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2 BikeLife Tempe TEMPE BIKEiT Know a bike hero 175 MILES OF BIKEWAYS and growing... Know a bike hero Tour de Fat is back Fall 2015 TEMPEREAD THIS. RIDE OFTEN BIKE MAP PULLOUT INSIDE BikeLife Sweepstakesseepage24 WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PERFECT BIKE Bikemasters Ahwatukee 4802 E Ray Rd Phoenix AZ 85044 480-598-3373 www.bikemastersaz.com Sonoran Cycles Tempe 725 S Rural Rd Tempe AZ 85281 480-968-1008 www.sonorancycles.com Giant Scottsdale 2902 N 68th Street Scottsdale AZ 85251 480-773-7706 www.giantscottsdale.com GET ACTIVEDISCOVER NEW LOWER PRICES ON OUR BEST SELLING LIFESTYLE AND YOUTH BIKES GIANT-BICYCLES.COMGATEWAY 2 BikeLife Tempe TEMPE WEBUYYOURBIKES 2015 BICYCLE CLOSEOUT SALE Clearing out EVERYTHING for our new line of 2016 bikes FREE LIFETIME ADJUSTMENTS On all new bicycles purchased from our store. HUGE SELECTION OF USED BICYCLES New 311 S McClintock Dr. Just North of University Dr on McClintock 4808042453 4 0 5 W U n i v e r s i t y D r S E C o r n e r o f W i l s o n S t U n i v e r s i t y D r 4 8 0 9 6 8 2 6 4 2 A HEADLIGHT IS REQUIRED BY LAW WHEN RIDING AT NIGHT 25OFFANY LIGHT Valid with coupon only. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 123115 Tune-up 20OFFANY LEVEL TUNE-UP Valid with coupon only. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 123115 202 101 RuralRd University Dr McClintockDr Rio Salado Pkwy RURAL WILSON PRIEST MILLAVE UNIVERSITY 202 FREEWAY 13page_ad_Pedal.indd 1 82515 1202 PM Amanda Nelson A Tempe resident since 1972 Amanda has been with the City of Tempe for 18 years. As Public Information Officer Amanda supports Tempes bus bike walk and rail efforts coordinating advertising and public relations for the citys transit program Tempe in Motion. Amanda enjoys biking with her two kids and two dogs. Lynn Guissinger Andrea Kaufman Robbins Becca Heaton Susan Wasinger Zane Wilson Dan Baum Veronica Booth Jeff Caslake Maureen Decindis Paul Emmerson Jenny Foust Josiah Geryol Ireland Geryol Eric Iwerson Laura Kajfez Major Andrew Lane Amanda Nelson German Pidrahita Alex Smith Durrant Williams Ryan Amirault Michelle Jackson Greg Thomas Shirlee Adolfson Brian Bauer briancatacom.com 303-444-5545 x122 Lynn Guissinger lynncatacom.com 303-444-5545 x106 BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut Street Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 www.bikelifecities.com Contact salesbikelifecities.com for media kit and rate card Contact infobikelifecities.com for submission information Contact infobikelifecities.com for information Publisher Editors Art DirectorDesigner Designers Contributors Online Finance Sales Editorial Office Advertising Story and photo submissions Distribution ON THE COVER Photo by Bill Timmerman Completed in 2015 Tempes University Drive streetscape project includes bicycle and pedestrian enhancements public art new and improved crosswalks ADA improvements and landscaping to enhance the streetscape and calm traffic between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. Becca Heaton Co-editor and contributor Becca Heaton has been riding bikes since she got her first two-wheeler with a banana seat and flower basketin first grade. An avid cyclist she enjoys pedaling the roads and trails around Colorado via road bike mountain bike or her new favorite cyclocross bike. CONTRIBUTORS 5 Welcome 6 Tour de Fat Fun frivolity beer bikes charity and community 9 BIKEiT Its time to Bike in Tempe 10 I Bike Tempe Learn why some local residents love to ride Tempe 12 Enjoy the Urban Bike Life 6 new city bikes for traveling around town 14 Love Tempes Multi-Use Paths Adopt One Round up your friends family and coworkers and adopt a path 14 Permanent Bike Parking Rolls into Tempe Coming to Tempe Beach Park 15 2015 Bike Heroes Peddle Bicycling Craft Beer and Community Do you know a bike hero 16 Protect Your Noggin How to fit a helmet just right plus fun new helmets 18 Tempe Bike Map Pull it out and get riding 20 4 Favorite Bike Rides Tempe city employees share their favorite rides 22 Raising the Handle Bar What Tempe is doing to support cycling and attract more cyclists 25 Traveling by Bus Bike Foot Car... No matter what mode you choose choose to be safe 26 How to Bike Stylish in a Skirt Avoid the dreaded flash with these easy steps 28 Be Seen Finding the right bike light 30 Two-Wheeled Vacations Planning a bike overnight 32 2016 Bike to Work Day and Tour de Tempe April is Bike Month in Tempe 33 Bike Shops Galore Stop in say hello and see whats new in cycling 34 The Final Mile Training yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four BikeLife TempeFall 2015 ONTHEWEB BikeLifeCities.com FOLLOW US Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities TEMPE 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 Tempe from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Tempe 