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An avid cyclist she enjoys pedaling the roads and trails around Colorado via road bike mountain bike or her new favorite cyclocross bike. CONTRIBUTORS JAIME GLASSER Jaime is a freelance mobile photographer and artist who lives in historic Downtown Mesa. She is also involved with community development and transformative storytelling. She is thrilled to live within walking distance of the Valley Metro Light Rail which brings new biking opportunities to bike in Tempe and the Scottsdale Greenbelt. A previous endurance athlete Jaime rides her bike for exercise fun and transportation. 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Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Mesa from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Mesa What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. page 32 page 26 page 16 page 29 A s the Director of the City of Mesa Transportation Department and as a 26-year employee of the department Ive seen many things develop and improve over the years. One thing that has changed is how we look at transportation. Our focus as a city and depart- ment has broadened from just streets and high- ways to now include bike facilities as an import- ant part of Mesas transportation system. The city started planning for bicycling 38 years ago when the first Mesa Bicycle Study was conducted. The results of that study produced the first 14.5 miles of bike lanes in the city. But it wasnt until bicycling was included in the 2025 Master Transportation Plan adopted in 2002 that it became a vital part of who we are as a city. One of our goals now is to build a more integrated bicycling community through a well-designed web of facilities connecting parks schools activity centers and employment centers. Mesa has come a long way from those first 14.5 miles of bike lanes. Today we have 418 miles of bike lanes and paths and the city has spent millions of dollars on developing dedicated riding space for bicyclists with many more projects on the horizon. Designated bicycling lanes and trails arent the only bike projects we are working on. The Transportation Department is also dedicated to providing bicycling safety edu- cation. We hold a number of bike workshops throughout the year teaching both kids and adults the importance of bicycling safety including outfitting participants with a free bike helmet protecting your noggin is very important. We also hold workshops to teach people how to safely commute to work and for young cyclists we teach basic riding skills. Access to safe bike lanes and trails coupled with education will encourage more peo- ple to get out and about on a bike. We support cycling as a viable mode of transportation whether it is for commuting to and from work running errands or for recreational or fitness reasons. Grab your bike a bike map pull out the map in this magazine and start exploring Mesa has a lot of great things to offer Lenny Hulme Director Mesa Transportation Department Greetings from BikeLife Mesa Welcome Lenny Hulme 1of10 top cities for bicycle commuting. Forbes Magazine MESA by the numbers 5thhighest bicycle infrastructure per square miles of 52 largest cities. Bicycling and Walking 2014 Benchmarking Report 360miles of on-street bike lanes 58miles of assorted off-street paths 140miles of signed bike routes 20000people at annual CycloMesa 350days of sunshine per year Overall highest rate of bicycle parking at public schools with 86 spots per 1000 students Bicycling and Walking 2014 Benchmarking Report Y ou may have heard them called adventure runs scavenger dashes or goose chases but this fun run on Saturday Oct. 24 is called the Mesa Adventure Challenge. The challenge starts at noon and travels across a 5- to 10-mile route. Gather 2 to 10 friends and set out on a fun adventure that is filled with clues to solve and physical challenges. Participants can ask strangers for assistance use smart phones and even call friends who are hopefully having lunch with the town oracle. Some teams approach the challenge as a race and are in it to win while others are there for the laughs and good times. Either way youll walk away happy and wanting more Teams never know whats waiting around the next street corner during the Mesa Adventure Challenge. Group obstacles human pyramids or even a ride on a Big Wheel might stand in the way of completing the various race check- points. Teams should be prepared to crack some Morse code collect scavenger-hunt-style items or answer local trivia. The challenges can take from 2 to 4 hours but all of the work pays off at the after-party complete with an award ceremony. The City of Mesa Transportation Departments Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is hosting the event as a way to encourage people to get outside and get moving. Sierra Adventure Sports a local race organizer with experience holding events throughout the United States is the event organizer. For more information and to register visit MesaAdventureChallenge.com. BikeLife Mesa 7 Fun Run The Mesa Adventure Challenge takes over downtown this fall Registeryourteamnow at MesaAdventureChallenge.com. Registration is 30 per person. For a limited time use the discount code Mesa50 and get half off registration. 