Archive for March, 2012

Valley Metro Bike Valet Volunteers needed for April AZ Diamondbacks Home Games

In celebration of Valley Bicycle Month,
Arizona Diamondbacks and The Summit will be providing FREE bicycle
valet for all April 2012 Home Baseball Games ! 

Contact Suzanne Day at Valley Metro to volunteer: sday@valleymetro.org

Volunteer details: Must arrive to open bike parking 2 hours before
game time and close 1 hour after game ends. Bike parking is to remain
open the entire time but volunteers may take breaks as long as demand
is handled. In return for their time volunteers will get a ticket to
a later D-Backs game, a Valley Bike Month t-shirt, and split any tips
with the other parker on duty. Need not be a cyclist but must sign a
volunteer agreement.

Two Volunteers are needed for each game to valet bicycles on the
following dates:

April 3 (Spring Training game vs Brewers) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 4 (Spring Training game vs Brewers) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 6 (vs Giants) 2:10 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 7 (vs Giants) 11:05 am – 1 hr after game ends
April 8 (vs Giants) 11:05 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 16 (vs Pirates) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 17 (vs Pirates) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 18 (vs Pirates) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 19 (vs Braves) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 20 (vs Braves) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 21 (vs Braves) 2:10 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 22 (vs Braves) 11:10 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 23 (vs Phillies) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 24 (vs Phillies) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 25 (vs Phillies) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

Contact Suzanne Day at Valley Metro to volunteer: sday@valleymetro.org

Suzanne
Suzanne Day
Valley Metro Business Services
sday@valleymetro.org

(602) 523-6063
101 N. 1st Ave. Ste. 1100 Phoenix, AZ 85003
www.valleymetro.org

 

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ANNUAL BICYCLE SUMMIT of PHOENIX – 2012
Saturday April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

10:00 Introductions & library logistics
10:15 State of Bicycling in Phoenix – The Five Bicycle Friendly Community E’s
Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement Evaluation
10:30 Review of April 2011 – March 2012 projects
11:00 Breakout Session 1: ENGINEERING
12:00 Valley Metro Bicycle Month 2012 – Bike to Work 2012
12:15 Parks & Recreation Dept presentation
12:30 LUNCH
1:30 Regroup, Discussion of Items from AM Breakout
1:45 City of Phoenix Engineering
2:30 City of Phoenix Encouragement
2:45 Breakout Session 2: ENCOURAGEMENT & EDUCATION
3:30 Regroup, Discussion of Items from PM Breakout
3:45 Summary – Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, Arizona Bicycle Club, Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club
4:00 Dismissal to Old Spaghetti Factory

http://www.facebook.com/events/320081114707318/

call Joe for more info 602-534-9529

email: bike@phoenix.gov

 

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Mark your calendars TBAGers! We will be having our first Traffic Skills 101 class in May! The class will focus on bicycle handling and traffic navigation skills critical for riding safely in any environment.

The class will be held at Landis Cyclery, North Tempe location, and will be divided into two sessions. First session will be Thursday May 24th 630pm-900pm and include the literature, “in class”, portion. Second session will be Saturday May 26th 800am-1200pm and include the road, “on bike”, portion. Sign up information still to come!

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The San Tan Wheelie Jam and Super Picnic is back for 2012, bigger and better! We’ve raised the bar for events, local food, and local music, but we need your help on April 28th to make STWJ+SP a success!

  • We’re raising money for local cycling groups while having a lot of fun with wheelie contests, a bike build-off, and, of course, a bike parade.
  • Volunteering is a terrific way to join in. We need help with beer tickets, wrist bands, and beer pouring, among other tasks. You can sign up either as a team or as an individual. Sign up here!
  • Volunteers will earn drink tickets, free admission to the event, a t-shirt, and the undying gratitude of several local cycling groups. To volunteer, just follow the link below.