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. Visit tempe.govbike for info on biking in Tempe including bike safety bike registration Bike Month and more. BikeLife Tempe 5 W ith more than 175 miles of bike- ways major bike events and new innovative bike facilities Tempe is internationally recognized as a Bicycle-Friend- ly Community. Bicycling magazine recently named Tempe the top Arizona bike town. Tem- pe was the first city in the region to receive the prestigious Bicycle-Friendly Community status through the League of American Bicyclists and has gone on to be identified as a silver level city placing Tempe among the elite bicycle cit- ies in the United States. Building our first bike path in 1971 and final- izing our first bike plan in 1974 were firsts not only for Tempe but also for Arizona. Tempe is also the first city to have a dedicated sales tax that guarantees funding for bicycle infrastructure. Tempe continues to set a course for leadership in bicycling for transportation recreation and community sustainability. Tempe is home to the largest Tour de Fat in the country and during Aprils Bike Month we host Tour de Tempe and Bike to Work Day. Each year we honor a local bicycle hero for promoting bicycling in the community. Tempe is home to State Bicycle Company and the Tempe Bicycle Action Group is the strongest bicycle advocacy community in Arizona. Census data indicates that we have the highest percentage of bicycle commut- ers in the state. Leadership in bicycling expresses our citys commitment to greener solutions that help alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution. Accessible well-managed thoughtful bike facilities present healthier options for the community and demonstrate a smarter way to grow. A strong bicycle city attracts creative and stable businesses and employees and contributes to a vibrant economy. Tempe is continuing to grow and advance its bicycle system and we hope that these advances will result in Tempe being awarded the next level of Bicycle Friendly Commu- nity status. Tempe has moved beyond simple bicycle lanes adding protected buffered and painted bike lanes and select streets have been put on road diets eliminating ve- hicle lanes to add bike lanes. Calmed streets bicycle bridges and bicycle specific art have been added and a bicycle path along the railroad corridor is underway. Enjoy bicycling in Tempe Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Greetings from BikeLifeTempe Welcome Designated a Silver-Level Bicycle-Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists All multi-use paths in Tempe are ADA accessible 1mostBIKE-FRIENDLY cityinArizona 175MILES of dedicated bikeways TEMPE at-a-glance Almost4of Temperesidents bike to work giving Tempe one the highest percentages of bicycle commuters in the nation. Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage Mayor Mark Mitchell Vice Mayor Corey Woods tempe.gov facebook.comCityofTempe twitter.comtempe.gov D ust off the costume shine up the bike and get ready for an epic day as New Belgium Brewings Tour de Fat rolls into Tempe for the eleventh time. This daylong bike-themed event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a costumed bike parade registra- tion at 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 3 at Tempe Beach Park. When the parade ends the eclec- tic entertainment takes over from musical performances to yo-yo entertainers and vaudeville acts to a 1000 Person Dance Contest to win a New Belgium cruiser bike. Brewing education a bicycle revival rideable art bikes and a fashion show are also in the mix. Because this is the tenth and final city on the tour Tempe will be treated to a special Grande Finale. While this fun-filled day is free donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales benefit local non-profits Tempe Bicycle Action Group TBAG Bike Saviours The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Tour de Fat returns to Tempe A daylong celebration on Saturday October 3 at Tempe Beach Park ridiculousentertainmentridiculousentertainmentridiculousentertainment crazycostumescrazycostumescrazycostumes hilarityincharityhilarityincharityhilarityincharity NewBelgiumbeerNewBelgiumbeerNewBelgiumbeer 6 BikeLife Tempe New Belgium Brewings BikeLife Tempe 7 and Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol whose members volunteer to make this day extra special. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium Brewing. Tour de Fat Impresario Matt Kowal explains The day of carnival creativ- ity concludes with a celebration of inspirational car-for-bike swappers brave souls who hand over their car keys as a commitment to commute by bike for the next year. For more information about the event visit Facebook.comTourDeFat. See Facebook.com TourDeFat to submit an entry to swap your vehicle for a fancy new bicycle and to view the Tour de Fat credo schedule and videos. Statewide Advocacy for AZ Bicyclists Join the Movement Donate Volunteer Find us on www.cazbike.org BIKE BAGS ACCESSORIES BUILT IN COLORADO USA. AVAILABLE ONLINE SELECT BIKE SHOPS AND REI. YOUR FOLDING BIKE SPECIALIST AUTHORIZED DEALER FOR 2054 E. Southern Ave. www.portapedalbike.com 480-254-6369 ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES Sweepstakes closes November 30 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. 