Introduction by Ashley “Chain Whip” Lanoue
What a whopper of a month for TBAG and all you great people! Start filling up your calendars with all the fun Bike Month events! Tell your friends, your friends friends, and your friends friends friends about the “Call to artists” for bike culture related art in the Mitchell Park area! Get in on some advoacy action with several on-going projects!
Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “Tire Lever” Guzy and Jeremy “Multi-tool” Deatherage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe
SanTan Wheelie Jam – Saturday April 23rd – Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix TBAG is sponsoring a new bike and beer festival to benefit our non-profit partners in Phoenix. Come down and have a beer to support local bike advocacy, and bring all of your friends too! If you would like to volunteer to help run this event, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/stwjvolunteer
RSVP on the main Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198355436849933
Ride from Tempe to the event with State Bicycle Co: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121691557908860
Ride in the bike parade: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209279869099628
Enter you custom Cruiser, Chopper, Lowrider or Freak Bike in the bike show: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122004684544651
More Bike Month Activities-:To help TBAG at any of the following events, please signup here: http://bit.ly/2011bikemonthsignup
The Great Bike Chase – Sunday April 17th – Chase Field Ride your bike to the ballpark to watch the game. Valley Metro has discounted tickets and a bike expo outside the ballpark. TBAG is providing staffed bike parking at the event. Rides to the event start valley wide, click on the group rides button here: http://www.valleymetro.org/be_bright/events_detail/great_bike_chase/
Bike to Work Day – Wednesday April 20th – Tempe and other valley cities Ride your bike to work, this day and every day! The City of Tempe and local businesses will be providing free breakfast and t-shirts at 7 locations around Tempe. TBAG volunteers will be at each location to talk to people about bike advocacy, and will lead rides from each location to the Center Bistro near City Hall. See http://www.tempe.gov/tim/events/BiketoWork.htm for the list of locations. Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale are also participating in Bike to Work Day Check out: http://www.valleymetro.org/bikemonth/bike_work_school_day for more details.
TBAG Third Fridays presents The WRITE-OFF Ride, Friday, April 15. It’s Tax Day, USA. Get to the bank early and cash that check – this Friday we RIDE. Meet up at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado and Mill in Tempe at 7:30pm and we’ll roll out to destinations around Tempe and So Scottsdale. RSVP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205359309487714 and be sure to invite your friends.
Advocacy Updates by Aaron “Spoke Wrench” Golub.
Updates on local, regional, and federal advocacy topics
There are several on-going advocacy projects, such the work on the Alameda St. bike/ped bridge and the recent bike count. TBAG is represented on several transportation planning committees – do let us know if you want to help out and represent TBAG. For more details, see our recent blog post at: http://www.biketempe.org/april-2011-advocacy-update/. If you have other ideas about what TBAG should be working on – please email us or come to the upcoming advocacy meeting on Monday, April 25th, at 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.
Bike Culture by Eric “Headset Wrench” Iwersen
Sharing the love of bicycles
Bicycle Public Art: TBAG is seeking to commission an artist (or artists team) to work with to create a permanent public art piece in Tempe, in the Mitchell Park Neighborhoods area. The project commission is for $15K and is inclusive of all design and fabrication costs associated with the project. TBAG, the neighborhoods, and the City of Tempe will work with the artist to see the project through to construction. The intention of the project is to create a local landmark that supports bicycle culture in Tempe. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Check out http://www.biketempe.org/public-art-project/ for more information.
Youth Education by Sam “Pin Spanner” Bollinger
Information on upcoming classes and online resources
TBAG is teaming-up with friends, some new & some old. WeCycle USA (www.wecycleusa.org) & the Rusty Spoke will help run the kids activities at the San Tan Wheelie Jam on 4/23. Features: Helmet & bike decorating, bike games & an Easter Egg Hunt.
Get Involved by Sam “Pin Spanner ” Bollinger.
Volunteer for upcoming events and join our planning committees
Tempe Bike Count: Initial results from the first Tempe Bike Count will be released on 4/20 @ Bike to School & Work http://www.valleymetro.org/bikemonth/bike_work_school_day We’ll also post them on our blog www.biketempe.org.
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