The cyclist, biking with two friends in Queen Creek around 2 am Saturday morning, was killed by a motorist driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver initially left the scene of the accident but was later arrested. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. Full story on ABC15.com.

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The final Papago Park workshops are this week. They are open to the public and take place Wed evening and Thursday morning. Bicyclists that currently use or plan to use Papago Park in the future are encouraged to attend. The Papago Park master plan will be presented and attendees will be given the opportunity to review and comment. Below are details for the two workshops, the same material will be presented at both. You can also participate online if you can’t make the workshops: www.discoverpapagopark.com

Session 1
Wednesday, August 19
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community
Community Center
1880 North Longmore Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Session 2
Thursday, August 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
Dorrance Hall
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
CONSTRUCTION DETOUR: Drivers will only be able to access the Desert Botanical Garden from McDowell Road. Please allow extra time to get to the Garden.

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Every month, your friends here at TBAG get together and head out on the town for a “handlebar happy hour”, bike night at the Drive-In, “moustache rides” or whatever else we can cook up. It’s an awesome way to meet people, hang out at cool places, and ride bikes! No RSVP needed, just be there at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 every 3rd Friday!

Aaaannnd… what you can’t quite read there is:

“SO CON-FIDENT ARE WE
in your complete and utter satisfaction, that we
INVITE COMMENTARY
at www.biketempe.org.
You Cannot do us a greater favor than to speak plainly of your experiences, whether wholesome or contrary, and to share them with
ONE and ALL.”

Note: We hit different places every month. If you can’t make it at the start, give us a heads up and we’ll let you know where we’re headed to hook up! Call or Text 214 444 TBAG (8224)

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I don’t know about you, but the situation with the hit-and-run driver makes me sad. For a positive change of pace, here’s a story about a bicycle that was ticketed for excessive awesomeness. Ride on, everyone!

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The driver involved in the hit-and-run accident which killed 52 year old cyclist Charles Waldrop has been apprehended. The suspect, 23 year old Timothy M. Kissida, traded in his 1992 BMW under the Cash for Clunkers program and blamed the damage on having hit a javelina. An anonymous tip was received by Phoenix Police from someone that heard the vehicle description via an unspecified media report. Full story on KTAR.com.

Thanks to the anonymous tipster!

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Please be on the lookout for a silver BMW 4 door sedan with dark tinted windows having significant damage to the passenger front end including a missing marker & fog light and possibly a cracked windshield. A bicyclist was hit by the motorist of said vehicle who swerved into the bike lane on Cave Creek Road and Mountain Gate Pass at a high rate of speed striking the bicyclist and killing him instantly. The motorist made no effort to stop. The license plate is an Arizona plate but no numbers were obtained by witnesses. To read the report on ABC15 or to report information on the collision click here. Our condolences to family and friends of the victim.

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What is The Bicycle Cellar you ask? You may know it as the indoor bike parking & locker/shower facility that’s been built and sitting dormant at the Tempe Transportation Center. It’s opening August 24th as “The Bicycle Cellar” and you can learn more about the facility here: http://www.thebicyclecellar.com.

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Some of you may know, or know of Scott Nowicki, one of the founders of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. We recently learned courtesy of a blog post on Tucson Bike Lawyer’s blog that he’s now residing in Boulder City, NV and commutes 23 miles (one way) four days a week to his teaching post at UNLV. The Las Vegas Sun recently profiled Scott, his thoughts on lack of bicycle infrastructure in Vegas and lengthy commute in an article which can be found here.

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Come join us for the next Cupcake Ride on Saturday, August 1, meeting at Tempe Beach Park at 7 pm.

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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.

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