Road runner: Saddle up on a bicycle this month

2013-04-01T00:00:00Z Road runner: Saddle up on a bicycle this monthBecky Pallack Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Bike Fest starts today and goes all month.

You know what that means? Free breakfast. Free ice cream. Free stuff, all as a reward for your pedal power.

Fill out your calendar with these fun things to do:

• Bike, scoot, skate or walk on five miles of car-free streets at Cyclovia Tucson, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. A second Cyclovia event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the University of Arizona.

• Get discounts at restaurants next week by riding your bike.

The deals are part of the Pedal the Pueblo events, and the kickoff is a free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. April 8 at Whole Foods, 3360 E. Speedway.

Go to for a list of discounts.

• Bike to Work and School Day is April 10, and there are more freebies and deals around town.

• Get deals on bikes, parts and other gear at the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association's Bike Swap Meet, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street downtown.

• Bike to the Zoo Day is April 21 at the Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way. Get free entry and free ice cream when you ride your bike.

• A Bicycle Scavenger Hunt at 9 a.m. April 21 at Armory Park is a family-friendly event that raises money for El Grupo, a youth bicycling club. Register at


• The Tucson Bus Riders Union will host a community hearing on the future of the Ronstadt Transit Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

• Granada Avenue will be closed at St. Mary's Road on Thursday and stay closed for four days while crews work on a drainage culvert. Use Main Avenue or Stone Avenue as an alternative southbound route into the downtown area.

• The city is repaving Craycroft Road between the Rillito River Bridge and Grant Road and also Golf Links Road between Wilmot and Kolb roads.

The work will take a few weeks, but it will be done at night so it won't mess up your commute.


Martin Brownstein often finds himself sitting at a red light on Oracle Road at Suffolk Drive at 4 a.m. when there's no cross-traffic.

"Is that signal supposed to be on a sensor to detect traffic attempting to enter Oracle Road?" he asked. "Can the timing of the signal be checked?"

A: The Arizona Department of Transportation sent a crew to check it out, found a malfunctioning vehicle-detection camera and replaced it, said spokesman Dustin Krugel.

ADOT inspects traffic signals on state highways at least twice a year, he said, but the public can report possible malfunctions (for signals on state highways only) by calling 1-800-379-3701.

On a related note, be extra careful at the Oracle-Suffolk intersection. Last year the Oro Valley Police Department identified it as one of the most dangerous in town, and officers keep a close eye on drivers there.

Send your Road Q questions by email to or to 4850 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85714. Please include first and last names.

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