Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cycling rises like a Phoenix in the Sun City

Other efforts by the city to encourage cycling include the creation of 38 miles of new bike paths – a mix of paved and unpaved – along its vast canal system. The canal path in South Phoenix was resurfaced just last year, says Bob Beane, president of the Coalition of Arizona Bicycles, who adds that the current budgetary and political climate could mean tough roads ahead.
“We're making limited progress in Phoenix proper,” says Beane, “but have had much more progress in recent years in the East Valley of communities of Scottsdale, Tempa, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.” the rest from

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MesaRides kickoff event

Today was a fantastic day for all cyclists in Mesa!

This morning at a Media Event Mayor Scott Smith, City Manager Chris Brady and Police Chief Frank Milstead (who is also an MTB cyclist) together with Dara Schulenberg and Sterling Baer representing "Not One More" and the Brumbys kicked off a major city wide cycling safety initiative called "MesaRides".

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mesa Mayor and Police Chief join forces to promote bike safety

The City of Mesa is a League of American Bicyclist "Bike Friendly Community." While bicycling in Mesa is generally safe we can always do a better job educating motorist and bicyclists about traveling safely

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Donation Received from Gage Safer Streets Foundation

The Coaltion of Arizona Bicyclists is pleased to announce a recent $2,500.00 donation from the Gage Safer Streets Foundation This donation will be directed toward increasing awareness of Arizona laws intended to provide safe riding conditions for bicyclists (such as A.R.S. 28-735, commonly known as the "3 foot safe passing distance" law).

The CAzB is currently working on media and educational opportunities to increase both law enforcement and public awareness of the three foot safe passing distance law. We also are supporting efforts to create "vulnerable user" status

Monday, November 22, 2010

Biking Historic Route 66 in AZ

Get Your Bike Travel Fix on Route 66
Adventure Cycling's planned 2,400-mile bicycle-friendly route will revitalize the "Main Street of America" — this time with touring cyclists
Missoula, Montana Adventure Cycling Association today announced that its next long-distance cycling route will be Bicycle Route 66. Embracing the spirit of "The Mother Road," the new route will follow the famous corridor...

AAA Mid-Atlantic Proposes Federal Gas Tax Revenues Only for Highways

According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, AAA Mid-Atlantic has proposed that Federal gas tax revenues only be used on highways, eliminating any share that has historically gone to trails, walking and biking programs. This is an example of what we should expect from the "I don't care about anything but cars" community, given the current budget climate.
AAA National claims to support bicycling, but has allowed the above position to get public and political traction. They should not be allowed to have it both ways.

Bicyclists may register their feelings with AAA National by adding their name to a petition at

Bob Beane, President
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

Thursday, November 18, 2010

19th Av & Greenway Multi-use bridge Meeting

There may be another Community Meeting with Councilman Gates regarding the 19th Avenue & Greenway Bike/Ped Bridge to link Cave Creek Wash paths on Dec 13. This project needs the support of our members, customers and other bicyclists and pedestrians. Stay tuned for location and time (date, too if it changes). This is probably the last time we can make our voices heard.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Valley of the Sun Bike Rack Finder

The City of Phoenix Bicycle Initiatives Committee has joined with CAzBike to map the locations of bicycle racks throughout the Valley of the Sun. CLICK HERE to view map. This is a participation project for the benefit of all cyclists in the Valley. Please submit additions and corrections by email to Please include location, name of business (if applicable) and, optionally, a description of accessibility and usefulness.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Bicycle - a Gift of Independence

Mike Craver is a developmentally disabled employee at the Cottonwood Safeway that volunteers identified as needing a bicycle for transportation. I sent out a request, and Jimmy at Bike & Bean immediately stepped up and offered a BRAND NEW BIKE to help Mike out. Bike and Bean, led by Jimmy and helped out by his employees, pitched in and donated the bike to the VVCC (Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition), who in turn donated it to Mike.
Mike and his brother Larry came over on Monday night. I showed 'em how the gears work, got the bike adjusted, and gave 'em a safety presentation.
You wouldn't believe how grateful they are!!
Just shows what can happen when we all work together... You Guys Rock!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CAzBike Membership Meeting: Monday NOV 15th

next meeting: Monday Nov 15th, 2010. 6:00PM.
Location:  Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Monday, November 8, 2010

New faces in CAzbike Leadership

Sterling Baer has been elected to serve as a board member of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. Sterling is the a founder of the Not One More Foundation, a group who is dedicated to ending the cyclist-vehicle accidents on the roads today; and provides support and outreach to cyclists injured as the result of vehicle-bike incidents.
Also, welcome to MaryKaye Black has joined our organization as an advisory board member. MaryKaye is active in cycling issues with ADOT in the SE region and Apache Junction.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spectrum to Gateway Bicycle Boulevard in Phoenix

On Wednesday evening (11.03), City of Phoenix Traffic Engineer and Bicycle Coordinator Joseph Perez presented his proposal of a Bicycle Boulevard in Phoenix running from Spectrum Mall through the northern “Presidential” streets of downtown through to Gateway Community College (40th St & Van Buren). Several representatives from neighborhood associations on or near the route were present as well as a dozen or so concerned citizens, mostly cycling enthusiasts.

