By John Westergaard, The Arizona Bicycle Association.
Cycling writer John Westergaard of BikeAZ.org, the official media portal for The Arizona Bicycle Association contributed to this article. Jason “The Bike Bandit” Kirk, mountain bike guide for Tucson Bike Rentals and Guided Bike Tours also contributed to this story.
ORO VALLEY, Arizona – Oro Valley and the northwest side of Tucson is one of my favorite places to ride. The roads in general are newer than Tucson’s with well kept designated bike lanes and paths that are great for the novice as well as the serious cycling enthusiast. In Oro Valley alone, there are over 80 miles of bike paths and roads with bike lanes. Yes, there is nothing like biking among the desert scenery with the backdrop of the Catalina Mountains.
Cycling Oro Valley – Southern Arizona’s Biking Mecca
“If you are looking for an ideal road biking community to visit or retire, Oro Valley, Arizona has to be at the top of your list,” says Kirby Rodriguez, retired Air Force veteran and editor for BikeAZ.org. “The Vistoso area of Oro Valley is a center point for great, safe cycling with an ideal climate. We have it all. You can start here, stay close by and enjoy great bike lanes and paths. Or you can venture on long haul rides, such as heading east to Catalina Highway and take it up towards Mount Lemmon (9,159′), riding fantastic black top with safe bike lanes.” (The actual road up to Mt. Lemmon from the North is not paved. -kr)Read More