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2 BikeLife Tempe CycloMesaCOME PLAY MesaEarns Silver BIKE MAP THE BEST INSIDE BikePed Surveyseepage5 Takeour MESA Spring 2016 READ THIS. RIDE OFTEN RECIPESfrom theFEEDZONE COOL TIPS for HOT CYCLING ENTER TO WIN Sweepstakes closes July 31 2016. Winners will be notified by email and posted on Facebook. Winners must reside in the U.S. Win a Trek District 9 bike For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES16 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities MORE PRIZES FROM SWEEPSTAKES MESA Lynn Guissinger Susan Eastman Rich Cook Susan Wasinger Griffin Bohm Rich Cook Dax Burgos Allen Lim Mark Venti Blair Young Ryan Amirault Greg Thomas Shirlee Adolfson Rich Cook Griffin Bohm BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut St. Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 Contact for media kit and rate card Contact for submission information Contact for information Publisher Editors Art DirectorDesigner Contributors Online Finance Sales Editorial Office Advertising Story and photo submissions Distribution ON THE COVER Photo credit Visit Mesa SUSAN EASTMAN Susan has worked in the cycling world for 20-plus years as a writer and publicist writing about all things two-wheeled for local and national publications and was media director for many events including the Coors International Bicycle Classic. CONTRIBUTORS MARK VENTI Mark Venti is living his dream job as a senior transportation engineer who has always loved biking. He combines the two by developing bike and pedestrian programs and facilities for the City of Mesa. YOUR FAT TIRE BEACH CRUISER SUPER STORE BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER 100s of in-stock Soul Beach Cruisers Accessories. 100 OFF Any Soul Beach Cruiser 25 Reg 50 Basic tune up 20 OFF Any one item FREE RENTAL Buy 1 rental get 1 rental freeAuthorized Shimano service center S O U L B E A C H C R U I S E R S 1425 E University Dr. B-105Tempe AZ 85281 480-306-8812 WWW.SOULBEACHCRUISERS.COM BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication Inc. launching in multiple cities. 2016 Catalyst Communication Inc. BikeLife Tempe 3 7 Welcome Letter by Mayor John Giles 8 I Bike Mesa Whos who on our paths and trails 9 Hey Grownups Wanna Ride Adult cycling classes build confidence and skills 10 Roll Out at CycloMesa Something for everyone in the family 12 Mesa Rides Road to Silver Cyclists win with Bicycle Friendly Status Award 14 Training Table Tasty recipes to fuel your ride 18 Chart Your Trek Mesa Bike Map 22 The Landing at Lehi Falls ASU students design an exciting desert utopia 24 Cargo Bikes Demystified Why it might just be your next bike 26 Bite the Bulldog Strike gold on this dramatic MTB route 28 Can Cycling Make You Smarter Bikes the brain and ADHD 30 Bike Hacks Recycle. Repurpose. Rethink. 32 Inaugural Bike Summit Meeting of the minds in Mesa 33 Kids Bike Program Safe and savvy 34 WhatWhereWhen Rides clubs and two-wheeled fun around Mesa 35 Cool Tips for Hot Biking How to stay safe when riding in summer heat BikeLife Mesa Spring 2016 ONTHEWEB FOLLOWUS Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities MESA READ THIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. 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 10 page 33 page 22 Please go to www.surveymonkey.comrH7R6C67 and take our survey. Enter to win a downtown gift certificate and help Mesa plan its transportation priorities. 6 BikeLife Mesa What goes around Singing the praises of cycling C.R. JOHN Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ALBERT EINSTEIN When the spirits are low when the day appears dark when work becomes monotonous when hope hardly seems worth having just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE British writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes You cant buy happiness but you can buy a bicycle and thats pretty close. ANON BikeLife Mesa 7 M esaArizonaisbecomingameccafor cycling. Our year-round sunshine is most appreciated in these winter months when cyclists can take full advantage of the boundless beauty of the Sonoran Desert. As the third largest city in Arizona Mesa is an urban desert retreat where landscapes are leg- endary and our deep-rooted agricultural heri- tage still shines. Im a Mesa native and I grew up riding my bi- cycle to school with my friends and exploring the city until the streetlights came on. Now I spend a little less time on my bike but my mo- tives havent changed much. I enjoy training and riding with a group of friends in Northeast Mesa and Ive seen how biking has really become a significant part of our recreation and transportation culture. The diversity in riders is remarkable. From commuters on fixies and travelers on tour- ing bikes to mountain bikers and road cyclists we want to make sure our cyclists have the amenities they need to have fun and be safe. Last fall the League of American Bicyclists announced that Mesa has earned the Sil- ver designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community moving up from Bronze awarded in 2003. This title isnt easy to get and the success of CycloMesa Bike2Work Day Bike- 2School Day bike safety programs and the adoption of a Bicycle Master Plan have all contributed to the new designation. Next up for bicycling in Mesa is a new bike-share program with 100 bikes placed at 10 locations along the light rail line as well as the completion of the Rio Salado Pathway. This project is really exciting for those who love to ride the canals. This pathway hugs the Salt River through West Mesa and into Tempe. When completed the Rio Salado Pathway will connect hundreds of miles of off-street paths throughout the Valley. Gold designation here we come Thank you to everyone at the City of Mesa who works tirelessly behind the scenes to make our community bicycle friendly. Ride safely and Ill see you out there John Giles Mayor Mesa Arizona Greetings from BikeLife Mesa Welcome Where to Retire Magazine has just selected Mesa as a top retirement destination. This national publication that focuses on helping people with retirement relocation decisions profiled Mesa in a feature titled Bicycling Bliss 8 Pedal-Powered Cities in the MarchApril 2016 issue. Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities make it easy to like a bike. Shedding the car -- and rush- hour commutes -- is a perk of the retired life but getting from point A to point B still is necessary. Hop- ping on a bicycle nails two goals at once transportation and exercise. Some cities such as Mesa support cycling more than others with bike lanes rider encouragement and more. In addition to being bike friendly these towns have other characteristics that retirees often look for such as culture active downtowns access to medical care stunning scenery and rela- tively mild weather said Fuller. JustAwarded 8 BikeLife Mesa Whos who on our paths and trails I bikeMesa COLLEEN VENTI Age 45 Diabetes and Obesity Research Dietitian Two-wheel bio I began mountain-bike racing in the mid-1990s then road racing and eventually triathlon. I dont race much anymore but I have recently started doing more mountain biking again as there are some great trails near where I live. Where I ride I live in Northeast Mesa so I ride the Usery Pass loop often. Another route I like is to ride east on Brown Road to Apache Junction. When Im short on time Ill ride loops in the Las Sendas and Red Mountain neighborhoods. Miles per year Last year I logged just over 5000 miles. How often do I ride I typically ride three to four days a week. When Im riding on the road my weekday rides are 25-35 miles weekend rides usually 40-50 miles. Mountain-bike rides tend to be shorter about 10-25 miles. Favorite thing about riding in Mesa I love all the bike lanes A new one was just added onto McDowell Road heading out to Ellsworth Usery Pass which is great And there are so many cyclists in Mesa I dont think I have ever been riding where I havent seen at least a dozen other riders out on the roads with me. KEITH PALMER Age 54 left with Mark Larson Integrated Circuit Layout Designer for Qualcomm Two-wheel bio I grew up in Mesa and have been cycling ever since I first learned how to ride when I was six or seven years old. Ive owned just about every kind of bike there is I commuted to school and built BMX bikes as a teenag- er. I worked in Great Britain in the early 80s where my only mode of transportation was by bike. I later built an Easy Racer recumbent bike in 1984. I traded that for my first mountain bike and commuted to work and rode the Valley trails. Then it was time for a road bike which I used for commuting and for competing in a triathlon. I also have two cargo tricycles in which I carry my four grandchildren around the neighbor- hood and on the Consolidated Canal. Where I ride When I commute to work I ride from 26th Street and Adobe in Mesa to Chandler and Gila Springs Boulevards in Chandler. Its approximately 20 miles. I bike in the vicinity of Val Vista to Stapley and Brown to Main when I run errands or ride my grandchildren around. And on weekends I ride from 26th Street East on Adobe to Higley north to Thomas east to Power south to Brown and then back to 26th and Adobe. Favorite thing about riding in Mesa The flat topography and the warm dry weather. Bike education classes now available Hey Grown-ups Wanna Ride BikeLife Mesa 9 re you interested in riding a bike but dont know the basics or have the equipment You are in luck The City of Mesa has been offering Bicycle FUN-damentals one-hour-long workshops for adults at Mesa public libraries. This program provides the how-tos of basic safety training properly fitted helmets bike lights locks and more. You will also be given a quick update on cycling projects and events happening in Mesa. A Registerforclasses Upcoming classes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Limited seats are available pre-registration is required and can be done through the library event system www.mesalibrary.orgevents WorkshopSchedule MARCH 9 6-7pm Red Mountain Library MAY 25 6-7pm Express Library JUNE 15 6-7pm Red Mountain Library AUGUST 17 6-7pm Dobson Library SEPTEMBER 21 6-7pm Dobson Library Mesa JointheFun SIGN UP If you are interested in holding one of these classes at your facility please contact our Safety Educator at 480-644-3398 The activities begin on Friday when the City of Mesa and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists partner to bring the first Arizona-wide Bicycling Summit. Some of the topics to be addressed by expert speakers and panels include Bicycling Safety for the Road and Rider Education Resources Mountain Biking in Arizona New Parks Trail Access and more ADOT Policy Bicyclist Resources and U.S. Bicycle Route System Law Enforcement New Training Program and Enforcement Priorities Keys to Successful Bicycling Advocacy with Examples from Yuma Verde Valley Prescott Tucson Flagstaff Mesa and Phoenix Roll out for CycloMesa Bring the family there will be something for everyone 10 BikeLife Mesa M ark your calendars pump up your tires and dust off your bike helmet for the weekend of April 1-3 because the City of Mesa is bringing a celebration of the bicycle to the downtown. Join bike lovers from all over the valley for the CycloMesa Unchained Bicycle Festival put on by the City of Mesa Downtown Mesa Association Perimeter Cycling Two Wheel Jones and The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. bicycle shows BikeRace free activities foodtrucks KidsBicycleRodeo extreme sports climbingwall bicycle shows BikeRace free activities foodtrucks KidsBicycleRodeo extreme sports climbingwall Mesa BeThere APRIL 1-3 BikeLife Mesa 11 Free Event El Tour Criterium Live Music Food Truck Alley El Tour de Mesa Beer Garden Bicycle Shows BMX Stunt Show Extreme Sports Demos Zip Line Rock Wall Kids Bicycle Rodeo SAVE THE DATE downtown mesa April 1-3 2016 Presented BY Meanwhile come experience an event like no other downtown. Cheer cyclists as they spin through the streets in a fast-paced race called El Tour Criterium staged by Two Wheel Jones Bike Shop. This year the criterium serves as the second annual Arizona State Championships and fea- ture elite riders hoping to take home the championship title. The festival will include a beer garden vendors gourmet food trucks live music and lots of lights Events continue all day on Sat- urday with CycloMesa the Valleys biggest spring bicycle festival. It will be located at the startfinish line of El Tour de Mesa which is a recreational ride that features a distance for ev- eryone 70-mile 28-mile 11-mile and 6-mile ride beginning at 615 am. It is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities and offers opportunities to earn gifts prizes and awards. After finishing El Tour return to the finish line to enjoy a zip line bungee trampolines rock wall a BMX Freestyle show a bicycle education seminar beer garden custom bicycle competition adult tailgating zone vendors food truck alley and more. Bring the family to play in the Kids Zone and Extreme Sports Zone. Sunday concludes the festival with more criterium racing and the Mesa Adventure Cycling