Three alternative routes through the downtown area are being studied and one of the goals of this meeting was to select the best. These routes use collector and residential streets, but no arterial roads so that vehicular traffic is not a deterrent to cyclists.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Price/Hwy 101 Frontage roads Edge lines are back!

Due to the involvement of the CAzB and a number of other concerned individuals, ADOT was persuaded to re-stripe the Price/Hwy101 frontage roads with edgelines to reconstitute the "bike lanes" (striped but not marked as bicycle lanes) that were previously marked prior to the recent re-paving project. Many bicyclists who live and ride in the area weighed in on this...which illustrates the value of the bicycling community coming together to create a strong, unified voice.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shortcuts to cycling-related websites

For AZ State Law, the form is where ### is as follows:

101 - Definitions, one sub-section of which is the definition of a bicycle
735 - 3-foot passing law
812 - Bicycles are subject to same rights and responsibilities as motorists
815 - Conditions when keeping " far right as practicable..." is required, or not

Please note that capitalization after the "/" is important, both those above and those below.

For other websites, the form is where ## is as follows:

01 - Light Rail safety for cyclists, Power Pt images on PhotoBucket
02 - Not available
03 - Photos of Washington & Jefferson St Bike Lanes next to Light Rail tracks.
04 - Photos of Highline Canal Multi-use path, mostly before 2010 upgrade.
05 - Photos of Abandoned RR track south of downtown Phoenix.
06 - Valley of the Sun Bike Rack map.
07 - US Secretary of Transportation Ray La'Hood at the 2010 Bike Summit in DC.
08 - CAzBike Fan Page on FaceBook.
09 - NTHSA Bicycling Tips for Adults, 7-min video produced by LAB
10 - online TS101

Bicyclists are urged to attend the Public Meeting this Thursday 5:30 pm Sunnyslope High School, 35 W Dunlap Rd, Phoenix

There will be a public hearing this Thursday to talk about a tunnel to be built under 7th Avenue to facilitate bicycle travel along the Arizona Canal.
Your attendance is needed to show support of this project.
There are already more than enough detractors of bicycling projects.
Joseph Perez


October 28th, 2010,

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Sunnyslope High School

35 W. Dunlap Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85021

East Parking Lot in the

Viking Conference Rm.


Call the 24-Hour Hotline at:


Thursday, October 21, 2010

LAB's Traffic Skills 101 class - Explained

[check Arizona class schedules:]
Traffic Skills 101 is a hands-on class of effective cycling. It was originally created by John Forester and taught as a college-level class at Berkeley. Over the years, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has refined it and the current version is known as Traffic Skills 101. The name is more telling of the content as well as the level of detail included.

Peopleforbikes: sign the pledge

Last week, reached an important milestone when it topped 100,000 pledges for better bicycling. Read/sign the pledge here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TS101 Bike Ed Class at Lake Pleasant: Nov 13th

This is the standard Traffic Skills 101 class, given at Lake Pleasant; the cost for the class is FREE*. To register for this special class visit
For other Bike Ed class dates and locations visit

* with $6 park entry fee

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tour de Safford coming up Oct 30, Named Official Training Ride for El Tour de Tucson

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. has recently agreed to naming the first "Tour de Safford" as an official training ride for the 28th El Tour de Tucson.Tour de Safford, presented by the Gila Valley Health Raisers with proceeds benefitting Mt Graham Regional Medical Center, will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010, three weeks prior to the 28th El Tour which is scheduled for Saturday, November 20th.

Friday, October 15, 2010

CAzBike Membership Meeting: Monday Oct 18

next meeting: Monday Oct 18th, 2010. 6:00PM.
Location:  Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Trek factoryDemo coming to AZ in November

The Trek Factory Demo was designed to make the best bicycles from Trek and Gary Fisher available to experience firsthand... And they're coming to Arizona in November, visit for more info.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cyclists given first access to hoover dam bridge

As the amazing Hoover Dam Bypass project nears its opening to the public, cyclists were given first access... Our own Gene Holmerud, Coalition VP of Education, was interviewed by Channel 8 news at the event, in conjunction with the Viva Bike Vegas ride, click here to view.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Behind the Scenes and in the Trenches...

... Arizona Organization Works on Behalf of All Cyclists
by Sheila Foraker, Southern Arizona Rep to the CAzBike.
this article originally appeared in the Tailwind Times, Sept-Oct 2010.

