Three AZ cities receive top-20 status as America’s Top Bike-Friendly Cities

Way to go, Arizona! Three AZ cycling communities received top-20 status as BICYCLING Magazine’s “America’s Top Bike-Friendly Cities”: Tucson, Scottsdale and, of course, Tempe. It’s an honor to get a mention as long strides have been taken by these cities to build momentum in cycling advocacy.

But totally snubbed: FLAGSTAFF… wut? Let us know your thoughts.

Check out the complete rundown at (heads up – the article loads one page at a time for 50 entries. Get some coffee.)

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TBAG February Board Meeting Minutes

To help keep everyone informed about what TBAG is up to, we will start posting the meeting minutes on this blog. Our board meetings are the second Sunday of each month at 7pm at Boulders on Broadway in the downstairs room. Anyone is welcome at the meetings, even though they are primarily for board member discussion. If you ever want to present something to the board please email

TBAG February 13, 2011 Board Member Meeting Notes

Present: Ashley Lanoue, Ryan Guzy, Ryan Cook, Eric Iwersen, Sam Bollinger, Joe Perez.
Excused: Jeremy Deathrage, Andrew Hamilton, Aaron Golub.
Not excused: Tom T.

Lodestar: Pending grant. 11th ave and jackson. Contact is interested in continued relationship with TBAG. Would like BS or TBAG to show how to wrench (Joey?). Open on days that Rusty Spoke is not open, Saturday.

Events: STWJ, San Tan Brewery doing everything except providing volunteers, which is what we are here for and bike games. Local and can invite local business, sponsors. April 23 12-4. 1000-1500 people. Food to be one of main focus, possible jury food tasters for restaurant competition. TBAG Budget for event: security, port o potties, park fee, tent rentals, and other permits. Cap of $5000. Fundraising goes to Phoenix bike groups and repay TBAG, get at least 2-3000 back. Event idea by Joe: Kevin @ Tribe, bicycle fashion show.

Bike Count: See google docs Bike count folder. Schedule: 7-9am 4-6pm “rush hour” bike times. 45 sites with more suggestions. Online volunteer registration in the works. Operational by March 1st, within first week of March. Office location, Aaron’s office? Prioritize certain intersections (streetcar intersections) if shortage of volunteers. Assistance needed in mapping piece, Eric (City of Tempe) will take care of mapping. Training dates: Training at Transportation Center, Eric to check open dates for training.

Special Projects: Public Art: Eric I. Get involved in large scale public art project with substantial financial commitment. Potential locations already found, board/committee run process of “what is art” “who is artist”. Longevity in community as a message, presence in community, bikes are important. 10-40000 over 3 year process. 6th street park location, more difficult for approval. Easier to partner with neighborhood board.First: draft of call to artists & budget. Set up a donation fund for public art project?

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Excellent post from

Erik Ryberg’s blog, should be on every cyclist’s daily visit list. I wanted to share one recent post in particular with everyone here in the Valley. In “You want to get a ticket or dontcha” Erik discusses what he sees are serious shortcomings in the Tuscon Police Department’s policies toward bicyclists who have been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. In the absence of a serious injury to the cyclist Erik warns of the consequences of a report not being taken by the police. Erik states:

If the officer determines the cyclist was at fault, he will then often give the cyclist a choice: you can leave here and forget about all this, or you can stay and get a ticket. Which do you pick?

Erik’s post tells the full story, but the moral is, always request a report be filed even if the officers determine you were at fault and “Take the Ticket” as it can be immensely helpful to your legal case! Read Erik’s post here.

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Bike Blog Motherload

For those of you who can’t get enough bicycle related reading, I present to you A directory of bicycle related blogs. In addition, if you’ve got a bike blog, you can request addition to their directory.

Don’t forget about the Mustache Ride tonight, Farmer’s Market Ride Sat. 8am and Bicycle Bar Crawl for Charity Sat. 11am, visit the Events page or the Events & Rides Forum for more details.

Coming Soon: Details on the Free Bicycle Valet service TBAG will be running for the Light Rail Opening Party on 12/27! Interested in volunteering to help us run the valet service? Email!

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