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 Tempe 9 BIKEiT Innovation making it even easier to Bike in Tempe If you BIKEiT they will come B icycle boulevards are an inno- vative concept that progressive bicycle cities like Tempe are incorporating into their transportation systems to make it easier for more people to bike more often. By build- ing these facilities either as off-street paths or on streets with less traffic cy- clists become the priority. The Tempe network has been branded BIKEiT for Bike in Tempe. The various routes are named for bike parts. The Transportation Master Plan identifies nine boulevards that will connect ex- isting bicycle facilities the first five are programmed to be completed by 2020. THE VARIOUS BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES are named for bike parts like PEDAL SPROCKET WHEEL HANDLEBARS andSEAT For more info visit tempe.govbikeit. 10 BikeLife Tempe Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels JEFF CASLAKE Cyclist and Tempe Bicycle Advocacy Group TBAG board member I ride because With work so close to home it would be irresponsible to drive a car. When I began riding I rode as a personal challenge. The more I rode the more I enjoyed the solitude and calmness I felt by not driving in traffic with the masses. Having my own lane during rush hour or short cutting the street grid by biking on the canal banks is awesome. Bicycling for me is a budget space-conscious environmentally friendly transportation solution. I bike Tempe PAUL EMERSON Tempe resident Arizona State University employee I ride because Tempe has bike lanes where I need them. I dont have to pay for parking at work and I can park my bike right in front of the office. Tempes weather terrain and bike facilities have made it easy for me to ride to work and around town every day for the last 15 years. The best part of biking Tempe is seeing my city up close and staying connected with the community. You see a lot of things on a bike you wouldnt notice from a car. An extra bonus is that I can combine my work commute with my workout. Never will I take a job again that is not accessible by bike Never. MAJOR ANDREW LANE Captain PLaneT 42nd Civil Affairs Battalion Army Reserve Arizona State University student I ride for the fresh air to fit in my nearly 20-year-old college clothes because you cant beat cyclings miles per gallon to demonstrate we dont need big oil and its negative impacts because College Avenue is a super cycling highway thank you City of Tempe because I can carry and safely park my ride in the 4th floor broom closet because whats better than riding with your son and daughter to school each day to show others that riding instead of driving is possible and above all else I ride because I care about the future of the planet BikeLife Tempe 11 VERONICA BOOTH Tempe resident bikethatazup.com blogger I ride because My family and I were slaves to our SUVuntil the day I saw my first cargo bike Its a bike built to carry more than one kid groceries books and toys I was stunned. I am not athletic and hadnt ridden since I was a kid but I saw this bike and I had to have it. Not only has this bike simplified our lives but my kids have learned that you dont need a car to get around. They understand that bike commuting is healthy fun environmentally friendly and easier than driving. Best of all they are now unplugged. We are enjoying time together taking interesting routes with fewer cars and enjoying more to see and explore. My dream is to bike pool with other moms JOSIAH GERYOL AGE 6 Tempe resident I ride because I like riding bikes better than being in a car because you can go speedy fast while outside and you can pop a wheelie IRELAND GERYOL AGE 4 Tempe resident I ride because Biking is really fun and I like going fast Its more fun than being in a car and I love it. MAUREEN DECINDIS Tempe resident I ride because I love the independence I feel getting around on my own on my bike. I love the freedom to get on a bike and beat the traffic. It makes me happy that Im not sitting in a car waiting. To me this is what makes Tempe a livable city. I love to ride on the backways out of the hubbub of chaos. Loud cars close to me is not fun. Bike the Backways. There are over 700 miles of canal and off-street pathways all neighborhood streets are back- ways and there are wide sidepaths on many arterials in Tempe. I chose a mountain-bike style bicycle with