September, 1973. A teenage cyclist is on the way to school. Approaching an intersection, she is forced by traffic into the gutter

Friday, October 1, 2010

CAzBike blog goes social media

Posts here now get automatically listed on the "Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists" fan page on facebook; and also get tweeted on CAzBike. In addition, anyone can sign up for our good-old email list here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CAzBike ANNUAL Meeting: Sept 27, 2010

Annual meeting: Monday September 27th, 2010. 6:00PM.
Location:  Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

El Tour de Tucson: Nov 20

Richard J. DeBernardis, President and CEO of Perimeter Bicycling, announced that University Medical Center 28th El Tour de Tucson presented by Diamond Ventures is dedicated to the legendary John Howard – three-time Olympian, 18-time national masters cycling champion and founder of John Howard Performance Sports...
El Tour is expected to engage some 9,000 cyclists, 2,700 volunteers and 30,000 spectators and to bring in approximately $50 - $70 million to the Tucson area during the course of the year including $18 - $30 million on ride weekend alone.
Full Info.

Biking up 25% since 2001

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey which shows that both bicycling and walking trips have increased by 25 percent since 2001.  “This report demonstrates what we’ve been saying here at the Department,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Americans want and need safe alternatives to driving. And by making biking and walking safer and more accessible, we’ll be able to provide Americans with more choices and help foster more active, livable communities.”
Read the full report at

HAWK crossings added in Phoenix

"To increase pedestrian safety at school crossing locations, the City of Tucson developed a traffic signal called the HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalk)..." more from the SRTS website.

These enhanced crossings should be of benefit in safely crossing busy streets by cyclists as well:
HAWK lights to help reduce pedestrian deaths in metro Phoenix

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Proposed Phoenix Bike Ped bridge needs your support

The proposed bike/ped bridge 19th Ave & Greenway is in danger of being killed, please plan to attend to support and speak (simulated bridge pictured at right),
ESPECIALLY if you live in Phoenix Council District 3 (Councilman Gates) or use the Cave Creek wash trails. Bicycle projects get done when bicyclists show up and support. (email addresses for Phoenix officials are below).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements in Mesa – Opportunity to Comment

Dobson Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements in Mesa – Opportunity to Comment

The Coalition recently received a letter notifying us that the City of Mesa, in association with ADOT and the FHWA, will begin a project in January 2011 to provide accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians on Dobson Road between Broadway and Main Streets. This project will also improve local non-motorist connectivity to a Metro Light Rail station just to the NE of the project location. The City of Mesa is inviting comment by August 20, 2010 to Johnida Dockens (480-894-5477,
The project will include:
  • Widening of Dobson Road in that area.
  • Creation of five foot width (minimum) bike lanes.
  • Median turn-lanes (which reduce incursions into bike lanes by motorists).
  • Functional and aesthetic improvements (e.g. relocate drainage inlets to facilitate above).
The CAzB apologizes for the short notice (we just received the letter), but is appreciative of Mesa’s attempt to let bicyclists review and comment.
The CAzB does participate in project review of many projects such as this via the Maricopa Association of Governments Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee, and has a role in that process as a non-voting but commenting member of that body. MAG Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee meetings (generally monthly at the MAG offices in Phoenix) are open to the public, and include a period for public comment and questions at the beginning of the meeting.

Bob Beane, President
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Right to the Road

Your rights as a cyclist are under constant assault all around the state. Over-zealous law enforcement officers, mis-applying laws, along with sometimes compliant courts can have a chilling effect. [Flagstaff][Tempe][Pima County]

One way you can support efforts to make cycling safer and more enjoyable throughout Arizona is by joining the Coalition. There's still time to get in on the 2010 Membership Drive, until August 31 anyone joining or renewing will be entered to win.

Help us make our voice in the fight for bicycling rights a little stronger!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CAzBike Membership Meeting: August 16, 2010

Next meeting: Monday August 16th, 2010. 6:00PM.
Location:  Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

upcoming general meeting/work sessions: 9/20 and 10/18

Monday, August 9, 2010

SR 179 Completion party: August 20-21

SR 179 Completion party. The celebration event will be held on August 20-21, 2010

Sponsored by Sedona Chamber of Commerce. More info about the Scenic SR 179 project, which connects the Village of Oak Creek with Sedona.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Memorial Ride for Safety XIII, Oct 23 2010

The 2010 theme is Riding (Safely) With Friends. Join The CAzB, Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club and other friends for this great ride. The routes are 100K, 35 miles and a new intermediate route (“tbd”) through Carefree and scenic vista’s North in the Tonto National Forest, Pinnacle Peak and up to Sears Kay Ruins. The Start/Finish is near AJ’s market at Pima and Pinnacle Peak Rd. Your entry fee will include a ride map, 2-3 rest stops, and a Bar-B-Que meal at the finish.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Phoenix Names Bicycling Coordinator

