Tour de Fat Tempe week of events

Tour de Fat’s coming up Oct. 4, so join your fellow greased up gearheads on an entire week of warm-up rides and shenannigans Monday – Friday Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, across Phoenix and Tempe! 

week of eventsMonday 9/29

5:30 p.m. Meet at the Spoke and Wheel | 8525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
6:30 p.m. Depart for the Yard |  5632 N. 7th Street Phoenix

Tuesday 9/30

5 p.m. Meet at Mellow Mushroom  | 14205 South 50th Street, Phoenix
6 p.m. Depart for Public House Garage 4855 E. Warner Rd. #A31, Phoenix

Wednesday 10/1

5:30 p.m. Meet at Boulders On Broadway  | 530 W Broadway Road Tempe
7 p.m. Join your peers for a mountain bike ride
9 p.m. WIN A NEW BIKE (!!) at Boulders on Broadway  | Get your raffle tickets anytime beforehand at Boulders. One winner will be drawn at 9 p.m. Must be present to win.

Thursday 10/2

6:30 p.m. Meet @ Tempe Beach Park  | Corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway
7 p.m. Depart for Papago Brewing Company  | 7107 E McDowell Road, Scottsdale
8:30 p.m. Arrive at Casey Moores and WIN A NEW BIKE*!  |850 South Ash Avenue Tempe

*hold the phone. Win a new bike again? Yeah. That’s a thing.

Friday 10/3

6-9 p.m. Tap takeover at Handlebar  | 680 S Mill Ave., Tempe

Saturday 10/4

Better than Christmas, your birthday, Halloween, aunt Millie’s cat’s adoption day all together!
10 a.m. Register for the Tour de Fat parade
11 a.m. PARADE! Galavant through the streets of Tempe!
Noon – 5 p.m. Tempe Tour de Fat music, beer, bikes and babes at Tempe Beach Park

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Hooray for New Public Art!

Tempe Bicycle Action Group, in cooperation with the Mitchell Park East Neighborhood in downtown Tempe, has completed a bicycle-themed public art  installation on Farmer Avenue, between University Dr. and 13th St.  In 2012, TBAG commissioned the artist team, co-LAB led by Matthew Salenger and Karl Eicher, to develop permanent sculptural elements of a bicycle theme in four traffic calming locations along the street.  TBAG funded the public art through the proceeds of the annual Tour De Fat event in Tempe , hosted by New Belgium Brewery.  The project demonstrates the importance of public art and bicycles in making a street and neighborhood more livable.  The artwork also reinforces the creativity and strength of the Mitchell Park East neighborhood and it will be a permanent reminder of the contributions of TBAG in Tempe.

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TBAG Grants Program

TBAG is one of the recipients of funds raised each year by New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, but it takes people to get bicycle advocacy done, not just money.  That’s why we have a grants program.  In the past, we’ve paid grants to the Bicus Bicycle Co-op in Tucson, the Rusty Spoke Bicycle Co-op, Karma Racer, WeCycle, and various other awesome organizations.  Most recently, we pledged money to help get PHX Bike Labs going in their new space.

We also do small grants.  Do you have an idea for making bicycling better, or a project to spread the word?  Write up your plan in 1-2 pages and mail it to (cc’ing won’t hurt either).  If you can attend one of our meetings and introduce your idea in 3 minutes, we’d love to meet you.

We can’t do everything ourselves — not even close!  But we can help enable you to.

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Tempe bike community needs you!


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

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

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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Pedal Craft Phoenix Bike Event on Friday Sept. 28th

On September 28 the second annual PEDAL CRAFT PHX will ride into downtown Phoenix to fuse bicycles, art, and community in celebration of the city’s growing urban bike scene. The one night event will feature hundreds of bicyclists, a bicycle-themed poster show, a display of unique bicycle racks, a nationally acclaimed biking advocate and author, and rides to dining “hotspots” in downtown Phoenix. PEDAL CRAFT PHX will take place on Friday, September 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Kitchen Sink Studios Gallery, 828 North Third Street. Admission is free.

Twenty-five local graphic designers will show their original bicycle-themed poster artwork, available for sale for $20 per poster. A percentage of the proceeds from the poster show will be donated to the Rusty Spoke Community Bicycle Collective, a volunteer-run organization situated on Lower Grand Avenue and dedicated to local bicycle advocacy.

