TUCSON -- The Old Pueblo was recently named #2 best city for biking by a top US bicycling mag. It can't be too bad. I've been on my bike daily in Tucson since 1994.
Biking in Tucson is OK, but not great, and getting harder. The polluted air is getting worse, making the need to ride greater but also making it harder on our lungs. It is sunny and dry, but also very hot much of the year, and getting hotter.
Every year thousands more speeding, careless, SUV & cel phone addicts from California move here, and one of them almosts hits me on my bike at least once a week.
Tucson's high bike rating is an honor, but it is more of a reflection on just how dangerously hostile it is to ride in other American cities. Tucson is great when compared to Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, or most cities.
You can help make biking in Tucson even better by parking your car and riding instead. Fight global warming and big oil. Save money. Get exercise. Take back the streets with your friends and family on your bikes.