Archive for October, 2008

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Greetings everyone!
Below are brief statements submitted by six seven very qualified people who were nominated to join the Board of Directors of the Tempe Bicycle Action Group. The statements are in alphabetical order. Everyone present at the annual meeting –  this Sunday, November 2nd from 3-5pm at Boulders on Broadway – will get to vote on who gets added to our board. If you are old enough to understand, you are old enough to vote in this election!

TBAG currently has five openings on the board.

Come to the meeting,
Vote for new board members,
Tell us what you’d like to see us do over the next year,
& Enjoy some appetizers, on us!

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The light rail is opening soon… and testing is under way. The light rail is great news for cyclists in that it means fewer cars on the road, and light rail trains are more predictable than cars. Also, you can bring your bike on the trains, making many more destinations in the valley bikeable. The trains are a new to bikers and drivers alike- be aware of them and ride safely. The info below was sent to us by Metro.

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Expect a train anytime from either direction around the light rail tracks. METRO light rail is vehicle testing on Valley roadways. Trains are out there everyday, with several trains out at one time. In the fall, trains will be testing such a regular rate, across all 20 miles that the system will appear in service. Specifically in the months of November and December, “simulated service” testing will occur and continue up until our grand opening on December 27, 2008.

So it is more critical than ever to practice safety around the METRO system.  Please remember these key bicycle safety tips:

  • Never bike on light rail tracks and always walk your bike onto the station platform.
  • Obey traffic lights. A red arrow means “do not turn.” Look both ways before crossing the tracks.
  • Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horns.
  • When crossing the tracks at intersections, cross at an angle to avoid falling or tire damage.

METRO light rail is a 20-mile system that connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The in-road system will have 28 stations, eight park-and-ride facilities and 50 trains. Trains will operate about 20 hours a day and stop at stations every 10 minutes during daytime hours. Sharing the same fare structure as the Valley’s bus service, fares are very reasonable beginning at $1.25 for a single ride.

For more information on how to ride and ways to be safe around METRO light rail, visit www.metrolightrail.org.

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Bike-in movie posterAt last! Cool fall evenings are upon us again. Last time we made the Drive-In Ride was just before the Valley’s hot, hot summer took over.

What? You didn’t make it last time? Well grab a boombox, stuff a blanket and a flashlight into your backpack, and cruise on down with us to the Scottsdale 6!!!

TBAG invites all bike & movie lovers to join us on Friday, November 14th. We’ll meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue & Rio Salado at 6:00 p.m. The ride will depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. for a short 3 mile ride along Tempe Town Lake & Indian Bend Wash to the Scottsdale 6 theater at McKellips & Hayden in south Scottsdale.

What to bring:
CASH. There’s no ATM on site, so grab some money before leaving. There is a convenience store close by at McKellips & Hayden.
Blanket, Camp chair (with a strap to carry it), pillows, or sleeping bags.
FM Radio with plenty of batteries.
Tire repair/ pump – it’s a dirt lot, so take care.
Sandals? At your own risk!
Battery-powered lanterns… to mark out our territory and make our group more visible to vehicular traffic.
Flashlights.

Give the concession stands a try, they’ve got Orville Redenbacher popcorn & Nathan’s Hot Dogs!

Thanks to Jeremy for organizing this event!

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TBAG’s own lawyer, the Tucson Bike Lawyer, has a post today about an Arizona State Credit Union location in Tucson that has a bike-thru window!:

…this bank features a lane designated specifically for bikes that is too narrow for cars to fit through. I inquired about the window with the info desk, and apparently it has existed since the opening of the credit union four years ago. The woman told me that feedback on the bike window has been overwhelmingly positive.

The credit union deserves applause for going beyond the standard bicycle accommodations (bike racks, etc) to make their business bicycle friendly. The Arizona State Credit Union has locations in Tempe/PHX…what are the chances that we’ll be getting bike-thru banking too?

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Tour de Tempe 2008Please join the City of Tempe and TBAG for a community bicycle ride this Sunday, October 26th.