Challenge. It is a fun and exciting event where teams will solve clues complete challenges and ride from destination to destina- tion while enjoying the beautiful Mesa bicycle facilities and landscapes. CycloMesaisanopportunityto fullyexperiencebicycling For more information C y c l o M e s a . c o m 12 BikeLife Mesa MESARIDES ROAD TO SILVER Cyclists Win with Bicycle Friendly Status Award ver the past few years Mesa officials have been working feverishly to increase the citys Bicycle Friendly Community rank- ing as created by the League of American Bicyclists or LAB. This journey has had both accomplishments and struggles so Mesa is honored that it has been awarded the Silver status for its dedication to making the city a safe comfortable and convenient place to bike. The Bicycle Friendly status and the levels of Bronze Silver Gold Platinum and Diamond that are awarded by the BFC designation help cities promote their communities to poten- tial future businesses and residents that are looking to relocate to areas that are rich in bicycle facilities and culture. Mesas goal is to earn platinum status and be among an elite class of world-renowned bicycling communities in the United States The LAB is a national membership organization for cyclists in the United States formed in 1880 when it was originally called the League of American Wheelmen. In the beginning the League was a prominent advocacy group for the improve- ment of streets and highways long before the advent of the automobile. It dissolved in 1902 when there were still only a very few motorized vehicles on the roads. The LAB reorga- nized once again in 1965. By this time highways had improved the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System had drained traf- fic from many of them and new interest in recreational cycling -- spurred by bicycles with derailleur gearing by the Schwinn Bicycle Company and others -- brought cycling back to the forefront. Through the end of the 20th century the League served as a national clearinghouse for cycling advocacy as well as a social organization holding several regional rallies each summer on college campuses. Each rally featured rides of various lengths dormitory housing and meals cycling-related lectures and vendors selling products. As many as 2000 cyclists would participate. As part of its mission to encourage a bicycle-friendly Amer- ica the LAB starting publishing an annual list of Bicycle Friendly Communities in 2003. It celebrated cities for their commitment to these five Es that result in great biking En- gineering Education Enforcement Encouragement and Eval- uationPlanning. The BFC program also provides a map to help communities reach this goal and so far more than 800 cities have applied for the five levels of the award. They must complete a lengthy application which is reviewed by national experts as well as members of their cycling community. Com- munities must renew their designation every four years. The League of American Bicyclists is trusted by cycling en- thusiasts who value the bike culture as an important part of their lifestyle. The City of Mesa strives to meet and exceed the LABs standards with its current and future bicycle facilities and programs. Learnmoreaboutthe BicycleFriendlyCommunityprogram at BikeLeague.orgcommunities O Continue efforts to develop a comprehensive bicycle master plan in close collaboration with the community to ensure public involvement information and ownership. Focus on developing a seamless on and off street bicycling network that creates short distances between residential areas and popular destinations. Complement infrastructure planning with encouragement education and enforcement programs to increase usage. Develop a clear vision statement and set ambitious but attainable targets. The overarching goal should be to encourage residents to bike more often for recreation and transportation. Increase road safety for all users by reducing traffic speeds. Lower the speed limit especially downtown around schools and in neighborhoods. Use traffic calming measures and low speed design principles to achieve higher compliance rates. Offer regular bicycle skills courses for your transportation engineers and planners or other city staff and elected officials which include on-bike instruction and in-traffic cycling. This type of course can increase familiarity with safe designs and areas for improvement in the community. Increase your efforts on Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. Encourage competition between employers and schools for participation in events and track participation. Ensure to widely advertise all bicycle-themed community events and programs. For ideas and more information visit bikemonth. MEsA ArizonA 10 Building Blocks of a Bicycle friendly community MesaAverage Gold Arterial Streets with Bike Lanes Total Bicycle Network Mileage to Total Road Network Mileage Public Education Outreach Share of Transportation Budget Spent on Bicycling Bike Month and Bike to Work Events Active Bicycle Advocacy Group Active Bicycle Advisory Committee BicycleFriendly Laws Ordinances Bike Plan is Current and is Being Implemented Bike Program Staff to Population lEArn MorE www.bikElEAguE.orgcoMMunitiEs supportEd bY category scores EnginEEring Bicycle network and connectivity EducAtion Motorist awareness and bicycling skills EncourAgEMEnt Mainstreaming bicycling culture EnforcEMEnt Promoting safety and protecting bicyclists rights EVAluAtion plAnning Setting targets and having a plan key outcomes ridErship Percentage of daily bicyclists sAfEtY MEAsurEs crAshEs Crashes per 10k daily bicyclists sAfEtY MEAsurEs fAtAlitiEs Fatalities per 10k daily bicyclists key steps to gold populAtion dEnsitY 4130454981 totAl populAtion totAl ArEA sq. miles 133.1 of locAl bicYclE friEndlY businEssEs of locAl bicYclE friEndlY uniVErsitiEs Fall 2015 510 510 510 510 410 90 19 VErY good 5 VErY good ActiVE MEEts MonthlY or MorE fEwgood YEs 1 pEr 151.7k 65 43 VERy GOOD 14 VERy GOOD ACTIVE ACTIVE VERy GOOD yES 1 PER 32k MesaAverage Gold 5.5 100 0.6 1.00 1182 10.8 1 1 BikeLife Mesa 13 TRAINING TABLE Tasty recipes to fuel your ride 14 BikeLife Mesa W hen exercise physiologist Dr. Allen Lim leapt out of the lab and into professional cycling he found that the peloton was weary of food bland meals processed bars and gut wrenching gels were hindering the performance of cyclings most elite athletes. Dr. Lim had a hunch that by returning the joy flavor and care to the meals the riders ate their performance and joie de vivre would return. He set out to make delicious practical food for the riders to satisfy body and soul. What he and cele- brated chef Biju Thomas have accomplished is changing the definition of sound sports nutrition - for elite athletes everyday athletes and enthusiasts alike. The recipes youll find here are among the ener- gy-packed wholesome real food recipes shared in their Feed Zone Cookbook series we hope that you find these meals and snacks easy to prepare delicious to eat and enhancing not only for your performance goals but for your everyday health and well-being. CASHEW AND BACON RICE CAKES Makes 10 rice cakes This variation of Allens original is the favorite of our friends at Velo magazine. Together with the bacon the cashews and nut butter give these rice cakes a salty-sweet taste. The extra boost of protein makes this portable great for longer training sessions. 