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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
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Bike McClintock

CALL TO ACTION:

HELP KEEP THE BIKE LANES ON MCCLINTOCK ROAD!

Email the Tempe City Council (councilcommunicator@tempe.gov) or call 480-350-8110 and tell them that you are support keeping bike lanes on McClintock Road.

 

The City of Tempe recently added a buffered and protected bike lane to McClintock Drive, using unnecessary and unused road width from the previous outdated road design. These lanes are consistent with both the General Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, approved by Tempe citizens as a statement that there is no space or desire to make Tempe’s roads wider or faster. Our community has come together to support these improvements, but the City Council is only hearing from a small vocal minority that opposes progress, change, and forward future thinking. Email them to let them know you stand with a progressive future for Tempe! Citizens from all over Tempe have written paragraphs below, which can serve as templates for you to let your voice be heard!


See below for suggested emails of support


Which Category do you identify with the most?

Suggested emails of support include information like the following:

  • I am very concerned
  • Why I need this bike lane and all bike lanes
  • What would happen to me if this bike lane or any bike lane was removed

General Concerned Citizen

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. It has recently come to my attention that the Mayor and City Council are considering adding an additional car-only lane to McClintock Rd, as well as removing facilities that accommodate transportation options for people on bikes, pedestrians, and also improve public safety for everyone on the road. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am extremely concerned that Tempe would consider reversing progress and years of planning so soon after a project’s completion, and delay the implementation of modern, accessible, world-standard roads. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Roads must be accessible to everyone so that they benefit everyone, and not force people to use one mode of travel. I rarely contact city council, but this issue is of great concern to me, given the rare opportunities to improve roads and bring them up to modern standards. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. If these improvements are removed, I will not be able to safely get where I need to go by bike, and will be forced to use my car for most trips instead.

Recreational/fun cyclist

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am a recreational cyclist who bikes occasionally to a restaurant or for fun with my friends and kids. Riding on Tempe streets that do not have bike lanes is scary and unsafe. Without bike lanes, I can’t bike on the roads because I will put myself in danger from cars behind, and turning in front of me. Plus, I can’t bike on the sidewalk because I will put myself in danger from cars crossing the sidewalks at each driveway. When the lanes on Mclintock were put in, I was given a sense of peace, knowing that I would have a much safer space to ride my bike without putting my life in danger. If the bike lane on McClintock is removed, I will no longer be safe or comfortable riding my bike, and will not be able to ride my bike to many places that I frequent.

Bike commuter

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I consider myself a bike “commuter,” and ride daily to work, to events, etc. Using the bike lanes, I feel safer because I know I am safer. Structured bicycle lanes can only have positive impacts for the residents and tourists of Tempe. The lanes connect the canals, Alameda, and the light rail which all connect with local businesses. Country Club Way ends at Alameda and does not connect to any businesses. Bike lanes on more major roads provide greater options for safer commuting, and encourage more than simply the growth of the bicycle community but elicit a healthier, more personable and desirable Tempe. If these lanes are removed, I will no longer be able to ride my bike to many local businesses, and will need to use my car for many of my trips and to commute to work. I will continue to commute our city by bicycle, as will so many others. Please support us by supporting reasonable long-term plans to improve the city of Tempe’s total transportation system.

Avid/Racing Cyclist

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am an avid cyclist and I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am a part of a few cycling clubs and groups and participate in rides from fast training rides to slower paced social bike rides that are focused on building community. The McClintock lanes and all bike lanes have improved the expansion of all of these groups. They have expanded the scale of businesses we can patronize on our slower social rides as well as how far we can go on our faster rides. I understand my rights as a cyclist and have no problem taking the lane to make myself safer. However, because of bike lanes like the ones on McClintock, that’s not something I have to do, which makes me more comfortable, as well as the drivers who are often thrown off by cyclists “taking the lane.” These bike lanes have improved the lives of all cyclists in the Tempe area and act as an accessible path to support all of these businesses on McClintock. If these lanes were removed, I would not be able to ride my bike to the businesses I would like to go to, nor would my training rides be able to take the most direct and fastest route.

Non-bike rider

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I don’t usually ride a bike and I support the bike lanes on McClintock. Bike lanes allow everyone to complete their commuting needs from all areas of Tempe, may it be by wheel chair, skateboard, car or bicycle. A community should be respectful and share the road with everyone. I don’t have an issue sharing the road, and don’t feel like my personal commuting time has been negatively affected. However if the bike lane was removed in favor of a car-only lane, everyone in Tempe would be negatively effected.

