Tempe Tweed Ride presented by TBAG 3rd Fridays

Once again, a third Friday is upon us!

Tempe Bicycle Action Group will host another Social gathering of Bicycles this Third Friday of February.

Don your most dapper casuals for the Valley’s First Tweed Ride, commencing at seven o’clock in the evening from Tempe Beach Park at Rio Salado & Mill Avenue. We’ll have a jaunt up and about south Scottsdale and finish with a pint at the British Open Pub.

Proper attire is requested; may we suggest your favorite woolens – skirts, capes, and shawls for the ladies and jackets, bow ties, sweater vests, caps, and of course knickers for the gents. Houndstooth, corduroy, and argyle are welcome… but TWEED is KING!

I dare say one shan’t have too difficult a time finding ideas for this fashionable event, but here are a few places you might begin:
Catcubed | A Tweed Primer
Dashing Tweeds blog
London Fixed Gear and Single-Speed Tweed Ride 2009-01-24 Sat – The Tweed Run I
Divine Caroline “I Feel the Need … The Need For Tweed”

Or how about some suggestions for haberdashers and clothiers? Well, Sunset Clothing Xchange, right in front of Bike Saviours might be a place to start. Also, Buffalo Exchange, Salvation Army and Goodwill are likely to have an article or two befitting the occasion. Many of these donate a portion of their proceeds to charities and hire an all volunteer staff. And what is greener than recycled clothing?

The particulars:
Tempe Tweed Ride
Friday 19th February, 2010
Meeting at 7 p.m. Tempe Beach Park
Rolling at 7:30!

Tally ho!

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How to Move House By Bicycle (with photos by Ryan)

At the end of January, some of the TBAG board members and supporters helped board member Jeremy move house by bicycle. This was our first attempt at something of this nature, and the move was pretty far (6 miles, plus additional miles transporting the trailers), so we used a combination of bicycles plus a pickup truck and a mini-van to get things from one place to another. For this move, we were able to gather up a total of four trailer-type devices, two trailers and a pedicab from the Bike Saviours and one personal trailer.

Getting the trailers ready to go at Bike Saviours


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Upcoming Public Meetings About Orbit, Light Rail Service

In light of dwindling sales tax revenue, Tempe has been forced to scale back its public transportation service, including aspects of the service that TBAG members strongly advocated for several years ago. There are two rounds of public meetings coming up, where Tempe residents can learn about proposed changes that will take effect in July of 2010, and provide public input. Attending these meetings and providing input sends a message to Tempe’s City Council that public transportation is important, especially for people with limited mobility options. Help shape what public transportation Tempe has, by attending the meetings and voicing your opinion!

More information about the meetings is available through Tempe’s website, here.

Meeting dates:
Round 1:
Tuesday, February 23 @ 6 pm, Don Cassano Room, Tempe Transportation Center
Monday, March 1 @ 6 pm, Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave.

Round 2:
Monday, March 29 @ 6 pm, Pyle Adult Recreation Center
Tuesday, March 30 @ Don Cassano Room

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Updates on Tempe’s Capital Improvement Projects

With all of the budgetary problems faced by cities and the state of Arizona, it’s often easy to lose track of good things that are still happening. As you may know, members of TBAG sit in on Tempe’s Multi-Modal Transportation Planning and Project Review Committee, where we learn about the Capital Improvement Projects happening in Tempe. These projects tend to take a long time to go from initial ideas to construction (years!), but they represent Tempe’s long-term investment in bicycling infrastructure. They also tend to receive a lot of federal funding, including funds from the Economic Stimulus Bill, so they have not been as severely impacted by budgetary cuts as a lot of the city’s operations. Stay tuned for news about the budget cut impacts, as they are going to have a huge effect on public transit in Tempe, and direct public involvement will be valuable for what the changes will look like.

To give you an idea of what’s going on behind-the-scenes, here’s a brief summary list of some of the current projects, and what’s going on with them:

1. College Ave. Streetscape: this project is getting close to construction. There were some design challenges that cropped up not too long ago, that mean more construction than originally intended, but you can expect to see construction beginning sometime around June.
2. Broadway Road Streetscape: This project was initially going to involve renovation of the section of Broadway Road between Mill and Rural, to decrease the number of vehicular traffic lanes so the road would have 4 car lanes (2 in either direction), a center turn lane, and a bike lanes. Then the idea of expanding the streetscape all the way to Priest came up, and further studies have indicated that the expansion is feasible and will happen. We don’t have exact dates yet, but you can spread the word: Broadway is getting bike lanes.
3. Western Canal: This one’s really exciting, and perhaps you’ve already been riding along the freshly constructed portions of the Western Canal. Tempe is just about ready to officially open the newly paved canal, which features some really cool covered pathways that provide protection from nearby golf courses, and which will feature two HAWK crossings. Here’s some more information about the crossings from Tempe In Motion. TBAG is really excited about this canal development, and will be organizing some rides to check it out in the upcoming months. You will notice, if you ride this canal, that there’s currently no way to get across I-10 on the western edge, or across the 101 on the eastern edge. If we want to be able to cross the freeways, we are going to have to speak up about that.
4. Crosscut Canal: Not a lot of people actually know where this canal runs, but it’s a canal that runs north-south through Papago Park. The north end of the canal is currently paved, and connects up to the Arizona Canal. The second phase of this project will involve paving the southern stretch so the canal will link up to the Mill Avenue/Washington intersection. That’s right, a connection that runs northeast across the park, taking you from downtown Tempe almost all the way to downtown Scottsdale. You can check out maps of the project, and provide feedback/support, here. Currently, the details for the bridge crossings are getting straightened out, and so soon you should start to see construction happening.
5. Tempe Town Lake Bike/Ped Bridge: Rio Salado Operations is overseeing the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will run across the western dam of Tempe Town Lake. We got to check out some of the artist concept drawings (pretty!), and it sounds like this project is going to move ahead in the next couple of months as well.

Tempe has also assembled a map of all of the projects in progress. Check it out!

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