The Coalition looks forward to working with Joe on enhancing the environment for bicyclists throughout the city of Phoenix:

Date: August 3, 2010
From: Wylie Bearup, PE, PhD
Street Transportation Director

Monday, August 2, 2010

[update] Enforcement at Tucson Mountain Park

[UPDATE: click here to read a reply from Priscilla Cornelio, Director Pima County DOT]

The following letter was sent regarding enforcement of traffic safety at Tucson Mountain Park:
Dear Chairman Valadez, Supervisors Elias, Bronson, Carroll, and Day; and Sheriff Dupnik:

The purpose of this letter is to thank Pima County for the excellent work you have been doing in support of bicyclist access and safety throughout the County and to request balanced education and enforcement of drivers and bicyclists to help everyone safely share the road.

We understand that Pima County has recently been requested to increase enforcement related to bicyclists in the Tucson Mountain Park regarding various concerns, including speeding, riding more than two abreast, slowing traffic, and other issues. We understand concerns about the Park safety and we support reasonable education of bicyclists as appropriate.

But, we also understand that according to information presented at the March 10th meeting of the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, 98 percent of recorded traffic crashes within Tucson Mountain Park over the past decade were caused by drivers. Only 8 crashes out of a total of 337 in an 11-year period involved bicycles.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Ride! Bicycling in the Maricopa Region

Click below to view the I Ride! video; presented by the Maricopa Association of Governments. The CAzB has a non-voting seat on MAG’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee, through which we provide cycling community input regarding MAG Bike/Ped policy, funding of projects and ways that MAG can improve accommodation and education of bicyclists and motorists in an effort to create a true multi-modal transportation system in Maricopa County.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Valley 101 on Bicyclist's rights

Arizona Republic "Valley 101" tackles bicycle laws in today's column. In Valley 101, columnist Clay Thompson offers his look at life in Arizona, and answers questions about living here.
I am confused about the rights of bicyclists on the road where there is no bike path. I always thought that when cycling, you should ride single file, especially when there is no bike path and there is a lot of traffic. I am amazed that many of these groups ride all over the road in their groups, not heeding traffic.
This is a tad confusing.
First of all, the rules of the road say that bicycles should be treated pretty much like any other vehicle on the road, but they also pretty much have to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicles.
However, Arizona law — ARS 28-815 — says bicyclists travelling at less than the current normal speed “shall not ride more than two abreast” unless they are on bike paths or sections of road especially set aside for bicycles.
There also is a statute that says if you are going much slower than the normal flow of traffic on a two-lane road and at least five other vehicles back up behind you should pull over as soon as possible. But that rule does not mention bicycles.
Here's what I think:
First of all, keep your eyes open around bicyclists, just as they need to keep their eyes open around you.
Secondly, I see bicyclists riding more than two abreast, but I've never seen them doing so on a two-lane road.
Assuming you're not in labor or bleeding copiously, what's your big hurry?
Life is short. Stay chilled and you'll get around them sooner or later.
Reach Thompson at or 602-444-8612.

Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists Seeks Executive Director

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists (CAzB) seeks an experienced and passionate bicycling advocate for a “hands on” Executive Director position. The Executive director will be expected to do/achieve the following:
  • Support and continue to develop and refine the Mission of the CAzB.
  • Along with the Board and Officers, build and coordinate an effective statewide organization of mostly-volunteer bicycling advocates.
  • Expand fundraising capabilities of the CAzB.
  • Communicate effectively and frequently to the bicycling community and general public the mission and goals of the CAzB, as well as participate in public meetings, educational opportunities, bicycling advocacy conferences and similar opportunities to advance the mission of the CAzB.
  • Participate in transportation planning opportunities as an advocate for bicyclists.
  • Participate in opportunities to favorably influence off-road access and opportunities for mountain biking and cyclo-cross riders.
  • Play a lead role in representing the CAzB to the bicycle industry.

Requirements and qualifications for the position
  • The Executive Director will be expected to work 30-40+ hours per week, DOQ and upon agreement with the Board/Officers as to job scope and goals.
  • Compensation will be $3,000-$4,000 per month for the tenure of the position (expected to be at least 12 months), as agreed with Board/Officers.
  • Commitment to the CAzB Mission: The Executive Director must be committed to the Mission of the CAzB, but also will work to continue to develop, refine and adjust that Mission along with the Board, Officers and members.
  • Prior experience as a bicycling advocate with the CAzB or another state/regional organization is highly preferred.
  • Business/project management experience and a documented record of accomplishment is highly preferred.
  • Fundraising experience, grant/proposal writing and an ability to recruit additional volunteer staff are a plus.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. The ability to represent the CAzB competently in media opportunities is required.
  • Leadership and coordination skills, especially as applies to a non-profit volunteer organization, are required.
  • The ability to delegate, follow-up, push projects forward and to get the job done where there are gaps in organizational capabilities is required.