2 cups uncooked calrose rice or other medium-grain sticky rice 112 cups water 8 ounces bacon 3 eggs 12 cup cashews raw or roasted 14 cup nut butter 12 cup raisins optional Combine rice and water in a rice cooker. While the rice is cooking fry the bacon in a medium saut pan over medium-high heat. Drain off fat and wrap the bacon in paper towels then press on the towels to crumble the bacon. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl and softly scram- ble them in your saut pan over medium heat. In a large bowl combine the cooked rice bacon scrambled eggs cashews nut butter and raisins if us- ing. Mix well. Press mixture into an 8- or 9-inch square pan to about 112 -inch thickness. Let cool thoroughly in fridge before cutting and indi- vidually wrapping individual cakes. Per serving 1 cake Energy 286 cal Fat 14 g Sodium 246 mg Carbs 31 g Fiber 1 g Protein 10 g CARROT WAFFLES Serves 4 These delicious waffles only require about 20 minutes plus 510 minutes juicing. For great texture and a boost in fiber try adding PULP to the waffle batter. Heat the waffle iron. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl or measuring cup combine carrot juice eggs and melted butter. Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture and whisk together until flour is thoroughly incorporated. If youll use the carrot pulp add it now. The batter will be a bit lumpy. Pour enough batter into each waffle form to nearly fill all the squares the batter will expand when pressed. Cook until the outside of the waffle feels crisp to the touch. Repeat if necessary using remaining batter. Makes 4 large waffles. Let cool then cut in half and stack for easy wrapping. Per serving Energy 223 cal Fat 9 g Sodium 75 mg Carbs 30 g Fiber 1 g Protein 7 g Water 41 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon raw sugar 14 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 12 cup fresh carrot juice 2 eggs lightly beaten 2 tablespoons melted butter 12 cup carrot pulp optional 18 BikeLife Tucson CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD with PICKLED ONIONS Serves 46 This is a great last-minute salad to make use of leftover chicken. You can change it up throughout the year to include the most colorful vegetables you can find. The star of the dish is the flash- pickled onions and radishes. The combination of the vinegar sugar and salt balances out the strong flavors beautifully. 2 cups roasted chicken shredded or chopped 1 cup canned garbanzo beans drained and rinsed half of a head of purple cabbage thinly sliced 14 cup chopped dates figs or your favorite dried fruit 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley coarsely chopped Pickled Onions 12 cup red onion sliced 4 radishes sliced thin 14 cup red wine vinegar 12 teaspoon coarse sugar 12 teaspoon coarse salt 14 teaspoon pepper To finish juice from 1 lemon drizzle of maple syrup sprinkle of coarse salt Shred half of a whole roasted chicken sprinkle in some fresh ground black pep- per and a sprinkle of salt then set aside. In a small pan saut the garbanzo beans in a splash of olive oil at medium heat until slightly crisp. To make the pickled onions combine the red onion and radishes with the red wine vinegar coarse sugar and salt and pepper. Toss together and let sit for 5 minutes. In a large bowl mix together the chicken cabbage garbanzo beans dates and herbs. Add the pickled onion mixture and toss to combine. Transfer to a large platter and finish with fresh-squeezed lemon juice a hint of maple syrup and salt. Republished with permission of VeloPress from Feed Zone Table by chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim. Photography by Aaron Colussi and Jeff Nelson. Try more recipes at PhotoAARONCOLUSSI 16 BikeLife Mesa NUMBEREDMESABIKEROUTES DOWNLOAD THIS MAP AT MesaAZ.govTransportationBikePedMaps.aspx Win a Trek District 9 bike For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES16 MORE PRIZES FROM Sweepstakes closes July 31 2016. Winners will be notied by email and posted on Facebook. Winners must reside in the U.S. Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities SWEEPSTAKES GET ONE MONTH FREE PROMO CODE GRIDMESA2016 Monthly Basic plan. Includes 60 minutes each day. New members only. Exp. 12-31-16 HelloMesa Statewide Advocacy for AZ Bicyclists Join the Movement Donate Volunteer Find us on 22 BikeLife Mesa T he perfect collaborative opportunity working professionals mentor college students to present Mesa residents with new exciting conceptualiza- tions for areas needing better accessibility and beautifica- tion. That is what City of Mesa Transportation Planning staff were hoping for when they invited the Arizona State School of Landscape Architecture to use a prominent and historical area of Mesa as a student project last summer. The historic Lehi Crossing in the Salt River Basin is where Mesas Founding Fathers first settled in the 1880s. Planning staff asked the students of Dr. Paul J. Coseo PhD PLA Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at ASU to focus on this important area of Mesa. City staff asked the students to think outside the box to overcome existing building and land-use problems to create a spe- cial area. The students were split into six teams and instructed to develop a concept. They would then go head-to-head with their peer teams to compete for the project to be se- lected by City Transportation Staff along with the chance to present their concept at the annual State of Arizonas Roads and Streets Conferences held in Tucson. Throughout the fall semester students learned about the study area specifically its historical significance and eco- nomic and ecological opportunities. Students examined different uses that would utilize the proposed trail and how each