Archive for April, 2008

Just a reminder that there are two TBAG-sponsored rides/activities going on this weekend:

Friday, April 25: Bike-in Movie at Scottsdale 6. See below for details.

Bike-In movie flier
 

Saturday, April 26: Cupcake Ride 3: The Cupcake Returns. We’ll meet at 10 am at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park (NW corner of Mill and Rio Salado) for the 4-mile easy ride up the greenbelt to Lulu’s Cupcakes. This is a great ride for kids and those who are new to bicycling and group-riding.

Please note there will be no bike polo today. Polo will resume as planned next Friday, May 2nd. See you all then.

Finally, this weekend is Silent Sunday at South Mountain.

Hope to see you on a bike this weekend!

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This is rather entertaining – A month or two ago Slate went looking for America’s Stupidest Bike Lane. Now, they report back on the submissions they received in response to the initial video. Can we beat these submissions with a bike lane from the Valley of the Sun? Leave a comment.

Thanks to Doug for the heads up.

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Today was the public hearing on the privatization of Valle Vista Road on the south side of Camelback Mountain. Apparently the city denied the resident’s request to gate Valle Vista:

On Wednesday, the city of Phoenix denied a request to privatize Valle Vista Road, which runs east and west along the south side of the mountain and forms a loop connecting 56th Street and Arcadia Drive. The street is a popular destination for drivers, hikers and bikers.

Full article is HERE

Supporters of the road closure have seven days to appeal the decision. If you attended the hearing this morning, we’d love to hear a report – tell us about it in the comments below.

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2008 Green Living Conference
Saturaday May 3rd, 2008
@ PHX Zoo – Stonehouse Pavilion 9am-5pm

Green & Bikes Come Together Naturally
The folks at Your Guide to Green are giving a huge discount for ASU students and Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG) – just $22 (includes lunch)
CONFERENCE FEATURES:
- 6 Great Speakers
- Eco Friendly Vendors
- Raffle for Green Prizes
- Lunch included
(from That’s a Wrap & GREEN Vegetarian)
* When Registering – Use Promotional Code: Student (to get the dicount $22 rate) See comments for new registration info!
more info: www.GreenLivingConference.com

I’d like to pull together group ride with if anyone else is planning to go to this event at the Phx Zoo. If interested call Sam: (602) 316-6536 OR samisavage2001@yahoo.com

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Ride your bike and raise money for a good cause on Saturday May 3rd with rides of 12, 30, or 62 miles. Registration is $40. There’s also a pledge/sponsor a rider component. More information is available here. The ride is a fundraiser for the Beatitudes Center DOAR. They are a worthy cause, and the ride should be great.

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For those of you that follow Valley news closely, you’ve probably seen the recent articles in the Arizona Republic about attempts by residents of Valle Vista Road on the south side of Camelback Mountain to privatize their road and thereby block access to all automotive traffic except that of residents. Since Valle Vista is one of the highest roads in the Valley and offers stunning views, it tends to draw people out to enjoy the view – as well as public drinking and drug use, and increased crime the residents claim. The road is also a popular cycling route for riders looking for challenging terrain amid the urban sprawl. The request by residents to close the road has been very controversial (check out the comments on this article) and has set off a battle over the road closure.

Currently, supporters of the road closure have stated that cyclists will not be impacted:

“Walkers and bikers still would be able to access the street, residents say”

However, there is some concern among cyclists who ride regularly on Valle Vista and surrounding streets that if the residents successfully obtain the privatization of the road, non-motorized users would soon lose their access to the roads as well.

If you are concerned about this effort to privatize access to Valle Vista Rd. and the potential impact it may have on cyclists who ride this excellent and challenging terrain, there will be a public hearing on Wednesday where you can have your voice heard:

Hearing on Wednesday
What: Hearing on abandonment of Valle Vista Road.
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday
Where: Conference Room C, Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

A resident who lives above the potential point of road closure has also started a petition against the closure – if you wish to sign the petition you can do so at the Bike Barn

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The City of Phoenix is soliciting information on use of trails in Phoenix’s Mountain Parks and Preserves. If you are a mountain biker, hiker or other trail user, please take a moment to complete the survey so that your voice is heard.

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A quick update about two area events this Sunday (April 20), one in Phoenix and one in Scottsdale:

Phoenix Great Bike Chase: Ride to Chase Field to watch a baseball game. Starts at 9 am.

Scottsdale Cycle the Arts: Registration starts at 7:30 for a public art ride, and riders will receive free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. A bike valet will be provided to park your bike while in the museum.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike to Work and School Day on Wednesday, as well as to the TBAG volunteers who provided moral support at each of the breakfast stops. It was a great morning for a bike ride. Things were busiest at the Wildflower, Whole Foods, and 6th Street Park stops, but we had our fair share of tenacious commuters visiting Berning’s Fine Jewelery and IKEA as well, and learned a thing or two about navigating through those sections of Tempe. Two highlights for me at Berning’s were meeting a lot of long-distance commuters (commuting over 20 miles, round-trip), and meeting Patricia, owner of the third-generation business Berning’s Fine Jewelery and long-time supporter of bicycling in Tempe. Check out a couple of the cool pictures from previous years in the photograph below.

Patricia and Pup

Here’s what Ben had to add about the 6th Street happenings:

Ryan Guzy, Sam Savage, and Ben Bahn joined up at the sixth street station in downtown Tempe to greet the commuters as they rolled in. At six in the morning times were a bit slow, which then picked as the morning
progressed. Being the downtown and the end of the community ride with the mayor, we had lot commuters, some passing on to reach further work destinations even in other cities. We had a wide range of cycles and
commuters which was great to see as always. We had cruisers, tricycles, recumbents, comfort, mountain, and road bikes all join the fun. It was great to see the different rides and what equipment they used to for ride. Children to seniors all enjoyed the breakfast snacks and beverages. Some community ride cyclists had a second snack or beverages. At one point I witnessed a friendship forming when two commuters found out they both ride bikes to their workplace. Most commuters showed an interest or already heard about T.B.A.G., and we
should have some new faces at the upcoming bike events.

Ryan took some pictures of the Sixth Street bicyclists, which can be seen here.

Berning’s Fine Jewelery

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Mark your calendars, everyone, for two upcoming events:

Friday, April 25: Bike-in Movie at Scottsdale 6. See below for details.

Saturday, April 26: Cupcake Ride 3: The Cupcake Returns. We’ll meet at 10 am at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park (NW corner of Mill and Rio Salado) for the 4-mile easy ride up the greenbelt to Lulu’s Cupcakes. This is a great ride for kids and those who are new to bicycling and group-riding.

Bike-In movie flier

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