Please submit a resume tailored to the above requirements to by August 31, 2010 to:

For questions regarding the above, e-mail the above address or contact Bob Beane at 480-861-7750.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Open Letter to All Arizona Bicyclists from the CAzB

What is the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists? What do we do?

Why a membership drive? Why now? Why is it important to you?

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists (CAzB) is the leading bicycling advocacy and education resource for bicyclists in Arizona. We are affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

Here are just a few of the activities we have participated in recent months and continue to do:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CAzBike Membership Meeting: July 19, 2010

Next meeting: Monday July 19th, 2010. 6:00PM.
Location:  Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Special to the AFN: Sharing the road with motorists

The following "special to the AFN" (Ahwatukee Foothill News) written by CAzBike president Bob Beane was published on 7/7/2010. Click to read the whole piece:


Saturday, June 26, 2010

CCFA Team Challenge Cycle will kicks off

Train in the Summer, Cycle in the Fall!  This fall, Team Challenge Cycle will kick off its inaugural season with a beautiful 50-mile race in Ontario, hosted by Centurion Cycling on September 19, 2010. Raise funds for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis while riding with our national team in the picturesque Blue Mountains, just two hours North of Toronto and right at the base of the Niagara Escarpment. More at

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Safe Routes To School: action alert

The Alliance for Bicycling and Walking is reporting that the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is under attack, is and is requesting that members contact their federal representatives in Congress... see more...

Memorial fund for Fretz family

Jay Fretz was killed in a collision with an automobile at the intersection of McClintock and Alameda Drive, in Tempe on 5/17/2010, some more details...

A memorial fund to benefit Anika, the daugther of Jay Fretz, the cyclist commuter who was killed recently in Tempe has been set up, donations can be sent to:
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 2945, Phoenix AZ
Directed to John Fretz for the benefit of Anika Fretz 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

CAzBike 2010 Membership drive is on!

Win a new Trek or Gary Fisher bike!

Join or renew your membership with the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists between May 1st and August 31st 2010 and you will be registered to win $500 MSRP credit towards any Trek or Gary Fisher bike valued at $500 or more at any authorized Trek or Gary Fisher dealer in AZ as well as Tour de France and Livestrong prizes.

Help us make our voice in the fight for bicycling rights a little stronger!

Visit where you can join or renew instantly, or get the form to mail in.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Letter: Bicyclists should ride facing traffic

The following letter to the editor was published in the Arizona Republic Jun. 1, 2010, under the heading "Bicyclists should ride facing traffic":
Once again, it has happened - another bicyclist run down. This time an 8-year-old girl is in serious condition.

I want to know why the law hasn't been changed to have bicyclists ride facing traffic so at least they can see if the car is being driven erratically, giving them a chance to avoid being hit. This type of accident will surely increase as warm weather approaches. I have lived here since 1959 and come from a state where this has always been the law - and I don't remember any bicyclist being hit there.
This letter, of course, shows a profound misunderstanding of traffic safety, so Gene Holmerud, our VP of education, penned a short response letter that was published June 7:
Regarding Ms. Hilliard's letter "Bicyclists should ride facing traffic".

I am glad for the writer's concern for the safety of cyclists and desire for cycling to be a legitimate mode of transportation in our state. The latest comprehensive study of bicycle crash and injury incidents shows only one-third involve a motor vehicle. Of those incidents that do involve a motor vehicle, the largest single category of causes is the error of riding against traffic, nearly five times the motorists' error of being hit from behind.

The League of American Bicyclists and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists present fact-based classes for cyclists and motorists on how to "Share the Road" safely and effectively. State laws are an important part of the program, none of which condone riding against traffic. We encourage participation in these classes.

Gene Holmerud
Educational Vice-President
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists
League Cycling Instructor #1193


Reports from 2010 Ride of Silence

Reports from the 2010, along with many media links, and loads of pics can be accessed at the site.

The Green Valley - Sahuarita area Ride of Silence was held on May 19 and the report to the national Ride of Silence organization has been submitted and can be viewed along with sevaral other Arizona rides at the above link. (enter year, state and click on 'view by state'. Since it is organized alphabetically Green Valley happens to pop up first on the AZ list! :-)

Friday, June 4, 2010

ADOT seeks public input on Bicycle Safety Action Plan

The ADOT is developing a Bicycle Safety Action Plan to reduce the number of bicycle-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities on state highways.(Note: State Highways are roads that are maintained by ADOT and are numbered as SR-89, US 60, etc.)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Projects funded for Safe Routes

Bill Lazenby represents the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists on the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Advisory Committee, and participates in funding and project selections.
The following projects and amounts were recommended by the SRTS Advisory Committee and approved by the State Transportation Board for funding in Cycle 4.