of those users would connect with and identify with the amenities. Students were challenged to design a path system that not only worked in a functional way but also provided an opportunity to tell the story of frontier settlers mission- aries and early water usage. The project area while being ASU Students Design Exciting Desert Utopia The Landing at Lehi Falls developed into a recreational portal to the Tonto National Forest and the Salt River Basin also needed to preserve its current uses of providing security to the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway within the ADOT right-of-way as well as its use for retention of water for local farmers and residents. While all six projects had great concepts and an outstanding amount of time and thought only one of them could be deemed the winner and asked to present their proj- ect at the Arizona State Roads and Streets Conference. The winner the Cornucopia Green Infrastructure Plan was in direct alignment with Mesas vision stating Mesa is a community that embraces economic prospects envi- ronmental sustainability and creates connections between people and place all while fostering a healthy and sustainably growing community. Through educational preservation of the environment and reconnecting people and the place in which they reside Cornucopia gives the unique opportunity for a utopia in the desert. By enhancing the environment through the greening of the urban landscape and use of low-impact design elements this plan leads the way to a happy and healthy public realm one that is keeping with its natural beauty as well as community roots. The goals and objectives of the Cornucopia concept created a sense of place that would embrace and nurture locally-based employment and economic opportunities while energizing the community. Cornucopia is respectful of the character and flavor of the surrounding community and provides a network of paths that enhance the ex- isting surroundings. This network also gives Mesa an opportunity to promote tourism and generate revenue. The Cornucopia Green Infrastructure Plan Concept emphasizes accessibility for all. It will create a comfortable pedestrian environment with safe comfortable shady ar- eas and eventually increase the amount of bike lanes and public bus routes resulting in a friendlier pedestrian- and nature-approved environment. Studentswerechallenged todesignapathsystemthat notonlyworkedinafunctional waybutalsoprovidedan opportunitytotellthestoryof frontiersettlersmissionaries andearlywaterusage. BikeLife Mesa 23 THE CARGOBIKEDEMYSTIFIED HARRY VS. LARRY BULLIT Originating from Denmark but available through dealers across the U.S. the Long John Bullit is a super stable and surprisingly light ride. The speedy Bullits standard alumi- num frame can be customized to meet your unique cargo carrying needs. Powered by an experience of pushing forward the bikes cargo platform sits low in front of the rider making stuff or your kids visible and manageable. Base model 2300 24 BikeLife Mesa W hen you hear the term cargo bike what comes to mind An aptly bearded hipster pushing a case of craft beer on the front bed of his custom built long-john The cool mom who week after week tows her kiddos to the farmers market secured to the deck of her Xtracycle The perception that only a highly dedicated class of cyclist can travel as such creates a misnomer of the term cargo bike. Anyone can ride a cargo bike because any bike can be a cargo bike. Wear a backpack and boom beard or no beard youre carrying cargo by bike. Since most people already own a backpack this is the most simplistic and inexpensive way to carry cargo on your bike. But if you dont want to be the mule that shoulders the cargo there are lots of cargo carrying products out there that can help to lighten the load from your back. Individual bike travel needs are diverse. You may have to experiment to discover a cargo- carrying set-up that works for you and your family. Whether youre haul- ing beer produce or kids once you understand your options youll be shuttling family members and running errands in no time. This cascade of options can hone your focus to ride with cargo. Wear a backpack Strap bags directly to your bike Add racks or a basket to your bike Add panniers to your racks Attach a do-it-yourself DIY long tail to your bike Buy a full blown cargo bike Add an electric motor to your bike or get a bike that already has one Use a detachable bike trailer By BLAIR YOUNG DAX BURGOS SURLY BIG DUMMY The Big Dummy is a sturdy workhorse. Slow and steady this long tail is built for heavy-duty carrying capacity. This particular model can adopt all of the Xtracycle add-ons and smaller 26 wheels keep the center of gravity low making it accessible for even a smaller rider. Full set-up 2100 SOMA PICK-UP ARTIST The lesser-known cycle truck is much like a regular bike but is designed to handle cumbersome cargo. The Pick-Up Artist platform rack is fixed to the front of the frame not the fork. This secures a heavier load keeping it from flopping around as it would in a bar-mount basket. A smaller 20 front wheel and low center of gravity stabilizes steering. The user-friendly step-through frame makes for easy-oneasy-off mounting and dismounting. Full set-up 1800 TREK DISTRICT 9 Built for the utilitarian biker the District 9 blends function and class to make a slick commuter. This reliable 9-speed bike is detailed by a front basket with a built in U-lock carrier mechanical disc brakes puncture-resistant tires and a set of elegant fenders. Also available in a step-through model called the Chelsea 9. Either model 789 XTRACYCLE LEAP DIY If you dont want to part with your cur- rent bike Xtracycles Basic Kit will transform your trusty whip into a long- tail minivan that can haul stuff or people on its flight deck. The kit will also set you up for add-ons like waterproof saddlebags andor hooptie safety rails that keep kids secure on the deck. All for an additional cost of course. Basic Kit 599 YUBA SPICY CURRY Think Longtail cargo bike enhanced. Highlights of the Spicy Curry are its electric assist motor and smaller 20 back wheel that makes for an easy reliable ride. Low-riding cargo lightens the experience brightening up your ride with more smiles and less sweat. A good choice if you have hills to climb. Electric Model 4200 BikeLife Boulder 3BikeLife Boulder 3 THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS Velo-Shopper by Ortlieb USA is an 18-liter shopping bag with magnetic closure made from waterproof abrasion resistant nylon. The closure is easily opened with one