Archive for October, 2009

10/22, Race Across the Sky is a movie about this year’s Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race which pitted 6 time winner Dave Wiens against Lance Armstrong. In case you haven’t heard, I won’t reveal who won the race, but the film looks to be promising with some incredible footage, judging by the trailer you can watch at: http://www.raceacrossthesky.com. Last I heard there’s a group meeting at The Bicycle Cellar beforehand to do a group ride down to the theater in Ahwatukee.

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While I’d guess at least half of our members are in Tempe proper, I’m sure we have some fringe members all across the Phoenix Metro area. On Monday, Humana Healthcare is set to launch their Freewheelin’ Bike Sharing Program at the Mesa Guidance Center which is located on the Southwest corner of Recker and McKellips in Northeast Mesa. The program is free to anyone 18+ with two requirements. Helmets are required, and provided for free if necessary. Also, you must attend a 1 hour Safety Info Session. Yours truly will be leading the Safety Info Session as well as conducting a Confidence Ride Course in addition to leading group rides from 2.5 to 10 miles long. Here’s the press release from Humana:

Please join us for a special event celebrating Humana’s launch of Freewheelin, a free community bike-sharing program. Representatives from Humana and the city of Mesa will make brief remarks and then take an inaugural ride. Members of the community are encouraged to join the group ride on a Freewheelin bike or one of their own. *The 20 Freewheelin bikes are first come, first served. Come and enjoy the refreshments and fun Freewheelin gear.

Located at Humana’s Guidance Center, Freewheelin is a program offering anyone 18 or over a free bike ride. The Guidance Center will supply a free helmet and offer group rides led by a bicycle expert. To participate, users need to bring an id and credit card and attend a bicycle safety information session.

We look forward to seeing you at this community event.

Event Details:
Monday, October 26
10:30am
Humana Guidance Center
5943 E. McKellips Rd. Ste 106
Mesa, AZ 85215

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On Sunday, October 25th Tempe will once again hold their biannual Tour de Tempe. TBAG will be marshaling the ride as well as helping Tempe Police operate the Bike Rodeo. This is a family friendly ride and the Bike Rodeo is geared specifically to children and families to help kids learn how to ride safely. Helmets are required for the rodeo and ride. Below is the press release from Tempe Newsroom:

Tempe, Ariz. – More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the 14th annual Tour de Tempe community bike ride on Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon at Kiwanis Park 6111 S. All-America Way in the parking lot just north of Guadalupe Road. Admission is free. Activities include:

Community ride (registration starts at 7 a.m. and ride starts at 9 a.m.). Helmets are required. Free t-shirts provided for the first 800 riders.
Bike rodeo – Learn the rules of the road with this fun bicycle safety clinic. Bicycles are required.
BMX freestylers – Enjoy live entertainment by some of the best riders in Arizona.
Breakfast foods and coffee.
Event raffle – All participants can enter into a drawing to receive great giveaways. Bring a pair of old athletic shoes to donate to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program and receive an additional raffle ticket.
Kid activities – Kids can enjoy arts-n-crafts activities.
Safety demonstrations and giveaways – Learn how to properly fit your helmet and receive a free helmet if needed (limited stock on hand).

Tour de Tempe sponsors include Back East Bagel Company, Berning’s Fine Jewelry, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Tempe Bicycle, Bicycle Cellar, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, Wildflower Bread Company, Tempe Bicycle Action Group and Tempe in Motion.

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From the Tempe Newsroom listserve:

For Immediate Release
10/6/2009

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 Oct. 28. at www.tempe.gov/tim. The same information will be presented at all three meetings. Meetings will occur:

Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center
655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

For information call (480) 350-2775 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim

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If you’re not busy this Saturday, come down to Tempe Beach Park and join us for a ride to the movies.
We’ll catch a matinee of the Where the Wild Things Are film over at Harkins Tempe Marketplace. Ride starts at TBP at Rio Salado & Mill, and winds around the campus area. See the route map here:
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Greetings bike lovers! This year’s Tour de Fat was crazy! I don’t think I stood still for more than 15 minutes the entire event. Thank you again to all the volunteers that make this event happen every year. Without YOU we couldn’t make it happen. We’ve already begun planning for next year, getting thoughts, ideas and improvements down on paper. Suffice it to say, if we get our ideas approved by New Belgium, being a volunteer next year will be awesome! We’ll also be recruiting more volunteers next year to fill some additional positions we see necessary. And now the moment you’ve been waiting for… fairly official numbers:

Attendance was between 9 and 10,000, in contrast 2008 was about 7,000. Tempe holds the #2 spot for attendance behind only the home show at the brewery in Fort Collins which saw 15,000 this year.