8 BikeLife Mesa Whos who on our paths and trails I bike Mesa JAIME GLASSER Age 57 Artist Mobile photographer and Mesa Community Activist Two-wheel bio For many years of my life I depended on my bicycle as a sole means of transportation especially when I lived in a very bike-easy community like Austin Texas. I also was a triathlete and spent many hours on my road bike. I love to ride single track too and some mountain bike paths here in town with my vintage dual-suspension Gary Fisher. Where I ride I ride around my neighborhood and downtown Mesa in the cooler months. I also ride the canals and when training out the Beeline around to Usery Mountain Park. I always love to ride the mountain bike trails at McDowell Mountain Park and Usery Mountain Park. Miles per year I probably ride about 100 miles per month or 1200 miles a year. With my recent return to fitness this year I hope to increase that again. Im also really excited to expand my biking horizons by taking my bike on the light rail to Tempe and Phoenix after the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension opens this summer. How often do I ride I would like to ride three times a week once the summer retreats. Favorite thing about riding in Mesa What I like most about bike riding in Mesa is the amazing diversity of riding options from road biking through the mountainous routes out Bush Highway the family-friendly canal paths and the mountain biking in East and Usery Mountain Park. As our bike lanes improve I look forward to commuting more in the cooler months and taking my bike on the Light Rail to ride in Phoenix and Tempe and connecting to the green belt in Scottsdale. STERLING BAER Age 57 above right IBM Global Technical Support Alliance Executive Two-wheel bio I have been cycling my whole life from the recreational days of my banana-seat Schwinn to when I bought my first Fuji bike when I was 12 years old to when I started riding more seriously more than 25 years ago after I inherited my father-in-laws Peugeot and would ride up Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek CA for fun. Where I ride I ride mostly in northeast Mesa and out McDowell McKellips or Brown roads toward the mountains canyons and lake. I also ride up into the Las Sendas neighborhood a lot. When I get the chance I also like to travel to other states and ride in tours with friends and family. Miles per year Before I had ankle surgery I used to ride about 10000 miles a year. The surgery about four years ago severely curtailed my ability to ride and actually I was unable to ride for almost three of those years. Since moving to Mesa about 20 years ago I have ridden about 80000 miles. How often do I ride I used to ride six days a week anywhere from 150 to 250 miles a week. Im now riding 2-3 times a week because of my surgery and love being back on my bike again Favorite thing about riding in Mesa Mesa is a gateway to some of the most outstanding cycling routes in the country The terrain is a perfect mix of flat and hill climbing and you can pretty much ride year round with early starts due to the heat. The rides are some of the most beautiful anywhere through canyons past lakes and even sightings of amazing wild life. But the thing I like most about riding in Mesa is the awesome community of cyclists and that the city supports us. Most road bikers like me or mountain bikers ride to stay fit experience nature and to ride with amazing people. DAVID CAMP Age 65 Recreational Cyclist and Transportation Advisory Board Member Two-wheel bio I started riding at 37 in upstate NY when I had knee surgery that limited my running. Throughout my career we lived many places so I rode cycling centuries in Georgia Califor- nia Washington and Arizona. We moved to Mesa in 2001 and built our home in Las Sendas partly because there were so many places to ride. We moved away in 2006 and returned to Mesa in 2012 when I retired. Where I ride Ive joined a great group of athletes called Las Sendas Run Bike Tri. There are no set group rides and we always accept new riders we meet up on Facebook. Among our routes is Usery Pass River Road to Saguaro Lake Brown Road out to Apache Junction Ellsworth to Pecos then Lindsay great cycling road to McDowell and back toward Power Road. We also like to ride from Gilbert Road up Beeline to Bush Hwy past Saguaro Lake up Usery and back down McDowell part of the Tour de Mesa route. Miles and days I ride I ride an average of 5 days a week and last year rode a little over 8000 miles mostly in Mesa. Favorite thing about riding in Mesa I ride because I love the exercise and get to meet terrific people who I would never have met without riding. What I like best about riding in Mesa is that there are so many bike lanes and most people in cars are courteous however I have had a few scares while riding particularly when cars are turning right and they dont look for the cyclists. Statewide Advocacy for AZ Bicyclists Join the Movement Donate Volunteer Find us on www.cazbike.org RIDE WITH US a chapter of a chapter of Join your local IMBA chapter at imba.comjoin or call 888.442.4622 Our mission is to build and protect great mountain biking experiences for you. 20 off any one item 35 basic tune reg. 59 65 pro tune reg. 89 39 Per wheel No flat guarantee Never get a flat again Excludes wheeled items and special orders. Expires 113015. Tandems recumbents additional. Expires 113015. Tandems recumbents additional. Expires 113015. Restrictions apply. Expires 61515. 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WERE LISTENING How survey results shape new projects THE CITY OF MESA created and implemented the City of Mesa Transportation Department Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Customer Satisfaction Survey the survey for Valley Bike Month 2015. The survey is an annual sampling of residents in Mesa for two reasons to promote bicycling and walking as viable healthy and affordable forms of transportation in Mesa and to collect feedback about bicycle and pedes- trian infrastructure and programs. The survey builds on previous data col- lected during the writing of the 2012 City of Mesa Bicycle Master Plan. The 2012 Master Plan was a collaborative effort de- signed to evaluate what was in place and working well as well as improvements needed to propel Mesa towards Bicycle Friendly Community Platinum status with the League of American Bicyclists. The survey was posted online for the month of April 178 people responded. The survey asked a wide array of ques- tions to gather information from cyclists and walkers