Youth Cycling Challenge” to log their miles. There are weekly winners for total distance and each 15 miles logged earns participants a ticket for a grand prize drawing that will be held on May 31. To learn more, call John Healy at (520) 439-2302 or email Sports@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov.
The City also provides free pocket maps to help riders find safe, bicycle-friendly routes through the community and to explore local mountain biking trails. These maps are available at the Visitor Center in the Oscar Yrun Community Center, located at 3020 E. Tacoma Street, local bike shops, or online at www.sierravistaaz.gov/download-maps.
About the Bicycle Friendly Community program
The Bicycle Friendly Community program was created in 1995 and has processed more than 1,200 applications since 2002. To access Sierra Vista’s Bicycle Friendly Community report card and learn about other communities that have received a designation, head to bikeleague.org/bfa/awards#community.