Gross income: $70,902 (+$4,300 that went directly to Mountain Bike Patrol for Parade donations)
Beer cost: -$12,065 (127 kegs tapped)
Other expenses: -$330
Half of merch to New Beligum: -$3,150
Net income: $55,363

The gross income represents a new Tour de Fat record as most money raised in the ~10 year history of Tour de Fat!

This net income gets split three ways equally between Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. All registered 501c3 non profit organizations here in Arizona.

I hear the bike parade stretched the ENTIRE ~3 mile loop. Apparently the tail end of the parade was just leaving as the front returned to the park!

Also, I wanted to share a little information on Oktoberfest which sort of fell by the wayside with Tour de Fat occurring the weekend after. We parked about 600 bikes! We brought in $312 in tips. Thank you to the valet volunteers as well!

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TBAG 3fd Corndog Ride

October’s Third Friday Ride will be a straight shot out to downtown Phoenix for the 125th Arizona State Fair on Friday, October 16.

Meet at 5pm at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, NW corner of Mill and Rio Salado. Ride departs at 5:30.

Bring: Lights, front and back. We’ll be riding in medium traffic, safety is key. Money for Fair admission, rides, games, food and drinks.

The Arizona State Fair is at 1826 W. McDowell Rd. All bike types are welcome. View the route here:

Group departure time for the return trip will be at 11:15 p.m. Meet at the North entrance on Encanto Blvd.

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More posts on Tour de Fat later. But for now I wanted to get the word out about lost and found. We had a few items turned in at the TBAG tent. If you lost something email: info@biketempe.org

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Win tickets to Monsters of Folk!

Win tickets to Monsters of Folk!


Monsters of Folk is the musical supergroup made up of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, and singer/songwriter M. Ward. They’re on the road together and will be in Phoenix on Wednesday Oct. 21st.

This Saturday, Oct. 10, TBAG is sending one lucky winner to the show! Just stop by the TBAG booth at Tour de Fat on Saturday and sign up to win a Pair of Tickets. The drawing will be held about 3 p.m., you gotta be there to win!

Why are we involved? Monsters of Folk is partnering with Air Traffic Control, a resource for musicians’ philanthropic and social change work. The band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold on the tour to local non-profits. TBAG was chosen as the beneficiary of the AZ date… How cool is that?

For more information on Monsters of Folk and other Stateside Presents concerts, visit www.statesidepresents.com

Thanks to STATESIDE Presents for supplying the tickets and to the band and ATC for their generous support of Tempe Bicycle Action Group!

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The New Belgium guys are in town getting set up for Tour de Fat. They are hosting a Team Wonderbike cruiser ride around Tempe on Thursday night at 7pm. There will be beer. I’ll probably bring a tallbike or two. They want to meet down by the stage at Tempe Beach Park and end up at Casey Moores.

Here’s the info Craft sent:

All of us like to ride bikes, and all of us should hang out, and all of us should be members of Team Wonderbike (Team Wonderbike is a group effort trying to get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes, check it out here www.teamwonderbike.com). So what I want to do is this: The Team Wonderbike Bicycle Ride of Destiny. On Thursday night (the 8th of October) at 7pm let’s meet in Tempe Town Lake and have ourselves a bike ride. We will cruise through your streets and have a real good time, we will make new friends and chat with them, we will finish (after an hour or so) at an account and have some beers together, it will be fun, I promise. So let’s do it, let’s hang out, lets ride bikes, bring all of your friends (seriously, all of them so spread the word), and lets tell the world bikes are awesome and more people should ride them.

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