Pedestrian/Runner

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

I walk daily and run near my home several times a week. I feel most comfortable along streets that have a landscaped buffer and bike lane next to the sidewalks. It feels very scary to use sidewalks that are attached to the back of the curb with no bike lanes because cars seem so close. Even though the speed limit on the major streets is 40-45 MPH, the cars drive much faster so a buffer and bike lane help keep more separation between my body and the cars. When walking with my family members such as my 7 year old nephew and 86 year old father, their safety and comfort is even more important to me. A lot of older sidewalks are only 5 feet wide, so it is uncomfortable to share that space with bike riders. But I don’t blame them for riding on the sidewalk when there aren’t bike lanes on those streets, especially in my neighborhood near ASU.

Retired Citizen

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing to support keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Since I have retired, I utilize my bike for the majority of local travel including doctors appointments, grocery shopping, and socializing. I have found that the McClintock bike lanes have increased my safety as well as the range of my travels, including trips to my physician as well as shopping at Sprouts. Being able to ride my bike benefits me as a retiree in two ways: it allows me to decrease my operating expenses as well as giving me daily exercise. I feel that should the City remove the bike lane on McClintock, that they will be affecting my quality of life and finances adversely.

Traffic Planner/Engineer

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

The research is clear, bike lanes improve safety for everyone. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Bicyclists are vulnerable road users. As a traffic engineer, I know that vehicle lanes should be no more than 9 – 10′ wide to keep vehicle a speeds close to the posted limit. Speed is the number one factor in collision severity. It is irresponsible to encourage high speed vehicle travel. Bike lanes are necessary to encourage bicyclists to ride with traffic rather than against it. As a leading city in the metro area, Tempe continues to demonstrate its commitment to bicycling, light rail and other mass transit and transportation options. Additionally, bicycles are good for business. Bicyclists spend more money at local restaurants, bars and convenience stores than people who drive. Bicycling is good for a person’s health and builds community. Adding more car-only lanes simply induces demand. The more roads you build, and the wider those roads are, the more cars that come. Build bike lanes and bicycles will come. McClintock is now much safer because speeds are lower. Single occupancy vehicles take too much space from other road users. A modern sedan or SUV takes up more space that 9 bicycles. Why should they be entitled to 9 times as much space on the road? If this bike lane is removed, it will have to be implemented later which will be more difficult. Removing this facility would be one of the biggest mistakes Tempe has ever made, and would set transportation engineering in the city back by decades.

Homeowner/Landlord

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I own a home off of McClintock Drive, and I support the protected bike lanes on McClintock. The protected lanes increase safety for kids and families in the neighborhoods, pedestrians who walk along the sidewalks on McClintock, cyclists and drivers. Because McClintock’s speed limit is higher than the neighborhood limits, sometimes people forget that McClintock is actually a residential street: there are driveways and backyards that back right up to McClintock, and implementing some “traffic calming” strategies makes the Mcclintock neighborhoods all safer.

Parent

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

Shortly after becoming a parent, Our family moved from Scottsdale to Tempe. We did this because we believed that Tempe offered a lifestyle that fit ours. Tempe offered amenities and locations that allowed my wife and I to use our bicycles and commute to our offices. We even used the city bike map to look for homes and picked a house on a bike route, We did this because we see the writing on the wall. Cars fit cities for a while, they were beneficial and necessary to get people to work and play. But as Tempe becomes more dense, it must offer alternatives to the motor vehicle. Tempe offeres miles of bike lanes along residential streets and a plan to improve 5, 6 and 7 lane “super” streets to allow safe passage to stores and shops along the major north-south roads. The roads today, by and large run within 20 yards of thousands of homes and offer virtually NO way for anyone (driving, walking or riding) to safely cross due to unreasonable speeds. The improvement of McClintock by the removal of a single lane allows my children to easily reach markets, schools, parks and friends in other neighborhoods. This also creates a more reasonable crossing at lights. Thanks to this improvement, all road users now have FEWER lanes to cross and a LARGER buffer from aggressive and inattentive drivers. This has occurred with no or very little increase in travel times and has made a road I never cycled on into one I and my family are glad to ride in the last few months. Business such as Sprouts, Spokes, Sweet Tomatoes Goodwill, Outback Steakhouse, Great Clips, Subway, Walgreen’s, CVS, Joe’s Italian Ice, Ted’s Hot Dogs, UPS and many more are now easily accessible by bike. Walking has also been greatly improved since 3 tons of motor vehicle have been moved 6-10 feet away. Traffic has also SLOWED without lengthening the total commute time – I know because I have driven and timed McClintock north and south on my commute to work. It does not take me longer travel the new stretch where lanes have been improved – cars are no longer rushing between lights and jockeying for position. This should result in a decrease in traffic accidents (I am sure the city can gather data on this). Thank you Tempe for making my neighborhood better by adding infrastructure and improving safety for all road users.

