The Tempe Bike Count volunteer page is open and accepting volunteers!
From collisions by bicycles with automobiles, there are approximately 700 Deaths per year in the United States. These deaths here are just a statistic; but to those 700 people, their friends, family, and community, each year these deaths, are a devastating blow that will leave a mark for the rest of their lives. For over the past 25 years this brings the total deaths to 18,000 people.
It can be scary to ride on the road–but in 24 states (5/16/2016) there is a law that mandates a 3 foot buffer between a bicyclist and the automobile that is ‘Overtaking’ the bicyclist. In Arizona, violation is a civil penalty (see this link for Arizona Statute ARS §28-735).
Heres the kicker…. You ready for this? …. I sure as hell nearly fell off my seat….
Death to another person, the violator is subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars.
I’m not a legal expert but that reads like its only $1,000 to perform vehicular homicide! And, as the Arizona statues reads, those punitive damages do not apply when there is a bicycle lane or path or the person is riding against traffic.
So, TBAG has started a new partnership with 3 Feet Please, and Arizona advocates: Denise Johnson <email@example.com>, Stevie Milne <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please contact these advocates if you’d like to get involved.
The current Milestones for the team are to complete the following:
What: The Tempe Bike Count is an annual event where volunteers gather bike data at key intersections around Tempe over multiple days. Volunteers work in two hour shifts, and record basic information on bike riders at their intersection, including: how many bikers they see, which way are they riding, gender, etc. All this information is then compiled and given to the City of Tempe, so they can make more informed decisions about where in Tempe bikers need infrastructure/safety improvements.
Goals for the bike count:
When: The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer will count during commuting hours, one morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or one afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm). For any specific location, the morning and evening counts do not have to be on the same day, so the morning count can be done by one volunteer and the afternoon count by another volunteer.
Training: Volunteers are asked to attend one of the following training meetings:
Where: Approximately 60 strategic intersections across Tempe.
Volunteer Appreciation Party: All Bike Count volunteers are invited to join us at Spinelli’s Pizza in Tempe on March 31, 6:30pm for some cheap drinks, cheap slices, and prize giveaways.
Click here for a sample bike count sheet