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Bike Count Information

2016 Tempe Bike Count: March 29-31

What: The Tempe Bike Count is an annual event where volunteers gather bike data at key intersections around Tempe over multiple days.  Volunteers work in two hour shifts, and record basic information on bike riders at their intersection, including: how many bikers they see, which way are they riding, gender, etc.  All this information is then compiled and given to the City of Tempe, so they can make more informed decisions about where in Tempe bikers need infrastructure/safety improvements.

Goals for the bike count:

  • Document the number of people currently cycling and monitor how the number changes over time
  • Publish a report of findings from the bike count
  • Use the information to help prioritize infrastructure improvements and traffic safety
  • Share bike count data with the public, other organizations, governmental groups, and individuals

When: The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer will count during commuting hours, one morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or one afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm). For any specific location, the morning and evening counts do not have to be on the same day, so the morning count can be done by one volunteer and the afternoon count by another volunteer.

Training: Volunteers are asked to attend one of the following training meetings:

  • Thursday, March 24, at 6:00pm
  • Saturday, March 26, at 3:00pm

Where: Approximately 60 strategic intersections across Tempe.

How do I get involved: Contact us at bikecount@biketempe.org

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Call to Artists: New Logos and Icons

We Need New Logos and Icons

Make 6 – 8 TAG icons that can be used in TBAG logo as well as independently on the TBAG website.
Each icon should be 1 tone, or 1 layer–black and white like the people on bicycles below.
Each icon should be the same size and look identifiable either small or large.

We need icons that represent the following TBAG programs or bicycle advocacy issues: Programs: Education, Group Bike Riding, Bicycle Advocacy, and Bicycle rider Serving. Icons represent the following in the organization chart:
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Examples of Icons:
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Original Logo and Icons:
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Description of Work and Fees:
6-8 icons
$40 each
$240-$320 total
12-16 hours expected

UPDATED INFORMATION 1/10/16
Applications will be accepted until we have enough to decide, and a consensus on the winning applicant.
Applications will require a description of each icon; simply state what the icon will look like in a couple of sentences. Applicants do not need to submit a draft image of each icon; applicants need to show competency in making single-tone or stencil like images; the applicant can either submit 2 drafts of the 6-8 icons or a link to past works that are single tone or like a stencil. Images taken from the internet, as examples of the intent of the design, will be considered aides to the descriptions of the icons–but not proof of artistic competency.

Applications will be chosen on merits of:
Artistic Competency: with two draft examples or past work
Thoughtfulness of Design: do the icons describe the T.B.A.G. programs and do the icons work, look, and have an aesthetic that makes them coherent when seen together.

PLEASE READ THE MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE: FREEWHEEL AND FIXED WHEEL GRANT PROGRAM

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General Elections

Upstairs at Boulders On Broadway. We elect new board members or re-elect old ones. This is the big event where we, your lovable and hard working bike advocates, tell you, the people who matter most, what we’ve been doing all year, and where we’d like to see things go in the next year.

Admission is free, food and drinks will be provided. Everyone is welcome to nominate a new board member – including nominating yourself! So come by and help shape TBAG’s future.

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

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Monthly Board Meeting

A recurring event where TBAG members will go overt the monthly board meeting agenda.

Meeting Agenda:
Show up before 7 for pre-meeting convos.
Board agenda items @ 7:00pm, starting with guests
Post-meeting conversations @ 8:30pm, or whenever we finish.

Food Specials:
$5 personal pizza!

This meeting is open to all members of the public, and non-board members are encouraged to attend and participate. If you’d like to put something on the agenda, please contact TBAG Secretary Ben Nyer (ben [at] biketempe [dot] org). We’re open to discussing anything bike-related whether it’s on the agenda or not, but we like having time to process agenda items before the meeting.

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TBAG Solstice Ride 2015

This is the ONLY reason to leave the house this summer.

On the HOTTEST day of the year, we celebrate by riding bikes to different stops.

– Riding then jumping into multiple pools
– MASSIVE water balloon fight in the park
– Slip n’ Slide at Birchett park

Then we end the festivities off with an amazing pool party. This years host will be University Pointe ! Check the event page for photos of the party space.

This event IS a fundraiser, so heres how that works:

$20 presale tickets are available now! SOLSTICERIDE.com

The ticket gets you into the final pool party, a 1 of a kind limited edition Solstice Ride tank top, and a beer donated
from our good friends at SAN TAN BREWERY and NEW BELGIUM

The ride itself IS FREE. The end party and the tank top are not. All funds go to Tempe Bicyle Action Group and their vigilance in growing our cycling community.

More details to come. Feel free to ask ANY questions and ill answer them immediately.

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Information for Advocacy

Advocacy Programs

  • TBAG strives to keep the local cycling community up to date on bicycle planning and infrastructure development efforts as well as public meetings and other opportunities to make their voice heard.
  • TBAG holds a position on the City of Tempe’s Transportation Commission Bicycle, Planning & Project Review Committee. This committee provides citizen input on bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation planning activities in the city of Tempe.

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Advocacy Activities for May 2015

Coming soon (or open and this page is out of date): Online feedback for the Character Areas. This is a chance to request amenities like shade, water, and public art like what went in on Farmer Ave.

Tell ADOT “No more interstates until kids can bike to school”. May 26 is the last day to submit comments. Allocation of Federal funds for bike projects built Portland’s original award winning bicycle network. Tempe wants to do a lot, but getting projects funded is the hard part. Put the pressure on to fund it! http://azdot.gov/planning/transportation-programming/tentative-program

Tempe Open Houses and Meetings: (more…)

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Holiday Lights Ride Saturday, Dec. 20th!

