1st Annual TBAG bbq & Winter Games!

tbag bbq spokecard We’ve been looking for a good excuse for a Tall Bike Joust, so come hang out with us for some food and random craziness from 12 pm to 8 on Saturday, December 12th. It’s our first in what we hope will be an annual Winter Games celebration!

Our BBQ will be at Tempe’s Daley Park at Encanto & College. Food and drinks will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your favorite dish to share.

The Tall Bike Joust will take place from 4 to 6, double elimination style tournament. Other games will include a “Huffy Toss” and non-bike related stuff like bean bags & horseshoes.

BIKE JOUST – Anyone can enter. Joust as an individual, or organize a few teams. We’d love to see ANY and ALL local groups represented. Bikes from the co-op will be ready to use & practice on throughout the afternoon. Bring your own if you’ve got one.

We’re sharing the event with Bike Saviours who is celebrating their birthday! Congratulations to them on their success over the last several years, thanks to the support of the community.

T-shirts & spoke cards will be available, plus a raffle will be held for 2 vintage Peugeot Bicycles with proceeds to go to Bike Saviours.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Please welcome new board members!

We are pleased to welcome 3 new board members to the board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. There were 5 nominees but only 3 positions available. The board, and members present, elected: Marcus Wirthgen, Joe Perez and Eric Iwersen. Overall, the meeting went exceptionally well, lots of new ideas and lots of enthusiasm. We’ll spend a week or two aggregating all the ideas and sharing them with relevant parties. We look forward to a vibrant 2010! If you missed the meeting we’ll post a lengthier recap this week, so stay tuned.

11/22 Volunteer/Planning Meeting

TBAG is having our semi-annual membership and planning meeting on Nov 22nd starting at 6:30pm at Boulders on Broadway. We want to get the local cycling community together along with people, agencies, and other groups we work with, to talk about ideas and start planning and goal setting for 2010.

During the meeting we’ll be discussing 6 different areas: Advocacy, Education, Social Rides, Youth Programs, Events, and Projects. We’ll introduce each area and then break up into groups for discussion and planning. By the end of the meeting we’d like to have an overall idea of what types of things TBAG will be working on in the coming year, who will be working on it, and an idea of how we’ll accomplish these goals.

Here’s what we need you to do between now and then: Look at the different areas and think about what you’d like to see in each. Think about local problems and how you’d solve them. Think about projects and initiatives that you could help out with. Bring these ideas to the meeting. Also get the word out, if you know people that would be interested but haven’t been involved with TBAG before, let them know so they can contribute.

Hope to see you all on Sunday.

Free DIY Reflective Bicycle Stickers

The City of Tempe Traffic Sign Department has graciously agreed to give TBAG some scraps of reflective material left over from street sign manufacturing. This stuff is a high grade 3M adhesive reflective sheeting that meets state requirements for roadway signs. What does this mean? It’s BRIGHT and it’s REALLY REFLECTIVE! We have quite a bit in different size scraps, mostly fluorescent yellow in 14″ right angle triangles. There is some orange in smaller 4″ squares and strips as well as little bit of red. There are also hundreds of 4″ silver circles but due to age the adhesive is not as sticky as it used to be (I haven’t tried it yet but it might be revived by heating the sticky side and object surface with a hair drier before applying).

So you want some of this material for FREE and you’re wondering how it can be acquired. Well, your first opportunity will be to come to our annual meeting on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:30pm at Boulders on Broadway. We’ll bring a bunch of scraps along and you can grab a few pieces. The material is easily cut to size with a paper cutter or scissors, both of which we’ll bring so you can cut your pieces on site.

TBAG 3rd Fridays presents a BIKE-IN!

It’s time for our now twice-annual BIKE-IN Ride to the Drive-In.

This month’s Third Friday Ride will be an easy hustle over to the Scottsdale 6 Drive-In Theater at McKellips & Hayden on Nov.20.

Meet at Tempe Beach Park about 6 o’clock. We’ll get rolling at 6:30.

Bring something to sit on like a blanket (also good because it will get pretty cold after dark sets in. And try to find something to listen with – all the movies are broadcast via FM radio.

Group decides what movie to watch, but some good ones this month include Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “2012”. Entry is good for 2 back to back movies. Bring CASH, because there’ no ATM on site.

Everybody’s welcome, tell your friends and we’ll see you there!

Save the Date: 11/22 TBAG Annual Members’ Meeting

Annual_Mtg_Flier[final]TBAG’s Annual Membership Meeting & Board Elections
Sunday ll/22 6:30pm

Boulders on Broadway (530 W Broadway)
We have 3 Vacancies to Fill
nominate someone or even yourself
If you have an idea for great new bike program, consider joining the board – We’ll work with you to make it happen.
The second part of the this meeting is all about volunteer involvement. We’ve accomplished a lot in 09 and we’re not about to stop now. Come find out what’s in store for 2010…and how you can get involved.
and yes, there will be FREE PIZZA
We will be sending out more info on the Annual Mtg. soon. If you haven’t signed up for the TBAG list-serve yet, now would be a good time. Check back here, on the biketempe blog

11/10 Tue (6-9pm) Green Street Tempe

Tempe Shows it’s Easy & Fun to be Green
Tempe Green Street Party (GreenBuild 09)

Tues 11/10, 6-9PM
Downtown – Mill Ave. & more…
Tempe will host a wide variety of activities to showcase the community’s green side, including:
Market on Mill and Green Scene
Desert Doghouse (Teen Design Competition)
ASU Art Museum (Defining Sustainability exhibit)
Music on Mill
Drinks and Discussion at the following locations:
-La Bocca Pizzeria & Wine Bar – 699 S. Mill Ave.
-Studio 5C – 200 E. Fifth St.
-House of Tricks- 114 E. Seventh St.
-Pho Thang Long – 414 S. Mill Ave.
Valley Art Theater will showcase: No Impact Man
Nov. 6 – 12
showtimes: 2 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
more details available at:
Contact: Tanya Chavez
TBAG & Bike Saviours will be tabling together during this event.
Stop by & say hi, on your way over to join the CRAP ride at
7:30pm @ Tempe Beach Park (Meet & Mill & Rio Salado)

City of Tempe Long-Term Bike/Ped Project Prioritization – Send your input!

The last City of Tempe Multi-Modal Committee reviewed current and upcoming projects in an effort to prioritize them in the case of budget reductions. If you’d like to give input to the discussion, send along your thoughts on the following list of projects. How would you rank them in importance? The projects are:

Rio Salado Multi-Use Path Tempe to Phoenix
University Dr. Streetscape Improvements
Hardy Rd. Streetscape Improvements
I-10 Bike/Ped Bridge Crossing at Alameda

Do send your thoughts I will be sure to incorporate them into TBAG’s message at the upcoming committee this Wednesday. Thanks!