Student

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am a student at ASU, and I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Sometimes the voices of ASU students are ignored because we are young, don’t vote, or don’t live here year-round, but Tempe is a “college town” and students make up a huge percentage of residents, consumers, and cyclists in this area. Personally, I use the bike lanes in Tempe, including the new and improved lanes on McClintock, to commute to school. Many students do not have cars, are unfamiliar with driving in Tempe, or can’t afford to drive/park at ASU, and the bike lanes are vital for us to continue to commute safely to school. The removal of these bike lanes will discourage the use of this alternative method of transportation, as well as make the commute more difficult, to those students who will then be then forced to depend their commute around the timing of public transportation.

PHILOSOPHICAL/Visionary

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Tempe markets itself as a young, vibrant, upcoming community. Marketing materials and planning images show cyclists on beach cruisers biking to coffee shops, and young families biking along Mill Ave. The City is trying to attract tech businesses, and between family growth and new businesses opening up, Tempe’s population is expected to grow 20% in the next ten years. With all of these pushes toward growing the community and creating a cool and fun “vibe,” the reality must match the vision. Tempe made a big, realistic step towards preparing for growth and fostering a bike-friendly, vibrant community. Removing the bike lanes on McClintock says “we will promise you one thing, but deliver another.” If we want Tempe to grow, we have to start following through on the visions presented by the City and leaders. Keeping the bike lanes on McClintock makes the bold statement that Tempe is ready to grow, we are ready for the future!

TBAG Bylaw Change

Public Notice: Potential Change to TBAG Bylaws

According to the bylaws adopted by the Tempe Bicycle Action Group Article VII Section 2 (http://www.biketempe.org/…/tbag_bylaws_amended-march04_2008…) any changes to said document require a 30 day advance public notice. Consider this notice that at the next regular public board meeting on February 21st at Boulders on Broadway at 7:00 PM the board will be voting at adopt changes outlined in this document (https://www.dropbox.com/…/TBAG_bylaws_proposed_Jan-20-2016.…). Arguments for these changes include; adjusting the bylaws to reflect our actual annual meeting month, to incorporate our our diversity statement into the bylaws, and change our fiscal year to match what the IRS has on file. Presently there are no arguments recorded against these proposed changes.

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Monthly Board Meeting

A recurring event where TBAG members will go overt the monthly board meeting agenda.

Meeting Agenda:
Show up before 7 for pre-meeting convos.
Board agenda items @ 7:00pm, starting with guests
Post-meeting conversations @ 8:30pm, or whenever we finish.

Food Specials:
$5 personal pizza!

This meeting is open to all members of the public, and non-board members are encouraged to attend and participate. If you’d like to put something on the agenda, please contact TBAG Secretary Ben Nyer (ben [at] biketempe [dot] org). We’re open to discussing anything bike-related whether it’s on the agenda or not, but we like having time to process agenda items before the meeting.

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August Bike Advocacy Meeting

Please join us for our next Advocacy Meeting at Boulders on Broadway on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7pm PST.

We’ll be discussing the upcoming Character Area Workshops, as well as some other Tempe-related cycling projects.

If you’d like to see an increase in bike lanes, and cycling infrastructure like bike racks, bridges, and protected bike lanes please consider attending our meeting.

 

Photo Cred: Bike That AZ Up

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Voice your needs; take the Tempe Transportation survey

Let your opinions shape your community for years to come – voice your opinions in the City of Tempe Transportation Master Plan. This is an opportunity for cyclists of Tempe to tell the city what we need by way of bicycle friendly infrastructure.

http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/transportation-master-plan-/transportation-master-plan-survey

This survey will be used for the Tempe Transportation Master Plan for the next 10 years. The city is asking for specific street names where residents would like to have bike lanes, protected bike lanes, bike boulevards and paths. They are also asking for lists of gaps in the current bike system. You have until June 15 to let your voice be heard!

Take the survey today http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/transportation-master-plan-/transportation-master-plan-survey

There are also public meetings on May 29th and 31st, please attend and give your feedback: http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/transportation-master-plan-

 Need some inspiration? TBAG has been advocating for the following changes in the Tempe bike system:

  1. A north-south bike route along the railroad tracks east of McClintock.
  2. Bike lanes on McClintock
  3. Bike lanes on Southern
  4. Bike lanes on Broadway
  5. Bike boulevards on the major bike routes such as College, Hardy, and Alameda
  6. A bike path along the railroad tracks from Tempe Town Lake to Kiwanis Park
  7. A bridge over the 1-10 at Alameda
  8. A bridge over the 101 at Alameda

 

 

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Become a bike hero: join a committee or the TBAG board member Nov. 3

Get 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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Update your TBAG mail preferences

Please 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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Calling all artists – TBAG wants YOU to design a billboard

Get 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/.