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Science is all around you. There is geology underfoot, biology scratching at your door, energy and water being piped and transmitted right into your house. Join local experts on rambling bike rides around your city to investigate some the most interesting scientific field sites we can find. Every other Sunday, starting at 2 pm, we’ll head out into the wilderness (or the urban jungle) on a slow-paced, family-friendly ride. Meet at the Bike Cellar in the Tempe Transit Center light rail station, and expect to spend a few hours out and about.

The Fall schedule will be kept current on the TBAG calendar, and the line-up is:
October 20th: Geology
November 3: Herpetology
November 17: Energy
December 1: Water
December 15: Anthropology

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Sundown, Wed the 4th, Mark Eastwood led a group of four riders out to hand out bike lights to riders in need. He wrote this about the affair:

There were 4 of us, Sue, Tim, and Mike. Since there were so many people out we focused on the area between Hardy, University, Rio Salado and College.
Sue had already brought 20 sets of lights from the locker and I picked up between 10 and 20 more just before we took off. We ended up passing all of them out to quite a varied group of people. It is funny having people tell you they don’t need a light when it’s dark and they obviously don’t have one on their bike.

Thanks Mark and company!

Do you want to help make cyclists safer and reach out to new cyclists at the same time? Update your email preferences at www.biketempe.org/join-us/update-your-tbag-contact-info/ and specify “volunteer opportunities” and we’ll announce future Ninja Lights Nights so you can join the party!

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Over the past year, Tempe Bicycle Action Group has worked with the City of Tempe council and staff on properly retiring the two ghost bikes that we placed in Tempe over 3 years ago. The city officials and staff at all levels went above and beyond to handle a tough situation with dignity and respect, give plenty of notice and time to work with the families, friends, and the local bike community, and also offered their time and equipment to re-locate the bikes.

The ghost bike at University and Ash has been re-located to the Bike Saviours bike co-op where it was built. Bike Saviours is working with the family of the man killed, Chris Volpe, on ideas for a more permanent memorial and continued public education.

The ghost bike at Alameda and McClintock was re-located in cooperation with the family of the man who was killed, Jay Fretz. The family has chosen to keep the bike themselves as a private memorial.

Aside from it’s purpose as a memorial, a ghost bike’s greatest impact is immediate bicycle awareness when a tragedy happens. The goal is to remind people to watch for bikes and respect their presence as traffic. As time goes on, the ghost bike can also benefit real change and create positive dialog about bike facilities and bike safety, including the possibility of signage or engineering changes in general, but also where the accidents happened.

Last year, the city of Tempe adopted it’s first policy for the management of any roadside memorials. In doing so they “acknowledge a desire to allow temporary memorials within the street right-of-way and adjacent to city owned land”. This is a positive step since roadside memorials were not allowed before. TBAG will continue to work with the city on the specifics of this policy when it concerns future ghost bikes, due to the fact that a ghost bike’s purpose is educational and awareness in addition to being a memorial.

We will never forget Chris Volpe or Jay Fretz as we continue to advocate and educate for bicycle improvements in Tempe and the region.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ryan@biketempe.org

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RideForReadingJoin a national movement that promotes literacy and bicycles!

Ride for Reading, a nonprofit that delivers books to schools via bicycles, is coming to Tempe on Friday May 10th. Gather at 9 a.m. at Pivot Cycles (1807 West Drake Drive) in south Tempe and deliver books by bike to Frank School in Guadalupe (8409 S. Avenida del Yaqu). It’s a mile ride that could mean a world of difference for a local school.

We need your pedaling power and your book-lugging abilities for this labor of love; backpacks, baskets, trailers or cargo bikes will be instrumental as we haul books to kids who need them.

Join your friends from TBAG, MBAA and the Tempe Police Department Bike Squad to support this great cause: Sign Up Here

About Ride For Reading: Ride For Reading’s mission is to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. *Reading is an integral part of education, and without books it is hard to build a strong academic base. Our children need materials to read at home and it is our goal to provide the means. Fore more, visit rideforreading.com.

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UPDATED: email your city council

Support proposed local bike infrastructure such as green bike lanes and traffic slowing medians by emailing the Tempe City Council at councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

Businesses hoping to dissuade the council from going forward with some of these changes have been meeting with your city leaders. Make sure their voices aren’t the only ones heard.

Online public comment on the city’s forum has closed, but you still have time to contact your city leaders directly by emailing councilcommunicator@tempe.gov.

Want to post your support but don’t know what to say? Here’s a few lines you can simply copy and paste;

  • Thank you for adding green bike lanes to Tempe, they are greatly needed!

  • Please continue to go forward with all median plans. They will help keep traffic from colliding with cyclists on the roadways.

