Save the date, TBAG volunteer meeting Dec 7th

Canceled due to the holidays! Have a safe and happy holiday season. We’ll re-schedule this for mid to late January 09.

Put it on your calendars! On Sunday, December 7th at 6pm Tempe Bicycle Action Group invites you to participate in our Fall Meeting.

Our newly expanded board is anxious to share their ideas with you for new and exciting ways to make cycling in the Valley safe, satisfying, and FUN!

But they need your help… If you ride a bike… you’re invited to participate! Come to share your voice or just to listen. Additional details will be announced soon.

(Posting compliments of Jeremy)

Mmmmm… Bike Porn

Check out some sexy Bike Shorts – film shorts, that is… This Thursday, get intimate with your bicycle at the Bike Porn Film Tour presented in conjunction with Bike Saviours.

What is Bike Porn? Well to find out, get yourself a little dirty by visiting http://bikeporntour.blogspot.com/. To get yourself a LOT dirty, join us for a ride to the event this Thursday, November 13th at Trunk Space.

The ride meets at Tempe Beach Park entrance, NW corner of Mill & Rio at 6 p.m. We’ll be using the “First Friday” route which follows Washington to Roosevelt with a little extra pedaling to our final destination at Roosevelt & Grand Ave. in downtown Phoenix. Total one-way is about 11 miles.

Need more info?
http://www.thetrunkspace.com/
http://bikeporntour.blogspot.com/

(Posting compliments of Jeremy, TBAG’s self-expressive Minister of Propaganda)

Volunteer opportunity: bike-powered homecoming float!

SANS logo

Greetings from ASU’s Students Acting Now for Sustainability! (SANS)  We are looking for enthusiastic bike supporters to join our float in the Homecoming Parade November 15th! Please contact Jehnifer.Niklas@asu.edu We plan to meet up at 10:30AM on Mill and University.  We have created a recycling sculpture that will be powered by bikes! So grab yours and cruise on down to Tempe!  We hope you can join us in sending a positive message to ASU!

The drumroll please… the new board members are:

Thank you to everyone who came to the annual meeting yesterday! Twenty-three folks attended, and we discussed the year’s accomplishments and discussed ideas for the coming year (both of which will be posted soon), and elected new members to the Board of Directors.

It was a hard fought race and it came right down to the wire, but in the end the entire slate of candidates won! Welcome to Sam Bollinger, Jeremy Deatherage, Jeff Dunn, Aaron Golub, Ryan Guzy, Rebecca Hale, and Tom Tomczyk, the new board members. Make sure you read their bio statements from this previous post. We will establish email addresses for them ASAP so that you can communicate with us all.

This is going to be a great year for TBAG. The new board members have fantastic ideas to keep building the momentum, and there was a palpable excitement from everyone who came to the meeting.

Stan Klonowski, one of the three people who dreamt up the idea of TBAG years ago, resigned from the Board. He has put a lot of time and effort into the organization over the years and was thrilled to see so many people excited to continue building TBAG. Thank you for all of your hard work, Stan.

On a related note, Chris Crosby (former President and Webmaster of TBAG) and Kate Darby (former Vice President and Secretary) formally stepped down from the Board prior to this meeting to make room for new faces.

THANK YOU, STAN, CHRIS AND KATE FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE!

All three have promised to stay involved with the organization so we will continue to benefit from their hard work.

Meet the nominees for the TBAG Board!

***NOTE- I ADDED ANOTHER BIO BELOW***

Greetings everyone!
Below are brief statements submitted by six seven very qualified people who were nominated to join the Board of Directors of the Tempe Bicycle Action Group. The statements are in alphabetical order. Everyone present at the annual meeting –  this Sunday, November 2nd from 3-5pm at Boulders on Broadway – will get to vote on who gets added to our board. If you are old enough to understand, you are old enough to vote in this election!

TBAG currently has five openings on the board.

Come to the meeting,
Vote for new board members,
Tell us what you’d like to see us do over the next year,
& Enjoy some appetizers, on us!

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Important information about light rail / bike safety

The light rail is opening soon… and testing is under way. The light rail is great news for cyclists in that it means fewer cars on the road, and light rail trains are more predictable than cars. Also, you can bring your bike on the trains, making many more destinations in the valley bikeable. The trains are a new to bikers and drivers alike- be aware of them and ride safely. The info below was sent to us by Metro.