hybrid tires so I can use my quads for power take street corners as easy turns hop on and off easily and ride smoothly on dirt and pavement. Bikes can take you to places you couldnt get to with- out them. I love to bicycle to tool around. I love to bike to the library ASU downtown Tempe Tempe Town Lake the gym yoga dentist and grocery stores. I love to bike to a bar to share an IPA with friends. What more can I say its fun I bike Tempe My family and I were slaves to our SUV . . . until the day I saw my first cargo bike Veronica Booth 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 ByBECCAHEATON 12 BikeLife Tempe 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 14 BikeLife Tempe Love Tempes Multi-Use Paths Adopt One Permanent Bike Parking Rolling into Tempe Beach Park L ooking for a way to volunteer and do something great for the City of Tempe Consider rounding up your friends family or co-workers to adopt a path. While Tempe does its best to clean up litter pull weeds and remove graffiti the city can use your help. The time commitment is minimalabout two hours every three monthsand most paths are available for adoption. Choose your favorite path or one thats close to where you live or work. Your efforts along your chosen one- to two-mile section will help create a sys- tem you can be proud of. As a bonus the city will post a sign to acknowledge your contribution. The Adopt-A-Path Program not only supports litter control but its also an important element for Tempes storm water management. For more information or to fill out a form and get started visit tempe.govadopt or call 480-350-8428. T hanks to Tempe Leaderships 30th class a permanent bike parking program is rolling into Tempe Beach Park. Located at the parks main entrance open bike parking will be offered every day. In addition bike valet parking will be offered as a part of special events to both promote biking to events and help organizations raise funds and increase awareness of their programs. The project is expected to be complet- ed by late 2015. Leadership class members have raised almost 75000 in cash and approximately 30000 in-kind. For more information or to make a donation visit TempeBikeCorral.com. Rochelle and Erick Geryol peddle cycling craft beer and community Tempes 2015 Bike Heroes O wners of Boulders on Broad- way bar and grill Rochelle and Erick Geryol were hon- ored with the 2015 Tempe Bike Hero Award. Each year this award recogniz- es individuals and organizations that have committed to increasing aware- ness and accessibility of bicycling as a viable transportation option. Not only do Rochelle and Erick ride bikes regu- larly they have also created a business that supports and encourages bicycling in the community and are helping Tempe to have one of the highest percentages of bicycle commuters in the country. The Geryols explain We love food and craft beer but most of all we love cycling and bringing communi- ty together. It is these passions that resulted in Boulders on Broadway becoming a bike-friendly restaurant. The restaurant serves up tasty food plus 30 draft beers and 70-plus bottles of craft beer. Boulders on Broadway was the original bike restaurant and bar in Tempenot because it was some kind of concept but because the Geryols believe in bike riding as the best way to get around said Ryan Guzy who nominated the Geryols for the award. From the first day they opened Boul- ders they have always encouraged people to bring their bikes inside. Boulders indoor bike parking in- cludes bike pumps and basic tools and they provide free bike lights to cyclists who stay past dark and dont have a light of their own. KnowaBikeHero Nominationsfor2016AreOpen If you an organization or someone you know is heroically promoting and supporting cycling the City of Tempe would like to hear about it. Nominations are due by Nov. 30 2015. To submit your nomination visit tempe.govbike BikeLife Tempe 15 2014 Ryan and Jennifer Guzy 2013 Maja Wessels 2012 Patricia Berning 2011 Eric Iwersen 2010 Bicycle Cellar 2009 Sue Fassett 2008 Tempe Bicycle Action Group VOTE Bike Hero Rochelle with Josiah and Ireland Geryol Bike Heroes Rochelle and Erick Geryol ByBECCAHEATON 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. 