We’re looking for 8-10 volunteers to serve as parade marshals for the mellow, 10-mile ride. Marshals help direct the cyclists and assist with any minor repairs (mostly flats) along the way. Volunteers must be able to meet at Kiwanis Park (the parking lot off of All-American Way just north of Guadalupe) by 7:30 AM. The ride starts at 8:30 and lasts 1-1.5 hours. All participants will receive t-shirts and breakfast goodies. Because this is a City of Tempe event, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Goofy costumes are optional, but highly encouraged.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Kate: kate@biketempe.org

Official Event Info:

1,500 bicyclists expected at annual Tour de Tempe bike ride

Tempe, Ariz. – More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the 13th annual Tour de Tempe community bike ride Oct. 26. The ride starts and ends at Tempe’s Kiwanis Park (Parking lot off All-America Way just north of Guadalupe Road). Riders will enjoy some of the most distinct bikeways in Arizona during this 10 mile ride that begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

Tour de Tempe, Tempe’s free leisurely community bike ride, is a fun, non-competitive ride that weaves through diverse neighborhoods, public art projects and other Tempe sites.

All riders will receive free breakfast snacks, and artist-designed T-shirts will be distributed to the first 800 registrants. Helmets are required.

Tour de Tempe sponsors include Back East Bagel Company, Berning’s Fine Jewelry, REI, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, Wildflower Bread Company, Clif Bar and Tempe in Motion.

Tempe has more than 165 miles of dedicated bikeways, including on-street bike lanes and off-street multi-use paths and is designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. For more information, call (480) 350-2775 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim.

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Bike parade photoTBAG would like to issue a great big ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in the Tour de Fat. We could not have done any of it without our generous volunteers, and the whole exercise would have been pointless without the impressive hordes of bike and beer fans that participated. And it goes without saying that we all owe New Belgium a debt of gratitude, for this event and for making such tasty beer. The proceeds will be divided between TBAG, the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and the Bike Saviours.

THANK YOU!

Now for the stats:

  • 7000 people participated
  • 5000 people got wristbands
  • The parade stretched from Rio Salado all the way to University (that’s a lot of bikes!)
  • You donated nearly $2000 during the parade, which will go to the local Bike Patrol.
  • And (drumroll please…) nearly $45,000 raised through beer sales for local bike advocacy!

There was a lot of positive pro-bike energy there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on bikes at the same time. Let’s take that energy and enjoy another year of biking in AZ!

Here are some upcoming opportunities to do just that:

  • Saturday, October 18, 10 am, Tempe Beach Park Entrance: Cupcake Ride to Lulu’s Cupcakes (4-mile leisurely ride or 15-mile appetite-stimulating ride)
  • Saturday, October 26: 13th annual Tour de Tempe bike ride
    Registration starts at 7 am, the ride starts at 8:30 am, departing from Kiwanis Park
    TBAG volunteers will be on hand to serve as ride marshals.
    See the Tempe in Motion website for more details.
  • Sunday, November 2, 3-5 pm: Annual Membership Meeting, at Boulders on Broadway. This is your chance to help shape TBAG for the coming years!

Check out the rest of our photos, complements of Ali Darby.

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Sunday October 19th, join TBAG for a ride to the Living with the Sun – Valley Style – 2008 Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tour

Start: 10am @ Tempe Town Lake (Tempe Beach Park – NW corner Mill and Rio Salado)
Ride to: McCay Residence (#9) – 2647 North Miller Road, Scottsdale

Possible option to grab lunch at Orange Table afterward…

FREE Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tour October 18-19
Living With the Sun – Valley of the Sun Style

This free, self-guided Valley of the Sun tour includes new building and retrofits; passive and active solar design and construction; Green building strategies, materials and techniques; and sustainability practices in our desert environment. The City of Scottsdale’s newest fire station, designed to pursue LEED Gold Certification, is one of the buildings featured on the tour.

