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: