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Beer, Brunch and Bikes! The 12th annual Strong Beer Festival kicks-off a week of events dedicated Arizona’s craft brew industry. If you’re heading to the festival, why not get there by bike?

Join TBAG and Critical Mass Phoenix on a Ride hosted by Sun Up Brewery. Sun Up has planned and prepared a special Beer Brunch Buffet to get the day started off right. Dishes like Heffeweizen pancakes with lemon beer butter, Amber poached breakfast sausage (vegan too!), and more will be served. Plus happy hour prices on pints and appetizers the whole day. They open at 10 a.m. and the ride will depart at 1 p.m. For more info, head to http://arizonabeerweek.com/event/?id=67. Then saddle up and enjoy an easy paced ride to Steele Indian School Park.

Ride Map: http://bit.ly/A87HkR
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/288435221216087/.

Note: Tickets to the Festival are additional and can be purchased online or at the gate.

Sun Up Brewing Co.
322 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85012
RSVP: (602) 279-8909

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Sun. Jan 8, 12:00 NOON
We are meeting at Stinkweeds, 12 West Camelback.
Stinkweeds opens at 12:00 noon for on time arrivers.
Early arrivers can shop around the excellent shops on the northwest corner of Camelback and Central.
At Stinkweeds parking lot we will discuss these possible destinations: Postino, Windsor/Churn, TrailHead Cafe, SunUp Brewery.
12pm – We will be riding the new BUFFERED bike lanes on Central Ave from Camelback to Bethany Home then to Camelback then to Bethany Home then to Camelback then to Bethany. (a series of out and backs)
1pm-Lunch at Postino
2pm-we will do another hour of circles OR we could ride to Trail Head Cafe via AZ Canal then SunUp brewery.
3pm-Windsor/Churn OR TrailHead Cafe
4pm-more bike riding.
5pm-SunUp Brewery /End of Event
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Today was the public hearing on the privatization of Valle Vista Road on the south side of Camelback Mountain. Apparently the city denied the resident’s request to gate Valle Vista:

On Wednesday, the city of Phoenix denied a request to privatize Valle Vista Road, which runs east and west along the south side of the mountain and forms a loop connecting 56th Street and Arcadia Drive. The street is a popular destination for drivers, hikers and bikers.

Full article is HERE

Supporters of the road closure have seven days to appeal the decision. If you attended the hearing this morning, we’d love to hear a report – tell us about it in the comments below.

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For those of you that follow Valley news closely, you’ve probably seen the recent articles in the Arizona Republic about attempts by residents of Valle Vista Road on the south side of Camelback Mountain to privatize their road and thereby block access to all automotive traffic except that of residents. Since Valle Vista is one of the highest roads in the Valley and offers stunning views, it tends to draw people out to enjoy the view – as well as public drinking and drug use, and increased crime the residents claim. The road is also a popular cycling route for riders looking for challenging terrain amid the urban sprawl. The request by residents to close the road has been very controversial (check out the comments on this article) and has set off a battle over the road closure.

Currently, supporters of the road closure have stated that cyclists will not be impacted:

“Walkers and bikers still would be able to access the street, residents say”

However, there is some concern among cyclists who ride regularly on Valle Vista and surrounding streets that if the residents successfully obtain the privatization of the road, non-motorized users would soon lose their access to the roads as well.

If you are concerned about this effort to privatize access to Valle Vista Rd. and the potential impact it may have on cyclists who ride this excellent and challenging terrain, there will be a public hearing on Wednesday where you can have your voice heard:

Hearing on Wednesday
What: Hearing on abandonment of Valle Vista Road.
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday
Where: Conference Room C, Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

A resident who lives above the potential point of road closure has also started a petition against the closure – if you wish to sign the petition you can do so at the Bike Barn

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