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.