Daniela Diamente, director of El Grupo Youth Cycling, and Donna Lewandowski, a bicycle and pedestrian planner, discuss the future of the Pima County Urban Loop project.

With its abundance of bike trails and high-profile bicycling events such as El Tour de Tucson, Pima County has worked hard to earn its reputation as a bicycle-friendly place to live.

Once it is completed, a new project called the Urban Loop will be a 55-mile long shared-use path open to bicycles and roller blades, runners and dog walkers. It will connect to public transit at numerous points and will provide easy access to many local destinations.

Once completed, "The Loop" will be a 55-mile trail encompassing Rillito River Park, the Julian Wash Greenway, and parts of the Santa Cruz River Park, the Pantano River Park, and the Houghton Greenway.

The Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website contains much more information about The Loop and numerous other citywide programs and initiatives promote alternative means of transportation.

To discuss the ongoing Loop project, AZPM's Mark McLemore is joined by Donna Lewandowski, a bicycle and pedestrian planner for Pima County, and Daniela Diamente, the director of El Grupo Youth Cycling.