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Counters n’ Crunchers

Counters n’ Crunchers is the most incredible group that has ever existed. We count bikes and then we crunch those bikes! Er…wait that data, crunch the data, not the bikes.

Envisioned as 21st century version of an 18th century Parisian cafe where science was performed, we are a group dedicated to understanding what is necessary and needed in order to create a more perfect union of people who ride bikes and people who are not currently riding bikes.

The next meeting is Saturday, April 9, at 3pm. Anyone interested should head to Boulders on Broadway, grab a beer, and join in on a data-crunching good time!

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Bike McClintock

CALL TO ACTION:

HELP KEEP THE BIKE LANES ON MCCLINTOCK ROAD!

Email the Tempe City Council (councilcommunicator@tempe.gov) or call 480-350-8110 and tell them that you are support keeping bike lanes on McClintock Road.

 

The City of Tempe recently added a buffered and protected bike lane to McClintock Drive, using unnecessary and unused road width from the previous outdated road design. These lanes are consistent with both the General Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, approved by Tempe citizens as a statement that there is no space or desire to make Tempe’s roads wider or faster. Our community has come together to support these improvements, but the City Council is only hearing from a small vocal minority that opposes progress, change, and forward future thinking. Email them to let them know you stand with a progressive future for Tempe! Citizens from all over Tempe have written paragraphs below, which can serve as templates for you to let your voice be heard!


See below for suggested emails of support


Which Category do you identify with the most?

Suggested emails of support include information like the following:

  • I am very concerned
  • Why I need this bike lane and all bike lanes
  • What would happen to me if this bike lane or any bike lane was removed

General Concerned Citizen

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. It has recently come to my attention that the Mayor and City Council are considering adding an additional car-only lane to McClintock Rd, as well as removing facilities that accommodate transportation options for people on bikes, pedestrians, and also improve public safety for everyone on the road. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am extremely concerned that Tempe would consider reversing progress and years of planning so soon after a project’s completion, and delay the implementation of modern, accessible, world-standard roads. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Roads must be accessible to everyone so that they benefit everyone, and not force people to use one mode of travel. I rarely contact city council, but this issue is of great concern to me, given the rare opportunities to improve roads and bring them up to modern standards. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. If these improvements are removed, I will not be able to safely get where I need to go by bike, and will be forced to use my car for most trips instead.

Recreational/fun cyclist

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am a recreational cyclist who bikes occasionally to a restaurant or for fun with my friends and kids. Riding on Tempe streets that do not have bike lanes is scary and unsafe. Without bike lanes, I can’t bike on the roads because I will put myself in danger from cars behind, and turning in front of me. Plus, I can’t bike on the sidewalk because I will put myself in danger from cars crossing the sidewalks at each driveway. When the lanes on Mclintock were put in, I was given a sense of peace, knowing that I would have a much safer space to ride my bike without putting my life in danger. If the bike lane on McClintock is removed, I will no longer be safe or comfortable riding my bike, and will not be able to ride my bike to many places that I frequent.

Bike commuter

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I consider myself a bike “commuter,” and ride daily to work, to events, etc. Using the bike lanes, I feel safer because I know I am safer. Structured bicycle lanes can only have positive impacts for the residents and tourists of Tempe. The lanes connect the canals, Alameda, and the light rail which all connect with local businesses. Country Club Way ends at Alameda and does not connect to any businesses. Bike lanes on more major roads provide greater options for safer commuting, and encourage more than simply the growth of the bicycle community but elicit a healthier, more personable and desirable Tempe. If these lanes are removed, I will no longer be able to ride my bike to many local businesses, and will need to use my car for many of my trips and to commute to work. I will continue to commute our city by bicycle, as will so many others. Please support us by supporting reasonable long-term plans to improve the city of Tempe’s total transportation system.

Avid/Racing Cyclist

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am an avid cyclist and I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. I am a part of a few cycling clubs and groups and participate in rides from fast training rides to slower paced social bike rides that are focused on building community. The McClintock lanes and all bike lanes have improved the expansion of all of these groups. They have expanded the scale of businesses we can patronize on our slower social rides as well as how far we can go on our faster rides. I understand my rights as a cyclist and have no problem taking the lane to make myself safer. However, because of bike lanes like the ones on McClintock, that’s not something I have to do, which makes me more comfortable, as well as the drivers who are often thrown off by cyclists “taking the lane.” These bike lanes have improved the lives of all cyclists in the Tempe area and act as an accessible path to support all of these businesses on McClintock. If these lanes were removed, I would not be able to ride my bike to the businesses I would like to go to, nor would my training rides be able to take the most direct and fastest route.

