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superhero-bike-MR TGet 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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Care about your community? Want to ensure your ideas are being heard? Love your bike?

Become part of the two-wheeled revolution (pun intended) and join Tempe Bicycle Action Group!

TBAG, the organizer of your favorite festival Tempe Tour de Fat, is currently looking for board members and committee volunteers to help lead Tempe into the next year of glorious bikedom.

Whether you’re interested in social rides, bike safety, molding local policy, outreach and media or you simply want to get together more often with your local gearheads, your voice and talent is wanted!

See what TBAG is all about at the annual swashbuckle Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at Boulders on Broadway.

Run or vote in the TBAG board election, sign up for– or create – a committee and get on first-name basis with the people who are – and have been – fighting to make Tempe a bike-tastic place.

When: Sunday Nov. 18, 5 p.m.

Where: Boulders on Broadway, 530 West Broadway Road, Tempe

How: For more information about TBAG, and to RSVP for the event, visit facebook.com/biketempe

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Most cities in the United States create “general plans” to guide future development and investment in their cities. These plans cover issues such housing, parks, and transportation. The City of Tempe is launching its general plan updating process – called “General Plan 2040.” You can learn more here, and to see the last general plan for 2030, visit here. The city will host a variety of public meetings to get feedback from residents about the plan. They will also post draft chapters for public feedback. The city’s bicyclists and pedestrians need a voice in this process.

The first public meetings are being held at the Tempe History Museum – 809 E. Southern Ave, Tempe 85282 on:

September 24th, 5-7pm
January 22, 5-7pm

If you’re interested in joining the TBAG advocacy team, please email me. We will need help to follow the process, attend all of the meetings and review draft documents to insure that the general plan includes a strong emphasis on making the city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. We will have a meeting (details to come shortly) before the 24th to discuss our TBAG vision and priorities.

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If you’re a Tempe resident, don’t forget to vote in the Tempe municipal election today. And if you want to check out the candidates views on cycling in Tempe and how to improve it, see their responses to our questionnaire from the primary: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

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The City of Tempe primary election is on Tue. March 13th. Below you can read each candidate’s responses to a bicycle questionnaire we sent out. They are listed in the order we received them:

Responses:

1. Council Candidate Kolby Granville:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-kolby-granville/

2. Council Candidate Dick Foreman:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-dick-foreman/

3. Council Candidate GC Saarup:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-gc-saarup/

4. Mayoral Candidate Linda Spears:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-linda-spears/

5. Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-mark-mitchell/

6. Council Candidate Joel Navarro:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-joel-navarro/

7. Council Candidate Corey Woods:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-corey-woods/

8. Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-council-candidate-angie-taylor-thornton/

9. Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-mayoral-candidate-michael-monti/

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Yes, I ride on my own and with my family.  Our family consists of six kids, three of whom still need to be biked by trailer or safety seat.  We ride for exercise or simply to enjoy the day outdoors.  Frequently, I ride my bike to work—during the cooler months & especially when an event has clogged Mill Avenue traffic to the point that I can get to the restaurants more quickly by bicycle with fewer headaches.

2a. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends?

My wife, friends and I all take advantage of the bike paths that are available.  I’ve talked often of a more comprehensive driver awareness program being desirable. Each of us has had or seen a frightening encounter with distracted drivers failing to “see” bicyclists.

2b. What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

I’ve already proposed a ban on texting while driving.  On the surface this appears to be about vehicles, but this would help all participants in a multi-modal transportation system.  Being new to government, as mayor, I would be interested in thoroughly reviewing status quo and looking at new proposals.  I would champion awareness programs for all age groups.

Along this line, we need to address bicycle theft.  I’ve had my bicycle stolen right out of my backyard.  Employees have had bicycles stolen from the restaurant parking lot.  We need to keep an updated stolen bike registry so we can reunite bicycles with their owners.  We need to form broad-based coalitions from city planners, to business leaders, to partnering with bicycle advocacy groups, like yours, to raise the overall awareness across the entire spectrum how important bicycle safety is.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Again, please take into consideration that I’ve never been in government.  At my restaurant, however, we installed bike racks near our Blink car charging stations.  We’ve always encouraged our staff to bike to work whenever possible.

