Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Design Announced

Town Lake Bridge

The City of Tempe has announced the design for the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span the west end of Tempe Town Lake near the soon to open Tempe Center for the Arts. The “bow string arch bridge” is designed to complete the loop around the lake for pedestrians and bicyclists. Construction on the bridge is slated to start summer of 2008.

The bridge is a great example of new infrastructure development and planning efforts by the city that should help to make Tempe a more bicycle friendly city.

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Tempe Police Increasing Bicycle Enforcement

ASU students are back and as a result the Tempe Police are temporarily increasing enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian laws near campus:

The department said the most frequent violations include bicyclists riding against traffic flow, riding on sidewalks, bicycle red light/stop sign violations and pedestrian signal violations.

Fortunately, the increased enforcement is being coupled with education about local bicycle and pedestrian laws:

Officers will educate citizens on city and state laws pertaining to bicyclists and pedestrians….The department already partnered with ASU officers to distribute pamphlets during freshman orientation while attending move-in days at the university.

This effort by the Tempe Police clearly makes sense given that wrong-way and sidewalk riding are significant contributors to bicycle-car collisions in the Phoenix area.

the Velorution

one guy’s commitment to bike to work for an entire month, and the adventure that follows

Jeff has challenged himself to ride his bike to work every day for the month of August – “7.3 miles one way, twice a day, five days a week, for an entire month“. Check out the Velorution for daily updates on his experiences, tips on bike commuting and a bit of inspiration:

This blog will chronicle my daily commute to work by bicycle during the entire month of August. It will be a log book of the what and how. Ideally – although cautiously for my sake – problems will arise: flat tires, angry drivers, sweaty work clothes; all of these are things that are common and legitimate concerns about biking to work. I will address these obstacles and hopefully give the reader some insight into what it requires to overcome them in hopes of a cleaner world.

Additionally, I aim to address more than just the logistics of bicycle commuting. I want to investigate the more philosophical side of this challenge and what it means to be less reliant on automobiles, how it will benefit our health to ride a bike daily, and any other topics that come to me.

I want to be more proof that it can be done.

Here’s to the Velorution!

Alternative Transportation the Focus of Resident Artist at ASU

From Eric Iwersen, City of Tempe Bicycle Coordinator:

Between September 7 – October 12, Brazilian Artist Jarbas Lopes will be the artist-in-residence at the Arizona State University Art Museum. Jarbas is interested in working with the community to develop his concepts/interests in alternative transportation and utopia.

During his stay in Tempe he will have a gallery space at the Art Museum. He wants to make this space interactive; work with the community to create, design and fabricate using recycled materials (especially bicycle parts). He will need donated bikes, parts, equipment and other recyclable materials. He will also need YOU to be there, collaborating with him to build scultpure, bikes, or just ideas.

The city will be working with local bike shops and the city’s surplus yard to provide materials. We will also look into commissioning a sculptural piece by Jarbas (working with the community) for the Tempe Transportation Center.

Please plan on getting involved with this project. Contact John Spiak (480-965-2787 jdspiak AT mainex1.asu.edu) for more information.

Full press release below: