Archive for August, 2009

I had the opportunity to stop by The Bicycle Cellar and talk with John Romero about how things have been going the first week. 17 folks have signed up for a membership in the first 7 days. John’s been doing some improvements to the facility including installation of a lockable retail display, two large work tables, a dual bike workstand, air compressor and a self serve beverage cooler that will work on the honor system. I mentioned to him that it would be a good idea to talk with the City of Tempe about installing an air hose to the outside of the facility so there’s air available for free, 24 hours a day. You can learn more about The Bicycle Cellar at their website or read a recent AZ Central article here.

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BICYCLING MAGAZINE’S “BIKETOWN USA” PROGRAM BRINGS FREE BIKES TO SEVEN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY

The gift of a bike unites communities and improves lives

Emmaus, PA (August 19, 2009) –What do you want to change about your life? Do you wish you were in better health? Wish you were more connected to your community? Do you wish you could save money on gas?

Bicycling magazine and MetLife have the solution: Start riding a bike. In its seventh year, Bicycling’s BikeTown USA, presented by MetLife, will be giving away more than 200 Jamis Commuter 1 bikes to selected participants. In seven US cities, people interested in changing their daily lives will have the opportunity to see how a bike can improve life for themselves, their families, even their communities. BikeTown USA has given away over 2,300 bikes in towns all over the country in the past six years.

“In our seventh year of BikeTown USA, we wanted to refocus the program on neighborhoods, where people spend time with their family and friends,” said Loren Mooney, editor-in-chief of Bicycling. “A bike becomes the ultimate neighborhood multi-tasking tool – you can connect with your community, improve your health and travel to the local coffee shop all by riding a bike.”

Anyone interested in receiving a new bike simply needs to tell Bicycling, in 50 words or less, how having a Jamis Commuter 1 bike would help make a change in his or her life. Bicycling’s editors will select what they feel are the 30 best essays in each city and the selected writers will each receive a bike to keep.

Bicycling tracks participants’ progress for three months, with results featured in the magazine and on Bicycling.com. Previous stories have been astonishing – thousands of pounds have been lost, blood pressure and diabetes medications dropped, marriages saved, impromptu bike clubs started, and countless bike commuter miles logged to save money on gas and help the environment. In essence, thousands of people enjoy their lives more because they spend more time on a bike.

“On behalf of MetLife, we are proud to sponsor this year’s BikeTown USA to help bring bicycling to people across the United States,” said Michael J. Vietri, executive vice president, Individual Distribution, MetLife. “As a company, we have a long-standing history of community involvement and are particularly focused on people’s health and well being. Through bicycling, our clients and their friends and families have an outlet to relieve stress, improve their health and have fun.”

Participant entries in metro Phoenix are being accepted through Wednesday, September 16 and the give-away is on September 26. All selected participants will receive a new Jamis Commuter 1 bike, a helmet from Lazer, and a lock from OnGuard.

“Jamis is proud to join the team as the Official Bike of BikeTown 2009,” said Carine Joannou, President of Jamis Bicycles. “We’ve been building bikes for 30 years and know firsthand how cycling can change lives. We are really looking forward to helping BikeTown participants achieve their goals.”

The Phoenix event is September 26th. Details on time & location will be posted soon.

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Tempe to host public meetings about Orbit and bus systems

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe residents are encouraged to attend one of three public meetings to learn more about potential route changes to the existing Orbit neighborhood circulator and fixed route arterial bus systems. The purpose of these meetings is to gather ideas from neighbors and get input on potential route changes that may occur in January and/or July 2010.

The scope of the proposed route changes has been expanded to include the majority of the arterial bus route system in Tempe. These proposed changes are due in large part to the slowing economy. The Tempe transit system is funded primarily by a half cent sales tax, which has dramatically decreased causing Tempe to reevaluate the transit system to make it more efficient in order to reduce costs. Passengers and residents are able to comment online beginning Sept. 9. at http://www.tempe.gov/tim. The same information will be presented at all three meetings. Meetings will occur:

Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center

655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
For information call (480) 350-2775 or visit http://www.tempe.gov/tim

Shauna Warner
Neighborhood Services Director
City of Tempe
31 E. 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-350-8883
480-350-8996 (fax)
shauna_warner@tempe.gov

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tdf_small_poster Yes that’s right folks, Tour de Fat is less than two short months away and we need YOUR help as a volunteer! Thousands of bicycle loving folk will begin arriving to Tempe Beach Park around 9am to celebrate the highest form of transportation known to man, the mighty bicycle! Help us make 2009′s Tempe Tour de Fat the most successful one yet! New Belgium donates all profits to local groups such as Tempe Bicycle Action Group and The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona.