about their age gender confidence level reasons for or for not riding or walking types of facilities that are preferred commutation patterns etc. The survey was not intended to be a rigorous statistically correct study but simply a tool suggesting trends and key issues for planning. Key findings from the analysis will help staff understand current trends and enable staff to place additional focus on ways to meet cyclists needs. Most cyclists ride for recreation Most cyclists wear a helmet Most cyclists are not aware of the Mesa Bike Map or education programs Find it on pg. 17 A majority of riders prefer streets with bike lanes that are separated from automobile traffic Cyclists rank bike lanes with buffers and greenways as the most important designs to be implemented 82 of cyclists want more bike parking racks The most common reason that non-commuting cyclists do not commute by bike is driver behavior Cyclists do commute by bike mainly because it is healthygood exercise and good for the environment Bicycle commuters in Mesa have been commuting by bike 1-5 years Commuting cyclists most often encounter problems with vehicles not sharing the roadway and conflicts with right-turning vehicles 62 of commuters ride round-trip 3 or more times per week 25 of commuters connect with other modes of transportation to reach their destination KeyFindings BikeLife Mesa 13 1. SEPARATED BIKE LANES Its clear that Mesas cycling community would prefer bike lanes that are separated from automobile traffic by some sort of buffer. This separation can range from a striped two-foot buffer with vertical posts to delineate the space to a landscaped median that offers shade and protection. Protected bike lanes are a simple concept really theyre like sidewalks for bikes. Because they use pieces like planters curbs parked cars or posts to separate bicycle and automobile traffic on busy streets protected lanes are essential to building a full network of bike-friendly routes. Separated bike lanes make riding a bike a pleasant and practical way for many more people not just the bold or athletic to make trips of a mile or two. 2. PROMOTION OF BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROGRAMS Get together with other parents and form walking buses or bike trains to add a fun activity to a students day it might even build enthusiasm for going to school. Always share the rules of the road with participating children If they are on a bike make sure to grab helmets for everyone and practice biking in advance. Recruit one parent or volunteer per every three to six children and go for it 3. INCREASE PUBLIC BIKE PARKING Staff has ordered 50 additional bike racks for 2015 and will order 50 more in 2016 to help meet the parking demands. 4. SHARE THE ROADWAY CAMPAIGN DRIVER AWARENESS When bikes and cars come into conflict the reason is almost always human error inattentiveness impatience failure to use caution etc. Increasing the awareness and the alertness of both groups means fewer accidents and injuries. Raising the level of alertness requires continual active participation. By using a balanced information campaign each group will be more willing to accept the message. Mesa staff will develop and implement an awareness campaign to increase recognition by all road users that each has a role and a responsibility in safety increase levels of alertness reduce animosity between user groups foster good will and increase road safety. FROM SURVEY FINDINGS Bicycle and Pedestrian Program staff formulated an action plan to fine-tune areas of the program to better suit the needs of the community. Here are the action items staff will focus on over the next year TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SURVEY go to mesaaz.govresidentstransportationbike-pedestrian. ENJOYTHE URBANBIKELIFE TREK LYNC 3 This silvery blue nine-speed commuter bike is tricked out with integrated front and tail lights fenders and the ability to add a Bluetooth sensor in the frame so you can log your rides if you choose. Reflectivity on the frame and tires boost your visibility after dark. 1020 trekbikes.com When you ride a bike in the city there are so many pluses. You dont waste a second stuck in traffic. There are no payments for tolls or tow charges. Parking is a snap. And you get some exercise while youre pedaling. For many cycling to work is the start of a great love affair with the sport. The choices of city bikes keep growing and growing as more people choose bikes as a way to travel. Depending on your budget and willing- ness to spend more for higher quality or more features you can find a wide array of price points ranging from about 400 on up. Ask at your local bike shop for a bike that fits your bud- get offers efficient pedaling and includes the features you need. And of course let them help you get the proper fit. Weve picked out six great city bikes all with different features and in a range of prices to suit a variety of pedaling needs and styles to help you get around town. 6 new city bikes for traveling around town By BECCA HEATON 14 BikeLife Mesa BikeLife Boulder 3 GIANT MOMENTUM STREET This classic style bike is fast rolling with upright positioning so youre always in control. Comes with smart integrated features like a built-in cup holder a chain guard to protect your clothes from dirt and grime and a rear rack to carry cargo. 425 pedalmomentum.com STATE BICYCLE FOUR PEAKS Four Peaks Brewing State Bicycle Co. have pulled out all of the stops for this fun beer-inspired commuter. Mustache-bars coaster brake bell and an affixed bottle opener will keep you well equipped on your next pub ride. 579 statebicycle.com LINUS LIBERTINE II With a traditional upright riding position the lovely Libertine II is a comfy and speedy commuter with eight speeds of shifting. Pick from teal or black. 