Some logistical matters came up, so the cupcake ride will happen on Saturday, August 1. Flyer to follow in the next couple of days. Again, we will be meeting up at the Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado and Mill for the 9-mile ride to downtown Phoenix to visit Conspire Coffee and enjoy some vegan cupcakes. Our cupcake suppliers are looking for suggestions for your favorite flavors.
Plots and schemes are underway for a cupcake ride to downtown Phoenix on the evening of Saturday, July 25. We will depart from the entrance of Tempe Beach Park at 7 pm. I am waiting for confirmation from some folks downtown before details will be finalized. We may also visit a couple of bars after enjoying some cupcakes, if there’s enough interest…
When is a bike lane potentially unsafe? When using it puts you at greater risk for a specific type of motorist / bicyclist collision. The dooring collision. In a roadway configuration where the bike lane is between the parking lane and travel lane, traveling in the bike lane often puts you directly in the “door zone”. A dooring collision is where a motorist opens their door into the path of a cyclist approaching from the rear. Cyclists rarely escape injury in a dooring collison. The responsibility here lies with the motorist, laws state they must make sure it’s safe to open their door. When using these bike lanes, of which there are many miles in downtown Tempe, you should take the following precautions.
* safely here means you’ll want to glance over your left shoulder to check if it is safe to move over, signal that you are moving over to the left (arm extended straight out to the left, pointing a finger helps), look once more to be sure it’s safe. Then move over to your left and out of the door zone.
Other dangers of which to be aware: Doorings can happen with cars to your left as well. An example here would be a car that stops in the traffic lane to quickly let a passenger out. I’ve witnessed taxi cabs doing this on Mill Ave when traffic is crawling.
If you happen to be riding in the bike lane and a car door is opened into your path, instinct will likely dictate that you swerve to the left. This can put you directly into the path of a vehicle approaching from your rear or an oncoming vehicle if you can’t regain control and remain left of the center stripe (on an undivided street)!
Ride safe and stay hydrated!
Jun 29 2009
Erik Ryberg’s blog, TusconBikeLawyer.com should be on every cyclist’s daily visit list. I wanted to share one recent post in particular with everyone here in the Valley. In “You want to get a ticket or dontcha” Erik discusses what he sees are serious shortcomings in the Tuscon Police Department’s policies toward bicyclists who have been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. In the absence of a serious injury to the cyclist Erik warns of the consequences of a report not being taken by the police. Erik states:
If the officer determines the cyclist was at fault, he will then often give the cyclist a choice: you can leave here and forget about all this, or you can stay and get a ticket. Which do you pick?
Erik’s post tells the full story, but the moral is, always request a report be filed even if the officers determine you were at fault and “Take the Ticket” as it can be immensely helpful to your legal case! Read Erik’s post here.
Jun 26 2009
Ryan Van Duzer is riding from San Diego to Washington DC on a New Belgium bike, three speed with a coaster brake. He’s raising money for Community Cycles in Boulder, CO and doing some bike advocacy during his ride.
He’s also filming and taking photos of bike culture along the way.
He will be at Boulders on Broadway at 7:30pm, tonight, Friday June 26th. Get the word out to anyone you know who rides a bike, bring out the fixters, roadies, mountain bikers, commuters, curmudgeons, the polo crew, bro’s on cruisers, whatever. It would be great to see the lobby packed like it was after Tour de Fat.
Check out his blog on Team Wonderbike: http://www.newbelgium.com/team-wonderbike/duzer or visit http://ryanvanduzer.com or http://duzertv.com. You’ll find the video from Scottsdale earlier today titled DAAM-Bike lovers in Scottsdale at http://ryanvanduzer.com.
Jun 25 2009
For those of you who haven’t heard, Ryan Van Duzer of New Belgium Brewing is pedaling across America on a 3 speed cruiser with a trailer in tow in support of bicycle awareness. He’s due to pass through the Phoenix area on Friday morning. Representatives from Tempe and Scottsdale will be out to meet and talk with Ryan at 10:30am at McDowell & the Crosscut Canal which is halfway between Galvin Parkway and 68th Street. All are welcome to join along in pedaling as he travels through Phoenix. These are all the details we have right now, so if you’d like to pedal along it’s probably best to be at the above mentioned location @ 10:30am on Friday, June 26th. Here’s a snippet from the League of American Bicyclists on Ryan’s journey:
Please excuse the @ symbol in the title, links to our blog posts are automatically posted to Twitter and the @ symbol ensures that Duzer will see our blog post.
