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 www.azbikefest.org or contact Robert at 602-516-0002

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Broadmor Kids Bike Rodeo and Ride

The Broadmor Elementary Bike Cats are hosting their final bike ride of the school year on Saturday May 7th. Broadmor Elementary is on College Rd. south of Broadway Rd. in Tempe. This is open to any families with children. Here’s some info:

Our next (and likely last for the school year) bike rodeo will be Saturday, May 7. I have bags of goodies for all of the riders from our good friends at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as a last batch of helmets for those who are in need.

Landis will be there to do another great mini-repair shop beginning at 9am, then at 10 we will do the drawing for the prizes. Then we will head out for the ride to and around Tempe Town Lake – the ride we intended to do last month before we got rained out. The ride is just over 7 miles and will take around 90 minutes. Here’s a map of the route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/30949832. It may still be warm, so please be sure to bring water and sunscreen – and your helmets, of course!


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Fall Tour de Tempe

On Sunday, October 25th Tempe will once again hold their biannual Tour de Tempe. TBAG will be marshaling the ride as well as helping Tempe Police operate the Bike Rodeo. This is a family friendly ride and the Bike Rodeo is geared specifically to children and families to help kids learn how to ride safely. Helmets are required for the rodeo and ride. Below is the press release from Tempe Newsroom:

Tempe, Ariz. – More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the 14th annual Tour de Tempe community bike ride on Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon at Kiwanis Park 6111 S. All-America Way in the parking lot just north of Guadalupe Road. Admission is free. Activities include:

Community ride (registration starts at 7 a.m. and ride starts at 9 a.m.). Helmets are required. Free t-shirts provided for the first 800 riders.
Bike rodeo – Learn the rules of the road with this fun bicycle safety clinic. Bicycles are required.
BMX freestylers – Enjoy live entertainment by some of the best riders in Arizona.
Breakfast foods and coffee.
Event raffle – All participants can enter into a drawing to receive great giveaways. Bring a pair of old athletic shoes to donate to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program and receive an additional raffle ticket.
Kid activities – Kids can enjoy arts-n-crafts activities.
Safety demonstrations and giveaways – Learn how to properly fit your helmet and receive a free helmet if needed (limited stock on hand).

Tour de Tempe sponsors include Back East Bagel Company, Berning’s Fine Jewelry, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Tempe Bicycle, Bicycle Cellar, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, Wildflower Bread Company, Tempe Bicycle Action Group and Tempe in Motion.

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Join us for BikeTown USA tomorrow (Sat, 26th)

Just a reminder that BikeTown USA visits Phoenix tomorrow. The event, which is coordinated by Valley Metro and Bicycling Magazine’s BikeTownUSA, is being held at the Tempe Transportation Center at 5th and Forrest at Tempe’s main light rail stop just west of Sun Devil Stadium. The event begins at 9am and runs til 11am. In addition to announcing the 30 bike giveaways, a Bike Rodeo will be held at a nearby park. Families with children are encouraged to attend the bike rodeo. Arrive by bike, or bring your bikes (parents, too) and you can learn how to ride safely. The Bike Rodeo is an obstacle course set up to mimic real world situations. Children and parents navigate the course (under instruction) to learn rules of the road and road safety. While you’re at the Transportation Center, take a tour of the new Bicycle Cellar.

Attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to the event. The light rail stops right at Tempe Transportation Center. Many free Orbit Circulator buses and Valley Metro buses also stop at the TTC. Bikes are allowed on the light rail and all buses have bike racks on the front. Parking is available across the street in the new 5th Street Garage. Visit ValleyMetro.org for bus & light rail information including automatic route planning.

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