A TBAG (and more importantly) a city of Tempe victory!

Last night the Tempe City Council voted to approve all of the proposed free shuttle routes! This includes the one down College Ave that inspired some controversy. The City Council decision will make College Ave safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as make downtown Tempe and the new light rail more accessible to the many city residents who realize that life is better when not tethered to cars.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped lobby for this decision!

Do you like bikes? Does our car culture frustrate you? It’s time for YOU to make a difference!

And Get a free bike for doing it. If you’re willing to relinquish your car, New Belgium Brewing will set you up with a custom-built bike from Ft Collins, CO bike builder Black Sheep Bikes! It’s the nicest commuter money can buy, and all you have to do is to do your part to change the world.

Would you trade your car for a bike? Would you, really? We’re talking about weaning yourself off the petroleum teat for the next year of your life… maybe longer. We’re talking about exposing yourself to the elements and your community at large. We’re talking about not paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas. You could save a bunch of money on your car insurance by switching to Shimano. You could become a part of the pollution solution. Sound good? Then it’s time to step up.


Get Involved: City Council Meeting Thursday, June 28th

As many of you know, the City of Tempe is trying to expand their free shuttle program to include College Avenue. The Tempe Bicycle Action Group thinks this is a great idea for lots of reasons – decreased traffic, more aware drivers (the shuttle drivers, that is), easy access to the light rail and downtown, opportunity for bike/bus commute combos, etc.

View TBAG’s open letter to the community explaining why it’s critical that we support Tempe’s free bus route expansions. Then read our fact sheet about the proposed routes.

A small but vocal group of cranky College Ave residents has decided that this program is a bad idea. Many of them are using cycling as a scapegoat for their opposition, which we think (based on their published comments to the city) really involves concern about the shuttles bringing in the “wrong” type of people into their neighborhood.

The final decision will be made at a city council meeting this Thursday. We need your help. The mayor and City Council strongly support this program, but need to hear from vocal cyclists and community members to counter the opponents.

This is where you can help. Please join us at the City Council meeting this Thursday, June 28th at 6 pm at the upside-down pyramid on 5th St, just East of Mill. If you would like to make a statement, that would be great. We can give you some talking points, but it’s best to just speak openly about your personal reasons for wanting the shuttle. If you’re uncomfortable speaking, please still join us. It is possible that the Council will ask the audience for a show of hands in support of the project. First round of beers to celebrate the new shuttle is on us!

Let us know if you plan to make it (mark@biketempe.org). If you do show up, wear a bicycle shirt if you have one. Carrying in your helmet’s probably not a bad idea either. Bonus points (and beer) for supportive signs.

Please spread the word and bring friends on Thursday. This may end up being a numbers game.

Please support this great program on Thursday!

Tempe Bicycle Action Group Board of Directors
Chris Crosby
Kate Darby
Stan Klonowksi
Mark Neff
Scott Nowicki

Pedalpalooza II

Last night’s “Portland’s Worst Bike Routes” was just that. A couple of friends, two of the more experienced bike advocates in the area, took us on a 2 hour ride through the downtown area to experience the dead-ends, rails, and stair-laden commuter routes that would convince almost any cyclist to give up. Spending time on 55 mph roads with interstate ramps was fun, but not as much as the broken glass fields we were able to ride though. In reality, it was about as challenging as trying to ride a few miles through Mesa. Sure, it was bad, but nothing compared to Southern. Nothing is as bad as Southern through Mesa.

So Pedalpalooza continues, and the Sprockettes host the dance ride tomorrow night. The Sprockettes are touring with Tour de Fat this summer, so if you haven’t seen them, come October you’ll know what I’m talking about.


WNBR and Pedalpalooza

The first weekend of Pedalpalooza down, and I’m ready for a rest day. It started thursday night with a parade and doughnut ride. Friday was chock full: Breakfast on the Bridges, the Alley Stray Cat scavenger hunt, Bike Porn Film Festival, and Midnight Mystery ride. Attendance at MMR was somewhere around 500. It was huge. Saturday was again full, but I didn’t participate until the evening when we went to the Dance Party and World Naked Bike Ride. There were so many people all spread out through the city, that no one was able to get a good count, but again 500 is a pretty good estimate. It was a little chilly, but we were packed in so close there was lots of body heat. It was surreal and fun, and surprisingly comfortable. As far as I know, there were no problems and the hundreds of cops we passed were just laughing and enjoying the scene.


The party continued to rage until early morning, and all-night nudity was the norm. Sunday had a few events, but I held my Ridiulous Singletrack Ride. 60 miles of as much trail as we could find within the Portland city limits. It was supposed to take 6 hours, but it was more like 9 when we finally cut it short and went for burritos. Now, its monday, and the silliness starts at 6 pm with at least 5 designated events. I’m looking forward to the Worst Ride of the Year, where a few brave souls will don body armor and ride the crappiest trafficiest routes in Portland. Hopefully I’ll survive to tell about it.

Pedalpalooza runs until Saturday, June 23, when it culminates at the Multnomah County Bike Fair. I don’t really expect to sleep until that sunday.

Keep the faith.