Tucson Bike-Thru Banking

TBAG’s own lawyer, the Tucson Bike Lawyer, has a post today about an Arizona State Credit Union location in Tucson that has a bike-thru window!:

…this bank features a lane designated specifically for bikes that is too narrow for cars to fit through. I inquired about the window with the info desk, and apparently it has existed since the opening of the credit union four years ago. The woman told me that feedback on the bike window has been overwhelmingly positive.

The credit union deserves applause for going beyond the standard bicycle accommodations (bike racks, etc) to make their business bicycle friendly. The Arizona State Credit Union has locations in Tempe/PHX…what are the chances that we’ll be getting bike-thru banking too?

Read the full TBL post

Ride to Solar Home Tour Sunday

Sunday October 19th, join TBAG for a ride to the Living with the Sun – Valley Style – 2008 Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tour

Start: 10am @ Tempe Town Lake (Tempe Beach Park – NW corner Mill and Rio Salado)
Ride to: McCay Residence (#9) – 2647 North Miller Road, Scottsdale

Possible option to grab lunch at Orange Table afterward…

FREE Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tour October 18-19
Living With the Sun – Valley of the Sun Style

This free, self-guided Valley of the Sun tour includes new building and retrofits; passive and active solar design and construction; Green building strategies, materials and techniques; and sustainability practices in our desert environment. The City of Scottsdale’s newest fire station, designed to pursue LEED Gold Certification, is one of the buildings featured on the tour.

Tours given on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. With 20 sites around the Valley, there is something for everyone, and the self-guided nature of this free event allows people to pick and choose sites based on their own personal interests.

For a tour map & info, please visit www.azsolarcenter.com

Report on TBAG Ride to Okkervil River Concert

Way back on September 25th Jeremy organized a TBAG ride to the Okkervil River show at the Clubhouse in Tempe. Unfortunately his report on the ride got lost in the pre-Tour de Fat craziness and we never got it posted. So, here it is…better late than never right?

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Recently, TBAG had an opportunity to hook up with Austin-based indie rock band, Okkervil River, to organize a ride to their tour stop in Tempe on Thursday, Sep. 25th.

It was Okkervil’s idea to have fans try to use eco-friendly choices on getting to their performances and they contacted TBAG about hosting a table at the concert. Not a bad idea, considering so many more people getting on bikes for reasons ranging from the rising cost of driving to improved health to a cleaner environment and this was excellent timing with ASU back in session for the fall

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TBAG In The News

Over the past 10 days Tempe Bicycle Action Group has gotten a bit of press in the local media.

First there was this article in the East Valley Tribune that quotes TBAG president Mark Neff on the opening of the BikeStation at the new Tempe Transportation Center.

Then, there was the article Fall bicycle events in Tempe in the Arizona Republic which highlights this month’s TBAG rides (Cupcakes, Farmer’s Market and First Friday), the Tempe Tour de Fat, and Tempe’s 13th annual Tour de Tempe .

Nice to see bicycling in Tempe getting some press!

Would You Trade Your Car for A Bike?

As part of Tour de Fat each year, New Belgium Brewery (the fine folks that bring you the Tour de Fat) selects a person at each Tour stop who is willing to trade their car for a bike. Now’s the time to enter Tempe!

WHAT IS THE CAR/BIKE TRADE?
It’s when one fortunate soul hands over their car, title and keys to the Tour de Fat altar in exchange for a bike. Not just any bike, a New Belgium, fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built commuter bike and trailer. There’s 11 Tour de Fat stops – surely one near you – and that’s 11 car/bike trade opportunities. It’s about weaning yourself off the petroleum teat. It’s about not paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas. It’s about rediscovering the cultural thrill of public transportation.

WHO CAN DO IT?
You! (Maybe). By agreeing to trade your polluting car for a new bike and committing to sparkle-motion, human-powered transport on stage at Tour de Fat, you become an inspiration to the congregation and beyond. Your vehicular cleansing is filmed, as are your car-free trials and triumphs over the following year, causing thousands to idolize your efforts and begin commuting by bike (we hope).

Interested? Get the details HERE. Examples of other winning entries at the Tour de Fat blog.

Need some inspiration? Check out this video from Portland’s Tour de Fat where the 2007 and 2008 car-for-bike traders discuss why they decided to go car-free:

Call for Tour de Fat Volunteers

Want to help out at this year’s Tempe Tour de Fat on Saturday, October 11th @ Tempe Town Lake?

 
Happy Volunteer

The proceeds from Tour de Fat go to four local bicycle groups — Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Mountain Bike Association of Arizona , the Tempe-based Bicycle Saviours, and the Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol.

In addition to the good karma that comes with helping raise money for bicycle advocacy in the greater PHX metro area, you’ll have a great time pouring beer, selling TdF gear and spreading the love. Plus, you get a Tour de Fat shirt and two free beer tokens for enjoying when you are not volunteering. How could you pass this up?

Look at the info below (click “Read the rest of this entry”) and then email the required details to: volunteer@biketempe.org

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Tour de Fat – October 11th!

2008 Tempe TdF Poster Ok folks, it is that time of year again – time for Tempe’s biggest bicycle party: Tour de Fat.

The Tour will be rolling through Tempe on October 11th to “spread the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle” and to raise money for local bicycle advocacy groups. Read more about the Tour de Fat.

Our events page has been updated with all the details on this year’s event, so please check it out and plan to be at Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, October 11th for a day of bikes, beer and excellent entertainment.

New Belgium has a Tour de Fat specific site with blog posts, event info and photos from other TdF’s this year.

We need volunteers to make this event happen! More information on how to help make Tour de Fat a success will be available shortly.

See you on October 11th!

Ride of Silence is Tomorrow

Don’t forget, our friends over in Mesa are organizing a Ride of Silence tomorrow!

Details:

When: May 21st at 7pm
Where: Starts at Alma and Guadalupe

Route: The ride is 10 miles long and rides at 12 miles per hour. It starts at Alma and Guadalupe and goes west thru Kiwanis park across the Tempe border and then back to the start along the same route.

More info: See our original post on the topic or join the Google Group – http://groups.google.com/group/rideofsilencemesa

Mesa / Tempe Ride of Silence

Tom wrote us to let us know that a group of folks from Mesa will be hosting a Ride of Silence on May 21st at 7pm as one of the many locations around the globe riding that day in honor of cyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways:

On May 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways….The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

The route of the ride will start in Mesa and cross into Tempe:

The ride is 10 miles long and rides at 12 miles per hour. It starts at Alma and Guadalupe and goes west thru Kiwanis park across the Tempe border and then back to the start along the same route.

We are coordinating with Mesa and Tempe police for possible assistance and may possibly have media coverage.

They’ve also got a Google Group setup for more details and discussion about the ride: http://groups.google.com/group/rideofsilencemesa

Full info on the Mesa/Tempe ride as well as other rides in Arizona (and around the world) can be found here