Tempe City Council Candidates Respond to Your Questions about Cycling Infrastructure and Safety

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Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently asked Tempe City Council candidates their thoughts on some important topics in the bike community.

This year there are 3 openings on the Tempe City Council, with 6 candidates. Candidates include Jennifer Adams, Robin Arredondo-Savage, Sarah Kader, Lauren Kuby, Justin Stewart, and Genevieve Vega. Ballots have been sent out today and can be dropped off at ballot centers (City Hall and Tempe Public Library) between March 3-March 13, or mailed in by March 7.

TBAG sent all six candidates the same two questions regarding safe cycling in Tempe, and we have included their responses below, so that the cycling community can make informed voting decisions on the issues that matter to them. The questions we offered to the candidates were:

1. The Vision Zero transportation initiative encourages cities to work towards a goal of zero traffic fatalities, and has been adopted by major multimodal transportation hubs including New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Silicone Valley, and worldwide. In 2016, Arizona ranked 3rd in the country for pedestrian deaths according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, and according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2016 there were 865 fatal vehicle crashes resulting in 962 deaths. Tempe recently began developing a Vision Zero initiative, but it will require a real commitment and strategies to achieve zero traffic deaths.

As a Tempe City Council Member, do you feel Vision Zero is attainable for Tempe, and what will you do to promote a goal of zero traffic fatalities for our residents?

2. How does multimodal transportation, including using bicycles for commuting, recreation and sport, fit into Tempe’s General Plan 2040? And what is your personal vision for how bicycling fits into our community?


The candidates’ replies are below, unedited. TBAG has also invited all candidates to speak at the beginning of our next monthly meeting on Sunday, February 25, at Boulder’s on Broadway at 7PM.  Robin Arredondo-Savage did not reply.



Jennifer Adams


1. Your first questions is actually two questions, so let me address each of these separately:

As a Tempe City Council member, if elected I would hope to begin the process of developing Zero Vision.  First, the program reframes traffic deaths as preventable.  It focuses on where the system failures are, which means that a city task force must be created and charged with leading a study and to implement actions to prevent traffic deaths.  The Mayor should lead the players, along with Transportation officials and related commissions, Fire and Emergency Services, Public Works, Disability Services groups and School Districts all at the table.

Each of these stakeholders would commit to a representative and inclusive process.  This would ensure equitable outcomes with measurable benchmarks to ensure safe outcomes for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.  The process should focus on systems-based approaches that are built on environmental systems which influence and emphasize that traffic losses are indeed preventable.  A great deal of data-gathering will assist in understanding these traffic issues.

Finally, the process must be transparent to the community and engage the public with workshops, online surveys and public meetings.

So, yes, I would promote the Zero Vision effort with the Mayor and Council as well as the above-mentioned stakeholders and the public.  It must also be noted that this is not a short-term project; setting this process in motion will require a great deal of time and cost.  The city council will need to identify the necessary budget and prioritize the project to make it a reality.

2. Your second question is again two parts, so I will address each part separately:

Multimodal transportation involves two or more modes of transportation for the movement of goods.  In the context of multimodal in Tempe, we have goods being moved in all traffic corridors by transport trucks, package delivery (UPS; FEDEX etc) and automobile.  For our focus, we are concerned with safe movement of pedestrians, buses (people movers) and bicyclists.  All three of these arenas of movement are a part of the Tempe General Plan 2040 within the Circulation Chapter.  The chapter identifies bike routes and facilities, pedestrian ways, arterial and collector streets, transit service areas and routes.  It also covers rail, freight and air transport as related to land use in Tempe.

The Plan establishes bikeway goals that will expand and enhance bicycle travel in the City.  The objective is to establish safe and convenient access between neighborhoods, schools, parks, businesses, and other destinations.  Bicycle option include:  Sharrows, on streets too narrow for bike lanes; Bike Boulevards and Bike Share, that have already been implemented; Cycle Tracks that physically separate bikes from traffic with barriers; and Buffered Bicycle Lanes.