LAB ranks Arizona 9th Friendliest

The League of American Bicyclists has announced its 2010 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings (BFS). Arizona was ranked 9th overall bike friendliest state -- slipping two places since last year. Arizona was awarded a bronze BFS designation in 2009.

It seems that the LAB BFS Rankings are a bit emblematic of the "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" nature of Arizona cycling. Here are a few examples:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Now using "NetworkedBlogs" app on Facebook

Now using "NetworkedBlogs" app on Facebook

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tour de Payson Revived

CAzBike Pres. Bob Beane (kneeling...or maybe ducking
because he know the hills the riders will soon confront)
with a mini-peloton of some of PMBC's best riders
who have just refueled at SAG #1 on the outward
leg of Doll Baby Ranch Road.
CAzBike president, and Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club member Bob Beane recently organized a revival of the PMBC's Tour de Payson ride, which took place on Saturday, May 8. This event had not been conducted since 2005. This year, the Payson community (Mayor Kenny Evans, Parks & Recreation champion Mary McMullen and local bike/multi-sport shop owner Mick Wolf) stepped up big time to support the event.
73 brave cyclists participated in this scenic but lung-busting adventure. Based on the positive feedback, 100+ riders are expected next year.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Three foot" Signs to remind drivers

Coalition president (at the time in early 2007) Bill Lazenby worked with Phoenix councilman Greg Stanton to get  the huge (eigth feet wide) signs produced. “The 3 feet is not a recommendation, it’s the law,” Councilman Greg Stanton said.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Flagstaff gets Silver BFC

League Announces Spring 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities
Flagstaff, Ariz. also moved up from their 2006 Bronze designation to Silver. The community is known for its commitment to investing in cycling and encouragement efforts, such as the citywide commuter challenge, the world-class Flagstaff Urban Trails System and 200 miles of singletrack.
Arizona communities currently enjoying BFC status are Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa (Bronze); Scottsdale, Tempe, Flagstaff (Silver); and Tucson/East Pima Region (Gold).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Green Riders" plan stop in Flagstaff: May 4

The brother and sister team of Catherine and Oliver Bock, also known as the "Green Riders," will be stopping in Flagstaff next Tuesday during their two-month journey from Palo Alto, California, to Washington DC on electric recumbent bicycles.
You can meet the Bocks at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Stop by and say hello!
The Green Riders are undertaking this journey with the goal of exploring sustainable solutions being created all across the country. Stops in towns and cities along the route are planned to explore and celebrate a variety of innovative people and projects dedicated to sustainability.
More information is available at

CAzBike Membership Meeting: May 17, 2010

Next meeting: Monday April 19th, 2010. 6:30PM.Location: The loft at the Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists, with the support of bicycle organizations throughout the United States, has proclaimed May as National Bike Month. It's interesting to consider the impact bicycling has had on our culture.
In the late 1800s, times were undergoing tremendous change. Inventions such as the telephone and the light bulb were poised to radically change America. Mechanized farming was revolutionizing agriculture. It's noteworthy that even with these modern inventions, 51% of all patent applications in 1899 were bicycle related – 49% were EVERYTHING ELSE combined. This is not surprising considering the importance transportation has in our culture. Some of the first automobile manufacturers, such as Ford, Rover, and Mercedes-Benz, started out with bicycles – the automobile was still years away. And these early bikes rolled on tires made by Dunlop and Michelin. The bicycle was the mother of inventions such as

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Two Arizona Cities Ranked in top 10 for Cycling Forbes Magazine. Tucson was ranked #5, and Mesa #10.
The rankings were based on the 2010 Benchmarking Report from the Alliance for Bicycling & Walking.
"The cities on our list are those, according to the report, with the greatest percentage of people who ride their bikes to work. If a city has a greater percentage of bicycling commuters, it's therefore more likely to be a bike-friendly city". Read the full article from Forbes.

