Archive for September, 2011

Everyone knows about the Tour de Fat already, but we have two other big events in October that we need help with:

The Tempe Octoberfest Bike Valet on Oct. 7th-9th.
And the Tour de Tempe Family Ride on Oct 23rd.

We need people to park bikes at the Tempe Octoberfest, and we need ride leaders and help with setup at the Tour de Tempe.

Octoberfest volunteers will get vouchers for free beer and food at the event. Tour de Tempe volunteers will get gift vouchers to Boulders on Broadway. Volunteers signed up for either event will also get free Tour de Fat beer tokens and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party at Boulders on Broadway on Oct 27th.

So if free beer interests you, sign up today!

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We still need help in a few key areas. Teardown is after the show closes at 4pm, and Setup is on Friday afternoon. So if you want to help, but don’t want to cut into your partying on Saturday, these are the shifts for you! Just go to http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat/ and sign up.

If you have signed up already, thanks! With the Tour de Fat over 2 weeks away, we already have 290 people signed up! You will be hearing from us in the next day or two about your specific shift and station assignment.

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October is fast becoming Arizona’s second bike month. The weather is getting nice and it’s the beginning of our long cycling season. To celebrate, there are some big events in October, rides, raffles, and sponsored events, all centered around the Tour de Fat on October 15th!

Check out all the details: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-events-oct-2011/

Click here to view and print the flier:

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Win a Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike
Sponsored by The Bicycle Cellar and Boulders on Broadway
Proceeds benefit TBAG and its non-profit partners
See the bike at Boulders on Broadway
Tickets $5 each at Boulders on Broadway, The Bicycle Cellar, or online
Drawing at Boulders – 10/12 after 9pm, during the Bike Week Cruiser Ride
http://www.biketempe.org/events/raffle/



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September 15, 2011
Introduction by Ashley “Foot Fault” Lanoue.


The count down to a fun filled October begins! Some much to do and so little time. Major events are coming up like Tour de Fat and Tour de Tempe. Be sure to volunteer and tell all your friends. Some important advocacy issues, such as funding, are making their way to the forefront of bicycle legislation. Be sure to get involved in bicycle advocacy. Also Phoenix depends on its inhabitants to take action and get out and vote for mayor, so be active and knowlegable in bicycle issues when looking at candidates.



Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “Full on conditions” Guzy & Jeremy “Gutter Bunny” Deathrage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe




October is fast becoming a second bike month in Tempe. There are lots of events all month, and one every day leading up to Tour de Fat on October 15th! There are rides, raffles, and lots of specials on great New Belgium brews. We’ll keep the list of events up to date and add more details as we have them: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-events-oct-2011/




We’ve begun planning for the 2011 Tempe Tour de Fat which is on Oct. 15th this year. Sign up to volunteer here!: http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat/




Do you like festivals? Love parking bikes? What are you feelings towards Polka?? TBAG is looking for volunteers to help Valet bicycles at Tempe Oktoberfest Oct. 7-9. Just go here to sign up:http://www.biketempe.org/oktoberfest-is-around-the-corner-help-is-needed-for-bike-valet/




TBAG is sponsoring the Tour de Tempe October 23, 2011. This is Tempe’s 16th annual free family fun ride. We’ll be helping with setup and serving as the ride leaders at this event. Can you help? Click here to volunteer: http://bit.ly/2011tdtvolunteer




TBAG Third Friday Ride: TBAG Third Fridays presents The Light Rail Ride This week’s TBAG Third Friday Ride is utilizing the light rail to get us out of Tempe and into downtown Phoenix in air-conditioned style. Read more about it here: http://www.biketempe.org/tbag-third-fridays-presents-the-light-rail-ride/ http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=259685934064854

Advocacy Updates by Joe “Mud Diving” Perez.
Updates on local, regional, and federal advocacy topics




At the August and September meetings, TBAG indicated interest in participating in City of Phoenix bicycle rack installation program. Many details to come, but this will help support efforts to make Phoenix more bicycle friendly.




For those of you registered to vote in Phoenix, remember to get out and vote for Mayor and especially council if you live in Districts 1 and 5. see: http://phoenix.gov/election/elect.html for more informatin. Here are some important dates:

October 10, 2011 (Monday) Latest date to register to vote for Runoff Election. City Code, Sec. 12-106

October 28, 2011 (Friday) Latest date to request an early ballot by mail for the Runoff Election. City Code, Sec. 12-903 Latest date to submit challenger names to City Clerk. City Code, Sec. 12-210

November 4, 2011 (Friday) Latest date to vote early at an early voting location. City Code, Sec. 12-907

Runoff ElectionVoting begins at voting center locations on Saturday, November 5, 2011 and continues on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8. Election results will be available on November 8 beginning at 8 PM on Phoenix.gov and on Qwest and Cox cable channel 11.




Check out Preserve bike funding, contact your senator.




Check out the I bike I vote campaign.


Bike Culture by Eric “Retro Grouch” Iwerson.
Sharing the love of bicycles




The TBAG bike culture team is stoked to announce that during the week of October 3 THE winning design for the public art effort in Mitchell Park will be selected.  The top design concept will be presented at this years Tour de Fat. Should be an good bike autumn!