My personal view of how bicycling fits into the community is that bicycling is growing every year.  More students at ASU are biking.  Many more people are using the Western Canal and connecting bike-lane streets to reach work, either in Tempe’s downtown or to ASU Research Park, Discovery Business Park and to a variety of small businesses.  New businesses like the Tempe Public Market Café even added facilities for patron bike parking.  These kinds of initiatives not only satisfy present riders, but also encourage new riders to use bike lanes and become neighborhood biking enthusiasts.



Sarah Kader


1. I am running for Tempe City Council to put Tempe Families First, and that means that the Vision Zero initiative must be a part of how we go forward. All families and groups in Tempe should feel safe while they are in transit, not worrying about potential harm from other motorists. We should strive for a strategic, achievable plan with a long term goal to build a smart and safe City that keeps residents safe.

Part of the way that this can be achieved is through coalition building and strong advocacy. Too often, animosity between different stakeholders can delay positive policy outcomes and social change in the community, including changing the conversation around issues throughout the broader Tempe community. A large piece of my work has been to build coalitions at the State Legislature for the passage of strong legislation around poverty and disability rights advocacy. I know how hard it is to meet with people with whom you disagree, but finding common ground can be both surprising and rewarding, and ultimately benefit the folks we are elected to serve. To get a Vision Zero initiative in place and working, that is what it is going to take, and I am committed to that work as I have been for my entire career.

2. Multimodal transportation is enshrined into the Tempe General Plan for 2040, which was built with input from residents in a number of areas. I have read the entire plan, and really see strong transit systems as the key to a strong, interconnected community. Bicycles are not only good for the environment, but they bring people together for a common purpose, as evidenced by the existence of this group.

For many communities that cannot afford a car, public transit does not always fit their specific needs, no matter how hard we try. Bicycling is a cost-effective way to move people and goods to jobs, shops, and needed public services. For low income communities, young people, and people of color, this is even more important as empowering all of Tempe will take access to the ability to even get to that job interview, grocery store, or a doctor’s appointment in the first place. This is why cycling is one major plank of a broader transportation vision that needs to be implemented throughout the City in line with the City’s general plan.



Lauren Kuby


1. On Thursday, February 8th, we formally adopted the Vision Zero framework. The next step is to develop a Vision Zero action plan. For this, we will be pulling together a stakeholder group. Staff is now researching what other Vision Zero cities have done in order to develop an achievable Vision Zero action plan. We need to look at spotlight cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle and learn from what they identify as their “success factors” or “best practices” and then see which of these practices and be scaled and transferred to here to Tempe.

Vision Zero is absolutely attainable for Tempe. As a councilmember who champions multimodal transportation, I would approach this necessary from a few distinct intervention points. First and foremost, we need effective infrastructure that supports safety and cycling. The best approach to take, as we know, are physical divides when it comes to infrastructure. This best practice, however, is not always possible in all locations at the moment (not when we have bike advocates who don’t walk (or bike) the talk). Regardless; we need to advocate, implement and then defend an integrated transportation infrastructure.

Because new infrastructure is not always a timely solution, I believe the 2nd prong in our approach needs to be improving our multimodal transportation literacy as a community. This means teaching drivers (via driver’s education, on the city website, through our law enforcement officials) and our cyclists (through schools, the city website, our law enforcement officials, the neighborhood associations) how to share the road.

We also need to work with the experts at ASU who are eager to offer up workshos and entire semester classes focuseed on creating “complete streets” and attaining Vision Zero.

2. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Tempe residents participated in the creation of General Plan 2040, which called for street diets (removing a lane of traffic to allow for the expanded bike insfrastructure) and envisioned a 20-minute city, and an integrated multi-modal transportation plan. It is no secret that Tempe has traffic issues and that we expect to only get denser in the years to come. This reality means we need to also be investing in and speaking to our neighboring cities about rapid public transit that travels north-south (from Scottsdale to Chandler) and about gettingmore people out of cars and onto trams, rails, bikes. This includes possibly creating districts such as “eco-zones” or pedestrian-only parts of the city.

I ride my bike almost every day to work and I often wonder what traffic would be like with no bikes. Then, our residents would have something to complain about!

