College Ave. Traffic Calming Concept Maps

The City of Tempe has released concept maps for the College Ave. traffic calming and pedestrian / bicycle improvements project. These maps were first presented at the October 18th neighborhood meeting and are now available for download [PDF]. The planned traffic calming measures will significantly alter the feel of College Ave by introducing narrower streets and improved “streetscaping“. The end result should be slower traffic speeds on College and greater safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

College Ave. Concept Map

The City of Tempe is still accepting comments on the College Ave. project, so please take a moment to review the concept maps and get involved in the process by commenting (either for or against) on this important redesign of Tempe’s busiest bicycle artery. Also available on the website is a compilation of the comments [PDF] that have already been submitted.

Cupcake Ride Re-cap

Thanks to all who came along for the first Cupcake Ride! A sugar-filled fun time was had by all. We’ll be mounting another expedition in January (probably January 12 at 10 am), so keep an eye out for an announcement as the date approaches. Pictures from the ride can be found here.

Upcoming Tucson-area events

As many are probably aware, this Saturday is the annual Tour de Tucson. For those who happen to be in the Tucson area next weekend, also keep an eye out for an Art Auction on Sunday evening at ArtFare to fundraise for BICAS, the Tucson-area bicycle collective. BICAS is still looking for art submissions up through Thursday, November 15. Check their website for more details.

Mark your calendars: Cupcake Ride Nov. 17

On Saturday, November 17 at 10 am, some of the friends of TBAG will be gathering at the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and Rio Salado for a slow, casual bike ride up to Lulu’s Cupcakes in Scottsdale. This will be an 8-mile round-trip ride, mostly along the Indian Bend Wash (greenway), and is intended to be a fun ride for people new to bicycling and group-riding.

We’ll cover some basic pointers about riding in groups before heading out to eat cupcakes. If things go well, this will hopefully turn into a regular ride for both new and experienced enthusiasts.

Please wear a helmet for the ride, but remember it’s no substitute for learning some street-smarts.

Monthly Ride to First Friday

Join us for an informal ride to First Friday! We will meet on the NE corner of 5th and Mill in downtown Tempe at 6pm on Friday November 2nd and depart promptly at 6:10 pm. Make sure to bring your lights and helmets.

It seems like this is becoming a tradition! Good times guaranteed.

Washington Street was still all torn up last month, so we’ll take the tried and true Oak St. Click here to see our route.