TBAG June 2011 Newsletter



JUNE 16, 2011
Introduction by Ashley “Stopping” Lanoue

Don’t let the heat keep you away from all the great events TBAG is involved with in the upcoming summer months. Keep cool with The Summer Solstice Ride and Chandler’s Summer Spash Festival! Another great way to keep cool is by sitting at an indoor air conditioned committee meeting!!! Volunteer for a committee that will keep your mind off the heat.

Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “Righ turn” Guzy and Jeremy “Slowing” Deatherage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe

We’ve begun planning for the 2011 Tempe Tour de Fat which is on Oct. 15th this year. If you are interested in helping with the planning and managing an area at the event, please contact ryan@biketempe.org

We also have two other events in October that need shift leaders and managers. First is the bike valet at the Tempe Octoberfest on Oct 7th-9th. We need shift managers for all three days of the event. Volunteers will receive free food and beer tickets.

We are also taking a larger role in helping the City of Tempe with the Tour de Tempe on Sunday Oct 23rd. We need a few people to help with the planning and doing route marking and setup of this event.

Volunteers at either of these events will get free beer tokens at the Tour de Fat, whether you volunteer at the Tour de Fat also or not. If you can help, please contact ryan@biketempe.org

TBAG THIRD FRIDAY RIDE: Get your lawn chairs and portable FM radios, TBAG is going to the movies. This is summertime blockbuster season, we’ll be going to see the new Green Lantern at Scottsdale 6 Drive-In. Check out the Facebook link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193261737387981

ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR!!:  Join the second annual Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride on Saturday June 19, starting at 3pm. Check out the facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122527391160837 . If you woul like to volunteer to fill up some water balloons and tie up some loose ends contact Chris George at cegeorge1@gmail.com

Advocacy Updates by Aaron “Rolling” 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.  If you have other ideas about what TBAG should be working on – please email Aaron Golub at aaron@biketempe.org

Bike Culture by Joe “Left turn” Perez.
Sharing the love of bicycles

Call to Illustrators: The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department invites illustrators to apply for the Bicycle Safety Graphic Art Project, to work with the Bicycle Coordinator, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department, and the project team to design bicycle safety graphic art material for city of Phoenix.  Sumissions are due Friday June 24.  For more info contact joseph.perez@phoenix.gov .

Youth Education by Robert “Mechanical” Chacon
Information on upcoming classes and online resources

 Youth Committee is looking for volunteers to help out with upcoming kids friendly events.

Chandler’s 4th Annual Summer Splash Festival: This event will be held in downtown Chandler on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 from 10am to 3pm at the  Dr. AJ Chandler Park West were T.B.A.G will be hosting a bicycle safety booth and helmet giveaway.  There will also be bounce houses, water slides, misters, swimming pools, dunk tanks, and water balloon battles. Feature rides and attractions include Lil Splash Kiddie Zone, Bubble Mania, Water Safety Kids Zone, Family Chill Zone and Pet a POOLooza. There will also be entertainment, carnival games, vendors, food, drink and plenty of fun. For more info check out the link:  http://www.hdeagency.com/e_summer.html . If you would like to volunteer for this event contact robert@wecycleusa.org

Get Involved by Ryan “Right turn” Guzy.
Volunteer for upcoming events and join our planning committees

We’ve got a couple events this weekend that need some volunteer help.

Robert Chacon has recently joined the TBAG board as the new Youth Programs Director. One of the first youth events he is participating in is the Chandler Summer Splash Festival on Saturday at AJ Chandler park (Arizona Ave south of Chandler Blvd). TBAG will have a kids bike area at this festival. We’ll be talking to kids and parents about bike safety, doing some helmet decorating, and having other fun games and activities. Robert could use a few more people to help with this. If you can help please email him at robert@wecycleusa.org

Chris George has done a great job putting the second annual Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride together. He could use at least one person to help him get water balloons filled and get everything else in place on Saturday and/or before the ride on Sunday. If you can help please email cegeorge1@gmail.com

Have suggestions or contributions for future newsletters, or commentary on stories? E-mail them to ashley@biketempe.org

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