As a councilmember, my goal is to support infrastructure that makes bikes and public transit the faster, safer, cheaper option for getting around Tempe. I envision a Tempe where biking is so safe, so protected, that people won’t need to even wear helmets (I can dream. can’t I?), where bike tracks are ubiqitous, shaded with lush desert trees, and the increased use of e-bikes across our city. I envision Tempe as the Copenhagen of the US.



Justin Stewart


1) I don’t think that it should necessarily be about if Vision Zero is attainable, but it should be framed that zero traffic deaths it is only the truly acceptable solution for us as humans. Each human life is extremely precious, and we as a municipality need to make sure that every single life is protected in every way possible and in the safest manner. As a Tempe City Council Member I will continue to communicate and help educate the population that every single life in Tempe is important. It is important to humanize the aspect of city life. In a large city, sometimes that gets lost, and it is easy to forget that we are someone else’s child, or mother, or father, or friend. We need to take that compassionate approach and help educate our residents that we are all indeed someone important in Tempe. I believe in working with our State legislature and other valley cities as well, to work on better ways to create roadways, educate both automotive drivers and bicyclists about proper safety etiquette, and ways the cities can work together to promote road safety. With such collaboration, we could even possibly see other cities want to adopt our goal and help put safety first for all residents.

2) In the 2040 General Plan there are specific mentions of ideas and methods that can be put forward with in the City of Tempe in regards to bicycling. There are some very creative ideas that I think we need to put some city funding into to explore, in order to get to the 2040 General Plan’s recommendations. The ideas of cycle tracks, sharrows, bike boxes, and bike boulevards are mentioned in discussed in the 2040 plan, and I think we need to follow other visionary cities world wide and learn from their techniques with these items and do our very best to find ways to fit these recommendations into the city. I believe that the 2040 plan has laid down some great options and visions for the City of Tempe, especially with concerns of connecting “the last mile”. It is just going to take some further investment to truly look at these options. As a Tempe City Council Member I would push for funds to investigate these options, and making it a goal to get to 2040 plan recommendations. Even if the City of Tempe itself has to find creative ways to find those funds. I personally think that Tempe must be multimodal, especially with the growing concerns of climate change and the direct effects on the whole Metro-Phoenix area. As I have stated, I would be willing to talk to other valley cities and try to form some type of pact or valley wide working group to help all the cities battle climate change and be prepared for climate change.



Genevieve Vega


1. I believe Vision Zero is attainable with the right leadership in place. I’ve been publicly advocating for better bike and pedestrian crossings in our busiest intersections (under or overpasses mainly) and am also a fan of buffered bike lanes and the design is a critical piece. I also think it’s important to use data to help with planning purposes and I’ve been pleased with the investment the city has made thus far in this area. Safety is one of the most sacred responsibilities of a Councilmember, and I would look for robust community engagement in the planning and implementation of Tempe’s Vision Zero commitment. I’m fortunate that I travel to my clients and I am constantly aware of how other cities invest in their bicycle infrastructure. We shouldn’t be afraid to adopt designs that work well in other cities!

2. I believe the 2040 General Plan was done with multi-modal transportation in mind, but that the General Plan is an intention and not intended to be written in stone. I think we did a good job of incorporating more bike- and pedestrian-friendly elements, but I don’t believe we’ve gone far enough. The only way we’ll alleviate traffic with increasing density is to encourage multi-modal transportation and to build an infrastructure that makes biking, walking, and transit the more desirable options. 6% of Tempe are avid cyclists yet we spend <1% of our infrastructure on it. I want bicycling to be safe enough so I have no hesitation sending my 7- and 15-year-old kids out on their bikes, and that my 68-year old dad can understand his responsibilities as a driver. We’ll only get this through intense public outreach and education.

These are big subjects and difficult to distill in a few sentences. I look forward to a robust conversation later this month!


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Tempe Bicycle Action Group invites you to meet the candidates and hear their thoughts on cycling in Tempe at our next meeting:

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Boulders on Broadway, Tempe

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 McClintock



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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

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.


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



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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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.


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?


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