Archive for January, 2012

Please join us there – it will be essential for cyclists’ concerns to be heard.

METRO invites you to attend a public meeting to review and comment on the Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) for the 2.6-mile Tempe Streetcar project that will serve the downtown and Central Tempe community.

The UDG is a document that will provide the future project designers with guidelines for how the streetcar stops should look, including concepts for seating, lighting, platform paving treatments, canopies, etc.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
6 – 8 p.m.; presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center, Don Cassano Room
200 E. 5th St., Tempe, 85281

For more information, see: http://www.valleymetro.org/metro_projects_planning/tempe_streetcar/

and http://www.tempe.gov/tim/TempeStreetcar.htm

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TBAG will begin a design exercise to develop marketing materials related to bicycling, bike safety, or respectful driving – the specific campaign is still being decided. If you are interested in joining the TBAG team, email Aaron. We will meet with the design studio three times: on Monday, Feb. 6th at 2:30 PM, on Monday, Feb. 13th, at 2:30 PM, and on the 27th, to see the final designs.

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Tweed Ride 2012Banish the spandex and don your most dapper casuals for the return of the Tweed Ride, an evening adventure of woolen skirts, bucket hats, and sport coats on Saturday Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. starting at Tempe Beach Park.

Tempe Bicycle Action Group welcomes riders of all types and skill levels to wear their favorite woolens skirts, capes, shawls, tweed jackets, caps, and knickers on this fine night of cycling and style. Cyclists will meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park for photos and to show off their style at 5:30 p.m. Following the meet and greet, riders will be off to show off their herringbone, twill, plaid and checkered styles with class at the finest Tempe drinking constabularies.

  • Where: Tempe Beach Park on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
  • When: Saturday Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Ride at 6 p.m.
  • What: A fine night of cycling and style at the classiest public houses of Tempe.
  • Cost: The ride is free!

TBAG’s monthly social bike rides will now be held on the Second Saturday of every month.

Sign up and see who else is rollin’ with the crew via Facebook.

New! To get text message alerts for this ride, text TWEED to 719-355-TBAG (8224)

This nighttime ride is hosted by Tempe Bicycle Action Group, a nonprofit organization working to make bicycling a prominent, safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation in Tempe, Arizona and surrounding areas through education, grassroots events, and civic participation.

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Out friends from Arizona Bike Polo are hosting the Desert Polo Invite 4 this Saturday and Sunday in Tempe.

This year will be bigger than ever!!! 40+ teams, 4 courts, SERIOUS POLO!!! Round Robin on Saturday, Double elimination on Sunday. Come by and see some of the worlds best polo. Anyone can come by, there will be food, shirts for sale, and a raffle anyone can participate in!!

Desert Polo Invite 4

 

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TBAG and the Mitchell Park Neighborhood are moving forward with an exciting bicycle public art project for 2012.  In the fall of 2011 a committee made up of a public artist, Mitchell Park neighbors and TBAG board members conducted a competitive artist and concept selection process.  More than 15 fifteen Arizona public artists were considered.  A Tempe-based artist team by the name of coLAB was selected in December.

The concept for the public art (see attached images) involves bicycle sculptures and large boulders that will be placed in 4 locations along Farmer Avenue (between University Drive and 13th Street) that will serve as a permanent monument to the importance of bicycling in Tempe, the contributions of TBAG to the community, and help deepen the emphasis of creating bikeable, sustainable corridors for our town and to serve as a model for land use and transportation.  In the words on the artist team, coLAB: “The people-powered vehicle (bicycle) is immensely efficient and useful, and can drastically change the outlook for future balance between man and nature.”

The city of Tempe and TBAG is currently working with the artist team to finalize designs.  Construction of the artwork is expected to happen late Spring/early Summer 2012, with a dedication ceremony anticipated soon thereafter.  This important project will help transform the street and further emphasize TBAG’s role in shaping Tempe and beyond as a bicycle region.

Eric Iwersen

eric@biketempe.org

eric_iwersen@tempe.gov

480-239-9593

Check out the concept pdf: TBAGbicycleART.pdf

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Our friends and sponsors at SanTan Brewing are hosting a Brews Cruise on Sunday, February 19th during AZ Beer Week. A fun and easy bike ride from SanTan Brewing in Chandler with stops at Majerle’s, Uncle Bear’s, and Coach and Wille’s to watch the Suns play the Lakers.

$20 gets you a beer and food at SanTan and a beer at the three other stops. Come out and enjoy the great weather and some great local beer and food.

Buy tickets in advance at:
http://www.santanbrewing.com/events-arizona-beer-week-brews-cruise/

RSVP and get more details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/252924081444116/

TBAG supports many local rides by providing ride leaders and rider assistance. If you are interested in helping as a ride leader, or you need help with a ride you are planning, please contact ridesupport@biketempe.org

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Daniel Everlove was hit and killed while riding his bicycle at Guadalupe and Alma School on Saturday night. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

We’ll update this post with more information as we get it.

Media coverage:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2012/01/24/20120124mesa-bicylist-struck-killed-saturday-evening-abrk.html

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_43400fd2-45ef-11e1-931b-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.kpho.com/story/16580610/bicyclist-hit-killed-by-car-in-mesa

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The City of Phoenix installed Sharrows and Bikes May Use Full Lane signs along 48th St South of Guadalupe over the past few weeks. Read all about it on the CAzB blog: http://blog.cazbike.org/2012/01/phoenix-places-slms-and-bumfl-signs.html and with some technical analysis on AZBikeLaw: http://azbikelaw.org/blog/48th-street-piedmont-to-guadalupe/

Good work City of Phoenix!

BMUFL

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Hello bike advocates – this month has a lot of important events.

  • We need your help with the bike count – a new organizing committee is forming and there is a lot to do. Email Scott to get on our planning committee list.
  • We are also working with an ASU College of Design class to develop an ad campaign for bike safety – join us as we meet with the students to give them feedback in mid-February – see more info here.
  • Also – note the upcoming streetcar meeting on Wednesday, Feb 8th – see more infohere.

Please email Aaron if you are interested in helping out with any of this, or have other ideas for advocacy projects.

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As the Tempe Bicycle Action Group Youth Coordinator, I attended this year’s Youth Bike Conference in New York City to meet with other organizations and learn about programs targeting at-risk-youth. I was very impressed by the number of young people working to improve cycling throughout the country. I also learned a lot about different programs that recycle bicycles and help those in need. I attended workshops on fundraising, organizing bike rides and community advocacy. I would like to Recycle-A-Bicycle for hosting this years event. They did a great job and made everyone feel at home in the Big Apple.   http://www.recycleabicycle.org

Robert Chacon T.B.A.G. Youth Coordinator

 

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