Non-bike rider

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I don’t usually ride a bike and I support the bike lanes on McClintock. Bike lanes allow everyone to complete their commuting needs from all areas of Tempe, may it be by wheel chair, skateboard, car or bicycle. A community should be respectful and share the road with everyone. I don’t have an issue sharing the road, and don’t feel like my personal commuting time has been negatively affected. However if the bike lane was removed in favor of a car-only lane, everyone in Tempe would be negatively effected.

Pedestrian/Runner

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

I walk daily and run near my home several times a week. I feel most comfortable along streets that have a landscaped buffer and bike lane next to the sidewalks. It feels very scary to use sidewalks that are attached to the back of the curb with no bike lanes because cars seem so close. Even though the speed limit on the major streets is 40-45 MPH, the cars drive much faster so a buffer and bike lane help keep more separation between my body and the cars. When walking with my family members such as my 7 year old nephew and 86 year old father, their safety and comfort is even more important to me. A lot of older sidewalks are only 5 feet wide, so it is uncomfortable to share that space with bike riders. But I don’t blame them for riding on the sidewalk when there aren’t bike lanes on those streets, especially in my neighborhood near ASU.

Retired Citizen

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing to support keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Since I have retired, I utilize my bike for the majority of local travel including doctors appointments, grocery shopping, and socializing. I have found that the McClintock bike lanes have increased my safety as well as the range of my travels, including trips to my physician as well as shopping at Sprouts. Being able to ride my bike benefits me as a retiree in two ways: it allows me to decrease my operating expenses as well as giving me daily exercise. I feel that should the City remove the bike lane on McClintock, that they will be affecting my quality of life and finances adversely.

Traffic Planner/Engineer

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

The research is clear, bike lanes improve safety for everyone. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Bicyclists are vulnerable road users. As a traffic engineer, I know that vehicle lanes should be no more than 9 – 10′ wide to keep vehicle a speeds close to the posted limit. Speed is the number one factor in collision severity. It is irresponsible to encourage high speed vehicle travel. Bike lanes are necessary to encourage bicyclists to ride with traffic rather than against it. As a leading city in the metro area, Tempe continues to demonstrate its commitment to bicycling, light rail and other mass transit and transportation options. Additionally, bicycles are good for business. Bicyclists spend more money at local restaurants, bars and convenience stores than people who drive. Bicycling is good for a person’s health and builds community. Adding more car-only lanes simply induces demand. The more roads you build, and the wider those roads are, the more cars that come. Build bike lanes and bicycles will come. McClintock is now much safer because speeds are lower. Single occupancy vehicles take too much space from other road users. A modern sedan or SUV takes up more space that 9 bicycles. Why should they be entitled to 9 times as much space on the road? If this bike lane is removed, it will have to be implemented later which will be more difficult. Removing this facility would be one of the biggest mistakes Tempe has ever made, and would set transportation engineering in the city back by decades.

Homeowner/Landlord

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I own a home off of McClintock Drive, and I support the protected bike lanes on McClintock. The protected lanes increase safety for kids and families in the neighborhoods, pedestrians who walk along the sidewalks on McClintock, cyclists and drivers. Because McClintock’s speed limit is higher than the neighborhood limits, sometimes people forget that McClintock is actually a residential street: there are driveways and backyards that back right up to McClintock, and implementing some “traffic calming” strategies makes the Mcclintock neighborhoods all safer.

Parent

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov

Shortly after becoming a parent, Our family moved from Scottsdale to Tempe. We did this because we believed that Tempe offered a lifestyle that fit ours. Tempe offered amenities and locations that allowed my wife and I to use our bicycles and commute to our offices. We even used the city bike map to look for homes and picked a house on a bike route, We did this because we see the writing on the wall. Cars fit cities for a while, they were beneficial and necessary to get people to work and play. But as Tempe becomes more dense, it must offer alternatives to the motor vehicle. Tempe offeres miles of bike lanes along residential streets and a plan to improve 5, 6 and 7 lane “super” streets to allow safe passage to stores and shops along the major north-south roads. The roads today, by and large run within 20 yards of thousands of homes and offer virtually NO way for anyone (driving, walking or riding) to safely cross due to unreasonable speeds. The improvement of McClintock by the removal of a single lane allows my children to easily reach markets, schools, parks and friends in other neighborhoods. This also creates a more reasonable crossing at lights. Thanks to this improvement, all road users now have FEWER lanes to cross and a LARGER buffer from aggressive and inattentive drivers. This has occurred with no or very little increase in travel times and has made a road I never cycled on into one I and my family are glad to ride in the last few months. Business such as Sprouts, Spokes, Sweet Tomatoes Goodwill, Outback Steakhouse, Great Clips, Subway, Walgreen’s, CVS, Joe’s Italian Ice, Ted’s Hot Dogs, UPS and many more are now easily accessible by bike. Walking has also been greatly improved since 3 tons of motor vehicle have been moved 6-10 feet away. Traffic has also SLOWED without lengthening the total commute time – I know because I have driven and timed McClintock north and south on my commute to work. It does not take me longer travel the new stretch where lanes have been improved – cars are no longer rushing between lights and jockeying for position. This should result in a decrease in traffic accidents (I am sure the city can gather data on this). Thank you Tempe for making my neighborhood better by adding infrastructure and improving safety for all road users.

