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 gagesaferstreets.org. 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 www.railstotrails.org/AAA.

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 ValleyRacks@cazbike.org 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.