Archive for January, 2013

 

TBAG will host the third annual Tempe Bike Count between March 26-28 2013. We need volunteers to help count bikes! You can sign up for just one shift on a single day, or more if you want. Sign up! Bring a friend!

Our 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

When:

The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer will count during commuting hours, one morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or one afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm). The same location can be covered over the span of the three days.

  • Tuesday, March 26th
  • Wednesday, March 27th
  • Thursday, March 28th

Training:
Volunteers are asked to attend one of the training meetings at the Tempe Transit Center 200 E. Fifth Street (near Forest and College avenues near the light rail station) in the Cassano Room on the second floor.

  • Wednesday, March 20th
  • Saturday, March 23rd

For full details on the Tempe Bike Count and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Afterparty:

We’re throwing an appreciation party at Boulders on Broadway for our volunteers!  Come turn in your count sheets, have a beer, and tell tales of the craziness you saw out there on the streets of Tempe.

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At TBAG, we want all bicycles to have properly inflated tires, well oiled chains, and lights at night.  Lights are easier to buy and distribute than properly inflated tires, so I’m organizing a small team of volunteers to hand out lights.  Get in touch (scrottie at biketempe.org) if you’d like to help with this or other “action” programs, such as canvasing the spokes of ASU bikes with bike safety spoke cards, and I’ll add you to the mail list.

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Just a friendly reminder from your friends at TBAG!

Have you ever lubed a bike chain? How’s about greased those bearings in your bottom bracket? There’s nothing quite like a freshly lubed bicycle chain. Quiet and smooth… no squeaks–heaven! If you’ve got an old style bicycle remember to grease those bearings at least once a year! Lube that chain up once a month, too! More often if you ride more often.

Not making sense? Confuzzled about parts? Need help?! Check out Bike Saviours here!

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TBAG has two premier bicycle valets it puts on each year:  Oktoberfest and the Greater Arizona Beer Festival.

Oktoberfest, http://www.tempeoktoberfest.com, runs October 11-13.  The Greater Arizona Beer Festival, http://www.azbeer.com/tempe.htm, is March 2nd.

We need a Chief Volunteer to make sure these events happen!  Will that be you? Will you organize the legions of other volunteers into shifts, make sure fences get rented and delivered, get people to haul bike racks from storage, find the claim tickets, and make sure that cyclists have a safe place to leave their bike while they sample fine beers?  Get in touch with me (scrottie at biketempe.org).  Our bicycle valets are great visibility for TBAG and a great service for Tempe.  We would do more if we could — we’ve been asked to — but we need to make sure that these two happen.

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In April 2012, the second annual city-wide bike count in Tempe was conducted as a way of understanding cycling habits and to identify routes and intersections that are problematic or dangerous.  In total, 6,563 bicyclists were counted from a total of 28 different locations, with 26 locations common between 2011 and 2012.

Get the report here [pdf]: Tempe_Bike_Count_Report_2012

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I say mate, ain’t it time for a night out on the town in our finest and what what?

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, join TBAG once again for one of our most popular cruises, the tweed ride.

Meet us at 7:30 p.m. on the corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue in Tempe Beach Park where you can pose for a pic. Then at 7:45 p.m. we’ll bike off for a jolly good time in the finest pubs in town.

Don’t know what to wear? You poor blighter. Well let us enlighten you to the fashionable choices for the evening.

Bowlers, pleated skirts, course knits, pipes, woolen trousers, suspenders and bow-ties are what’s hot for the evening. Show up for a pint in your spandex and you might as well have shown up in your skivvies.

As always, the ride will be frightfully easy,so all birds and mates of any skill level are welcome to attend for a smashing good time.

Pip pip, cheerio and all that rot. Oh, and don’t forget to RSVP to the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/biketempe 

See you there, old bean.

Where: Tempe Beach Park on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
When: Feb. 9. Meet at 7:30 p.m. We leave at 7:45 p.m.
What: A fine night of cycling and style at the classiest public houses of Tempe
Who: Any bloke or lass of all cycling skill levels
Cost: Ride is FREE! Buy your own bevs

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Just when you thought you were out of that cold and biter Phoenix valley area winter season – bam! – you’re hit with another wave of cool. We’re referring to the fourth annual Tempe Bicycle Winter Games of course.