899 linusbike.com NOVARA BARROW The 24-speed Euro-style Barrow features a nice storage basket in front that stays steady in the turns with a stretchy cover to keep everything secure. When youre zipping around town on this seafoam green beauty disc brakes make stopping a breeze. 749 rei.com RALEIGH CAMEO Designed just for gals the pretty purple Cameo has seven speeds of shifting and a nice upright position for riding. The step-through frame makes it easy to ride in a skirt too. 400 raleighusa.com THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS Here are a few goodies to make your bike even more fun to ride. ... Green Guru Touring Townie Handlebar Bag Made from recycled banners in lots of fun colors and patterns this handy insulated bag mounts on your handlebar. Good for storing drinks snacks phone wallet and more. 34.95 greengurugear.com Mirrycle Telebell Ring this beautiful little bell to let people know when youre approaching or passing. Its melodic sound will be music to their ears. 18 mirrycle.com iOMounts NOMAD Keep your mobile device handy with the easy-to- attach NOMAD handlebar mount. Put your device in the special case the super-strong magnet keeps your device on tight through any bumps. 60 iomounts.com 16 BikeLife Mesa HawesLoop MountainBikeRide RideDetails Hawes Loop twists like a diamondback ready to strike with climbs and drops that keep even the most technically savvy riders on their toes. Hawes and its associated trails take riders up to mine shafts and through washes and cactus leading to some of the best views in the east valley. The most ride-able loop is a combination of Hawes Saddle Saguaro and Ridge trails in a counterclockwise direction for a journey of about seven miles. The trails are signed with wood-carved placards sitting on posts whenever tracks intersect. Hawes Loop Trail system offers a little bit of everything for all ability levels. AccessPark at the Walgreens at Power and Thomas roads about two miles south and ride along Power Road to the trail- head. Please do not park at the makeshift lot just west of the trail entrance. This is a Bureau of Reclamation service gate parking here is discouraged by the bureau and may result in access restrictions. KingKongviaUseryPass RoadRide RideDetailsFor all you roadies out there everyone knows that the best place to get your hill climbing in the southeast valley is out in northeast Mesa. The King Kong or Kong as locals call it via Usery Pass is a great way to mix a 27-mile 1550- vertical-foot climb. This ride features beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views through the Tonto National Forest Salt River Valley and the Las Sendas community. Access If you are driving to access the loop it is best to park at Red Mountain Park located at Brown and Sun Valley roads. ConsolidatedCanal SharedUsePath AnUrbanDelight RideDetailsLooking for the best intermediate biking trails around Mesa Check out the Consolidated Canal Shared Use Path CCSUP. Currently Mesas CCSUP begins at Hohokam Stadium the spring training home of the Oakland As and utilizes the north bank of the Salt River Project SRP consolidated canal system to traverse across Mesa and eventually connect to the neigh- boring town of Gilberts shared-use path. Mesas portion of the CCSUP provides 8.5 miles of scenic relaxing and low-stress riding. On this ride there are no cars to compete with or streets to dart across. All busy crossings that intersect the path are controlled by pedestrian-actuated signalized crossings translation push-botton crossings. This is a great ride for everyone at any ability level with parks and rest areas provided along the way. Enjoy Great Rides3Explore Mesa Since we know not every rider enjoys the same terrain weve picked three different rides to test your tires in and around the Mesa area. NUMBEREDMESABIKEROUTES DOWNLOAD THIS MAP AT MesaAZ.govTransportationBikePedMaps.aspx BIKEGOTSTOLEN State Bicycle Co. will get you back on the road with 100 off a new bike. with a police report from the past 90 days E-mail adminstatebicycle.com for details. statebicycle.com BIKE BAGS ACCESSORIES BUILT IN COLORADO USA. AVAILABLE ONLINE SELECT BIKE SHOPS AND REI. Bike education classes available Get Schooled BikeLife Mesa 23 re you interested in riding a bike but dont know the basics or have the equipment You are in luck The City of Mesa is offering one-hour Bicycle 101 workshops at the Mesa public libraries in partnership with Valley Metros Be Bright program. This program provides participants with basic adult safety training properly fitted helmets bike lights locks and more You will also be given a quick update on biking-relat- ed projects and events happening in Mesa. A Registerforclassesat mesalibrary.orgevents click on All Events and select desired date on event calendar. If you or your organization are interested in hosting one of these classes at your facility please contact our Safety Educator at 480-644-3398. Limitedseatsareavailable andpre-registrationisrequired. WorkshopSchedule OCTOBER 14 6-7pm Dobson Library DECEMBER 9 6-7pm Red Mountain Library JANUARY 20 6-7pm Dobson Library FEBRUARY 10 6-7pm Main Library MARCH 9 6-7pm Red Mountain Library By BECCA HEATON PhotocourtesyofAbus T oo often cyclists especially kids are wearing their helmets the wrong way. Youve probably seen it the low-riding neck crawler where the back end of the helmet sits low on the base of the neck instead of on top of the head. Or gasp someone wearing their helmet backwards. Yep it happens. A properly fitted hel- met is essential to prevent head injuries resulting from a bike crash. Heres how Eyes The helmet should sit level on your head and rest low on the forehead one to two finger widths above the eyebrow. You should be able to see the very edge of your helmet looking up past your eyebrows. Mouth The buckled chinstrap needs to be loose enough that you can breathe easily. There should be enough room so you can insert a finger be- tween the buckle and chin but tight enough that if you open