3 feet please

3 Feet Please: A traffic safety campaign

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 <denise@biketempe.org>, Stevie Milne <stevie@biketempe.org>. Please contact these advocates if you’d like to get involved.

The current Milestones for the team are to complete the following:

  1. DMV Tabling
  2. May 2016 Begin TBAG partnership
  3. August 2016 Billboard Campaign
  4. April 2017 Bike Month Billboard Campaign and Light Rail Ad
  5. May 2017 52 Social Media Posts
  6. March 2018 AZ Legislature amends, ARS 28-735 to include, steeper penalties

Bike Count

2016 Tempe Bike Count: March 29-31

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:

  • Document the number of people currently cycling and monitor how the number changes over time
  • Publish a report of findings from the bike count
  • Use the information to help prioritize infrastructure improvements and traffic safety
  • Share bike count data with the public, other organizations, governmental groups, and individuals

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:

  • Wednesday, March 23, 3:30-5:00pm
    • at COOR Hall room 5536 (on ASU Tempe Campus)
  • Thursday, March 24, 6:00-8:00pm
    • at the Don Cassano Community Room (Tempe Transit Center, 2nd floor)
      200 E 5th St.
      Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Saturday, March 26, at 3:00-5:30pm
    • at the Don Cassano Community Room (Tempe Transit Center, 2nd floor)
      200 E 5th St.
      Tempe, AZ 85281

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 to sign up for bike count shifts!

 

Click here for a sample bike count sheet

 

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Information for Advocacy

Advocacy Programs

  • TBAG strives to keep the local cycling community up to date on bicycle planning and infrastructure development efforts as well as public meetings and other opportunities to make their voice heard.
  • TBAG holds a position on the City of Tempe’s Transportation Commission Bicycle, Planning & Project Review Committee. This committee provides citizen input on bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation planning activities in the city of Tempe.