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superhero-bike-MR TGet a report of what we’ve been up to all year and get some skin in the game at the annual voting and committee assignment meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Boulders on Broadway. RSVP on our Facebook event here.

Since the TBAG board has seen a serious change of members, there has been a lot going on! Make the choice to lead or join one of our fine committees concentrating on a multitude of different areas.

While you’re at it, grab a snack and a beer on us, plus snag some sweet beer specials!

  • Where: Boulders on Broadway
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m.
  • Why: Become a bike activist star and spokesman.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/570784782968777/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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How do you prepare for the best bike event around? You prefunk all week! This year’s Tempe Tour de Fat (Oct. 5) is preceded by rides, beer and bikes galore!

Tour de Fat Week – an event every night! 

Tue Oct 1 - Backyard Games and Clips of Faith Films Viewing – The Yard – 7pm-9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/458811547550142/

Wed Oct 2 - New Belgium Tap Takeover – Boulders on Broadway – 6pm-9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/505208392890083/

Thurs Oct 3 - Tempe – 80′s workout ride and bike giveaway – Meet 6:30 p.m. @ Tavern on Mill

Let’s get physical! This time around, strap on your spandex attire for the final warmup ride before Tempe Tour de Fat. Stretch out on your bike starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Tavern on Mill, then get some cardio at 7pm when you cruise to Gringo Star, Taste of Tops, and- for the final stretch- dig deeper to get to Casey Moore’s for the chance to win a 2013 New Belgium Cruiser!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/213861452110223/

Fri Oct 4 - Handlebar Tempe – Meet the Carnies – 7pm-9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/328475800632658/

TEMPE TOUR DE FAT! SAT OCT 5th – 11am-5pm

And the main event! Tempe Tour de Fat! RSVP here and invite all of your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/170669189752637/ 100% of the proceeds from the Tempe Tour de Fat go to local bicycling non-profits like: Tempe Bicycle Action GroupBike Saviours, and The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) But we can’t do it without our great volunteers. If you’d like to help this year, sign up here: http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat/

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ScrottiePlease take a moment and tell us if we can contact you about volunteer opportunities, leadership opportunities, advocacy efforts, or if you’d like email about rides and events.

To sign up, click here. Once there, enter in your information and check each of the items you’re interested in hearing about.

We’re growing like nuts!  There are more projects in the works than ever before.  Advocacy is getting organized and is championing specific projects with the city.  The Special Projects Unit is working overtime to do cool things for the cyclists of Tempe.  Giving out bike lights to those in need is now a regular thing.  The Special Projects Unit has been installing bike racks around town at our favorite establishments.  The Awareness Committee bought a billboard and is working on more art and stunts.

http://www.biketempe.org/join-us/update-your-tbag-contact-info/

Great people like James (Special Projects Unit), Mark (Bike Lights for Ninjas, part of Special Projects), Russ (Bike Racks), and Rich (Bike Valets) have stepped up into leadership roles.  By doing the dirty work, they’re creating more fun, easy, rewarding ways to get involved.  Can these fine folks email you when they have a job ready to go?

http://www.biketempe.org/join-us/update-your-tbag-contact-info/

Thank you for subscribing to our monthly newsletter.  We’re going to keep the news coming but we hope you’ll get in on our new targeted mailings.

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StreetShimonHelp promote your favorite bike event – the Tempe Tour de Fat – and you could win a bike!

Post flyers around your town (anywhere SouthWest USA!) and you can be in the running to win a free bike or shwag from New Belgium Brewing Company – the friendly beer folks who put on Tour de Fat festivals around the nation. All you need to do is sign up at streetshimon.com and stick posters on every (legal) surface in town!

How does it work?

1) Go to streetshimon.com .

2) Login using your Facebook account. Yes, go ahead and give it all the permissions.

3) You’ll need to fill in some information about yourself. Under Line 1 of your mailing address, put down your organization (ie: Ride for Reading).

4) Once all that’s in, You’ll see a list of Available Events. Scroll down to Tour De Fat and Join the Campaign for Tempe.

5) Now you’ll see a list of available actions on the left. These actions are those that are available in whatever distance range you signed up for.

6) Pick some online actions and do them.