Jun 24 2009
Much of the meeting this month was spent attempting to reorganize the committee so that committee rules, membership, and process for reporting to the City of Tempe Transportation Commission are clarified. Some progress was made in defining the committee’s mission and certain operating rules. TBAG, among other groups, has a “seat” on the committee and we’ll try and make sure this remains the case after membership is defined. This discussion will be continued next month.
We heard reports about bikes on Light Rail (LRT), which seems to be going ok. Apparently, there is updated language regarding how to use LRT with bikes. For more info, see:
We heard an update on the South Tempe Corridor Study. Some options, such as LRT on Mill and Rural were eliminated because of technical constraints. The most promising options which still stand are bus rapid transit (buses in exclusive lanes which act like LRT) on Rural and/or Mill, a “modern streetcar” (lighter-weight LRT) on Mill, and LRT on Rural but in a shared lane with traffic. Obviously, my description here leaves a lot to the imagination. Please check out www.valleymetro.org/metro_light_rail/future_extensions/tempe/ for more accurate information and to make comments online. More community meetings will take place as more analysis is being performed.
We heard an update on the Broadway Road Streetscape improvement project. Several lane/landscaping configuration options exist, and they will be subject to more discussion and analysis in the coming months. To see options and make comments online, go to: http://www.tempe.gov/TIM/Traffic/broadwayroad.htm
As always, please send TBAG anything you want us to bring up at the committee meeting.
Jun 22 2009
If you live along Apache bordering the light rail line, you may wish to take extra measures in locking up or otherwise securing your bicycle as well as other valuables. I was recently offered a fairly nice bicycle for $100 on one of the light rail platforms as well as some other questionably priced items from questionable looking individuals. I’ve heard of several bike thefts along Apache recently. My thoughts are that criminals are using the light rail route to move stolen goods to other parts of the valley. I’ve emailed these concerns to several Tempe Police officers within the Crime Prevention Unit for beats bordering the light rail. Hopefully they’ll take note of it, but in the meantime here are some entertaining video shorts from NYC Bicycle Habitat’s Hal Ruzal on proper locking technique from streetfilms.org
Bike Saviours is starting advanced bike maintenance classes on Monday June 1st. Classes will be every Monday night from 7-9pm. There will be eight classes, each covering a different area of the bike.
This class is for people who want to volunteer in our shop or just want to learn what it takes to maintain their own bike. We require that all volunteers attend this class before they can help people in the shop, but taking it does not mean that you must volunteer. However, volunteering is the best way to gain experience and exposure to different bikes and different ways things are implemented.
The goal is to teach how to teach. We want to show the why behind each system rather than simply giving a step-by-step procedure that may be forgotten. There are many ways to adjust or maintain a bike, and there are lots of good shortcuts that experienced mechanics use. However, for this class the methods are designed so that someone with little experience can get the adjustment done properly without relying on experience they may not have. For example, we want to show that all open bearings have the same essential parts and that they are adjusted the same regardless of function.
The class is divided up into seven sections with an optional eighth section. These sections are:
1. Choosing a bike
To sign up or for more info contact me at: email@example.com
Please pass this on to anyone else you know who may be interested.
For those not familiar with the Ride of Silence, it is a global ride that takes place at 7:00pm (local time) on May 20th to honor bicyclists injured or killed while riding. Eric Hirning, a local cyclist, coordinated the first ride in Mesa/Tempe last year, there were about 75 riders. Eric is again coordinating the ride and has even secured a motorcycle escort which will be provided by volunteers from Phoenix Metro Traffic.
TBAG board members will be participating in the ride and also coordinating a ride from Tempe Beach Park to the start point (Alma School & Guadalupe, NW corner, Dairy Queen parking lot). It’s just under 10 miles so the plan is to leave TBP at 6pm sharp. The route for the Ride of Silence is simple. Head westbound on Guadalupe turning around at the entrance to Kiwanis Park and making our way back to the starting location. Riders are encouraged to wear black arm bands unless they’ve been injured in a car/bicycle collision and should then wear red. The speed is kept at 12mph and the ride is silent (no communication unless necessary for safety reasons).
If you plan on riding from Tempe Beach Park please be at the park entrance at Mill/Rio Salado by 6pm, otherwise meet at Alma School & Guadalupe in the Dairy Queen parking lot by 7pm.