Tours given on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. With 20 sites around the Valley, there is something for everyone, and the self-guided nature of this free event allows people to pick and choose sites based on their own personal interests.

For a tour map & info, please visit www.azsolarcenter.com

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Way back on September 25th Jeremy organized a TBAG ride to the Okkervil River show at the Clubhouse in Tempe. Unfortunately his report on the ride got lost in the pre-Tour de Fat craziness and we never got it posted. So, here it is…better late than never right?

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Recently, TBAG had an opportunity to hook up with Austin-based indie rock band, Okkervil River, to organize a ride to their tour stop in Tempe on Thursday, Sep. 25th.

It was Okkervil’s idea to have fans try to use eco-friendly choices on getting to their performances and they contacted TBAG about hosting a table at the concert. Not a bad idea, considering so many more people getting on bikes for reasons ranging from the rising cost of driving to improved health to a cleaner environment and this was excellent timing with ASU back in session for the fall

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Thank you everyone, for another fun and successful Tour de Fat! Bicycles were ridden, beer was enjoyed, and entertainment was had by all. In upcoming days, as we recover from the fun and take stock of things, we’ll provide more details on how the event went. Again, all proceeds from the Tour de Fat benefit four local nonprofit biking organizations: TBAG, the Bike Saviours, the Mountain Biking Association of Arizona, and the Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for the following upcoming events, some organized by the City of Tempe and some by TBAG:

Wednesday, October 15
: Tempe Walk to School Day.
Check the Tempe in Motion website for details.
Saturday, October 18, 10 am, Tempe Beach Park Entrance: Cupcake Ride to Lulu’s Cupcakes (4-mile leisurely ride or 15-mile appetite-stimulating ride)
SUNDAY, October 26: 13th annual Tour de Tempe bike ride
Registration starts at 7 am, the ride starts at 8:30 am, departing from Kiwanis Park
TBAG volunteers will be on hand to serve as ride marshals.
See the Tempe in Motion website for more details.
Sunday, November 2, 3-5 pm: Annual Membership Meeting, location TBA

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TBAG needs you to get involved!

Tempe Bicycle Action Group will have its first annual membership meeting on November 2nd from 3-5pm, at Boulders on Broadway. The meeting is open to all members, and because we don’t have membership fees, you’re all invited! If you have participated in TBAG events in the past, are on our email list, or are interested in participating in the future, we’d like to have you present at our annual meeting.

What happens at the annual meeting?

  • First, we let you know what we’ve been doing for the past year and fill you in on plans for the coming one.
  • Second, we solicit your opinions on the kinds of stuff TBAG should be doing. This is where you come in: we need ideas for the types of events y’all want to see in the coming year.
  • The third task for the evening: we elect new board members!

The annual meeting is your chance to have appetizers on TBAG’s tab, have your say about the future of TBAG, and have an impact on cycling in Tempe and beyond.

Are you interested? Nominate yourself!  Do you know someone who has great enthusiasm and time to commit to advocating for cycling? Nominate them for the TBAG board! All nominees will have a few moments during the annual meeting to introduce themselves to the group, after all present get to vote to determine the TBAG Board membership. Board members are elected for a 1-2 year term, during which you can help us organize events, coordinate the Tour de Fat (Oct 11th this year), and work with the city and others to help Tempe and surrounding communities to be as bike-friendly as possible.  The TBAG board of directors is a working board, meaning that the board is responsible for, among other items, organizing events, maintaining the blog/website, keeping track of finances, and coordinating with other advocacy groups – we need people who are enthusiastic, creative and have time to commit to the cause.

To nominate yourself, write a short description of your qualifications for and interest in being on the TBAG Board and submit it to Stan at stan@biketempe.org no later than October 26th. To nominate someone else, tell Stan who you want to nominate and how to contact them. 

We have 4 openings on the board, and we need more people to be involved! TBAG has financial resources to pull off all kinds of fun events; we just need your creativity, time and help.

Contact us if you have any questions. info@biketempe.org
Thanks!
The TBAG board

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