In late summer of 2010, the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition celebrated the completion of the “Red Rock Road” project on Highway 179 between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. This was a monumental project, in that bicycling advocacy had secured bike lanes and other bicycle-friendly features on this route [editor’s note: the city of Sedona has recently been awarded LAB bicycle friendly silver status]. A small, but vocal and constructive, group of bicycling advocates made a huge impact on the outcome of this roadway re-design. Ian Wickson, Doug Copp, Randy Victory, Daniel Paduchowski, Thomas McGoldrick and a handful of other bicyclists/advocates were responsible for shaping this project in a way that has benefited thousands of bike riders in the years since this roadway was reconfigured and reconstructed.
The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists was invited to participate in the celebration, and we subsequently co-wrote a cover article for the League of American Bicyclists’ magazine, highlighting this achievement for 30,000+ readers. Our former VP, Dennis Dempsey, captured some of the celebratory riding in a video that we are happy to share with you leading up to the 5th anniversary of the project’s completion…enjoy!!! And, please be an advocate for cycling and/or financially support those who are working on your behalf to make Arizona a more safe and enjoyable place to ride a bike. Every donation of time or financial assistance does matter.
Here’s the 2010 video made for the opening celebration: