Sunday, February 27, 2011

New video from StreetFilms

Leaders from New York, San Francisco and Portland talk about what bicycling means for their city.

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Biking

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eric Iwersen named Tempe’s 2011 Bike Hero

Eric Iwersen will be presented with the 2011 Tempe Bike Hero Award at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Tempe City Hall Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street.

The Tempe Bike Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations who aid in increasing awareness of bicycling and promote bicycling as a viable mode of transportation. The Tempe Transportation Commission received several competitive nominations and selected Eric Iwersen as the recipient on Jan. 11.

Eric Iwersen was nominated for his commitment and dedication to bicycling. His efforts include the organization of bicycle related events, advocacy for bicycle-friendly roads, membership on the Tempe Bicycle Action Group Board and securing federal grant monies for bicycle related projects at the city of Tempe.

“It's an honor to receive the Tempe Bike Hero Award” said Eric Iwersen. “Tempe has a long history of supporting bicycling by helping to create a sustainable, creative, and vibrant Tempe. I'm glad to be a part of that.”

Past Bike Hero Award winners include:
• 2010 - Bicycle Cellar
• 2009 - Sue Fassett
• 2008 - Tempe Bicycle Action Group

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Best wishes

Dear Representative Giffords,

     Best wishes for a continuing and complete recovery.

Your friends in the Arizona bicycling community

Saturday, February 19, 2011

CAzBike Membership Meeting: Monday Feb 21st

next meeting: Monday Feb 21, 2011. 6:00PM.
Location: Boulders on Broadway Bar and Grill (map)
530 W. Broadway in Tempe AZ 85282, 480.921.9431

Can't make it to Tempe? ATTEND ONLINE via WebEx or Listen in by phone

To join the online meeting
Go to
The meeting password (if requested) is bike

No computer? No problem! Join by phone
Call (408)600-3600 -- note this is a CA area-code.
Access code: 800 939 978

Please mute your microphone or phone unless speaking.


Also, the meetings audio and video will be broadcast (and recorded) via
This is one-way only, you can listen/see but you can't speak.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Operation Lifesaver - The Rail Industry Public Safety Program

We strive for safety while cycling, but there is another area of safety that is important to the general public in general and cyclists in particular. That is safety in and around trains. I have been including a portion of the Operation Lifesaver program into each of the Traffic Skills 101 classes for a few years now. I am also a member of the Board of the AZ organization.

AZOL is conducting a presenter class on Tuesday, March 8 in downtown Phoenix. I hope you will consider enrolling. The class is from 7:30AM to 5PM at the AZ Corporation Commission offices, 220 N Central Ave. After the class, your commitment will be four presentations per year, the first of which is a proof your learning. There are a few other benefits as well. Please send me an email and I will get you connected.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Notes from the MAG Bicycle Pedestrian Committee Meeting on 2/15

  • The first annual City of Phoenix Bicycle Summit meeting will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Burton Barr Library at 1221 N. Central Avenue. Phoenix advocates and those interested in bicycling in Phoenix are invited to attend. As the City of Phoenix has lagged behind other communities in the Valley in bicycling accommodation, it is important for advocates and bicyclists to participate in this summit and come prepared with priority projects, good ideas and positive/pragmatic solutions to help move Phoenix along.
  • The Maricopa County Health Department is establishing an Office of Policy, which will include a staff position involved with bicycling and walking as a part of policy development and improving health in Maricopa County. This Office will become a new point of contact for the bicycling community, especially as relates to the health benefits of bicycling and garnering support for bicycling as transportation and recreation/exercise.
  • MAG has initiated a study of Sustainable Transportation and Land Use "to define a coordinated, comprehensive approach for promoting sustainable transportation and transit supportive land use patterns in the region." The stakeholders will primarily be MAG member agencies, but organizations such as the Sonoran Institute (which the CAzB is preparing to join) are expected to have input, as well.
  • The MAG Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee is addressing the issue of education projects versus infrastructure projects in the current "scoring" system for CMAQ funding. Possibly, a separate portion of funds may be carved out specifically for education projects as the scoring system seems to underweight those projects during the ranking process.
Bob Beane, President
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hit and Run alert: Silver Kia w/missing mirror

Be on the lookout for a Silver Kia, probably with a missing mirror. From the video the mirror that is missing appears to be the driver's-side. The vehicle was involved in a collision with a cyclist in Central Phoenix near 29th Place and Oak Street. The collision occurred Friday (i think, the report is short on details).

News report from ABC15.

The Phoenix Police response, according to the story, seems lackluster and inappropriate. The Coalition will continue to monitor this situation and will be in touch with the department as soon as possible.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

City of Sedona names first bicycle coordinator

The Verde Valley Cyclist's Coalition (VVCC) recently organized a Bicycle Advisory Board for the city of Sedona comprised of Thomas McGoldrick, Doug Copp, Chuck Budden, and Dave Singer.
Dave Singer was also named the first City of Sedona Bicycle Coordinator. The mayor, city manager, the majority of the city council, and Sedona PD have been very supportive of the effort to improve conditions for cyclists. And recently, their application for "Bicycle Friendly Community" was submitted to the League of American Bicyclists.