your mouth you can feel the helmet pull down on top. Ears The straps should be even and form a Y under the earlobe where the earlobe meets the head and should be snug against your head. Straps and buckles can loosen up over time so check them frequently. Protect Your Noggin Always buy a helmet that has the Consumer Product Safety Com- mission CPSC sticker on the interior. Avoid used helmets and inspect any helmet for cracks or damage. Helmets are good for just one crash. After a crash con- sider yourself lucky and replace the helmet. Expensive helmets are not nec- essarily safer but are often easier to adjust or have better venting. Old helmets might not meet the most current standards. Your local bike shop will have the best selection of childrens and adult helmets from entry-level to the newest styles for racing. How to fit a helmet just right plus fun new city helmets These tips come courtesy of Pima County and the City of Tucson. 24 BikeLife Mesa By BECCA HEATON BikeLife Boulder 3 For bike and ski Integrated LED light Super colorful and fun patterns BERN WATTS FOR MEN LENOX FOR WOMEN Featuring Berns signature built-in visor to help shield your eyes from the sun or rain the Watts and Lenox helmets are urban-styled in a range of cool colors. Fitting is easy thanks to the Sink Fit padding and Crank Fit knob on back. Like to ski or snow- board Both helmets convert to winter use Just snap out the washable summer liner and pop in the optional winter knit liner. 60 bernunlimited.com GIRO SUTTON MIPS The sleek light Sutton has clever features like a detachable clip to attach a bike light a removable leather visor to shade the eyes and reinforced vents that double as U-lock ports so you can easily snake a bike lock through and attach the helmet to your bike. MIPS stands for Multidirectional Impact Protec- tion System Giros helmet safety technology. 100 giro.com ABUS URBAN-I V.2 SIGNAL Lightweight and well vented the Urban-I v.2 Signal is designed for urban riding with an integrated LED rear light with 180-degree visibility and big reflectors. It also features an easy-to-secure magnetic lock system on the chinstrap and interior padding that is removable and washable. Dont like the visor Just snap it off. 130 abus.com NUTCASE METRORIDE A stylish urban commuter hel- met the Metroride is lightweight with big air vents for a cooler ride. Other features include an easy-to-use magnetic chinstrap buckle removable visor and re- flectivity in the straps. In typical Nutcase fashion the graphic designs are super colorful with fun pattern names like American Dream Heart Soul Shark Skin and Technicolor. 80 nutcasehelmets.com HAND-PAINTED HELMETS Visual artist Danielle Baskin was tired of seeing all of the dull bicycle helmets around New York City so she decided to do something about it. Inkwell Helmets was born. All of the helmets are CPSC certified and hand painted in fun funky beautiful designs by Danielle. We hope to change the way people interact with and think about utilitarian objects and to get cyclists to ride more safely says Danielle. And safety doesnt have to compromise style. Prices start at 85 inkwellhelmets.com AIRBAG FOR YOUR HEAD Dont like to wear a helmet Self conscious about helmet head hair Then check out the Hvding helmet. Designed by two industrial design students at the University of Lund in Sweden as part of a masters thesis Hvding is essentially an airbag for your head. Its designed as a fashionable-looking collar that secretly stores an airbag with sensors. If the sensors recognize abnormal movement when youre biking the airbag quickly inflates to absorb the impact shock and protect your head face and throat. Aside from being a stylish option several tests show that the Hvding is three times more protective than some of the top helmets on the market. It isnt cheap 340 and once it inflates it cant be used again. Check out the helmet video at hovding.com. HeadsUponSomeCoolHelmets FunUrban-StyleHelmets Vents double as U-lock port For bike and ski 22 BikeLife Mesa Eye on the PrizeMesas upcoming bike and pedestrian projects MESAS RIO SALADO SHARED USE PATH spring 2016 completion The Mesa Rio Salado Shared Use Pathway Project will play a major role in the connecting of the entire greater Phoe- nix area Valley Path system. Construction will begin in fall 2015 and will be completed in time for 2016 Spring Training. The Rio Salado Path will connect users to miles and miles of shared-use pathway facilities from Tempe to Scottsdale and all the way to Phoenixs trail facilities. Upon completion the Rio Salado Pathway will truly be the crowning jewel of Mesas multi-modal network. The local benefits of this roughly two-and-a-half-mile overall project from Tempe to Mesa include The creation of an alternate mode connection from Tem- pes Marketplace commercial node and Tempe Town Lake a corridor to 55000 ASU students to Mesas Dob- son Road and Mesa Riverview commercial center Direct links to Tempe Marketplace which represents more than 107 stores and 1.2 million square feet of re- tail and Mesa Riverview which represents more than 60 stores and 1.15 million square feet of retail and The connection of two major retail and entertainment destinations with a planned adjacent recreational desti- nation along the way Wrigleyville West in Mesa. DOBSON ROAD COMPLETE STREET PROJECT Completed fall 2015 The Dobson Road Complete Street Project created an enhanced pedestrian pathway that provides a safe and attrac- tive connection for residents between Broadway Road and Main Street accessing Syca- more Light Rail Station. This project consists of Approximately 6000 linear feet of pedestrian pathway Bike lanes Streetscape amenities and Shade beginning at the northeast corner of Dobson and Broadway roads extending northerly parallel to Dobson Road and ending at Main Street where it connects with the existing light rail. SOUTHEAST MESA GATEWAY SHARED USE PATH - fall of 2016 The Mesa Gateway Shared Use Pathway Project will play a major role in the contin- ued development of the citys transportation network. It will initially create a new six-mile ten-foot-wide shared-use pathway project in the East Valley that will be available for use by residents commuters visitors and recreational enthusiasts. It will help facilitate continued development of a linkedshared-use pathway corridor throughout the East Valley. This project will improve access for shared-use pathway users to existing and planned residential developments commercial areas employment centers and shop- ping areas as well as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and several of the citys rec- reational facilities in Council District 6 including Mesas public Augusta Ranch and Monterey Parks. Most importantly the Mesa Gateway Shared-Use Pathway Project will create another vital link to the City of Mesa and the regions overall recreational shared-use pathway network. GRD BIKE SHARE spring 2016 Bike share is coming to Mesa With a launch date of early 2016 the Grd Bike Share program will provide 10 stations and 100 bikes in the City of Mesa. As bike share is one of the fastest-growing modes of transportation in the world it also complements the new light rail expansion into Downtown Mesa providing first- and last-mile connectivity by filling in gaps where no other modes exist. Better yet its a healthy sustainable and affordable form of public transporta- tion. These smart bikes are equipped with state-of-the-art features such as responsive solar lighting a chainless shaft drive a solar- powered GPS-enabled panel to interact with the bike and an inte- grated lock that also works with regular bike racks. For more information about the bike share program visit gridbikes.com or email infogridbikes.com. BikeLife Mesa 27 FOR INFO on additional projects including the Fiesta District Pocket Parks and the Porter Park Pathway go to mesaaz.govresidentstransportationbike-pedestrian. Fears Phobias AnxietiesGone What if you could feel Comfortable and confident descending hills Calm riding in traffic Like your crash is just a memory Now you can... easily quickly and permanently. ALL FOR 84 100 money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. 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Winners must reside in the contiguous U.S. Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM BikeLife Mesa 29 Come into the Light Bikes abound on Valley Metro Rail LOCK IT UP IN THE RIGHT LOCATION Bikes may be secured to racks at the following Mesa locations Sycamore StreetMain Street Alma School RoadMain Street Country Club DriveMain Street CenterMain Street Mesa DriveMain Street REMEMBER Bikes may not be secured to the station structure railings or fences. Warning notices will be placed on bicycles secured to unau- thorized locations. After 24 hours the lock will be cut and the bicycle will be removed and taken to City of Mesa Transportation Department. A notice will be left at the bicycles location advising the owner of the disposition. Valley Metro takes no responsibility for damage to the lock or bicycle. Can you bring your bike on the light rail Absolutely Valley Metro Rail is a great way to connect to work school shopping and events in Phoenix Tempe and Mesa. HELPFUL TIPS Bicycle symbols on the train windows indi- cate the doors closest to the bicycle rack. Bike racks are first-come first-served. If the rack is full or you are for some reason unable to load your bike into the rack you may stand with your bike as long as you do not block the aisle or doorway. If the train is crowded and the bike rack is full you may be required to wait for a less-crowded train before you can board with your bike. You are responsible for loading and unload- ing your bicycle. For safety reasons opera- tors cannot leave the cabin to assist you. 30 BikeLife Mesa Be SeenFinding the right bike light THE BEST-LIT BIKE is one with front a white LED and rear lights a red blinkie for best visibility to drivers and pe- destrians. If youre riding on roads with street lights lower- to medium-output bike lights work well. But if youre riding on dark streets or trails you should go for higher output or lumens. WHAT ARE LUMENS A lumen is a measure of the to- tal amount of light emitted by a source. The higher the lu- mens the brighter the light and also the higher the price. But when it comes to staying safe paying for the best light that you can afford is wise. Lumens are typically listed in a product name such as Volt 300 300 lumens or Blaze 180 180 lumens. RECHARGEABLE LIGHTS are the best way to go. They can be charged hundreds of times making them a more eco- nomical and environmentally sound alternative to disposable batteries. Unlike battery-powered lights that dim slowly over the battery life most rechargeable lights deliver a consistent beam until their power is exhausted and have a low-battery warning so you know when its time to plug in. WHEN CHARGING BATTERIES be sure to fully charge them. Because inactive batteries lose their charge over time plug in and charge your system before every use just in case. YOUR LIGHTS BATTERY LIFE will depend on what settings you use. The higher steady setting is the brightest beam but also has a shorter total run time compared to flash- ing modes which use less battery power. Most rechargeable lights have multiple settings so you can switch between them depending on what you need when riding. A HEADLIGHT IS TYPICALLY MOUNTED on the han- dlebar but some lights come with an option to mount on your helmet. Red rear safety lights can be mounted on the seat post or a backpack or pannier depending on what mount accessory they come with. Some can also be attached on a rear bike rack. T he long days of summer are winding down bringing cooler temps and less daylight which means its time for lights on your bike for riding in the early morning or after dark. Dont have a light Let us help you pick one. 