Bikes Donated to AmeriSchools Academy

Words and photo by Sheila Foraker, CAzBike Southern Arizona Representative

Stealing from kids is among the lowest form of crime. Stealing from kids who have nothing is even worse. Consider the plight of KarmaRacer, supporter of Arizona Bicycle Club (ABC) and AmeriSchools Academy. KarmaRacer is a bicycle re-cycler that serves youth, families and adults with low income. Not once, but twice their donated bicycles were stolen from a storage facility.
Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent of AmeriSchools, loads donated bikes for transport to Phoenix
Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent of
AmeriSchools, loads donated
bikes for transport to Phoenix
"I am so frustrated,” reported Luis from KarmaRacer. “I went to storage to bring the bikes and 25 [were] missing."
Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent of AmeriSchools charter school has been working for months with ABC and the families of the students. The plan is to provide these youth with an opportunity to improve their lives thought active participation, specifically in cycling.
AmeriSchools, through a tax donation, and ABC provides the youth, mostly middle school students, with jerseys, ABC Family Membership, helmets, socks, water bottles and bikes at no charge to the families.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Scottsdale cyclist's death shows problems with law

Thanks to PMBC member and Arizona Republic reporter, Jane Larson, for connecting us and allowing the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists to contribute to this article.
But Arizona bicycle advocates are concerned that the state law mandating that motorists give bicyclists 3 feet of safe passing distance is inconsistently enforced.

"It seems more law-enforcement officers are aware of the law, but I think there is still some confusion on what the law is and how to apply it," said Bob Beane, president of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists.

The group would like to see increased awareness of the law, increased penalties and a clarification of how the law applies if designated bike lanes are not suitable for riding, he said.
Scottsdale cyclist’s death shows problems with law,4/23/2010, The Arizona Republic

Monday, April 19, 2010

CAzBike Membership Meeting: April 19, 2010

Next meeting: Monday April 19th, 2010. 6:30PM.Location: The loft at the Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

  • Membership programs
  • Mesa PD training topics/program
  • Bicyclist classes (free or charge fee/rebate when attended?)
  • Draft “CAzB Role/Organization Structure” in response to central/southern AZ advocates request
  • Executive Director selection process
  • General meeting frequency, location and purposes

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chandler Family Bike Event Photos

A team of 17 volunteers from the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club assisted the City of Chandler in putting on their Bike Month Family Bike Event Saturday 4/18/2010.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bicycle Riders as Disciples of Progress

With smooth, paved roads and motor vehicles seemingly everywhere, it's easy to forget that bicyclists advocated for road progress first. The League of American Wheelman (now called the League of Amerinca Bicyclists) was founded in 1880 and became the umbrella organization for the good roads movement. "The 1890s popular movement for Good Roads, pushed most ardently by bicyclists, is of note for several reasons.Primarily the fight for better conditions for bicycling unknowingly set the stage...". The Great Bicycle Protest of 1896, Processed Magazine vol.2 no.1. [direct link to full .pdf article]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Glendale Ball Park Blvd Letter of Support

The following letter of support was sent to Felipe Andres Zubia, Chair, ADOT Transportation Enhancement Review Committee:

Dear Mr. Zubia:
The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists would like to register our support for the Ball Park Boulevard Connection Project in Glendale. This project will benefit bicyclists from all over the Valley as it will create a significant connection, controlled crossing and access parking integral to a developing path network that will be used by all types of cyclists.
We know that the New River pathway in Glendale will connect to Peoria's path on New River that goes all the way north of Happy Valley Rd. We also know that the Grand Canal pathway in Glendale connects to the Phoenix Grand Canal path that also reaches far into Phoenix.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Southern Arizona Report: April

Perimeter Bicycling was awarded the grant to administrate the Pima Regional Middle School Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. I will be the manager much like I do for our current Bike Ambassador program. This is a Safe Routes to Schools curriculum model, much like the elementary school program already in existence, but with middle school students as the target age.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

LAB 2010 National Rally in Albuquerque, June 3-6

The League of American Bicyclists has named the Albuquerque Century on June 5, 2010, the site of its 2010 National Rally. There will be five distance options, including 10, 25, 50, 65 and 100 miles.
For registration or more information, visit:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Trek Bicycle Corporation joins Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

April 5, 2010 – Phoenix Arizona – For Immediate Release

Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists' president, Bob Beane, announced today that Trek Bicycle Corporation has joined the CAzB as a sponsoring business member. Beyond the initial financial contribution of their membership, the Coalition is extremely pleased that Trek is taking a sincere interest in bicycling advocacy at the state and local level through the CAzB. "Trek Territory Manager, Greg DeCori, and I had nearly an hour of meaningful discussions related to the Coalition's role in Arizona advocacy, our goals, our expanding geographic representation and ways the Trek might assist in our efforts," said Beane. "Greg is very focused on how he and Trek Bicycle Corporation might partner with us to help expand both individual membership and bike shop membership in order to help provide an ongoing base of financial support for advocacy in Arizona".

Sunday, April 4, 2010

El Tour de Phoenix 2010 is on! : April 10

Open to all ages and abilities, the Tour offers 72 and 26-mile courses, all routed throughout Mesa, Arizona, and beginning ...full info


Wayne Cullop has recently joined CAzBike as an Advisory Board member.has been very active cyclist in the Tucson area for 15 years. He has served on Tucson's GABA Board for more the 10 years. He is currently leading GABA's Advocacy Gruppo, and has served as Club President and Web Master. Wayne was selected to serve as the bike and pedestrian representative on the Grant Road Task Force, a major road improvement in Tucson. He has served on the Tucson/Pima County Bicycle Advisor Board, and is an active LCI instructor.