In exchange for your time you shall receive not only good karma, but a beer token and a Tour de Fat t-shirt. Available shifts are listed below and are first come / first served. To reserve your spot please find the contact information listed below. TBAG and New Belgium thanks you!

Setup

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 13 volunteers needed

Ride Registration

  • 8:30am – 10:30am
  • 20 volunteers needed

    Please contact MBAA/Stan.Klonowski@gmail.com

Ride Marshalls

  • 9:30am – 11:30am
  • 20 volunteers needed

    Please contact MBAA/Stan.Klonowski@gmail.com

ID & Wristbands

  • Shift A: 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Shift B: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 10 volunteers needed per shift

Beer Tokens

  • Shift A: 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Shift B: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 10 volunteers needed per shift

Merchandise Sales

  • Shift A: 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Shift B: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • 5 volunteers needed per shift

    Please contact MBAA/Stan.Klonowski@gmail.com

Water Technicians (keep water stations full)

  • Shift A: 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Shift B: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • 3 volunteers needed per shift

Beer Booth 1

  • Shift A: 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Shift B: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 10 volunteers needed per shift

    TIPS TRAINING REQUIRED

    FREE TIPS training 7-9PM Wed Oct 7th at aLoft Hotel

    TIPS training is good for 3 years

Beer Booth 2

  • Shift A: 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Shift B: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • 10 volunteers needed per shift

    TIPS TRAINING REQUIRED

    FREE TIPS training 7-9PM Wed Oct 7th at aLoft Hotel

    TIPS training is good for 3 years

Tear Down

  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm
  • 13 volunteers needed

To sign up to be a volunteer for Tour de Fat please send an email to: tourdefat@biketempe.org. When sending us an email, please be sure to include the shift, your name, phone number, T-shirt size (and Mens or Womens cut), your TIPS # if you attended TIPS training in the past (good for 3 years) as well as previous Tour de Fat volunteer experience (example: Beer Booth 2008). You may work multiple shifts if desired.

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The cyclist, biking with two friends in Queen Creek around 2 am Saturday morning, was killed by a motorist driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver initially left the scene of the accident but was later arrested. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. Full story on ABC15.com.

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The final Papago Park workshops are this week. They are open to the public and take place Wed evening and Thursday morning. Bicyclists that currently use or plan to use Papago Park in the future are encouraged to attend. The Papago Park master plan will be presented and attendees will be given the opportunity to review and comment. Below are details for the two workshops, the same material will be presented at both. You can also participate online if you can’t make the workshops: www.discoverpapagopark.com

Session 1
Wednesday, August 19
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community
Community Center
1880 North Longmore Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Session 2
Thursday, August 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
Dorrance Hall
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
CONSTRUCTION DETOUR: Drivers will only be able to access the Desert Botanical Garden from McDowell Road. Please allow extra time to get to the Garden.

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Every month, your friends here at TBAG get together and head out on the town for a “handlebar happy hour”, bike night at the Drive-In, “moustache rides” or whatever else we can cook up. It’s an awesome way to meet people, hang out at cool places, and ride bikes! No RSVP needed, just be there at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 every 3rd Friday!

Aaaannnd… what you can’t quite read there is:

“SO CON-FIDENT ARE WE
in your complete and utter satisfaction, that we
INVITE COMMENTARY
at www.biketempe.org.
You Cannot do us a greater favor than to speak plainly of your experiences, whether wholesome or contrary, and to share them with
ONE and ALL.”

Note: We hit different places every month. If you can’t make it at the start, give us a heads up and we’ll let you know where we’re headed to hook up! Call or Text 214 444 TBAG (8224)

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I don’t know about you, but the situation with the hit-and-run driver makes me sad. For a positive change of pace, here’s a story about a bicycle that was ticketed for excessive awesomeness. Ride on, everyone!

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The driver involved in the hit-and-run accident which killed 52 year old cyclist Charles Waldrop has been apprehended. The suspect, 23 year old Timothy M. Kissida, traded in his 1992 BMW under the Cash for Clunkers program and blamed the damage on having hit a javelina. An anonymous tip was received by Phoenix Police from someone that heard the vehicle description via an unspecified media report. Full story on KTAR.com.

Thanks to the anonymous tipster!

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Please be on the lookout for a silver BMW 4 door sedan with dark tinted windows having significant damage to the passenger front end including a missing marker & fog light and possibly a cracked windshield. A bicyclist was hit by the motorist of said vehicle who swerved into the bike lane on Cave Creek Road and Mountain Gate Pass at a high rate of speed striking the bicyclist and killing him instantly. The motorist made no effort to stop. The license plate is an Arizona plate but no numbers were obtained by witnesses. To read the report on ABC15 or to report information on the collision click here. Our condolences to family and friends of the victim.

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