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Know a Place That Needs a Bike Rack? TBAG Can Help!

Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s new Bike Racks program has been a hit with businesses.  We approached Cornish Pasty in Tempe, Tops Liquors (home of Taste of Tops), Cartel Coffee Labs, and Handlebar, and no one said they didn’t want a bike rack.  The deal is that we get well made but inexpensive racks at our cost, and deliver and install them for next to nothing.

After the initial success of this project, we’re ready to move on to Phase II:  Install Racks Everywhere.  We need your help.  Do you have a favorite business that just does not have a good bike rack, or needs more racks?  TBAG can help.  Talk to the owner and ask him or her to let us help them get a rack installed.  Set up a meeting and scrottie@biketempe.org will get you someone else in TBAG to go to the meeting with you so you aren’t alone.

We also need people to go to these (and other locations) to offer our services:

  • Filmbar in Phoenix
  • Solo Cafe
  • Long Wongs on Apache
  • Oreganos on Mill
  • Sprouts
  • Flavor on Mill
  • The Vine
  • Crescent Ballroom

http://azcrap.org/racks_pamphlet.pdf has program details.  You can print that out and show it to business owners.  Want to help with Phase II?  Email me.

Summer Solstice Ride IV June 29

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It may be hot – but it ain’t summer without the annual summer solstice ride!

SanTan Brewing Company has donated a bunch of their beer in cans for the ride!  Thank you, SanTan!

We’re putting together a fun-filled cruise through Tempe, with stops to jump in all the fountains and water features we can find, not to mention a couple of pools, sprinklers and — oh, yes — another epic water-balloon fight toward the end. So mark your calendars and let us know if you can help!

Meet up at Tempe Beach Park 2 p.m. on June 29 on the corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue with your suit on and your waders in tow. Let’s show this town what summer’s all about.

Want a little sneak peek? Check out a photo album from last year’s ride.
-Props to Mohawk Photography

What: Summer Solstice Ride IV
When: Saturday June 29th 2pm
Where: Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Ghost Bike Re-location

Over the past year, Tempe Bicycle Action Group has worked with the City of Tempe council and staff on properly retiring the two ghost bikes that we placed in Tempe over 3 years ago. The city officials and staff at all levels went above and beyond to handle a tough situation with dignity and respect, give plenty of notice and time to work with the families, friends, and the local bike community, and also offered their time and equipment to re-locate the bikes.

The ghost bike at University and Ash has been re-located to the Bike Saviours bike co-op where it was built. Bike Saviours is working with the family of the man killed, Chris Volpe, on ideas for a more permanent memorial and continued public education.

The ghost bike at Alameda and McClintock was re-located in cooperation with the family of the man who was killed, Jay Fretz. The family has chosen to keep the bike themselves as a private memorial.

Aside from it’s purpose as a memorial, a ghost bike’s greatest impact is immediate bicycle awareness when a tragedy happens. The goal is to remind people to watch for bikes and respect their presence as traffic. As time goes on, the ghost bike can also benefit real change and create positive dialog about bike facilities and bike safety, including the possibility of signage or engineering changes in general, but also where the accidents happened.

Last year, the city of Tempe adopted it’s first policy for the management of any roadside memorials. In doing so they “acknowledge a desire to allow temporary memorials within the street right-of-way and adjacent to city owned land”. This is a positive step since roadside memorials were not allowed before. TBAG will continue to work with the city on the specifics of this policy when it concerns future ghost bikes, due to the fact that a ghost bike’s purpose is educational and awareness in addition to being a memorial.

We will never forget Chris Volpe or Jay Fretz as we continue to advocate and educate for bicycle improvements in Tempe and the region.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ryan@biketempe.org