Archive for March, 2008

Tomorrow marks the first day of Bike Month in Tempe and the rest of the Phoenix area. We’ve already posted on Tempe Bike Month Activities but please check out the new TBAG Calendar to see what is going on this coming month in Tempe.

Valley Metro has a nice website highlighting Bike Month activities across the valley that is worth taking a look at.

Emily emailed us to point out that the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is having a Bike-to-SMoCA day on April 20th where everyone who rides to the museum gets in FREE – this program coincides with Scottsdale’s Cycle the Arts ride that morning:

In the spirit of being “green” and in support of Scottsdale’s burgeoning downtown residential life, everyone who rides a bicycle to SMoCA on April 20 receives free admission. Start your day by joining the Scottsdale Public Art Program’s Cycle the Arts, with registration at 7:00 am on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, for a bike tour of public art in the area. Then park your bicycle with SMoCA’s bike valet and peruse the Museum’s exhibitions in air-conditioned comfort.

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Heads up to those of you who ride Rio Salado between Rural and McClintock:

Rio Salado Parkway between Rural Road and McClintock Drive will be restricted to one lane in each direction and bike lanes will be closed March 25 until June 30. These restrictions will be in place intermittently during this time to allow various infrastructure work for private development. Sidewalks along Rio Salado will be open.

More City of Tempe street closure information

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Those of you who ride in northern Tempe have probably noticed the new red bike lanes at the intersections of College and Apache, and Ash and University that were installed a little over a week ago.

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The red “treatment” is a test and these two intersections were targeted due to their high bicycle use and unique automotive traffic restrictions (southbound traffic at both intersections is not permitted). Here is what Eric Iwersen, City of Tempe Transportation Planner, has to say about the new red lanes:

City of Tempe installed a new colorized surface treatment in the bike lanes at the intersections of Ash & University and College & Apache to increase the visibility of the bike lane and to emphasize and support compliance with the unique vehicle lane striping at these sites. The colorized treatment is an experiment and will be reviewed by the city for possible broader use in the community.

Tempe has issued an official press release on the new bike lanes, and Eric also appeared on Channel 3 (you may have to register to see the video) at the crack of dawn on Friday morning to discuss the new lanes.

Although I wish the lanes were a more bold shade of red (and reflective), I think they are a step in the correct direction. It is great to see Tempe testing new ways to increase visibility and safety for cyclists.

What do you think about the new red bike lanes at these intersections? Where else in Tempe would similar highlighting of the bike lane through the intersection help to improve cyclist’s safety?

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Another week, another round of bike polo – note the change to Friday evening. If you are into bike polo but can’t make it Friday, please leave a comment regarding when you are available to play.

The third round of the Second Coming of Bike Polo is taking place
this Friday, March 21 at ~5:30.

The date has been switched to Fridays as there seems to be more people willing/able to make it.

Feel free to bring a friend or a forward this on to someone you think
may be interested.

Full details:

Where: Creamery Park (it’s the park in the center), just east of Four Peaks Brewery, on 8th Street

When: Friday, March 21 @ ~5:50 PM

What You Should Bring: Yourself (duh), your bicycle (we’ll be gentle with them), some protective gear (if you’re a sissy), old clothes/a sweet costume and a desire to whack some balls around

What We Will Bring: Mallets, Balls, and Goals

How: We generally play 3-4 on a team depending on skill on a field similar to 1/2 a soccer field. There are several rules, which are in no way representative of the real rules in polo but we still have a good time.

More info on polo

So, drop your lame plans, bring a friend if you want and get ready to have a polo-extravagana, Nowicki style.

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Tempe Bicycle Action Group will be holding our first major volunteer meeting on March 24 at 7 pm at Boulders on Broadway. Many of you have expressed an interest in helping out with TBAG activities and this is your chance to get involved! TBAG needs your energy and enthusiasm to develop successful programs to advance bicycle transportation and recreation.

At this meeting, we’ll be organizing into four volunteer groups:
- social
- routes/rides/clinics
- bicycle giveaways
- advocacy/city coordination

At the meeting, each volunteer group will develop 3 priority programs for the next year. You will be able to sign up to lead or assist with these upcoming events and programs.

Please RSVP to kate@biketempe.org if you are able to attend. We will provide a pizza dinner for the first 25 people to respond. If you are not able to attend, but would like to stay involved in the future, please let us know and we will keep you in the loop as plans progress.

Boulders on Broadway has indoor bike parking so please ride your bike to this meeting and feel free to bring it inside.

See you Monday!

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This just in – Bike Polo is back!
 
 
 

The second round of the Second Coming of Bike Polo is taking place this Sunday, March 16.

After polo we can either head over to Casey Moore’s for some food/drink or stay close and go to Four Peaks.

Feel free to bring a friend or a forward this on to someone you think may be interested.

Hope to see you all there!

Back in the day, TBAG was known for hosting an excellent game of bike polo. Thanks to friend of TBAG Christoper, polo is back.

Where: Creamery Park (it’s the park in the center), just east of Four Peaks Brewery, on 8th Street

When: Sunday, March 16 @ ~4:00 PM, so no “I have to work” excuses are accepted

What You Should Bring: Yourself (duh), your bicycle (we’ll be gentle with them), some protective gear (if you’re a sissy), old clothes/a sweet costume and a desire to whack some balls around

What We Will Bring: Mallets, Balls, and Goals

How: We generally play 3-4 on a team depending on skill on a field similar to 1/2 a soccer field. There are several rules, which are in no way representative of the real rules in polo but we still have a good time.