  • Please install a stoplight at Roosevelt and Farmer, this will help cars, bikes and pedestrians safely cross, rather than forcing us to play frogger in traffic.

(From previous TBAG post)

The city of Tempe is introducing plans that help you and your fellow two-wheeled friends to more easily and safely commute through Tempe. These plans could have a great impact not only on the safety of the roadways, but also in the beautification of our city… that is, if the city continues to hear from YOU!

Bike lane modifications, medians and other proposed changes are being fought by some who may not understand what it’s like to cycle in traffic with little to no bike infrastructure. Don’t let the proposed plans fall by the wayside. Join in on meetings, email your city leaders and let Tempe know that the growing bike community demands safer, bike-friendly streets.

Thanks to those of you who joined the University/Hardy Drive Screetscape Project open house, the Broadway Road Screetscape meeting and every one who has been submitting comments and statements on behalf of bike Tempe cyclists.

Be seen. Be heard. Be a bike champion in Tempe!

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Just a friendly reminder from your friends at TBAG!

Have you ever lubed a bike chain? How’s about greased those bearings in your bottom bracket? There’s nothing quite like a freshly lubed bicycle chain. Quiet and smooth… no squeaks–heaven! If you’ve got an old style bicycle remember to grease those bearings at least once a year! Lube that chain up once a month, too! More often if you ride more often.

Not making sense? Confuzzled about parts? Need help?! Check out Bike Saviours here!

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In April 2012, the second annual city-wide bike count in Tempe was conducted as a way of understanding cycling habits and to identify routes and intersections that are problematic or dangerous.  In total, 6,563 bicyclists were counted from a total of 28 different locations, with 26 locations common between 2011 and 2012.

Get the report here [pdf]: Tempe_Bike_Count_Report_2012

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Sunday Sept. 30th |8 a.m. | 202 and McQueen, Chandler

Bring the whole family down for this safety and awareness event which will include family rides, guest speakers and bike safety education. All proceeds to AZ disabled sports. Visit http://brettsaksfoundation.org/for more details.

Free parking | $5 attendance per family

$10 per individual for safety ride | $25 per family for safety ride | Tot ride for ages 5 & under is free

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You’ve been warned- this year’s Tempe Tour de Fat is going to be unlike any other.And here’s why: The Tour de Fat week of warm up events. Clear your schedule, it’s a TBAG takeover baby!

2012 TBAG Takeover Flier

Tour de Fat warm up events

  • Friday Sept. 28th Pedalcraft Phoenix
    6- 10 p.m. ׀ Kitchen Sink Studios Gallery, 828 North Third St. Phoenix
  • Sunday Sept. 30th Brett Saks Memorial Bicycle Safety Festival
    8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Tumbleweed Park – 202 and McQueen, Chandler
  • Monday Oct. 1 FilmBar Bicycle Movie Night
    6-9 p.m. | FilmBar – 815 North 2nd Street, Phoenix
  • Tuesday Oct. 2 Tour de Fat Pub Crawl – TBAG Bike Raffle – Pedal Craft Tempe
    7 p.m. | Ride: Meet at Tempe Beach Park, on the corner of Rio Salado Pkwy & Mill Ave
    7pm to 10pm | Pedal Craft: Boulders on Broadway - 530 West Broadway Road,  Tempe
    Raffle tickets are available at Boulders on Broadway or online here: http://www.biketempe.org/events/raffle/
  • Wednesday Oct. 3 Loops Ride and MBAA Papago Peddler
    Loops: 7:30 p.m.׀ Meet at Tempe Beach Park, on the corner of Rio Salado Pkwy and Mill Ave.
    MBAA: 6 p.m | Papago Park, Tempe (1300 N College Avenue) end at Boulders
  • Thursday Oct. 4 New Belgium Bike Giveaway
    6- 9 p.m. | Casey Moore’s Oyster House - 850 South Ash Avenue,  Tempe
  • Friday Oct. 5 MADCAP Theater movie night
    730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
  • Saturday Oct. 6 Tour de Fat
    Registration starts at 9 a.m. | Bike parade starts at 10 a.m. | Beer is a flowin’ 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Tempe Beach Park

 

Event Details:

Friday Sept. 28th Pedal Craft Phoenix

6- 10 p.m.׀ Kitchen Sink Studios Gallery, 828 North Third St. Phoenix

Celebrate the urban bike scene in downtown Phoenix. Mix bike-themed arts and apparel and some deliciously crafted beverages and you’re sure to have a grand time. Throughout the evening rides ranging from an easy spin to more hardcore will be hosted. Free admission. For more information, visit www.pedalcraftphx.com

Sunday Sept. 30th Brett Saks Memorial Bicycle Safety Festival

8:30 a.m. – 3p.m. | 202 and McQueen, Chandler

Bring the whole family down for this safety and awareness event which will include family rides, guest speakers and bike safety education. All proceeds to AZ disabled sports. Visit http://brettsaksfoundation.org/events/brett-saks-safety-festival/ for more details.