Ed Beighe maintains the CAzBike Website. Ed cycles daily in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix. He blogs on cycling at

To get in touch with Wayne, or any other board or advisory member, visit CAzBike's contact page.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Victory Earns NMBP certification

Verde Valley cylist, and CAzBike Northern Arizona Representative, Randy Victory has earned an Instructor's Certificate from the National Mountain Bike Patrol organization. Randy is now qualified to train volunteers to perfom the duties of NMBP patrollers and/or ambassadors.

Monday, March 29, 2010

CAzBike Swap Meet: May 29, 2010

For 2010, we are returning our swap meet to the Phoenix Municipal Stadium parking lot on May 29 so as not to interfere with the numerous bike activities scheduled during the month of April.
Set ups will begin about 6am, and the venue will officially open at 7am, however there is much merchandise changing hands during and after setting up. We will be shutting
down somewhere around noon to 1pm.
The parking lot is at the South - West corner of Van Buren Street and Priest near the Phoenix / Tempe border. As previously, there are no costs involved to attend. Hope to see you there.

Volunteers needed for Bicycle Valet First Friday: April 2

Roosevelt Row and TBAG are teaming up to valet bicycles at First Friday !!
While doing bike valet, I will talk with cyclists about the need for a strong bike advocacy group specific to Phoenix. CAzBike is for all of Arizona. Upon finding sufficient interest cyclists, we will begin the process of changing the face of bicycling in Phoenix. 
April 2, 2010
918 N 6th Street (Corner of Roosevelt & 6th Street), Phoenix 85004

two shifts available 5:30pm - 8:30pm and 8:30pm - 11:30pm

Lots of people bicycle to First Fridays and Bicycle Valet will be the best place to park their bikes. 
PLUS vendors are offering discounts to people who valet !! 
PLUS you'll get some cool schwag from TBAG !
AND I'll have an ice chest full on New Belgium beer when we're done !!

Call Joe Perez (602) 531-4985 to sign up or sign up online.

Monday, March 22, 2010

CAzBike Seeks to Connect Arizona Cyclist Advocates

By Bob Beane, CAzBike President

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists is embarking on possibly its most ambitious agenda since our founding in the early 1990s. In general, it may be summed up as connecting Arizona bicycle advocates in ways never before accomplished in order to increase our effectiveness. Ah, but “the devil is in the details” as we often hear.

So, here are a few of the specifics that are underway:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

ADOT unveils 5-year transpo plan

Take a minute to visit ADOT's new "Honk if You Plan Ahead" headline story. It's time for public hearings on the Tentative 5-year Construction program, which expresses how ADOT intends to invest in transportation for the next five years...

Bike Rodeo training workshops

"Helmet Your Head", and "How To Put On a Safe & Successful Bike Rodeo" Bike Rodeo Safety Workshops: Learn to teach real-world bicycling skills & safety
more info, contact: Valley Metro, phone: 602.534.6472, e-mail:

CAzBike Report from 2010 National Bike Summit

CAzBike Board Memeber Gene Holmerud reports from the Summit:
I was an attendee, representing the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. It was a thrill and I believe we had an impact on Capitol Hill. We visited the Transportation Legislative Assistants for both AZ Senators and for Representatives Franks, Giffords, Pastor and Shadegg. Congressman Flake meet with us directly. Detailed information is at (See the "Download the pdf or click on the interactive version below" phrase, under heading "National Bike Summit 2010 Detailed Program".
I made sure to mention in each meeting that Arizona has joined teams from Transportation, HUD and EPA, just as the Federal Administration has. Namely how smart a move that is! Of course, mentioning the First Lady's program to improve youth health fit in just as well.
I have also uploaded Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's remarks at the ending reception to YouTube His closing remark: "you have a full partner in Ray LaHood, and many full partners (at DOT)".
Also see Secretary LaHood and the new...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wayne Cullop of Tucson Appointed to CAzBike Advisory Board

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists is pleased to announce that Wayne Cullop of Tucson has joined the CAzB as an Advisory Board member effective March 16, 2010.

Wayne has been very active cyclist in the Tucson area for 15 years. He has served on Tucson's GABA Board for more the 10 years. He is currently leading GABA's Advocacy Gruppo, and has served as Club President and Web Master. Wayne was selected to serve as the bike and pedestrian representative on the Grant Road Task Force, a major road improvement in Tucson. He has served on the Tucson/Pima County Bicycle Advisor Board, and is an active LCI instructor. To get in touch with Wayne, or any other board or advisory member, visit CAzBike's contact page.