16 BikeLife Tempe 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 EricsRide Tempeasypublicarthistorichomesbeer Eric Iwersen Principal Planner My favorite Tempe ride is cruising slowly and viewing the public art along Farm- er Avenue University Drive and Wilson Street checking out the shade trees and historic homes of Mitchell Park and Maple Ash neighborhoods and grabbing a beer at any of the many bike-friendly bars in downtown and on Mill Avenue. . . now thats slow and Tempeasy. LaurasRide ASUCampusTempeTownLakeIndianBendWash Laura Kajfez Neighborhood Services Specialist A great weekend ride is through the ASU campus and over to Tempe Town Lake. You can check out whats going on at Tempe Beach Park cross over at the pedes- trian bridge and if youre feeling ambitious hop on the Indian Bend Wash path and head to Scottsdale. AlexDurrantsRide 85283-85281Commute-Plus Alex Smith Real Estate Development Supervisor and Durrant Williams Enterprise Network Engineer Start in your favorite part of 85283. Take College Avenue north to Apache Boulevard13th Street then take the curve to Mill Avenue. Ride north on MillVan Buren to Galvin Parkway north on Galvin and through Papago Park to Moreland Street north on 52nd Street to McDowell Road then back down Galvin Parkway to Downtown Tempe. GermansRide Half-mileStreets German Piedrahita Senior Civil Engineer My favorite Tempe rides involve the half-mile streets. My family and I ride the half-mile streets like Lakeshore and Carver to get to the canals parks Landis bike shop or the crepe bar. Alone I venture further riding on College Avenue north to Mill Avenue up to Curry Road and back to College experiencing different neighborhoods and energy. 1 1 2 3 4 City of Tempe employees share their favorite bike rides 4Great Rides Laura Kajfez likes riding through ASU and Town Lake. Eric Iwersen enjoys art and beer with his bike ride. Alex Smith adds a few twists and turns before sitting down to work. German Piedrahita varies his rides depending on his cycling companions. 20 BikeLife Tempe SPEND LESS RIDE MORE Were Tempes Down to Earth Bike Experts 480-219-7225 200 E Fifth St. Suite 105 Tempe thebicyclecellar.com RIDE SMART repair service best bike brands parts accessories Open Daily BLMSp15_BicycleCellar.pdf 1 9215 1016 AM 22 BikeLife Tempe Raising the Handle Bar Tempe goes the extra bike mile when it comes to bike facilities with Artist Laura Lees 153 Dont Wake the Dreamer a mural inspired by the young dreamers of Tempe can be viewed at Hardy Drive south of 5th Street. This project was funded through the Tempe Municipal Arts Foundation and Graffiti Abatement with support of the Tempe Arts Commission. BikeLife Tempe 23 RIO SALADO By the end of 2015 Tempe will have a 7.5-mile scenic and continuous multi-use path around the Tempe Town Lake and Rio Salado. By 2017 thanks to private development that total will increase to eight miles. The path is on the south side of the Rio Salado. As part of Tempes commitment to building one of the best bicycle and pedestrian systems in the country this growing path and linear park system connects Tempe Town Lake activity centers shopping schools and pre- viously inaccessible riparian habitat areas. Tempe has added two miles of shared use pathway along the banks of the Rio Salado along with an under- pass under the 101-202 interchange. An additional underpass under Priest Drive will be completed in 2016. EL PASO GASLINE Completed in Au- gust this new half-mile pathway runs along the El Paso Gasline easement from Kiwanis Park to Rural Road where it meets a one-mile stretch of bike lane along Southshore Drive to McClintock Drive. Here it meets the existing El Paso Gasline path between McClintock Drive and Price Road. The project in- cludes paved pathway lighting land- scaping public art and other amenities. It was funded almost entirely with 1.3 million federal transportation grants. BIKE PARKLET ON MILL An existing parking space on Mill Avenue has been converted into the citys first parklet. The former space now provides park- ing for up to 20 bicycles. You can find it between Sixth and Seventh streets in front of The Handlebar Tempe. The Downtown Tempe Authority DTA and downtown businesses collaborated on the design. Bright green panels with bicycle-shaped cutouts were installed by city crews and the metal struc- ture was manufactured by Tempes BGB Steel. STREETSCAPE PROJECTS Streets- caping on University and Hardy drives was completed in 2015 and the Broad- way Road project is set for completion in early 2016. Improvements include landscaping public art sidewalks me- dians new crosswalks traffic signals and bike facilities. Its all designed to make it easier safer and more pleasant for people to bike and walk along these busy corridors. These projects introduce the citys first buffered and protected bike lanes explains Tempe Transportation Com- mission Chair Pam Goronkin. They herald the next generation of improved bicycle facilities and add to Tempes ro- bust system of more than 175 miles of bikeways. The improvements are locat- ed on University Drive between Ash Av- enue and Priest Drive on Hardy Drive between Broadway Road and University Drive and on Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and Rural Road. These corridors link with existing facilities and provide important connections throughout the community. The projects grew out of neighbor- hood-led efforts and were designed with extensive public involvement. The result is bicycle counts among the high- est in the community and transit rid- ership among the highest in the state. The improvements promote neighbor- hood stability encourage sustainable business and development efforts and support Tempes commitment to sus- tainable transportation options. For more information on these and other bike facilities projects programs and events www.tempe.govtim new parklets pathways streetscapes murals and more... Tempe resident Jake Earlys rendering of the Lets Meet at Daley Park mural. The mural will begin with imagery of an untamed desert and end nearly 400 to the west on College Avenue with the artists interpretation of the modern look and feel of the area. 