Arizona ranks in top 10 of bike friendly states

TutubikerThe League of American Bicyclists recently released their bike-friendly state status rankings and … drum roll please… ARIZONA MADE IT! Arizona is No. 10 in the rankings, meaning that we’ve climbed our way up the ranks thanks to statewide infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning and policies and programs!

The sunny state of Arizona ranks behind (in order of ranking) Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, New jersey, Wisconsin and Illinois.

To see the league’s comments on Arizona’s rank in the top ten reviewed states, go to their website www.bikeleague.org, or click here to be directed to the Arizona fact sheet. For more about the rankings structure and to see how other states fared, click here.

While we’ve broken into the top ten, Arizona still has a long way to go especially with integrating biking into all of the state’s transportation plans. Tempe Bicycle Action Group is a great place to start making those changes. Want to see your state climb the ranks? Get involved with our many education and activism programs and activities.

Read up on our activism board member’s recent work with the Arizona Department of Transportation on our blog biketempe.org or by clicking here.

Cargo Bikes and Trailers Needed – Ride for Reading – Friday May 10th

RideForReadingJoin a national movement that promotes literacy and bicycles!

Ride for Reading, a nonprofit that delivers books to schools via bicycles, is coming to Tempe on Friday May 10th. Gather at 9 a.m. at Pivot Cycles (1807 West Drake Drive) in south Tempe and deliver books by bike to Frank School in Guadalupe (8409 S. Avenida del Yaqu). It’s a mile ride that could mean a world of difference for a local school.

We need your pedaling power and your book-lugging abilities for this labor of love; backpacks, baskets, trailers or cargo bikes will be instrumental as we haul books to kids who need them.

Join your friends from TBAG, MBAA and the Tempe Police Department Bike Squad to support this great cause: Sign Up Here

About Ride For Reading: Ride For Reading’s mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. *Reading is an integral part of education, and without books it is hard to build a strong academic base. Our children need materials to read at home and it is our goal to provide the means. Fore more, visit rideforreading.com.

Speak up! Your voice will be heard!

ScrottiePassionate about bikes? Let your local and state government know.

Whether you ride for the sake of health, transportation, or to support a deeper belief in a sustainable lifestyle it’s likely that you, as a cyclist, don’t favor the prospect of getting hit by a car, riding over cracked and bumpy pavement, or finding yourself in a bike UN-friendly neighborhood. Let your local leaders know!

As a cyclist your voice will be heard. TBAG Board Member and advocacy leader Scrottie recently went to Tucson to speak in a Arizona Department of Transportation meeting and the amazing thing is – they respected and heard his comments. For a complete account of Scrottie’s travels, view his blog post: http://www.biketempe.org/adot-loves-you/ 

Want to stay on top of bike issues and opportunities to become involved? Update your contact information with biketempe.org to receive advocacy alerts in the future:

http://www.biketempe.org/join-us/update-your-tbag-contact-info/ and get registered for advocacy alerts.

SanTan BrewsCruise – Memorial Day Weekend

SanTan Memorial DayJoin SanTan Brewing and TBAG on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. for a canal bike ride in Scottsdale and Phoenix!

Cost: $25 gets you a SanTan beer at each stop and food at Kelly’s. Purchase tickets in advance at http://bit.ly/YNdBbh! Get yer tickets soon – these rides are hot! – and RSVP at the Facebook page here.

Route:
Meet at 3 p.m. at Kelly’s at SouthBridge (7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85250) –ride to–; Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn (5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253) –ride to–; O.H.S.O. (4900 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018) –ride to/ends at–; Dos Gringos in Old Town (4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale, AZ 85251)

TBAG is providing ride leadership for this ride, all of the SanTan rides, and other cruiser rides around the Valley. If you are interested in joining the team please email info@biketempe.org Ride leaders always get free tickets to the rides which include free beer and food.

TBAG benefit at Tempe’s Front Porch

Free drinks, free appetizers, live music Wednesday Early Party – not to mention a bit of good will for your friends at Tempe Bicycle Action Group – what’s not to love?

Get your friends together for a mid-week bash Wednesday May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the new patio bar, Tempe’s Front Porch, just outside of Monti’s La Casa Vieja on Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. For a donation at the door, you get two free drinks, free appetizers and some good karma. All donation proceeds will be given to TBAG!

While there come say hi to your favorite Tempe bike nonprofit – TBAGgers will be manning a table at the bar all night.

To get in you’ll need to RSVP in one of two ways:

For more information on Tempe’s Front Porch including location, hours and menus, visit www.tempesfrontporch.com on twitter @TempePorch or facebook.com/tempesfrontporch or call 480.967.7594.