7) If you would like promo, click the Request Promo on the right of your screen under “Enter a Bundle Code” and request your promo. Be sure your address is listed correctly, and StreetShimon will send you the posters, flyers, etc. for you to distribute. They’ll arrive in a few days.

8) Once you go out and promote — be sure to take photos of the posters up. When complete you need to close out your actions. Do this under the My Actions section, when you click on Complete this Action, you have to upload pictures proving that you did the postering and so we can send TdF a nice report with all the photos and locations the posters were distributed.

 

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EndlesSummerRideBeers, bikes, giveaways — and philanthropy? We’re in – and you should be too.

Join TBAG friends who are hosting the Cruiser Bicycle Ride & Bike Giveaway Saturday Sept. 14 at Spokes on Southern.  On the ride, you’ll get a chance to win andy giveaways! Donated funds (suggested donation is $5) will go to local charities and firefighter funds. RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/332316450233822/

Details:

  • Ride departs at 12:00 Noon Sept. 14
  • Meet at Spokes on Southern (1470 E Southern Ave., Tempe)
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00
  • The Route: 1. Spokes on Southern 2. Monkey Pants Bar & Grille 3. Boulders on Broadway 4. Native New Yorker 5. Spokes on Southern (END – BIKE GIVEAWAY!)
  • Total Distance: 6 miles roundtrip

For extra fun: bring your squirt guns and water toys. The hosts will have at least one water balloon battle staged along the route!

For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/332316450233822/

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TutubikerVolunteer sign up is now open for the 2013 Tour de Fat! Get your team registered early for the best assignments.
The annual New Belgium Tour de Fat is on Saturday, October 5th this year. As a volunteer last year you know that the event is run by volunteers and all proceeds go directly to the Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours Bicycle Collective, the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, and the Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol and others.

To sign up you and your team to volunteer, go to http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat or click here.

Volunteers are an indispensable part of the success of Tour de Fat; they make sure everyone has a great time sharing their love of bicycles, beer and brotherhood. Thanks for being eager to stay informed, and we hope to see you there!

The event in Tempe is one of the largest on New Belgium’s tour. We drew over 10,000 people last year, and we need about 400 volunteers to ensure that the event goes smoothly. As a volunteer you’ll get 2 free beer tokens & a volunteer t-shirt. Plus, it will be fun – so sign up now!

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SanTanSwimsuitRide2013Sunday Sept. 1 will kick off the SanTan Brewery’s annual Old Town Labor Day Bathing Suit Brews Cruise. Grab your beach cruisers, tricycles or 10 speeds! Don your best bathing suit, scuba gear or speedos and let the fun begin! The adventure begins at Grimaldis in Old Town at 3:00pm with Pizza and beer. Led by your favorite TBAG escorts, the ride leaves Grimaldi’s at 4:15p in Old Town Scottsdale and goes to Zipp’s on Camelback From there it’s off to The brat haus and then the finale…A pool party at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Clubl! No school the next day so no excuses!

COST: $25 ticket includes:
- Slice of Pizza and SanTan beer at Grimaldis
- 3:00pm ARRIVE ; 4:15pm LEAVE
- SanTan beer at Zipps on Camelback
- SanTan beer at The Brat Haus
- SanTan beer and pool party at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/430561020391948/

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76 gasoline bikeGet your bike art on!

TBAG is going big – with a 14-by-48-foot billboard. The only thing that we’re missing is the design! If you’re artistically inclined or like to design, we want your ideas for the TBAG billboard for all to see!

TBAG is accepting applications from artists; send your resume (two-page maximum) and portfolio to billboard@biketempe.org and get a chance to show off your creative genius to the valley! All portfolio submissions must be received by Sept. 14.

We are open to the artsy and unconventional. To be digestible by freeway users, any written message should be short.Your artistic designs should convey the following message points:

  • Cycling is cool!
  • The cycling community is a tight knit family
  • The benefits of a sustainable biking lifestyle
  • Encourage drivers to share the road
  • Bikes are fun!

This message should be friendly to all who see it. The guiding principle here is that bikes are fun and everyone should see the cycling community as open, inviting and adventurous!

For more, go to http://www.biketempe.org/billboard-design-brief-call-for-artists/.

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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

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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.

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