Annual Volunteer Meeting, 2/15, 7pm

Yes that’s right, we’ve set a date for our annual volunteer meeting. Sunday February 15th, 7pm at Boulders on Broadway. Anyone interested in volunteering to help us out this year is encouraged to attend. TBAG will provide some munchies and we’ll share our plans for the first half of 2009. We’ll be taking names and information from those interested in volunteering. We also hope that you’ll bring ideas to the table and share them with us, which we as a board will review, and possibly act upon.

To give you an idea of what’s in store, our board meeting last Sunday ran a full 3 hours! We discussed much and will be sharing some details with you in an email newsletter that should go out no later than early next week.

In the meantime, put on your thinking cap (or rather your helmet), go out for a ride, and put some thought into how we can make bicycling better for you, and everyone!

A few quick reminders, discussion forums are now available though off to a slow start, you can help get them off the ground by contributing! TBAG is now on Twitter. Follow us as we send updates almost daily on news and topics that relate to cycling both locally and globally.

Bicycle Saviours 2nd Annual Benefit Party, 1/30

On Friday, Jan 30th, Bicycle Saviours will be throwing their 2nd annual benefit party. This annual fundraising benefit, a phenomenon in the non-profit world intended to raise awareness, network, and have fun together, is to raise money for liability insurance, utilities, moving costs, new tools, and other general operating costs (rent, accountant, lawyer, fire/building codes, maintenance, etc etc the list goes on forever).

However, the point is more to celebrate BS goals and accomplishments with friends and supporters and party down in a bikey environment. The party is being held at 24th and Oak (2238 N 24th St), a more central location, as BS wants Phoenix and Tempe (and where ever else!) friends to attend.

Those interested should secure $5, stash it away for donation to Bike Saviours, then review the 65+ comment thread over at Alternatively if you’re on Facebook you can view this event.

Action Alert: Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Committee Meeting, Tonight!

From Janet Kerby over at MBAA:

City of Phoenix is looking to build new trail systems (SoMo, Sonoran Preserve, Dynamite). If you can, attend their planning meeting on Mon. Jan 26th. We need to make sure that we get mtn biker input to the new trail designs!

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD – PHOENIX SONORAN PRESERVE COMMITTEE (PSPC) and to the general public, that the PSPC will hold a meeting open to the public on January 26, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., located in Phoenix City Hall, Tenth Floor, Room 10E, 200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona.

A Google document of the meeting agenda is available here.

Reminder: Give input on proposed Valley Metro fare increases

Just a reminder that Valley Metro is seeking public comments on proposed fare increases. The fare increases are significant and range from 22% to 170% depending on type of fare purchased. Comments are due by 1/22. To submit comments please visit this page.

A quick overview of proposed fare structures. There are 3 that VM is considering, all have increases for fares across the board including regular, reduced and student fares as well as ADA Dial a Ride pricing. The scenarios are illustrated in the two graphics below which come from a recorded webinar that can be viewed here. The first graphic indicates the 3 scenarios and how they will affect one ride and all-day passes. Note that only the 3rd and most expensive scenario is labeled as “Most likely to provide revenue to maintain current service”. The second graphic provides greater detail on all fare increases. Note that “On-board” indicates purchasing a pass when you board the bus and is more expensive. “Off-board” indicates purchasing a pass via, at a Transit Store, or at pass vending machines. The increase to an all-day local regular pass ranges from 70% to 170%. Increases to the monthly local regular pass ranges from 22% to 55%. Increases to a Spring or Fall semester student pass ranges from 21% to 53%.



For more information, please view the recorded webinar.

Emergency Road & Mountain Bike Repair Clinic

Global Bikes in Gilbert is hosting a free Emergency Road & Mountain Bike Repair clinic on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm. There are two spots remaining and an RSVP is required. If you are interested, join their free Meetup Group to RSVP for the event. They will also have specials and coupons to hand out for the night of the event. Topics covered will include:

1. What you should ride with.
2. What you need in your repair kit.
3. How to change a flat.
4. How to boot a tire.
5. Chain repair and what to look for in a weak chain.
6. Pre-Ride Checks
7. Tire pressure

Upcoming free bicycle education from CAzB

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists (CAzB) is offering several bicycle related courses in January / Feb and March. Topics include:

  • Road 1 for Commuters and Beginners
  • Road 1 for Experienced Cyclists
  • Road 1 for Women
  • Basic Bicycle Maintenance
  • Mountain Bike Basics

All classes are free but registration is required, visit this link for more information. Thanks to Ben for the heads up on these!

Sat 1/10, lunch ride to Goldman’s Deli

Again, apologies for the last minute notice but for those interested in joining, I will be doing a recreational ride from Tempe Beach Park up the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt to Goldman’s Deli at Hayden / Indian Bend. You can view the full route here. The ride is 10.5 miles one way for a round trip total of about 21 miles. The majority of the route is car free on the greenbelt paths. The pace will be leisurely and nobody will be left behind. Meet at Tempe Beach Park at 11:00am and we’ll depart no later than 11:15am. Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post.

First Friday and Saturday Farmer’s Market and Matt’s Big Breakfast

Sorry for the late notice, but this weekend we’re leading a couple rides into Phoenix. Friday (Tonight!) meet at the Tempe Beach Park entrance at 6:30pm for a ride to First Friday in Phoenix. Saturday we’ll meet at 6am (also at Tempe Beach Park) to head to Matt’s Big Breakfast before the lines get too crazy. From there, we’ll ride over to the Farmer’s Market and then head back to Tempe. Both rides are about 9 miles each way.

Hope to see you there!