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Expect a train anytime from either direction around the light rail tracks. METRO light rail is vehicle testing on Valley roadways. Trains are out there everyday, with several trains out at one time. In the fall, trains will be testing such a regular rate, across all 20 miles that the system will appear in service. Specifically in the months of November and December, “simulated service” testing will occur and continue up until our grand opening on December 27, 2008.

So it is more critical than ever to practice safety around the METRO system.  Please remember these key bicycle safety tips:

  • Never bike on light rail tracks and always walk your bike onto the station platform.
  • Obey traffic lights. A red arrow means “do not turn.” Look both ways before crossing the tracks.
  • Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horns.
  • When crossing the tracks at intersections, cross at an angle to avoid falling or tire damage.

METRO light rail is a 20-mile system that connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The in-road system will have 28 stations, eight park-and-ride facilities and 50 trains. Trains will operate about 20 hours a day and stop at stations every 10 minutes during daytime hours. Sharing the same fare structure as the Valley’s bus service, fares are very reasonable beginning at $1.25 for a single ride.

For more information on how to ride and ways to be safe around METRO light rail, visit www.metrolightrail.org.

It’s another Bike-In! Join TBAG and riders of all types on Friday, November 14th on a Ride to the Scottsdale 6 Drive-In.

Bike-in movie posterAt last! Cool fall evenings are upon us again. Last time we made the Drive-In Ride was just before the Valley’s hot, hot summer took over.

What? You didn’t make it last time? Well grab a boombox, stuff a blanket and a flashlight into your backpack, and cruise on down with us to the Scottsdale 6!!!

TBAG invites all bike & movie lovers to join us on Friday, November 14th. We’ll meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue & Rio Salado at 6:00 p.m. The ride will depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. for a short 3 mile ride along Tempe Town Lake & Indian Bend Wash to the Scottsdale 6 theater at McKellips & Hayden in south Scottsdale.

What to bring:
CASH. There’s no ATM on site, so grab some money before leaving. There is a convenience store close by at McKellips & Hayden.
Blanket, Camp chair (with a strap to carry it), pillows, or sleeping bags.
FM Radio with plenty of batteries.
Tire repair/ pump – it’s a dirt lot, so take care.
Sandals? At your own risk!
Battery-powered lanterns… to mark out our territory and make our group more visible to vehicular traffic.
Flashlights.

Give the concession stands a try, they’ve got Orville Redenbacher popcorn & Nathan’s Hot Dogs!

Thanks to Jeremy for organizing this event!

Tour de Fat recap

Bike parade photoTBAG would like to issue a great big ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in the Tour de Fat. We could not have done any of it without our generous volunteers, and the whole exercise would have been pointless without the impressive hordes of bike and beer fans that participated. And it goes without saying that we all owe New Belgium a debt of gratitude, for this event and for making such tasty beer. The proceeds will be divided between TBAG, the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and the Bike Saviours.

THANK YOU!

Now for the stats:

  • 7000 people participated
  • 5000 people got wristbands
  • The parade stretched from Rio Salado all the way to University (that’s a lot of bikes!)
  • You donated nearly $2000 during the parade, which will go to the local Bike Patrol.
  • And (drumroll please…) nearly $45,000 raised through beer sales for local bike advocacy!

There was a lot of positive pro-bike energy there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on bikes at the same time. Let’s take that energy and enjoy another year of biking in AZ!

Here are some upcoming opportunities to do just that:

  • Saturday, October 18, 10 am, Tempe Beach Park Entrance: Cupcake Ride to Lulu’s Cupcakes (4-mile leisurely ride or 15-mile appetite-stimulating ride)
  • Saturday, October 26: 13th annual Tour de Tempe bike ride
    Registration starts at 7 am, the ride starts at 8:30 am, departing from Kiwanis Park
    TBAG volunteers will be on hand to serve as ride marshals.
    See the Tempe in Motion website for more details.
  • Sunday, November 2, 3-5 pm: Annual Membership Meeting, at Boulders on Broadway. This is your chance to help shape TBAG for the coming years!

Check out the rest of our photos, complements of Ali Darby.