Sign up! http://www.biketempe.org/events/san-tan-wheelie-jam/

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On April 3rd-5th 2012, Tempe Bicycle Action Group, working in partnership with City of Tempe Transportation, will conduct the second annual Tempe Bike Count. TBAG wants to track the number of cyclists on roads and pathways in Tempe, and track year to year growth in cycling for transportation. For full details and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Goals for the bike count:

  • Document the number of people currently cycling and monitor how the number changes over time
  • Publish a report of findings from the bike count
  • Use the information to help prioritize infrastructure improvements and traffic safety
  • Share bike count data with the public, other organizations, governmental groups, and individuals

Volunteer to Help:
We need volunteers to help counting bikes! Sign up!

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The City of Tempe primary election is on Tue. March 13th. Below you can read each candidate’s responses to a bicycle questionnaire we sent out. They are listed in the order we received them:

Responses:

1. Council Candidate Kolby Granville:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-kolby-granville/

2. Council Candidate Dick Foreman:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-dick-foreman/

3. Council Candidate GC Saarup:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-gc-saarup/

4. Mayoral Candidate Linda Spears:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-linda-spears/

5. Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-mark-mitchell/

6. Council Candidate Joel Navarro:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-joel-navarro/

7. Council Candidate Corey Woods:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-corey-woods/

8. Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-council-candidate-angie-taylor-thornton/

9. Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-mayoral-candidate-michael-monti/

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Yes, I ride on my own and with my family.  Our family consists of six kids, three of whom still need to be biked by trailer or safety seat.  We ride for exercise or simply to enjoy the day outdoors.  Frequently, I ride my bike to work—during the cooler months & especially when an event has clogged Mill Avenue traffic to the point that I can get to the restaurants more quickly by bicycle with fewer headaches.

2a. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends?

My wife, friends and I all take advantage of the bike paths that are available.  I’ve talked often of a more comprehensive driver awareness program being desirable. Each of us has had or seen a frightening encounter with distracted drivers failing to “see” bicyclists.

2b. What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

I’ve already proposed a ban on texting while driving.  On the surface this appears to be about vehicles, but this would help all participants in a multi-modal transportation system.  Being new to government, as mayor, I would be interested in thoroughly reviewing status quo and looking at new proposals.  I would champion awareness programs for all age groups.

Along this line, we need to address bicycle theft.  I’ve had my bicycle stolen right out of my backyard.  Employees have had bicycles stolen from the restaurant parking lot.  We need to keep an updated stolen bike registry so we can reunite bicycles with their owners.  We need to form broad-based coalitions from city planners, to business leaders, to partnering with bicycle advocacy groups, like yours, to raise the overall awareness across the entire spectrum how important bicycle safety is.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Again, please take into consideration that I’ve never been in government.  At my restaurant, however, we installed bike racks near our Blink car charging stations.  We’ve always encouraged our staff to bike to work whenever possible.

When my stepson was younger we purchased a bicycle from Tempe Bicycle and took advantage of several of their free bicycle classes.


Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

Tempe is an absolutely perfect urban environment to champion cycling.  Obviously, we have bike paths already designated.  Being new to government, I always think there are other creative ways to do things.  I am anxious and willing to meet with advocates to push this agenda forward.  As Mayor, I advocate a need to partner tightly with ASU, especially as they continue to plan their stadium and multi-use district.  In recent years, I have come to believe that the cycling lifestyle is integral to the demographic of the new economy workers and entrepreneurs that Tempe needs to attract.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Again, I don’t have information to answer this question.  I am absolutely willing to work with ADOT and any other appropriate agencies.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question. Clearly this is seen as a broken link in connecting the desires of the cycling community.  I am wide open to proposals on this and willing to negotiate with Phoenix to find solutions to the problem.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

My first step, as Mayor, to this is familiarizing myself with the standards set forth by the League.  Some options, off the top of my head, would be bicycle safety programs for all ages, bike paths, partnering with the local area business so the embrace and implement bicycle culture into the workplace.  I am willing to form a personal “Bicycle Cabinet” to advise me on the matters, if elected.  I am willing listen and learn.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:

As I mentioned to you in our earlier conversation I am not a cyclist however many of my good friends are.  I will support projects that promote  the safety and convenience of cyclist.  I think encouraging cycling as a mode of transportation Is a very important issue for our city.  To maintain a great working relationship with you and your organization will be a key factor.  I would like to see separated bike lanes through out our city.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Corey Woods:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

I own a bicycle, but I rarely ever have time to ride it. Due to my work schedule, which takes me all over the East Valley almost daily, I spend the overwhelming majority of my time in my car.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would you do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

Yes, I feel that the City of Tempe is committed to bicycle safety. However, I believe that it is important to not simply rest on our laurels. We should always try to continue to improve when it comes to this issue. In terms of specifics regarding cycling environment improvements, I would like to see even more bicycle lanes in places where they don’t currently exist. The presence of dedicated bicycle lanes helps to avoid accidents between bicycle users and pedestrians on sidewalks, while also training motorists about the need to respect the rights of those who choose not to use automobiles.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Before I was elected to the Tempe City Council, I was a member of the City of Tempe Transportation Commission for two years. I applied for this position because I strongly supported the idea of providing residents with a variety of transportation options. During my time on the Commission, we advocated for items such as increased bicycle lanes, improved safety and an expansion of the Orbit neighborhood circulator system.

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

The needs of cyclists should always be taken into account when doing infrastructure planning. For example, when street improvements are being proposed, that would be a very appropriate time to thoughtfully consider how the changes being made will affect cyclists. Also, Tempe is becoming a much more urban city in certain sections. Residents who choose to live near Tempe Town Lake or at a place such as the West 6th Apartments look for amenities that include comfortable cycling lanes as well as access to transit lines. It is important as we plan for the future that we take all of these factors into consideration before making major structural changes that will have long-lasting impacts.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I support increasing the number of bike lanes in Tempe to better serve the needs of cyclists. I also would be willing to explore the concept of creating more shared spaces for bikes and buses. In places like Portland, bikes, cars, and modern streetcars many times share the same spaces. I believe there may be a way to implement similar measures in Tempe that are safe for all users of our streets.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

While I support working with ADOT to obtain more facilities like the one described above, the major concern at this point in time would be cost. You can never put a price on safety, but I would need to spend more time exploring this measure before offering a definitive answer. However, I would be happy to work alongside groups such as TBAG to look into this further to see what can be done to improve bicycle safety.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

Unfortunately, due to the fact that the roads that both lead to and surround Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix, there is probably only limited direct work that can be done by the City of Tempe on this issue. However, that doesn’t prevent the Tempe City Council from speaking with our colleagues in Phoenix concerning ways to improve the accessibility of the Airport.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

When making street improvements or doing citywide master planning, it is important that we keep in mind the guidelines and benchmarks that would move us from “silver” to “platinum” status. Bicycling is an integral part of what makes Tempe what it is. We work diligently to provide accessible multi-use paths and encourage alternative modes of transportation. By improving upon what we already do well and embracing new ideas and opportunities, we can continue to cement Tempe’s reputation as an open, accessible community for all to share together.

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Dust off that old t-shirt grandma picked up for you in Tahiti because TBAG is taking you on a night of leisure suits, polyester and flower-print button-ups at the classic hotel lounges of Tempe.

Tempe Bicycle Action group is once again hosting the Hotel Bar Ride, part of the Second Saturday ride series, starting at 7:30 p.m. April 14. Meet your fellow tourists at Tempe Beach Park for a quick meet-and-greet, then venture off to enjoy libations and food at several lounges in Tempe.

All cyclists are invited, especially those with a fondness for socks + sandals. Please RSVP to the Facebook event at the Tempe Bicycle Action Group Facebook page.

Need some fashion inspiration? Check out Chevy Chase’s moves and the debonair style portrayed in Hai Karate cologne ads, not to mention the classy garb of the gents and lady of Anchorman.

 

When: Saturday, April 14. Meet at 7:30 p.m., ride at 7:45 p.m.

Where: Start at the the northwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue in Tempe.

Cost: FREE. Bring cash or card for drinks and food.

How: RSVP on the Facebook event, contact biketempe.org or facebook.com/biketempe

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