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Why can’t every city have a bit of this?: The Loop in Tucson, Arizona

Written by Fiona

November 18 2017

The Loop in the Arizona city of Tucson is 132 miles of purpose-built cycle path. I was blown away by this cycling path  and I do wish that more towns and cities could see the benefits of such a brilliant health-giving asset.

The Loop offers cyclists, hand-cyclists, recumbent bike riders, walkers and runners an incredible 132 miles of smooth, traffic free path. It has taken a couple of decades to build and , no doubt, many millions of dollars but what an incredible attraction.

The Loop is made of smooth tarmac and where the cycle ay occasionally crosses roads, drivers must yield to cyclists. Mostly, though, The Loop has its own bridges and tunnels so you can ride without traffic for dozens and dozens of brilliant miles.

I enjoyed riding The Loop during a trip to visit friends in Tucson, Arizona.

Take a look at this short video of two of my friends riding The Loop. 

The Loop in more detail

The cycle route of The Loop  connecting the Rillito, Santa Cruz and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Road Greenways. The Loop extends through Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, Tucson and South Tucson.

There is an interactive map you can use for The Loop or take a look at the Facebook page.

More photos of a ride on The Loop

Cycling and chatting is easily possible on The Loop.

Great views from the city of Tucson on The Loop.

The Loop is used by a wide range of people.

Signposting on The Loop.

Maintenance pitstop on The Loop.

A greta place to ride with friends.

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