On January 31, four TBAG-ers helped Jeremy move house by bicycle, including hauling a loveseat and Wurlitzer electric piano on an old pedicab.

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In light of dwindling sales tax revenue, Tempe has been forced to scale back its public transportation service, including aspects of the service that TBAG members strongly advocated for several years ago. There are two rounds of public meetings coming up, where Tempe residents can learn about proposed changes that will take effect in July of 2010, and provide public input. Attending these meetings and providing input sends a message to Tempe’s City Council that public transportation is important, especially for people with limited mobility options. Help shape what public transportation Tempe has, by attending the meetings and voicing your opinion!

More information about the meetings is available through Tempe’s website, here.

Meeting dates:
Round 1:
Tuesday, February 23 @ 6 pm, Don Cassano Room, Tempe Transportation Center
Monday, March 1 @ 6 pm, Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave.

Round 2:
Monday, March 29 @ 6 pm, Pyle Adult Recreation Center
Tuesday, March 30 @ Don Cassano Room

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Learn more about Tempe’s current Capital Improvement Projects for bicycles.

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It’s been almost a year in the making, and I must apologize for not making it happen sooner, but bicycle education is finally happening in Tempe. On February 20th, 2010, 10am-3pm we will host a League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 Express course at The Bicycle Cellar.

What: This shortened* 5 hour comprehensive course taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructor will give you the confidence you need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers vehicular cycling concepts, equipment safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. A bicycle in working order & a helmet are required. Please come prepared to ride at least 5 miles, part of the hands on portion is parking lot drills and a road test. If you cannot afford to purchase a helmet, don’t worry, we will have free helmets the day of the course.

When: February 20th, 2010, 10am – 3pm
Where: The Bicycle Cellar @ Tempe Transportation Center
200 E. 5th Street, Tempe AZ 85281
@ the Veteran’s Way / College Avenue METRO stop
Why: So you can become a safer, more confident cyclist
Who: Presented by Tempe Bicycle Action Group & The Bicycle Cellar
$$$$: $10 payable the day of the course to cover student manual printing fees & venue cost, if you legitimately cannot afford this simply let us know and we can waive the fee.

Pre-registration is required, please do so here.

* The TS101 course is normally 9 hours long, we will be omitting certain material which we feel is best suited to individual learning or available from other local organizations, including:
“Bicycle Nomenclature/Selection/Fit”
“Bicycle Maintenance”
“Bicycle Clothing”

For additional information on the League of American Bicyclists and their education programs, visit http://www.bikeleague.org.

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The Bicycle Cellar is staying open until 2 a.m. on New Years Eve, Dec. 31 to offer special valet bike parking for $5 per bike. The fee includes access to secure, indoor bicycle parking, restrooms and a changing area to freshen up. The Bicycle Cellar is located at the Tempe Transportation Center, Fifth Street and College Avenue in downtown Tempe.

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ugly-sweater2 You knew it was coming up… it’s the third Friday of the month and that means TBAG is having another group ride!

This Friday, December 18, dig a handsome, festive-themed sweater outta Mom’s closet and join us for a yuletide ride.

We’ll drink eggnog & cider, sing Christmas carols, and make merry on bicycles while looking for the best Hanukkah & Christmas light displays, just like you did when you were little. And since this is a night time ride, and a Friday, we’ll end the night with some hot toddy’s & winter ales at a warm, cozy, lodge-type place. I’m thinking ‘The Lodge’.

Meet at Tempe Beach Park, 7:30 pm, ride departs at 7:45.

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Bike Saviours is starting another session of our bike maintenance class on Monday Dec 7th. Classes will be held at Bike Saviours at 7pm every Monday. There will be 6 classes covering all aspects of maintaining a bike and teaching others how to do it. The classes are free and open to anyone regardless of previous experience. We ask that all of our volunteers take this class before they help others in the shop, but taking this class does not obligate you to volunteer.

This Monday we’ll introduce the class and Bike Saviours, talk briefly about different types of bikes, and get started working on headset bearings.

If you want to take the class you can just show up at Bike Saviours Monday night. Bike Saviours is at 601 W. University in Tempe, on the southwest corner of University and Roosevelt, go to the door on the side of Sunset Clothing Exchange.

Please email ryanguzy@gmail.com for more info.

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tbag bbq spokecard We’ve been looking for a good excuse for a Tall Bike Joust, so come hang out with us for some food and random craziness from 12 pm to 8 on Saturday, December 12th. It’s our first in what we hope will be an annual Winter Games celebration!

Our BBQ will be at Tempe’s Daley Park at Encanto & College. Food and drinks will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your favorite dish to share.

The Tall Bike Joust will take place from 4 to 6, double elimination style tournament. Other games will include a “Huffy Toss” and non-bike related stuff like bean bags & horseshoes.

BIKE JOUST – Anyone can enter. Joust as an individual, or organize a few teams. We’d love to see ANY and ALL local groups represented. Bikes from the co-op will be ready to use & practice on throughout the afternoon. Bring your own if you’ve got one.

We’re sharing the event with Bike Saviours who is celebrating their birthday! Congratulations to them on their success over the last several years, thanks to the support of the community.

T-shirts & spoke cards will be available, plus a raffle will be held for 2 vintage Peugeot Bicycles with proceeds to go to Bike Saviours.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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We are pleased to welcome 3 new board members to the board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. There were 5 nominees but only 3 positions available. The board, and members present, elected: Marcus Wirthgen, Joe Perez and Eric Iwersen. Overall, the meeting went exceptionally well, lots of new ideas and lots of enthusiasm. We’ll spend a week or two aggregating all the ideas and sharing them with relevant parties. We look forward to a vibrant 2010! If you missed the meeting we’ll post a lengthier recap this week, so stay tuned.

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TBAG is having our semi-annual membership and planning meeting on Nov 22nd starting at 6:30pm at Boulders on Broadway. We want to get the local cycling community together along with people, agencies, and other groups we work with, to talk about ideas and start planning and goal setting for 2010.

During the meeting we’ll be discussing 6 different areas: Advocacy, Education, Social Rides, Youth Programs, Events, and Projects. We’ll introduce each area and then break up into groups for discussion and planning. By the end of the meeting we’d like to have an overall idea of what types of things TBAG will be working on in the coming year, who will be working on it, and an idea of how we’ll accomplish these goals.

Here’s what we need you to do between now and then: Look at the different areas and think about what you’d like to see in each. Think about local problems and how you’d solve them. Think about projects and initiatives that you could help out with. Bring these ideas to the meeting. Also get the word out, if you know people that would be interested but haven’t been involved with TBAG before, let them know so they can contribute.

Hope to see you all on Sunday.

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