hand and the unit securely attaches to the bike. The Velo-Shopper stays upright thanks to an inner stiffener and base feet. A handle and removable padded shoulder strap provide added convenience. From 140 For panniers and other types of bags try Swift Industries. Founded in 2008 Swift is a relative newcomer to the bik- ing scene. Their bags boast eye-catching design and bomber construction. Choose custom colors to suit your cycling mood or pick from their pre- made line up. Based in Seattle Swift blends the function of traditional touring gear with a modish urban twist. From 180-300set For more economy check out the Black- burn EX-1 rack. The EX-1 will fit over your wide or narrow tires and has a carrying capacity of up to 40 pounds. If its a young child youre hauling the EX-1 is compatible with a va- riety of Blackburns Co-pilot bike seats that include a rack with purchase. From 40-45 The Porcelain Rocket frame bag is custom-made to fit the interior of your frames main triangle. Maximize aerodynamics and maneuverability with this low-weight low-profile bag that comes in an array of color combinations. True masters of their craft Porcelain Rockets seat bags and handlebar bags adapt to fit almost any bike. From 125-260 BITE THEBULLDOG 26 BikeLife Mesa Wedged between Mesa and Apache Junction is the Goldfields moun- tain range. Originally scoped out by miners searching for the next vein of riches it is now explored by off-road vehicles horses -- and mountain bikes. And the sweet transcen- dence of spending time alone on a bike there will blow you away The main route through the Goldfields is Bull- dog Canyon running downhill from the southern access in Apache Junction and ending at Bush Highway just east of Usery Pass Road. Also at the southern end are trails sprawling to the east be- tween the canyon and State Route AZ 88. I have been mountain biking for almost 30 years and the sense of adventure and exploration is what real- ly drives me to get on my bike. Thats why these trails in this remote untamed area are some of my favorites. I found them by searching Google aerials pin- pointing landmarks and placing these in my GPS. Many of these trails are no more than some bush- es pushed apart by the occasional horse wander- ing through. But once within the main portion of these foothills you are rewarded with unworldly rock formations curled around slickrock trails. You are alone in a world removed from daily life so dont get hurt or it may be a while before you are found There are no signs or trail markings so definitely bring GPS. And as always carry plenty of water tools and spare tubes. I created a loop with these trails east of Bulldog Canyon which I ride first and then head down the canyon. The canyon is challenging due to sandy washes as well as raging downhills and some hard-packed double track. Watch the can- yon walls for goats bobcats and snakes. At times as you descend you get to peek through the can- yon to the north mountains and the world below a truly epic experience. Once you end at Bush Highway there are two options. You can have someone shuttle you back to your vehicle at the top or you can ride back up Usery Pass Road and through Usery Park to the starting point. MTBproject.comphotobyC.R.John By MARK VENTI Strike gold on this dramatic MTB route Bulldog Canyon can be accessed from Cactus Road in Apache Junction or from Bush Highway near the Blue Point picnic area. There are also side trails into the canyon from Usery Pass Road and AZ 88. Bulldog Canyon is called Phon D. Sutton Road on Google maps. MTBproject.comphotobyDevinCegelis The desert surrounding Mesa offers spectacular mountain bike rides including trails near Red Mountain above and in the Goldfields and Bulldog Canyon as shown on the map above right. 28 BikeLife Mesa When we started our cycling class we thought biking would be a fun activity for our students it has turned out to be much more. We have witnessed a change in our students ability to focus in class connect socially and improve fitness and attitude toward school and their peers. Assistant Principal Payson UT A Danish study in 2012 showed that kids concentrate better after biking or walking to school. The study titled Mass Experiment 2012 looked at the links between concentration diet and exercise. The survey explored nearly 20000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cy- cled or walked to school rather than traveling by car or public transporta- tion performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration such as solving puzzles and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school. The study showed positive cognitive benefits from cycling and not just for school-age kids. And yet these connections are only beginning to be adequately explored. More recently Specialized Bicycle Components founder and CEO Mike Sinyard has long dealt with the effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disor- der or ADHD in his own life. He no- ticed that those symptoms seemed to dissipate after returning from a ride. He also saw the positive benefits that riding has had on his son Anthony who also suffers from ADHD. In try- ing to better understand ADHD and bicyclings apparent positive effects he decided to explore more of the science behind ridings impact on the brain and began to assemble a team to study ADHD through evidence-based youth cycling programs. The Specialized Foundation fund- ed research to investigate how aerobic exercise specifically cycling can be- come an integral part of a comprehen- sive treatment program for kids with ADHD. Through its pilot programs researchers have been finding encour- aging results. Here are some of the pro- cesses and observations With research partners in the field several six-week pilot programs were established in middle schools across the United States. Indications are that kids brains are better prepared for learning when they take part in cycling activities improving many of the core deficits of ADHD like attention mood and behavior. And these programs have also shown improvements in academic performance as measured by standard- ized test scores. Furthermore bike riding has shown itself to be an ideal conduit to these pos- itive effects as its easily accessible for kids with varying degrees of fitness. So this means that students are able to par- ticipate at a higher rate than with other forms of aerobic activity. Beyond early findings of improved attention riding also develops physical fitness in kids. Researchers found a significant reduc- tion in participants Body Mass Index or BMI on