National Bike Challenge – Log your miles starting May 1st!

The National Bike Challenge starts now! Sign up today and start logging your miles. Put in Tempe Bicycle Action Group as your organization when you sign up. Then create your own personal team and encourage your friends to join too.

From the League of American Bicyclists:

The National Bike Challenge is a new, nationwide initiative to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. The friendly, online competition — sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, Endomondo and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation — kicks off today, May 1, and runs until August 31, 2012.

The goal: To unite 50,000 bicyclists to ride 10 million miles in communities across America.

The Challenge is simple, free and open to everyone. Sign up as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you. Smartphones users can download the free, GPS-enabled Endomondo mobile app to record travel distance and automatically upload their miles. Riders will compete for prizes and awards on the local and national level, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel.

The National Bike Challenge is a great opportunity to make a statement about the impact of cycling nationwide. We’ve already logged nearly a million miles in the warm-up period. Our four-month Challenge goal is 10 million miles, which would be an awesome testament to the role of cycling in transportation and recreation, one that cycling advocates can use in advocating for better laws to protect cyclists, or new investments in infrastructure. If cycling is already a major part of your life, your miles will help us get to our goal more quickly, and make our case more forcefully.

We’ll also be tracking miles by state and community. Your miles logged for Springfield will help keep Shelbyville humble. (Here are a few real-life rivalries to watch —Pittsburgh vs. ClevelandGeorgia vs. South Carolina, and Wisconsin vs. all comers.)

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SanTan Wheelie Jam – Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who attended!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support local cycling, local music, local business, and local beer at the 2012 SanTan Wheelie Jam Super Picnic! And thanks to our great sponsors SanTan Brewing CompanyGlobal BikesState Bicycle Co.Local First Arizona, and Ride On Cycles for your support!

Check out the event photos below, and go to the album on Facebook to tag yourself and your friends!

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SanTan Wheelie Jam – Sat. 4/28 – Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix

What: SanTan Wheelie Jam and Super Picnic
When : Sat. 4/28 11am-6pm
Where: Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix

What is it: It’s time for the second annual SanTan Wheelie Jam and Super Picnic, Saturday 4/28 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix: The bike parade is from 11am to 12pm and the SanTan Brewing Co. Beer will flow from 12-6pm.

How to get there: Ride your bike on the Grand Canal, or take the Metro Light Rail to the Indian School or Campbell stop. Then ride or walk to the east side of the park.

Why should I go:  All beer sales and admission proceeds will go to local cycling advocacy non-profits. There will be five local bands performing, bike games, a kids area, great local sandwich companies, bike polo, vendors, and many other activities.

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2012 Valley Bike Month Events

Check out all of the great events coming up in April for Valley Bike Month. Spread the word, click for info on attending the events, and find out how you can help by volunteering!

Tuesday 4/3 – Thursday 4/5 – Annual Tempe Bike Count

Saturday 4/7 – Bike Saviours/REI Bike Drive

Saturday 4/14 – Great Arizona Bicycle Festival

Saturday 4/14 – TBAG 2nd Saturdays – Hotel Bar Ride

Wednesday 4/18 – Tempe Bike to Work Day

Saturday 4/21 (Volunteer!) –  Four Peaks Randomonium Bike Valet

Saturday 4/21 – 2012 Phoenix Bicycle Summit

Sunday 4/22 – Valley Metro Great Bike Chase & Game

Saturday 4/28 (Volunteer!) – SanTan Wheelie Jam and Super Picnic – Phoenix


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2nd Annual SanTan Wheelie Jam – Sat 4/28

San Tan Wheelie Jam and Super Picnic

When: Saturday April 28rd 12-6pm

Where: Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix.

What: TBAG is sponsoring a  bike and beer festival to benefit our non-profit partners in Phoenix. Come down and have a beer to support local bike advocacy, and bring all of your friends too!  Proceeds benefit TBAG, We-Cycle-USA, and Rusty Spoke.

More Info See:

Pre-Sale Tickets:


On the main Facebook event:

Pre-Sale Tickets:

Volunteer to Help:

We need volunteers to help sell tickets, pour beer and more!

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2012 Great Arizona Bicycle Festival – Mesa

The City of Mesa and the Downtown Mesa Association is hosting a new Arizona bicycle festival on Saturday April 14th. TBAG and our youth program is going to be a big part of this event. TBAG and WE-CYCLE-USA will be running and sponsoring the Kids Area, Bike Rodeo and the Bike Swap. There is still time to get involved so if you want to help let us know.

We will have carnival games, Bounce houses and fun for the kids. We will also have a Bike Swap with venders selling bike stuff in the streets of downtown Mesa for the big kids. This is the first year of this event but it is combining several events that have been going on for years. This year’s event will be kicked off by the Start of the Tour De Mesa. There will also be a Cyclovia witch will close off the streets of downtown Mesa to Cars. There will be a bike swap in the streets, historic bike tour, arts, crafts, live music, food and fun for everyone. For more info go to the web site at or contact Robert at 602-516-0002

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Free ticket to AZ Dbacks home game if you volunteer for bike valet

Valley Metro Bike Valet Volunteers needed for April AZ Diamondbacks Home Games

In celebration of Valley Bicycle Month,
Arizona Diamondbacks and The Summit will be providing FREE bicycle
valet for all April 2012 Home Baseball Games ! 

Contact Suzanne Day at Valley Metro to volunteer:

Volunteer details: Must arrive to open bike parking 2 hours before
game time and close 1 hour after game ends. Bike parking is to remain
open the entire time but volunteers may take breaks as long as demand
is handled. In return for their time volunteers will get a ticket to
a later D-Backs game, a Valley Bike Month t-shirt, and split any tips
with the other parker on duty. Need not be a cyclist but must sign a
volunteer agreement.

Two Volunteers are needed for each game to valet bicycles on the
following dates:

April 3 (Spring Training game vs Brewers) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 4 (Spring Training game vs Brewers) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 6 (vs Giants) 2:10 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 7 (vs Giants) 11:05 am – 1 hr after game ends
April 8 (vs Giants) 11:05 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 16 (vs Pirates) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 17 (vs Pirates) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 18 (vs Pirates) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 19 (vs Braves) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 20 (vs Braves) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 21 (vs Braves) 2:10 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 22 (vs Braves) 11:10 am – 1 hr after game ends

April 23 (vs Phillies) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 24 (vs Phillies) 4:40 pm – 1 hr after game ends
April 25 (vs Phillies) 10:40 am – 1 hr after game ends

Contact Suzanne Day at Valley Metro to volunteer:

Suzanne Day
Valley Metro Business Services

(602) 523-6063
101 N. 1st Ave. Ste. 1100 Phoenix, AZ 85003


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2012 Annual Bicycle Summit – Phoenix

Saturday April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003


10:00 Introductions & library logistics
10:15 State of Bicycling in Phoenix – The Five Bicycle Friendly Community E’s
Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement Evaluation
10:30 Review of April 2011 – March 2012 projects
11:00 Breakout Session 1: ENGINEERING
12:00 Valley Metro Bicycle Month 2012 – Bike to Work 2012
12:15 Parks & Recreation Dept presentation
12:30 LUNCH
1:30 Regroup, Discussion of Items from AM Breakout
1:45 City of Phoenix Engineering
2:30 City of Phoenix Encouragement
2:45 Breakout Session 2: ENCOURAGEMENT & EDUCATION
3:30 Regroup, Discussion of Items from PM Breakout
3:45 Summary – Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, Arizona Bicycle Club, Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club
4:00 Dismissal to Old Spaghetti Factory

call Joe for more info 602-534-9529



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