About the Ride
How do I join?
Simple, all you need to do is show up. We meet every Tuesday at 8:30pm. Generally we meet at the flag pole in front of Old Main at the University of Arizona. Some recent events have forced us to change the meeting point to the top of the hill at Himmel Park. The postings here on this website or on our FB group will confirm the location of the meeting point on any given Tuesday.
Who can join?
Everyone is welcome, provided you have a bike or something like a bike and don't intend to cause trouble. Causing trouble means you won't do something that will attract negative attention from the police, harm others, destroy property, or fight with the other riders.
What kind of bike do I need?
Just about any type of bike will work. However, some bikes are better suited than others. A bike that can comfortably handle a wide variety of urban terrain is best. We do occasionally pass over unpaved areas and Tucson city streets can at times be very rough and sprinkled with deep potholes.
I don't ride a bike. Can I ride my ____ instead?
If it goes where a bicycle can go and it doesn't create fumes or excessive noise, then absolutely yes. Unicycles, tricycles, electric scooters, electric skateboards, etc. all perfectly welcome. No petrol powered machines, please.
A Brief History of the Tuesday Night Ride
It all started in the fall of 2007. A university student by the name of Nick was nearing his birthday. His friends asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday. Nick replied that he wanted to go for a bike ride with his friends. They met on top of the hill at Himmel Park and went for a ride before hitting the bars to celebrate. They had so much fun, they decided to repeat the event the following Tuesday and bring more friends along. This continued to snowball, attracting more and more people and their bikes from the community.
This went on as a random affair for a couple of years without any clear direction. The BMX riders would ride out ahead and everyone else would just follow along blindly. This lead to some issues. Often times the group would end up far away from the starting point with no plan on how to return. On occasion the ride would cut through private property attracting negative attention from the police.
In 2008, a man by the name of Collin Forbes who had been attending these rides, saw value in this event and started planning and publishing routes as well as leading the rides. For 10 years Collin planned and led those rides every Tuesday. He never missed a single Tuesday in all that time. He took what was a random affair and gently guided it into what is now an institution and household name in this community. Sadly, Collin passed away suddenly in October of 2018, but his vision lives on. We have continued the tradition every single Tuesday since his passing.