average in their study. The evidence is stacking up that bi- cycling and active lifestyles can have a positive impact on mood self-esteem attention and academic performance as well as general fitness. Nearly six million children in the United States have been diagnosed as having ADHD. While many parents worry about the medications often prescribed to help their kids what they might not know is that help may be as close as those bikes sitting in the garage. CANCYCLING MAKEYOUSMARTER H id you know that riding a bike for an hour has a powerful effect on your ability to pay attention So whether youre studying for midterms or preparing for a long day of meetings getting out to ride will show you brain-boosting potential firsthand. D By RICH COOK S o you rode your bike to work and the weather changed. You were out on the road and blew a tire. Or maybe you just want to save some mon- ey on costly riding equipment. Well whether you have to call an audible from the office or on the road or youre just interested in ways to save here are hacks that can help make your ride easier. By GRIFFIN BOHM 30 BikeLife Mesa BIKE HACKS NEWSPAPER WIND VEST Does your office get a daily newspaper that no one seems to read Well you can finally put it to good use. All you have to do is stuff a newspaper into your shirt or jacket and it will serve as an admirable windbreaker. You can crumple it up or put it in flat whichever is more comfortable but the more you stuff the more insulation youll get. Its a trick still used by pro cyclists. RECYCLE REPURPOSE RETHINK A host of hints and hacks for your ride TRASH BAG RAIN COAT Just poke arm and head holes through the bot- tom of a regular black trash bag and voila A totally waterproof raincoat that will protect your clothing from the rain and help keep you warm although we hav- ent figured out how to keep those arms dry. PATCH YOUR INNER TUBES New tubes can cost up to 10 apiece but patch kits can be found for as little as 4-5 in your local bike shop and they can rescue several inner tubes. Pro tip practice patching a tube once or twice at home so youll have the confidence to patch your tire on the road when needed. But if your tire has a gash in it a patch kit wont solve the problem. In that case use a dollar bill or energy bar wrapper folded to fit inside the gash to keep your tube from popping through. CARDBOARD FENDER All you need here is any old piece of cardboard cut it so that its long and thin like a hot dog bun. Then just jam it in between your seat stays on the bottom of your saddle. You want it nice and snug so that it wont fall out on the ride home. Make sure that the cardboard reaches far enough back to block any spray your rear tire would otherwise shoot all over your back. MAKE YOUR OWN RIDE FOOD Bars and gels can be great but theyre often costly and sometimes taste a bit like card- board. But things like nuts raisins or beef jerky make for excellent ride snacks try making your own trail mix. But remember to pack things that sit well nothing will make you want to head in early quite like an unhappy stomach. GROCERY BAG SEATSHOE COVER If rain is coming protect your seat and your bum with just a grocery bag and a rubber band. Wrap the grocery bag around the seat and secure it un- derneath with the rubber band. Then when youre ready to head home just remove the bag and you will have a nice dry seat for your ride. Reuse the grocery bag and rubber band and another iden- tical set to wrap around your shoes and those nice leather shoes you love will be safe from the elements. BUY USED Cycling equipment can be expensive but it doesnt have to be. Often there is plenty of high-quality used gear out there that will cost you a fraction of buying new. Craigslist and are ideal places to look for everything from used bikes to shoes pedals or other equipment. Be careful buying a used helmet you dont want a damaged one Companies like Green Guru in Boulder and Alchemy Goods in Seattle create a wide range of urban bags and products from used bike tubes banners and other recycled materials. 32 BikeLife Mesa Meeting of the minds in Mesa Inaugural Bike Summit by Bob Beane T he Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists with support from the City of Mesa and the Pe- rimeter Bicycling Association of America is hosting the Arizona Bicycling Summit on Friday April 1. This event will take place at the Mesa Convention Center from 900 a.m. to 500 p.m. directly across the hallway from the El Tour de Mesa Expo and rider packet pick-up area The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists was formed in 1991 and continues to evolve as the leading bicycling advocacy organization for Arizona. The CAzB is already the states prima- ry advocacy liaison to the League of American Bicyclists Adventure Bicycling and other na- tional bicycling organizations. And the CAzB is regularly tapped for ADOT bicycling-related safety programs and planning and has a seat on the Maricopa Association of Governments BicyclePedestrian Committee. We have also weighed in on a number of issues affecting bicyclists from infrastructure to laws and ordinances to Arizona drivers manual content and to educational programs. The Coalition has had board members and officers from met- ro-Phoenix Tucson Flagstaff the Verde Valley Kingman and Yuma and has assisted local advocates on issues in Green Valley Sedona Prescott and Sierra Vista. The Summit -- which we hope to make an annual event -- will bring together represen- tatives of state and local government agencies law enforcement the bicycling industry and the tourism industry who share the interest in making Arizona an even more safe and enjoyable place to bike. Holding it alongside the exciting weekend of cycling activities gives attendees an added incentive to stay another day and ride. There is a buzz already happening about the Arizona Bicycling Summit so we hope to see you there Bob Beane is the president of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists The Summits goal is to bring together Arizona bicy- cling advocates and riders to share success stories techniques and resources and to become familiar with recent developments that will affect cyclists. Among the topics on the agenda will be Bicycling safety education resources. Recently completed and recently funded major bicycle-related infrastructure projects. Video and layouts of four new mountain bike parks in Arizona including the recently completed park in Mesa. ADOT Bicycling-related policies resources for bicyclists and the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Tucsons