Free parking | $5 attendance per family  | $10 per individual for safety ride | $25 per family for safety ride | Tot ride for ages 5 & under is free

Monday Oct. 1 FilmBar Bicycle Movie Night

7-10 p.m. | FilmBar – 815 North 2nd Street, Phoenix

FilmBar will be showing two bicycle movies on their big screen. Ride you bike and enjoy the show with all of your Phoenix cycling friends.

Tuesday Oct. 2 Tour de Fat Pub Crawl – TBAG Bike Raffle – Pedal Craft Tempe

7:00 p.m.׀ Ride: Meet at Tempe Beach Park, on the corner of Rio Salado Pkwy & Mill Ave
7pm to 10pm | Pedal Craft: Boulders on Broadway - 530 West Broadway Road,  Tempe

Join your friends and sip some succulent brews around the Tempe neighborhood. We’ll be stopping at The Handlebar and Grill, World of Beers, and Devil’s Advocate for New Belgium specials. The ride will end at Boulders on Broadway where you’ll not only get a chance to get a brand-new cargo bike, proceeds benefitting TBAG, but you’ll also be able to peruse the Pedal Craft art sale if you missed Friday’s Pedal Craft in downtown Phoenix.

Raffle tickets are available at Boulders on Broadway or online here: http://www.biketempe.org/events/raffle/

Wednesday Oct. 3 Loops Ride

7:30 p.m.׀ Meet at Tempe Beach Park, on the corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue

Get ready this ride isn’t exactly at Tempe Tour de Fat parade speed. Enjoy a ride through town with the State Bike crew on their Loops Ride.

-and- MBAA Papago Peddler

6 p.m | Papago Park, Tempe (1300 N College Avenue)meet end at Boulders

Get some dirt on your tires for this non-technical ½ mile cruise through Papago Park. For more information, visit http://www.mbaa.net. After the ride the crew will stop by Tavern on Mill and end at Boulders on Broadway for another couple sips of delicious mana from heaven, craft brew.

Thursday Oct. 4 New Belgium bike giveaway on Mill

6 p.m. – 9p.m. |A Tempe bar TBD

Sip some amazing New Belgium brews and … wait for it… enter to win the New Belgium bike that will be given away. Just think of sporting those wheels during the Tour de Fat bike parade!

Friday Oct. 5 MADCAP Theater movie night

730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

On the eve before Tempe Tour de Fat, take it easy at MADCAP with your friends and a good bike-themed show.

Saturday Oct. 6 Tour de Fat!

Registration starts at 9 a.m. | Bike parade starts at 10 a.m. | Beer is a flowin’ at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Tempe Beach Park

It’s like Christmas, New Years, your birthday, and Halloween all wrapped in one.

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Don’t let the summer heat get you down! Here are some tips for riding throughout the summer:

1. Plan: Plan trips well ahead of time, and give yourself enough time to ride and recover. Try to locate and follow shaded routes or routes traveling through cooler areas (i.e. flood-irrigated  neighborhoods). Check for public pools, stores, malls, or other potential cooling points along your route. Carry emergency bus money, and research where and when bus routes are available.

2. Acclimate: Start out riding slowly and avoid the hottest parts of the day (10 am to 4 pm). If you’re just getting started with commuting by bicycle, you might want to make the switch gradually instead of trying to dive in during the summer heat. Dress strategically: consider whether dry-wicking clothing and sunscreen work best for you, or if you’d prefer light, loose, long-sleeved cotton for sun coverage.

3. Hydrate: Drink lots of water before, during, and after riding, beginning up to a day ahead of your ride. Always carry plenty of water and don’t be afraid to ask businesses to refill water bottles. If you wait until you’re thirsty, you are usually not drinking enough and it may already be too late to avoid heat exhaustion. A good indicator of good hydration is the need to urinate once an hour.

4. Avoid Heat Exhaustion: Learn to recognize your body’s signs of heat exhaustion, which are similar to signs of fever. Initial signs can be subtle, so know them and pay attention. At the first signs of heat exhaustion: back off. Relax your pace, and increase your fluid intake, especially if you have stopped feeling thirsty. If you do not recover within 10-20 minutes, immediately find air conditioning or shade, and be prepared to call 911. Heat stroke can occur quickly and it is potentially fatal, so don’t try to tough it out, even if you only need to travel a short remaining distance. Lastly, if you get a flat tire or have mechanical problems, be sure to seek out shade or a place indoors
for repairs.

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