Did you know that 40% of all urban travel in the US is less than 2 miles? 2 miles is nothing; especially in a high density, flat place like Tempe where the weather is always great. Yet a huge percentage of Americans continue to use their cars for these short trips.
Clif Bar has launched a new campaign called the 2 Mile Challenge which aims to encourage more people to use bikes for short trips. Clif has tricked out a bus to run on biodiesel and is touring the western US to promote the 2 Mile Challenge. Inside the bus is apparently an interactive display that allows you to calculate a 2 mile radius around your house and to see stores, restaurants etc. that fall within that area – the website has the same feature.
Clif Bar is targeting college campuses for their tour, and we just found out that the 2 Mile Challenge is coming to ASU on Wed, Oct 3rd. Looks like there will be live music, free Clif Bars and demo bikes including ultra cool Xtracycles. TBAG is going to go check it out – you should too.
In addition to the good karma that comes with helping raise money for bicycle advocacy in the greater PHX metro area, you’ll have a great time pouring beer, selling TdF gear and spreading the love. Plus, you get a Tour de Fat shirt and will drink for free when you’re not volunteering. How could you pass this up?
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The crew that brought you the AzCRAP Ride (a.k.a. “Arizona Car Resistance Action Party”) are at it again – this time they are throwing down with The Moustache Ride, a bar hop and cruiser ride in Tempe and Scottsdale. 8 pm, Friday September 21st.
Yup, that’s right – according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, “bike paths and trails ‘are really not transportation.’” But wait, it gets better. Not only is riding your bike to work, school, the post office, a store, restaurant or a bar not transportation, you’re also to blame for the nation’s decaying highway infrastructure:
Imagine you’re the federal official in the Bush administration charged with overseeing the nation’s transportation infrastructure. A major bridge collapses on an interstate highway during rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring an additional 100. Whom to blame? How about the nation’s bicyclists and pedestrians!
Interested in getting people out of their cars and onto their bikes? Check out the GetMorePeopleCycling.com website for case studies on what other communities and organizations are doing. Then, sign up for the TBAG email list to be informed of bike-related volunteer opportunities here in Tempe.
By our count, approximately 40 bike riding folks showed up to at least one of the four stops and a significant percentage of the group made it to all four. We gave away a whole bunch of shirts and stickers so keep an eye out for your fellow TBAG supporters out there.
We anticipate making Handlebar Happy Hour a monthly or bimonthly event. If you’ve got an opinion about frequency and timing (day of the week, start time, etc.) for future Handlebar Happy Hours leave us a comment.