Loop bicycle route and Bicycle Boulevard. Maricopa Association of Governments presen- tation on how federal infrastructure funding is allocated to bicycle-related projects. Presentation of a new law enforcement training module co-developed by the Coalition and the Glendale Police Department. BikeLife Mesa 33 Kids Bike Program Safe and Savvy Last year the City of Mesa Bicycle and Pedestrian Program reached more than 5000 kids with its educational programs and events. Some of the activities that educated and provided resources to children in the community are outlined below. ONE-HOUR CLASSES AT MESA LIBRARIES Kids ages 3-13 learned bicycling and pedestrian safety techniques and were properly fitted with a new helmet. Our hope is to continue encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. BIKE RODEOS AT SCHOOLS Bike rodeos educa- tion classes during PE and after-school programs allowed children to practice safety skills on their bikes and all participants received new helmets. Superstition Springs Elementary School featured a BMX Impact show to talk to the kids about bike safety and anti-bullying in a different way. SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SR2S This program uses a variety of education engineer- ing encouragement and enforcement strategies to create safer routes for children to walk and bike to school. For communities or schools that are concerned with traffic jams unsafe walking conditions physically inactive lifestyles and the overall quality of life for youths a SR2S program can be an effective starting point for tackling these issues. Last year we worked with Lincoln Elemen- tary School to conduct a study and develop a plan of action to help address issues. INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY The City encourages walking and biking to school safely through participation in these October events. The City of Mesa Bicycle and Pedestrian program and the Mesa Police Department assist and support local schools and communities to cel- ebrate the importance of walking and increasing daily physical activity during the entire month. Throughout the year we work with several amaz- ing partners to organize and support several large- scale bicycle rodeos and events including Safe Kids Maricopa County Cardon Childrens Medical Center and Valley Metros Be Bright Program. 34 BikeLife Mesa Mesa Calendar whatwherewhen Adventure Bicycle Company 2336 E. Baseline Rd. 480-649-3394 Archers Bikes 1530 N. Country Club Dr. 480-275-5818 Bikes Direct Mesa 1545 South Power Rd. 480-981-8901 Bike Masters Gilbert 2244 East Williams Field Rd. 480-857-7000 DNA Cycles 2031 N. Power Rd. 480-924-2453 Freeride Bike Co. 3640 E. Main St. 480-981-2453 Global Bikes 835 N. Gilbert Rd. 480-892-1315 Mikes Bike Chalet 5050 E. University 480-807-2944 Paragon Cycling 1106 N. Gilbert Rd. 480-830-1620 Performance Bicycle 1155 S. Power Rd. 480-832-0034 Soul Beach Cruisers 1425 E. University Dr. 480-306-8812 Two Wheel Jones 1917 S. Signal Butte Rd. 480-380-8222 Bike Shops APRIL 1 Arizona Bicycling Summit 2 CycloMesa El Tour Criterium 2 El Tour de Mesa el-tour-de-mesa 3 CycloMesa El Tour Criterium and Mesa Adventure Cycling Challenge APRIL 9 Chandler Family Bike Ride 20 Bike2Work Day and Earth Expo 29 Whiskey Off-road Race Prescott April 29-May 1 30 ABC Desert Classic MAY 9 Chino Grinder Blazing Saddles Ride Club Group road and mountain bike rides for all levels. Skills and maintenance clinics too. meetup.combike-masters-bikes-direct-blazing-saddles-rides-club Gravity Riders Organization of Arizona Advocacy rider education and trail work. The Gravity Rider community includes downhillers freeriders all-mountain riders dirt jumpers and BMX riders of all ages. San Tan Shredders Group rides for mountain bikers of all levels meetup.comsantan-shredders Tempe Bicycle Action Group T.B.A.G. Working to make bicycling a prominent safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation in the region. Also host group rides and events. We-Cycle-USA Help kids and adults in need to recycle and refurbish bikes. BIKE CLUBS ORGANIZATIONS Cool Tips for Hot Biking Plan. Plan trips in advance and allow enough time to ride and recover. Know how long you can comfortably stay outside and therefore how far you can safely ride. Select routes that allow you to keep moving with fewer stops. Follow shaded routes and travel through cooler areas such as flood-irrigated neighborhoods. Check for public pools stores or other potential cooling points along your route. Carry emergency bus money and research where bus routes are. Acclimate. Start out slowly and avoid the hottest parts of the day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. If youre just beginning bike commuting switch gradually instead of diving in during the summer heat. Dress strategically such as dry-wicking clothing and sunscreen or light loose long- sleeved cotton for sun coverage. Hydrate. Drink lots of water before during and after riding. Always carry plenty of water and ask businesses to refill your bottles. If you wait until youre thirsty you are usually not drinking enough and it may already be too late to avoid heat exhaustion. An indicator of good hydration is the need to urinate hourly. Avoid Heat Exhaustion. Learn to recognize your bodys signs of heat exhaustion which are similar to signs of fever. If you feel over-heated back off. Relax your pace and drink more especially if you have stopped feeling thirsty. If you do not recover within 10 to 20 minutes immediately find air conditioning or shade and be prepared to call 911. Heat stroke can occur quickly and it is potentially fatal so dont try to tough it out even if you only need to travel a short remaining distance. Lastly if you get a flat tire or have mechanical problems seek out shade or a place indoors for repairs. COMMUTING RESOURCES City of Mesa Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Safety Education A variety of educational programs and materials are available. To request materials or more information go to AZ Bicycling Street Smarts Learn how to ride confidently legally and safely on Arizona roadways. www.azbikeped.orgazbss.htm How to Not Get Hit by Cars Diagrams of the most common accident scenarios and how to avoid them or reduce the impact of an unavoidable accident. PhotoSLAVENGUJIC Hot summer days can make bicycling uncomfortable and downright dangerous. Here are some ideas on how to beat the heat. BikeLife Mesa 35 Sweepstakes closes July 31 2016. Winners will be notified by email and posted on Facebook. 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