We’re pleased to present TBAG’s annual Holiday Lights Ride for your very own entertainment! Deck the bikes with boughs of holly, tinsel, bells, ribbons and lights. Wear your favorite ugly sweater and pack your thermoses with mulled cider and hot chocolate. We’re going to take a tour of Tempe and Scottsdale neighborhoods, check out the holiday decorations and rock out at that one house with the Electric Light Orchestra synchronized light show.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  (more…)

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8th St Streetscape Project

The City of Tempe is asking for public feedback on proposed re-designs for the 8th St/Creamery Row, going from Rural to McClintock in front of Four Peaks Brewing Co:

http://tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/traffic-calming-/8th-street

This is fundamentally a bicycle project and bike user input is explicitly requested, though needs of area businesses are also being weighed. Of course, we think that a 2-3x increase in bicycle traffic would benefit Four Peaks and area businesses.

We’ve created a Facebook event here. Please RSVP if you can attend, or just go online and give your comments and discuss the project: https://www.facebook.com/events/963869433627725/

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Saving your town from the bike ninjas: a how-to

Dressed all in black, biking down your street the wrong way in the middle of the BikeNinjaPosterLandscape copynight, giving no sign of their existence save for the squeak of a rusty chain: the bike ninja is a fearsome adversary indeed. They’re rarely seen until they’re right in front of you, requiring a sudden swerve out of the way and perhaps a fist shaken in their general direction. Riding a bicycle at night without adequate lighting is unsafe and against the law in most states, but many cyclists do it anyways, either because they’re not aware of the dangers or they don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of buying and maintaining bike lights.

Here at the Tempe Bicycle Action Group, one of our recurring events it the Bike Lights for Ninjas ride: volunteers stake out a handful of streets and intersections where bike ninjas are known to travel and hand out bike lights, for free, to anyone on a bicycle who needs one. It’s a cheap and easy way to reach out to a segment of the cycling community you don’t usually see on organized rides or major events, and it helps reduce the risk of cyclist injuries or fatalities in your town. So how do you go about doing an event like this?

 

Buy Cheap (but Good) Lights

There’s numerous online stores with a focus on delivering bulk consumer goods, tadpole bike lightand bike lights can be found on many of them. Check out dx.com, dhgate.com, dollardays.com, and globalsources.com for a few examples, or do a search for bulk bike lights or wholesale bike lights. Look for lights that come with batteries included, so you don’t have to buy batteries separately and pack them by hand. Lights with simple attachment mechanisms are best – the “tadpole” light design with a wrap-around silicone loop seems to work really well, whereas designs using velcro straps or screw-together mounting brackets are much harder to install. Go for light sets of one white and one red light – some light suppliers sell red and blue light sets, but these are definitely not street legal in th
e US! Finally, avoid the really weak lights with low power LEDs – they may be cheap but they don’t provide enough illumination. We’re usually able to find lights for less than $4 per set, and will buy 50-100 lights at a time.

 

Get Some Volunteers

Talk to your friends, network at social rides, start a Facebook page, ping your mailing list – whatever it takes to get a handful of volunteers willing to hunt down bike ninjas and give them free stuff! The best way to entice people to help is by making the event fun – bribe them with free pizza after the ride, get a portable speaker and some music playing, hand out costumes. Sparkly lights and fairy wings are a good choice; ninjas have a known weakness to fairies.

 

Pick a Date, Time, and Location

Here in Tempe, there are a number of key streets and intersections that have high ridership, mostly around the ASU campus. We like to stake out Mill Avenue, University Drive, and Apache Boulevard is prime ninja-hunting streets. Where you set up depends on where you see bike ninjas most frequently. Is there a university nearby with student housing concentrated off-campus? Do some streets concentrate cyclists due to the presence of bike lanes, protected lanes, or other bike-friendly features? Think about what time of day has the highest traffic and what the light conditions are like. Once you’re actively looking for them, bike ninjas are easy to spot after dusk but hard to identify between sundown and proper night – is that rider a ninja, or do they have lights and are waiting to turn them on?

 

Hand Out some Lights! (but Be Nice About It)

When the big night arrives, get ready to chase people down and give them lights! Bring a backpack or panniers to carry your lights around. Watch for vehicular traffic while you’re out – you’re going to be making a lot of U-turns and stops, so be extra conspicuous with your signaling. When you catch up to a bike ninja, be nice to them! Tell them you saw them riding without lights and you’d like to give them a free set, no strings attached. If they accept, that’s great! Congratulate yourself on defeating a bike ninja. If they decline, that’s okay too. Don’t push the issue or harass them, just let them go on their way.

One issue in particular to keep in mind: think about what your reaction would be if you were biking along, at night, and a stranger suddenly appeared and offered you free stuff. You’d probably feel suspicious and possibly a little nervous. Maybe this weird bike person is trying to mug or assault you. This is a normal reaction for people to have, so try your best to be as non-threatening as possible. Stick to areas that are highly trafficked and well-lit, and don’t pursue people who aren’t interested.

 

You Saved Your Town From the Bike Ninjas! Now Go Party!

Eat that pizza you used to bribe your volunteers, have something nice to drink, and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Plan your next bike lights for ninjas ride, and get those volunteers signed up for it.

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