SideWalk Phoenix, an advocacy group for walkable, bikeable, and livable communities, will also display a dozen one-of-a-kind bicycle racks designed and fabricated by local artists, metal sculptors, and local celebrities.

Throughout the evening, several bike groups will lead rides of various difficulties (from novice to hardcore) to downtown Phoenix restaurants and pubs that have installed bike racks and are offering special menu discounts for PEDAL CRAFT PHX participants.

TBAG is promoting PEDAL CRAFT PHX as part of bike week before Tempe’s Tour de Fat on October 6. Stay tuned for more updates on the group rides and bike-pools from Tempe. For more information about PEDAL CRAFT PHX, visit

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Tempe Bicycle Action Group and Farmer Avenue BICYCLE PUBLIC ART

TBAG and the Mitchell Park Neighborhood are moving forward with an exciting bicycle public art project for 2012.  In the fall of 2011 a committee made up of a public artist, Mitchell Park neighbors and TBAG board members conducted a competitive artist and concept selection process.  More than 15 fifteen Arizona public artists were considered.  A Tempe-based artist team by the name of coLAB was selected in December.

The concept for the public art (see attached images) involves bicycle sculptures and large boulders that will be placed in 4 locations along Farmer Avenue (between University Drive and 13th Street) that will serve as a permanent monument to the importance of bicycling in Tempe, the contributions of TBAG to the community, and help deepen the emphasis of creating bikeable, sustainable corridors for our town and to serve as a model for land use and transportation.  In the words on the artist team, coLAB: “The people-powered vehicle (bicycle) is immensely efficient and useful, and can drastically change the outlook for future balance between man and nature.”

The city of Tempe and TBAG is currently working with the artist team to finalize designs.  Construction of the artwork is expected to happen late Spring/early Summer 2012, with a dedication ceremony anticipated soon thereafter.  This important project will help transform the street and further emphasize TBAG’s role in shaping Tempe and beyond as a bicycle region.

Eric Iwersen


Check out the concept pdf: TBAGbicycleART.pdf

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Public Art and Special Projects Committee

We’re having our Annual Meeting on Nov 20th @ 7pm at Boulders on Broadway. This week we’re doing a series of blog posts about each committee, their goals, and what you can do to help.

TBAG Public Art Committee

Description: The TBAG Public Art Committee is dedicated to creating public art in the community that is reflective of the bicycle and it’s important role in placemaking in Tempe and the region. The committee is pursuing large scale public art construction and smaller art opportunities to express the bicycle as integrated with local culture. The committee works with TBAG, city arts programs, galleries and local media to promote the bicycle through the arts.

Committee Chair: Eric Iwersen (;

2011 Accomplishments:
· Secured $15K in TBAG funds to pursue construction of a bicycle art sculpture in Tempe.

· Established a committee made up of Tempe neighbors, a public artist and three TBAG board members to guide a process for development of the artwork.

· Established a relationship with a downtown Tempe neighborhood to pursue installation of a public art piece.

· Released a Call to Artists / Request For Qualifications to develop a short list of artists for commissioning.

· Convened the committee to select artist finalists.

· Commissioned honorariums for three finalists to develop bicycle related public art sculptures.

· Conducted a walk-through and dialogue with the artist finalists of possible project sites and the importance of bicycle culture.

· Developed short list of two artist finalist with refined concepts for selection of one winner/commission recipient.

2012 Goals:

Public Art Project
· Final selection of a public artist for sculpture creation.

· Public outreach, TBAG coordination of the public art concept.

· Development of construction documents for art.

· Construction of art.

· Promotion and dedication ceremony.

Other Art Efforts
· Coordinate with other neighborhoods to develop bicycle public art projects

· Fundraise and solicit in-kind contributions for art (engineering services, bicycle parts/materials for projects etc…)

· Coordinate with a local gallery to curate a bicycle art show, with local artists, as part of Tempe’s Final Fridays or Phoenix First Fridays.

· Collaborate with Phoenix New Times, Java Magazine, and others to promote, advertise, inform the public of bicycle culture.

· Develop a bicycle sticker art competition and collection.

Help Wanted:

· Volunteers to help gather materials for final public art sculpture needs.

· Engineering contacts for construction documents for public art.

· Gallery owners, contacts for a future bike art show.

· Events coordinators to help organize the dedication for the public art when completed.

· Volunteer to organize and develop a bicycle sticker art program.

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