Paul's Note - November 16, 2021

El Tour de Tucson is this weekend. It’s our premier bicycle event in a city where we are often picked as a top bicycling destination. 

It’s traditionally a big draw for out-of-town visitors. Estimates I’ve seen range from between $10 million and $12 million in economic impact for our city. 

This year’s Tour will feature four routes, ranging from the 102-mile course taking riders to diverse locales like San Xavier, Green Valley and Vail, to the shorter 10-mile fun ride. 

Of course, having so many bicycles on the roads mean traffic restrictions. The route is very different this year, but there will be traffic restrictions. None will directly affect Ward 2, but if you are planning on visiting the south-east, south or west sides on Saturday, remember that there may be restrictions. You can find out more by visiting

Ice skating will return to Downtown on Saturday.  

Tucson Holiday Ice will be located at 260 S. Church Ave., in front of the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office. Water has been added to the rink and it's being chilled ahead of Saturday's opening. The project includes decorations, skate assists, and the Skate Shack. Tickets to ice skate can be purchased online and at the TCC Ticket Office. Each session will start at a designated time and last for 90 minutes. The admission for adults is $17 per session, children under 12 are $12, and skate assists can be rented for $5. Skates are included with the ticket price and begin at size 8 for children and run as large as men's size 15. Socks are required, and gloves and masks are highly recommended. 

Next week will be a short week for most city employees due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents with trash and recycling collection normally scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays will  have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill and the Household Hazardous Waste facility will be closed on Thursday. 

City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25th. Customers may leave a message for Environmental Services Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or email and they will be contacted no later than the next business day.  

Holiday collection schedules are available online or through the free Recycle Coach app to receive notifications about their trash, recycling, and Brush & Bulky collections. 

Tucson City Court, including the City Prosecutor’s Office and City Public Defender’s Office, will be closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and on Friday, Nov. 26. 

Although offices are closed, victims may leave a message at 520-791-5483.