When my stepson was younger we purchased a bicycle from Tempe Bicycle and took advantage of several of their free bicycle classes.


Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

Tempe is an absolutely perfect urban environment to champion cycling.  Obviously, we have bike paths already designated.  Being new to government, I always think there are other creative ways to do things.  I am anxious and willing to meet with advocates to push this agenda forward.  As Mayor, I advocate a need to partner tightly with ASU, especially as they continue to plan their stadium and multi-use district.  In recent years, I have come to believe that the cycling lifestyle is integral to the demographic of the new economy workers and entrepreneurs that Tempe needs to attract.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Again, I don’t have information to answer this question.  I am absolutely willing to work with ADOT and any other appropriate agencies.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question. Clearly this is seen as a broken link in connecting the desires of the cycling community.  I am wide open to proposals on this and willing to negotiate with Phoenix to find solutions to the problem.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

My first step, as Mayor, to this is familiarizing myself with the standards set forth by the League.  Some options, off the top of my head, would be bicycle safety programs for all ages, bike paths, partnering with the local area business so the embrace and implement bicycle culture into the workplace.  I am willing to form a personal “Bicycle Cabinet” to advise me on the matters, if elected.  I am willing listen and learn.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:

As I mentioned to you in our earlier conversation I am not a cyclist however many of my good friends are.  I will support projects that promote  the safety and convenience of cyclist.  I think encouraging cycling as a mode of transportation Is a very important issue for our city.  To maintain a great working relationship with you and your organization will be a key factor.  I would like to see separated bike lanes through out our city.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Corey Woods:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

I own a bicycle, but I rarely ever have time to ride it. Due to my work schedule, which takes me all over the East Valley almost daily, I spend the overwhelming majority of my time in my car.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would you do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

Yes, I feel that the City of Tempe is committed to bicycle safety. However, I believe that it is important to not simply rest on our laurels. We should always try to continue to improve when it comes to this issue. In terms of specifics regarding cycling environment improvements, I would like to see even more bicycle lanes in places where they don’t currently exist. The presence of dedicated bicycle lanes helps to avoid accidents between bicycle users and pedestrians on sidewalks, while also training motorists about the need to respect the rights of those who choose not to use automobiles.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Before I was elected to the Tempe City Council, I was a member of the City of Tempe Transportation Commission for two years. I applied for this position because I strongly supported the idea of providing residents with a variety of transportation options. During my time on the Commission, we advocated for items such as increased bicycle lanes, improved safety and an expansion of the Orbit neighborhood circulator system.

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

The needs of cyclists should always be taken into account when doing infrastructure planning. For example, when street improvements are being proposed, that would be a very appropriate time to thoughtfully consider how the changes being made will affect cyclists. Also, Tempe is becoming a much more urban city in certain sections. Residents who choose to live near Tempe Town Lake or at a place such as the West 6th Apartments look for amenities that include comfortable cycling lanes as well as access to transit lines. It is important as we plan for the future that we take all of these factors into consideration before making major structural changes that will have long-lasting impacts.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I support increasing the number of bike lanes in Tempe to better serve the needs of cyclists. I also would be willing to explore the concept of creating more shared spaces for bikes and buses. In places like Portland, bikes, cars, and modern streetcars many times share the same spaces. I believe there may be a way to implement similar measures in Tempe that are safe for all users of our streets.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

While I support working with ADOT to obtain more facilities like the one described above, the major concern at this point in time would be cost. You can never put a price on safety, but I would need to spend more time exploring this measure before offering a definitive answer. However, I would be happy to work alongside groups such as TBAG to look into this further to see what can be done to improve bicycle safety.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

Unfortunately, due to the fact that the roads that both lead to and surround Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix, there is probably only limited direct work that can be done by the City of Tempe on this issue. However, that doesn’t prevent the Tempe City Council from speaking with our colleagues in Phoenix concerning ways to improve the accessibility of the Airport.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

When making street improvements or doing citywide master planning, it is important that we keep in mind the guidelines and benchmarks that would move us from “silver” to “platinum” status. Bicycling is an integral part of what makes Tempe what it is. We work diligently to provide accessible multi-use paths and encourage alternative modes of transportation. By improving upon what we already do well and embracing new ideas and opportunities, we can continue to cement Tempe’s reputation as an open, accessible community for all to share together.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Joel Navarro:

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Yes I have a road bike that I ride on the valley streets for purpose of general transportation or to train for triathlons.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

Tempe is one of the valleys highest bike users and we need to continue to make strides in providing better pathway systems to enhance safety and connectivity.   For the most part I feel safe riding my bike in Tempe along with my kids.  However, we do utilize the pathway system quit a bit to avoid the main roads.   I feel on some of our roads we could reduce a lane of traffic to provide a wider bike path for added safety.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I have been a voice of the council in advocating for more pathway systems that are off the main roadways and providing better connectivity to other parks, schools and to our down town area.  I have started plans to work with rail road right of ways to see if an adjacent bike path system can be implemented.  This will provide better connectivity from north to south Tempe.

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4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

The biking system is just one peace of the multimode transportation system and it need to provide better connectivity to the rest of the transportation network.  This increases better quality of life in Tempe.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I am all for investigating if better bike lanes can be utilized on our major roadways.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Freeways crossings in key areas are vital for better connectivity and safety for pedestrian and bicyclists.  We need to investigate and prioritize needs as budgets start to improve.  I will always be an advocate for Tempe to be the leader in multimode transportation with better connectivity that improves quality of life.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

Connectivity to the airport would be interesting.  My first thought would be to investigate extending the north side bike path of the Tempe Town Lake to have access into the airport.  This would open interesting discussions to see what the possibilities are.  With relationships that I already have intact with airport personal, a discussion could be easily started.

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

More pathway that are off the road ways will help us achieve platinum status.  Example like a north and south connection utilizing right of ways next to rail road tracks.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

Response from Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell:

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Absolutely.  My wife and girls often ride our bicycles along the Western Canal in South Tempe and to locate restaurants and shops on the weekend.  Biking is great exercise and an excellent way to reconnect as a family after the work week.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

On the whole, I do think that Tempe is safe for cyclists, including me and my family.  The new bike paths Tempe has constructed have made biking through most of the city quite safe for our residents.  I do have concerns that some of our major streets could be made safer for those on their bikes, and I’ll work with city planners to see how we can designate lanes and paths to make Tempe even more bicycle friendly.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I helped the City obtain federal grants to construct and finish the Western Canal Multi-Use Path Project and the Crosscut Multi-Use Path Phase II.  These were wonderful improvements to Tempe and allow our residents to safely bike from Arizona Mills all the way to Price Road.  The city also provides traffic and cycling classes, and provides residents with safety pamphlets and maps.

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4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

Three percent of Tempe residents bike to work, one of the highest percentages of bike commuters in the country.  This doesn’t include all of the students living around ASU who use their bikes to get back and forth to school.  In order to meet the needs of our residents, Tempe has to put a high priority on cycling.  Our urban design plan already embraces bicycling, but as Mayor, I’ll work with the bicycle community to make sure that we are meeting the needs of the bicycling community.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

As I have said, Tempe is a bicycle-friendly city and I am proud of that fact. But there is clearly room for improvement. I will work closely with the bicycle community to identify needed improvements, and will work with my fellow council members to incorporate these improvements into Tempe’s short and long-range street improvement plans where feasible.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

I will take a leadership role on regional planning boards like MAG, which handles the long-range planning for our freeway system. There I can advocate for new bicycle crossings and pedestrian facilities for Tempe.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I am open to improving and creating bike paths along the Salt River basin which would end near the new Lightrail Transit Stop next to the people mover.  We could work with Phoenix to create an area where bicycles can travel safely.

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

Tempe is continually recognized as a bicycle friendly community and I’m proud that the League of American Bicyclists has designated Tempe a silver-level award winner every application cycle since 2003, but there is always room for improvement.  Our urban design plan already embraces bicycling, but I would like to make Tempe one of the leading bicycle communities in the entire country.  This will include a combination of more bike paths, safety programs for our youth, traffic calming measures that make biking safer and consistent enforcement of Tempe’s traffic laws. We can also do more to promote and embrace bicycle-themed events like the annual Tour de Fat, which celebrates our bicycle culture in a fun and unique way.

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