Adult Education by Ashley “Foot Fault” Lanoue.

Information on upcoming classes and online resources.




League of American Bicylcists League Cyclist Insturctor training was intense, rewarding, and fun. TBAG looks forward to working with other local groups to educate the masses on traffic skills. Thank you again to CAZbike for sponoring the classes.


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




T.B.A.G. and WE-CYCLE-USA put on a bike rodeo and bike clinic last month for the kids at Central Park. Check out:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.243549965675781.66439.111170282247084&type=1  for pics of the event.  We had such a great time and saw a need in the community that we will be hosting a Bike Clinic every 3rd Friday at the Central Park Neighborhood Center at 140 E Tonto St. We will be helping neighborhood Kids fix their bikes and could always use some help so if you like working with kids contact Robert Chacon at Robert@wecycleusa.org or call 602-516-0002. 




Tour De Fat (not just for adult anymore) This year we are hosting a Kids Fun Zone with games, helmet decorating, treats and bike safety information for the kids so tell all your friends to bring the kids and they will have a great time. For more info contact Robert Chacon at Robert@wecycleusa.org or call 602-516-0002.




Get Involved by TBAG.
Volunteer for upcoming events and join our planning committees

TOUR DE FAT!!!!!!

 OKTOBERFEST!!!!!!

TOUR DE TEMPE!!!!!

Tidbits by Ashley “Foot Fault” Lanoue.




All you have to do is bicycle!

Tandems are pretty rad!

Know that is one hell of a load to haul!

See where we got our clever nicknames, bicycle jargon!





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From peopleforbikes.org:

Federal funding for bicycling is under serious attack. Today or tomorrow, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma will introduce an amendment to eliminate dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements, which is the main source of funding for bike projects of all types. We need you to take action today by emailing your U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose and defeat Mr. Coburn’s amendment.

If Senator Coburn’s amendment succeeds, bicycling in the U.S. will become less safe and more difficult. Twenty years of consistent, cost-effective investment in beneficial bike projects will stop.

When we launched peopleforbikes.org, we promised you that we would only ask for your help when we really needed it. This is one of those times.

We need every U.S. Senator to hear from hundreds, if not thousands, of their constituents who value government support for bicycling. A strong vote against Coburn’s amendment will be a convincing statement of how much Congress and Americans value bicycling, and will influence all future votes on bike and pedestrian programs and funding.

Please email your U.S. Senators today and tell them to oppose Coburn’s amendment and preserve funding for bicycling. (You can find your Senators, review basic suggested text for your email, and send your note directly from this link.)

Thanks for your support and your quick response to this call to action.

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This week’s TBAG Third Friday Ride is utilizing the light rail to get us out of Tempe and into downtown Phoenix in air-conditioned style.

RSVP now!

As always – Meet at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 pm (and absolutely bring lights and locks). We’ll head as a group to the station on 3rd & Mill.

1st Stop) The FilmBar
Phoenix Central Ave & Roosevelt
http://thefilmbarphx.com/

2nd Stop) CYCLE at The Lexington
Phoenix Central Ave & Portland
http://cyclephoenix.com/

3rd Stop) George and Dragon
Central Ave & Indian School Rd
www.georgeanddragonpub.net/

The light rail accommodates 4 bicycles per car, but some may stand while riding. While we’ll try to fit as many at a time as we’re able, a ride leader will be at the back to make sure everyone makes it.

The last ride back East as a group will be at 1 am, after that you might be on your own.

Lost? Late? Check the Facebook page the day of the event to see where the group is hanging out.

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Friday Oct. 7 – Sunday Oct. 9
Strike up the POLKA! Once again, Tempe Bicycle Action Group will host a free ‘bike valet’ – a secured and monitored bicycle parking area at Tempe Beach Park during the Tempe Oktoberfest celebration. And we need YOU.

Volunteers are needed to park and watch event-goers bikes. You’ll get free food & beer tickets just for helping out.

At least 3 volunteers are needed per shift per day, but as many as 6 for the peak times which are afternoons and closing time. Sign up for several shifts and invite your friends to do the same.

How to sign up? Fill out the Volunteer Registration:
OKTOBERFEST BIKE VALET VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM

Info on Tempe Oktoberfest:
OKTOBERFEST at Tempe Town Lake
Friday: 5 pm to Midnight
Saturday: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

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Support Local Warriors as they Pedal Through Phoenix

The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower injured US servicemen and women by providing services and unique programs. They developed the Soldiers Ride, a cycling event that helps wounded warriors get back on the road. Specially designed and adaptive cycles will be available or riders can bring their own bikes. The event is open to all.

Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride will take place October 22, 2011 in the Phoenix area. A cycling event to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, Soldier Ride also raises awareness for our nation’s wounded warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war and gives the public a chance to ride alongside and honor these men and women. Each non-warrior cyclist is responsible for raising a minimum of $150 to support Wounded Warrior Project programs and services in addition to a $25 registration fee, and participants will receive an official Soldier Ride National Tour T-shirt.

For more information visit: soldierride.org

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