Student

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am a student at ASU, and I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Sometimes the voices of ASU students are ignored because we are young, don’t vote, or don’t live here year-round, but Tempe is a “college town” and students make up a huge percentage of residents, consumers, and cyclists in this area. Personally, I use the bike lanes in Tempe, including the new and improved lanes on McClintock, to commute to school. Many students do not have cars, are unfamiliar with driving in Tempe, or can’t afford to drive/park at ASU, and the bike lanes are vital for us to continue to commute safely to school. The removal of these bike lanes will discourage the use of this alternative method of transportation, as well as make the commute more difficult, to those students who will then be then forced to depend their commute around the timing of public transportation.

PHILOSOPHICAL/Visionary

Please use the following as a template for your email to the tempe city council, or click here: councilcommunicator@tempe.gov
I am writing in support of keeping the bike lanes on McClintock. Tempe markets itself as a young, vibrant, upcoming community. Marketing materials and planning images show cyclists on beach cruisers biking to coffee shops, and young families biking along Mill Ave. The City is trying to attract tech businesses, and between family growth and new businesses opening up, Tempe’s population is expected to grow 20% in the next ten years. With all of these pushes toward growing the community and creating a cool and fun “vibe,” the reality must match the vision. Tempe made a big, realistic step towards preparing for growth and fostering a bike-friendly, vibrant community. Removing the bike lanes on McClintock says “we will promise you one thing, but deliver another.” If we want Tempe to grow, we have to start following through on the visions presented by the City and leaders. Keeping the bike lanes on McClintock makes the bold statement that Tempe is ready to grow, we are ready for the future!

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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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Volunteers needed!

Help us on our mission of bringing safe streets to everyone who wants to ride! Right now, the TBAG board members are doing most of the day to day chores, but we want to change that and grow the organization. The more people helping, the more crazy plots and schemes we can chase and the more good we can do! Please get involved if you can. Here’s what we need:

http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat/ — Tour de Fat is fast approaching! It takes an army to put this on, but thankfully there are multiple shifts so you can still enjoy the show and share a beer.

In addition to beer pour, trash, ticket sales, and so on, I need a small team of people to help introduce TBAG to the crowds and give away stickers, and to staff the TBAG booth. If you follow what we do and you’ve volunteered for TBAG before and helped with advocacy, bike lights for ninjas, or any of our programs or stunts, consider joining the Chain Gang team.

TdF is a riot, but we also need help on an ongoing basis. We could really use help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — pick one or go crazy).

Help writing blog posts and sending out periodic newsletters based on that would be spectacular. If you can help us make our WordPress site at http://biketempe.org look a little more airy and cheerful, we’d love that.

Amateur, semi-professional, or professional videography would help a lot. We should be showing the world what the Bike Lights for Ninjas look like, or what happens when we put on Bike Games, and we need to produce a video to show New Belgium what we’ve been up to. A willing amateur would be a lot more than we’ve got now!

Can you schedule monthly meetings at Boulders on Broadway for volunteers and advocates to come to to get involved and find out what’s going on? Board members can attend, and we need to start doing this again since ASU is in session and bike session is on, but help scheduling and promoting them would help free us up for actually helping people with their ideas.

We’re planning a Bike Lights for Ninjas Night sometime probably this week.  Visit http://biketempe.org/join-us and sign up for Volunteer Opportunities if you aren’t already on there.

Have another idea for something we should be doing but aren’t? Please get in touch.

There’s a lot of us who ride in Tempe, but we want everyone who wants to ride a bike to feel safe and part of a community! Please help us realize our dream.

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