More info on polo

So, drop your lame plans, bring a friend if you want and get ready to have a polo-extravagana, Nowicki style.

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First: Do The Test

Then: Read this

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Here’s the latest on Tempe Bike Month. TBAG will be leading the Community Ride during the Bike-A-Palooza on April 5 and will be partnering with the city to staff the Bike to Work and School Day locations with representatives who can offer advice on route planning, bicycle commuting and bicycle safety. Also keep an eye out for other TBAG events to coincide with Tempe Bike Month.

City of Tempe celebrates Tempe Bike Month in April

TEMPE, Ariz. – The city of Tempe Transportation Program, Tempe in Motion, will hold its 17th annual Bike Month to encourage people to use bikes as an alternative mode of transportation. Tempe Bike Month activities include the Bike-A-Palooza, Bike to Work and School Day and Tempe Community Bike Ride.

Bike-A-Palooza – April 5

Tempe in Motion, Valley Metro and Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists will host the Bike-a-Palooza April 5 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants should meet at Kiwanis Park in the parking lot off All-America Way just north of Guadalupe Road. Admission is free. Activities include:

  • Community Ride – This free leisurely 12 -14 mile community bike ride, is a fun, non competitive ride that weaves through diverse neighborhoods, public art projects and other Tempe sites. First 300 participants will receive free T-shirts and be entered to win a free bicycle. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride starts at 8 a.m. Helmets are required.
  • Bike Swap Meet – Buy/sell/trade your new/used bike(s), equipment and accessories. Businesses are required to apply for a special events privilege (sales) and use tax license to participate.
  • Bike Rodeo – A fun event that teaches bike safety techniques to children and adults.
  • Bike on bus and safety demonstrations and helmet giveaways (first 100).

Bike to Work and School Day – April 16

Tempe’s annual Bike to Work and School Day is set for April 16. All riders will receive free breakfast snacks and the first 400 riders will receive free T-shirts. Participants should bike between 6 and 8 a.m. to one of the following breakfast locations:

  • Whole Foods Market, 5120 S. Rural Road, at the northwest corner of Rural and Baseline roads
  • Wildflower Bread Company, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, at the southwest corner of McClintock Drive and Guadalupe Road
  • Berning’s Fine Jewelry, 1721 E. Warner Road, at the southwest corner of McClintock Drive and Warner Road
  • Sixth Street Park, southwest side of City Hall on Sixth Street
  • IKEA Tempe, 2110 W. IKEA Way, at the northwest corner of Priest Drive and Warner Road

Community Ride – April 16

Join Mayor Hugh Hallman along with members of the Tempe City Council and Transportation Commission bicycle ride through Tempe. Meet the Mayor at Whole Foods Market at 7 a.m. and bike to Sixth Street Park in downtown Tempe.

Discounted Bicycle Tune-Ups

Residents are encouraged to stop by the following bicycle stores and receive discounted bicycle tune-ups from April 12 to April 20.

  • Bicycle Wheelers, 2010 S. Rural Road
  • Domenics Cycling, 1004 S. Mill Ave.
  • Ehrhardt’s Schwinn, 111 W. University Drive
  • Landis Cyclery, 2180 E. Southern Ave. & 1006 E. Warner Road
  • REI, 1405 W. Southern Ave.
  • Tempe Bicycle, 330 W. University Drive

Tempe Bike Week sponsors include Tempe Bicycle, Valley Metro, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, Berning’s Fine Jewelry, IKEA, Whole Foods Market, Wildflower Bread Company, Clif Bar, Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Tempe Police Department, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Tempe in Motion.

For information on Tempe Bike Month, call Tempe in Motion at (480) 350-2775 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim.

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We’ve gotten the heads up on this petition from Rhino, Bill and Benny. It is also all over the bicycle blogosphere:

To: Google, and the Google Maps team

We would like a ‘Bike There’ feature added to Google Maps – to go with the current ‘Drive There’ and ‘Take Public Transit’ options.

The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route. The Google Maps-based third party site, byCycle.org (http://byCycle.org/), provides these features for two metro areas – Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin, and there are countless other mapping initiatives around the world aimed at accomplishing the same goal. We hope that Google will consider building this feature into the core Google Maps service…

Read the whole petition and sign

More info on the folks leading the petition at: googlemapsbikethere.org

Bike-specific routing capability in Google Maps would be a great feature. It is interesting to note that here in the PHX area, the ‘Take Public Transit’ option isn’t offered yet (the list of cities with public transit routing in Google Maps is actually pretty limited).

My opinion is that the cycling community asking Google to add a “Bike There” option to Google Maps is a fine idea. However, the cycling community need not wait for Google to act. As byCycle.org demonstrates, any group can build bike route mapping capability into Google Maps by taking advantage of Google’s very powerful Google Maps API. Anybody want to take a crack at mashing up the Tempe Bike Map?

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March 7 is another First Friday!

Join TBAG for a leisurely ride to Phoenix’s First Friday art walk.

We will gather at Mill Ave. and 5th Street at 6 pm to ride over, and will try to be underway by 6:10 to bike to downtown PHX. I will have to return somewhat early, but depending on who is interested we can organize a later return group as well. Be sure to bring lights, as the sun goes down at 6:30!

The route this time will be a little bit different than before and is slightly shorter (9.3 miles, see map below).

If you are planning on coming, please leave a note in the Comments so I know to expect you.

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