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By BECCA HEATON PhotocourtesyofCateye BikeLife Mesa 31 TheLatestLights NITERIDER LIGHTNING BUG 150 SABRE 35 Easy to pop on and off your handlebar with a tool- free mount the Lightning Bug has three settings low high and a super-bright flash. Team it up in back with a Sabre 35 tail light which also has side lights for added visibility. Lightning Bug 150 35 Sabre 35 2960 for both. niterider.com PLANET BIKE BLAZE 180 USB SUPERFLASH USB Bright rechargeable and compact for riding after dark the Blaze 180 has high and low settings plus a flashing mode. Easy to mount on your handlebars this light has a built-in low battery indicator so you know when to recharge. Pair the Blaze with a red Superflash in back which mounts on your seat post or clips on a pack or pannier. Blaze 180 USB 45 Superflash USB 35. planetbike.com CATEYE VOLT 300 RAPID XREAR The Volt 300 offers up a nice beam for city riding and features five modes from high to normal to slow and fast flash settings. It can be easily mounted on the handlebar or on your helmet. Match it up with the Rapid X-Rear red LED which mounts with an O-ring to your seat post or seat stay and has 6 modes. Volt 300 70 Rapid X-Rear 40. cateye.com LIGHT AND MOTION URBAN 350 Available in four fun colors the Urban 350 has three mode settings high medium low and is easy to attach on your handlebar with its tool-free strap. Amber side lighting offers up 180 degrees of visibility to vehicles as well as to other bicyclists and pedestri- ans. A battery charge status indicator lets you know when its time to recharge. 60. lightandmotion.com All of these lights are available in various lumens and prices. Remember the higher the lumens the brighter the light but also the higher the cost. These lights are all USB rechargeable so you can take them to work with you and charge them on your computer or via other devices at home. Nite Ize has a cool new light called the Inova Swipe-To-Shine Bike Light. No buttons simply swipe the touch sensor left or right for either red or white light. Swipe once for a high steady beam twice for medium beam three times for flash mode. 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The bright red LED can be set to glow or flash modes. 12. niteize.com PhotocourtesyofCateye 16 BikeLife Mesa MikesBikeChalet 5050 E. University Dr. 115 Mesa AZ 85205 MikesBikeChalet.com Owner Mike Wetzler Welcome to Mikes Bike Chalet My shop specializes in family and senior cycling but of course we support the entire Mesa biking community. The chalet features retail bikes selling only the best brands rentals repairs and friendly conversation about your cycling needs wants or dreams. Ive lived in Mesa for 30 years and have always been a hands-on type of person. I got into BMX racing when I was 12 and soon found my talents were in bike repair. I discovered mountain biking when I started working for Balboa Bicycles when I was 16 years old. A couple of years later I was hired by Bike Chalet where I worked for 13 years. After they went out of business in 2002 I reopened the East Mesa location as Mikes Bike. DNACycles 2031 N. Power Rd. Mesa AZ 85215 DNACycles.com Owners Don and Amber Eldridge DNA Don n Amber DNA Cycles strives to be an all-inclusive bicycle retailer that welcomes all levels of riders and enthusiasts. We love to educate new and hopeful riders and see them achieve their goals from start to finish. We participate in several events locally and around the country and we are always encouraging riders to join us. Come talk to us about your adventures or goals and ask any question you might have. But be careful well talk your ear off At the ripe old age of 29 Don and Amber decided to open DNA Cycles. After spending time in the motor sports and restaurant business it was always a long-term goal to open their own bike shop. DNA Cycles now has two locations the original shop in Mesa and our flagship store in North Scottsdale. DNA Cycles is Arizonas only Specialized Bicycles Concept Store. Since its inception in 2008 DNA Cycles has been deeply involved with the Ride430. Formerly known as The Ride For Semper Fi this is an annual event that raises money and awareness for injured Marines and soldiers returning home. DNA Cycles is proud to be an integral part of this organization and the work that they do. Please visit ride430.com for more information. TribeMultisport 6655 East McDowell Road Suite 101 Mesa Arizona 85215 TribeMultiSport.com Owners Glenn and Julie Allen Tribe MultiSport is a family of athletes that has served the community for almost 11 years with two locations Old Town Scottsdale and now in Mesa. Its our belief that anyone can juggle lifes obstacles and maintain a healthy lifestyle which we owe to a pure love of cycling and triathlon training Owners Glenn and Julies lifestyle and passion have always circled around swim bike and run. About five years ago the opportunity came up to buy Tribe Multisport and they took the leap. Tribe was initially founded by Kevin Weitzel professional cyclist from 84-89 who battled brain cancer and was no longer able to run the shop. Kevin beat cancer and is living life to its fullestand still rides his bike Glenn is known in the valley not only as a bike shop owner and lawyer representing injured cyclists but also as one of the biggest bike geeks around Keep It Local3 bike shops to check out in Mesa BikeLife Mesa 33 whatwherewhen RIDESMOVIESANDTWO-WHEELEDFUNAROUNDMESA EVENTS RIDE-IN-MOVIESATTHEPARK NOVEMBER 7 HOHOKAM PARK 545pm Breaking Away DECEMBER 26 HARMONY PARK 545pm Earth to Echo JANUARY 16 GREENFIELD PARK 600pm Great Muppet Capper FEBRUARY 13 RED MOUNTAIN PARK 615pm 50 First Dates MARCH 12 CARRIAGE LANE PARK 645pm RAD APRIL 1 RENDEZVOUS PARK 700pm Premium Rush The City of Mesa Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and