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Thanks to a grant from the Not One More Foundation, the billboard has been renewed for two more months with new a campaign inspired by Pittsburgh’s I Ride A Bike campaign.

Kolby Granville, Tempe City Councilmember and bicycle advocate, kicks off the series. We’re working to book other well known public figures with a goal of doing a series of three people over two months. We also hope to refine the presentation as we go.

The campaign is designed to humanize cyclists. Motorists should be aware that people on bicycles are, like anyone else, pillars of community, members of families, workers, auto owners, and so on, just like anyone else. We hope that some empathy encourages people to take care and save a life.

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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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Grab your bike and your fishnets – Tour de Fat is coming to Tempe Oct. 5. But first – grab your friends and get ready to volunteer in the biggest bike event in town!

Volunteer to help us out in a couple ways:

1. Enjoy the Tour de Fat as it’s meant to be- with your friends! Volunteers can sign up as a group and work together during a specific shift. Whether you want to work with a specific group, during a specific time period, or in a particular position, be one of the first to register! Sign up to be the first to know when volunteer registration opens by going to http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat or click here. Registration will begin soon.

As the lifeblood of this event, volunteers earn a free Tour de Fat t-shirt and two beer tokens.

2. Live or frequent anywhere in Arizona? Help us spread the word about the biggest party in town by volunteering to invite EVERYONE. Hand out flyers, put up posters and you could be in line for incentives and/or prizes through a system called StreetShimon. Please email info@biketempe.org if you’re interested!

Background: The Tempe Tour de Fat is the biggest bike party in the southwest. 100% of the proceeds go to local non-profit groups: TBAG, Bike Saviours, and Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. This years party is on Saturday October 5th at Tempe Beach Park. We need your help to make this party another  spread the bike love and help us raise more money for biking in the valley.

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Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s new Bike Racks program has been a hit with businesses.  We approached Cornish Pasty in Tempe, Tops Liquors (home of Taste of Tops), Cartel Coffee Labs, and Handlebar, and no one said they didn’t want a bike rack.  The deal is that we get well made but inexpensive racks at our cost, and deliver and install them for next to nothing.

After the initial success of this project, we’re ready to move on to Phase II:  Install Racks Everywhere.  We need your help.  Do you have a favorite business that just does not have a good bike rack, or needs more racks?  TBAG can help.  Talk to the owner and ask him or her to let us help them get a rack installed.  Set up a meeting and scrottie@biketempe.org will get you someone else in TBAG to go to the meeting with you so you aren’t alone.

We also need people to go to these (and other locations) to offer our services:

  • Filmbar in Phoenix
  • Solo Cafe
  • Long Wongs on Apache
  • Oreganos on Mill
  • Sprouts
  • Flavor on Mill
  • The Vine
  • Crescent Ballroom

http://azcrap.org/racks_pamphlet.pdf has program details.  You can print that out and show it to business owners.  Want to help with Phase II?  Email me.

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bike-laneTempe is giving you another chance to tell them you want to keep seeing bikes on the streets.

Grab your friends and head to the Tempe General Plan Citizen’s Workshop Wednesday April 24 from 6-7 p.m. at the Tempe Library on Southern and Rural.

This working group needs community input – so be sure to drop by and tell them that the city of Tempe needs to continue funding bike infrastructure to support you, me and all the other two-wheeled gearheads out there!

Love bikes and want to join, but not sure what to talk about? Here are some starting points:

  • Complete Tempe’s streets
  • Expanding the bike network – both dedicated lanes and bike-friendly streets
  • Create more bike boulevard systems

Join in and let your friends know you’re going to be there at the TBAG Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/570553759643281/#

 

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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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The city of Tempe is holding a public meeting to talk with residents, neighbors and businesses about a project to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities while enhancing the streetscape on Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and Rural Road.

Click here for more information on the Broadway Road Streetscape Project.

Let’s show up and represent the cycling community!

Time and Location: Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 1701 S. College Ave.

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At TBAG, we want all bicycles to have properly inflated tires, well oiled chains, and lights at night.  Lights are easier to buy and distribute than properly inflated tires, so I’m organizing a small team of volunteers to hand out lights.  Get in touch (scrottie at biketempe.org) if you’d like to help with this or other “action” programs, such as canvasing the spokes of ASU bikes with bike safety spoke cards, and I’ll add you to the mail list.

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Hey Tempe Cyclists!! Tired of complaining about the unsafe riding conditions, bike lanes which seem to end for no reason, non-existent bike crossing signals, etc. etc. Quit complaining and help us do something about it. 2013 is going to be a busy year for TBAG advocates. There are major street re-design projects for us to monitor and influence, including the Mill Ave Streetcar, University Drive, Hardy Drive and Broadway Road. We also need to follow the update processes for the Transportation Master Plan and the General Plan. And we have our normal monthly committee meetings to attend.

Bring your ideas and your calendar and get ready to sign up to help!! See you at our 2013 kick-off TBAG Advocacy Meeting – Sunday January 6th 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.

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The Transportation Master Plan provides the basis for how transportation funding is spent, and what projects or programs the City of Tempe focuses on to provide transportation services for its citizens through the year 2030. The Transportation Master Plan defines the transportation character within the General Plan to guide the growth and development of Tempe. As part of the plan, the City has proposed a set of “complete street” standards which include bike lanes, public transit and sidewalk standards, but they need feedback from TBAG members to support these changes.

To view the existing plan and see what changes are proposed, and to add your comments, please visit the City of Tempe’s webpage for the Transportation Master Plan here: http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=2602

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