Get your body armor on and your health insurance renewed – once again we’ll be practicing the time honored brutal tradition of princess bike death races, slow ride, figure 8 races and more.

Before you brutalize yourself, at 9 a.m. join one of your favorite neighborhood bars Boulders on Broadway for their bike swap and gear meet.

Boulders will also be serving up NEW brunch items – at 20-percent off for TBAGgers – plus all-day happy hour drink specials, not to mention burger & sandwich specials.

Grab some gear, grab some beer and at noon, get your Winter Games on in the parking lot of Boulders.

Don’t forget! Join us at 7:30 p.m. in Tempe Beach Park for our annual Tweed Ride! Find both events on Facebook.

For the Winter Games and gear swap, RSVP here.
For the  Tweed ride, RSVP here.

What: Boulders Bike Swap and Gear Meet and
TBAG Fourth Annual Winter Games

When: Bike swap- 9 a.m.-noon
Winter Games noon-3 p.m.

Where: Both events; Boulders on Broadway
530 W. Broadway Rd. Tempe

Cost: Both events are FREE!

 

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A concert, costumes and endo rides, oh my! Bring your two-weeled beast down to Tempe Jan. 17 for the Mille Ave. Bike Night starting at 5 p.m. in the Mill Avenue District and Hayden Square Amphitheater.

The Mill Avenue District is partnering with your favorite local bike nonprofit – TBAG, of course – and other local groups like  CycleLights and TriSports to put on this ride as part of the Third Thursday series.

Anyone with wheels and a passion to ride is invited to bring art bikes, costumes, and more for a night of cruising and tunes. So, pedal on down to the Mill Avenue District for a night of groups rides then head on over to Hayden Square Amphitheater with some live music by Race You There, seats, and options for dinner and drinks.

Events for the night include:

Tri Sports Endurance Ride –  A 90 minute endurance ride starting at 5:30pm at TriSports in Downtown Tempe. Route will go up through Scottsdale, and return to the Mill Avenue District.
CycleLights Light Ride- a casual and relaxed ride throughout the Mill Avenue District.
Concert and Raffle - The concert at Hayden Square Amphitheater will begin at 8pm, and there will be a raffle for a CycleLights equipped bike provided by AZ Bicycle Exchange.

Prior to Bike Night, CycleLights will be partnering with Bad Mother Cluckers for a pre-ride meal and CycleLights fundraiser. Cost is $15 for students, and $20 for non students. The meal includes 2 entrees, 2 sides, a drink, and a set of CycleLights LED rim lights. All proceeds go towards buying old bikes, new parts, and paint jobs for bikes to send to families in Africa.

All Third Thursdays events are FREE to the public.

WHAT: Mill Avenue Bike Night
WHERE: Mill Avenue District/Hayden Square Amphitheater
WHEN: January 17, 5pm-9pm
COST: FREE

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Hey Tempe Cyclists!! Tired of complaining about the unsafe riding conditions, bike lanes which seem to end for no reason, non-existent bike crossing signals, etc. etc. Quit complaining and help us do something about it. 2013 is going to be a busy year for TBAG advocates. There are major street re-design projects for us to monitor and influence, including the Mill Ave Streetcar, University Drive, Hardy Drive and Broadway Road. We also need to follow the update processes for the Transportation Master Plan and the General Plan. And we have our normal monthly committee meetings to attend.

Bring your ideas and your calendar and get ready to sign up to help!! See you at our 2013 kick-off TBAG Advocacy Meeting – Sunday January 6th 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.

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The Transportation Master Plan provides the basis for how transportation funding is spent, and what projects or programs the City of Tempe focuses on to provide transportation services for its citizens through the year 2030. The Transportation Master Plan defines the transportation character within the General Plan to guide the growth and development of Tempe. As part of the plan, the City has proposed a set of “complete street” standards which include bike lanes, public transit and sidewalk standards, but they need feedback from TBAG members to support these changes.

To view the existing plan and see what changes are proposed, and to add your comments, please visit the City of Tempe’s webpage for the Transportation Master Plan here: http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=2602

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