SRP Water presents Ride-in-Movies at the Park. Each month from November to April we will show a family-friendly movie in the park. You bring blankets and we will supply the popcorn We encourage families to ride their bicycles or walk the suggested route to the park. We will have staff lead a fun group ride from a chosen location along the suggested route to the park if you wish to join us. There will be activities and contests along the way to showcase Mesas parks and canals. Remember your helmets and bike lights Locations are subject to change please visit our website for up-to-date information at mesaaz. govresidentstransportationbike-pedestrian. For more information on water and the canal systems visit srpwater.com. Two-Wheel Jones- Gilbert 480-507-0629 THE HUMP DAAAY LOOP Weekly Wednesday morning group ride roll out at 530 a.m. Info Meetup.comTwo-Wheel-Jones-Bicycles events2015-09 Two Wheel Jones- Mesa 480-380-8222 Two Wheel Jones Saturday Ride- A and B group Every Saturday at 6 a.m. Info Meetup.comTwo-Wheel-Jones-Bicycles events2015-09 Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club info pmbcaz.orgrideschedule.html Paragon Cycling 480-830-1620 Rides are available every Saturday and leave from the shop. Times vary depending on the time of year. Routes will vary but usually take 2 to 3 hours and about 35 to 50 miles. Info ParagonCycling.com Go to Local Cycling and click Rides and Events. Performance Bicycle 480-832-0034 The Great Ride Series Beginner-level Saturday morning group ride starting and ending at Performance Bicycle. Takes place every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and is a No Rider Left Behind ride. Info Meetup.comperformance-mesa Global Bikes 480-892-1315 Info Meetup.comGlobal-Bikes-Meetup eventscalendar Freeride Bike Co. Mesa Location 480-981-2453 3640 E Main Street Mesa 480-981-2453 Info Facebook.comfreeridebikeco Bike Masters Gilbert Location 480-857-7000 2244 E. Williams Field Rd. 480-857-7000 Info bikemastersaz.comgroup-rides 34 BikeLife Mesa Life on the Road with the IMBA Trail Care Crew E veryday it happens like clock- work I meet another rider on the trail or am just pumping gas and I get asked So where do you live I still stumble over the answer which usually ends up being On the road or In that there Subaru. Before I can explain I am interrupt- ed with But where do you really live Depending on the day I usually just give an answer that people are expecting to hear which is to pick one place a defini- tive home base that I go back to. I either tell them Idaho where I lived one year ago or Colorado where I grew up. But the truth is my boyfriend Jordan Carr and I live out of a brightly colored hard-to-miss Subaru Outback flashing the IMBA logo complete with two Trek bikes on the back and a Yakima roof box bursting with dirty riding gear and trail building tools. We travel the country working to share our passion for moun- tain biking and trail-based recreation as members of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew. We visit a different community each and every weekend to educate the local mountain bikers and trail users on sustainable trail development. We col- laborate with land managers to find the balance between their agency goals and providing quality recreational opportu- nities to benefit both locals and visitors. We discuss the health and economic ben- efits with community officials in hopes of getting them excited about trails. Every weekend whether its in Brook- ings South Dakota or Ithaca New York or Moab Utah we are welcomed into the community by enthusiastic mountain bik- ers eager to improve access to trails and the experience of those trails. I accepted this job dreaming of all the different trails I would ride and never adequately an- ticipated the impact these communities would have on me. In each place we vis- it passionate individuals have mobilized into tight-knit communitiesindividuals who may have never crossed paths oth- erwise. It is a passion for the sport of mountain biking and a passion to build and have high-quality trail experiences that bond these individuals. Regardless of anyones profession background or even their riding ability level bikes break barriers that would otherwise inhibit relationships. Riding bikes provides a platform for friend- ships to develop and most of all for a community of likeminded individuals to flourish. As the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew my boyfriend and I take bits and pieces from each visit and share them with the next weaving together a stronger bigger and more inclusive com- munity of mountain bikers. And while nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a rowdy rocky trail or a fast flowy section that rips through aspen groves it is the close but diverse communities of trail lovers that make me want to set- tle down and find my placeto have my own community that I can be a part of. I am indeed one of the millennial gen- eration who is deliberately choosing to lead a different life than the stereotyp- ically mapped-out path of my parents generation the baby boomers. The majority of folks I get to work with are Boomers and the idea of not having a home is foreign to most of them. While I sometimes agree with the person who wants to hear Ketchum Idaho in re- sponse to their question about where I live the IMBAru is my place for now and allows me to get a taste of communi- ties all over the country. Printed with permission from Dirt Rag and IMBA. Read more great mountain bike content at dirtragmag.com or imba.com. Life on the Road THE FINAL MILE By LANI BRUNTZ The author with boyfriend Jordan Carr. Below Jordan with their home base the hard-to-miss brightly colored IMBA Trail Care Subaru aka the IMBAru. Per 1 oz serving of OBERTO ORIGINAL Beef Jerky 2015 OBERTO BRANDS KENT WA OBERTO.com YOUGETOUTWHATYOUPUTIN. TM High in Protein Great Taste Only 6 Carbs and 80 Calories