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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 Tempe 25 Stay safe out there Traveling by Bus Bike Board Foot Car ith school back in session lots of students are biking to the ASU campus elementary middle and high schools. No matter how you choose to travel here are some tips to keep everyone safe GO WITH THE FLOW When riding a bike always ride on the right side of the street where motorists are more likely to see you. Plus its the law. PROTECT YOUR NOGGIN To protect your head bike helmets must fit snugly with the chin strap fastened. If your helmet has been hit or damaged at all or if it is a few years oldreplace it. FOLLOW THE RULES Whether driving or biking everyone needs to obey traffic signs signals and laws. The same rules apply to bicyclists as motorists. SHARE THE ROAD Do you know about the 3-foot law Arizona Revised Statute ARS 28-735 states motorists must provide a dis- tance of at least 3 feet when passing a bicyclist. Fines for violating this law are up to 500. WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER With so many people biking walking and driving we all need to be ultra-alert and stay aware of surroundings. NIGHT LIGHT Biking at night Be sure to have a light. The law requires a white headlight and rear reflector at night. Adding a blinking red tail light is a good idea too. STAY ON THE RIGHT TRACK When approaching light rail and railroad crossings never try to beat the train or stop on the tracks. Be alert look for flashing headlights listen for warning bells and horns and look both ways before crossing. W The3-footminimum itsArizonalaw 2 BikeLife Tempe HOWTO BIKESTYLISH INASKIRTAvoid the dreaded flash with these easy tips By JEANNE EISENHAURE BikeLife Tempe 27 F irst a quick discussion about the type of bike you ride If you have a step-through frame a bike with a dropped center tube biking in a skirt is much easier. If you have the standard triangle-framed bike you have to get a little creative. Here are my top tips based on the type of skirt you want to wear Mini-SkirtorPencilSkirt. Since these are often tight I recommend choosing a stretchy option that will allow for more comfort and flexibility while you ride. If your skirt is super short and tight one option is to hold down the cen- ter of the skirt to your seat with one hand while you ride. There is no getting around the awkwardness of this move and it can be tricky and possibly dangerous so I recom- mend wearing short spandex shorts underneath your skirt to avoid flashing your skivvies. Bikie Girl Bloomers are a fun option bikiegirlbloomers.com. Knee-LengthSkirt. These are the easiest skirts to bike in with enough material and coverage to easily avoid flashing as you ride. Wind can be an issue with these skirts so consider investing in a skirt weight visit tandemny.com for more on this cool product or check out the Penny in Yo Pants video on YouTube. When you get off your bike scoop the skirt material between your legs so you avoid flashing. LongSkirt. Tie the extra material in a knot at the side of your thigh so it doesnt get caught in your pedals or bike chain. When you dismount hold the material between your legs or find a wall or an alleyway to hop off your bike near your destination. Remember flashing a wall is fine Nowthrowonyourcutestskirtandgetoutandbikestylishly Jeanne Eisenhaure writes about being bike stylish on her blog BikeStylish.com. I get this question all the time I would bike but how would I wear a skirt and ride without flashing everyone My answer Its simple Here are a few tricks to make pedaling in a skirt no matter what the length a breeze. 28 BikeLife Tempe 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. Read on for what to look for or ask about when youre shopping. 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ByBECCAHEATON PhotocourtesyofCateye BikeLife Tempe 29 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 2 BikeLife Tempe What Do I Need Probably the easiest tour of all a bike overnight is most often a one- or two-night bike trip from your front door or launch- ing from a place you can drive or take a bus to. The beauty of a bike overnight is that you can use whatever bike you have handy and organize your trip around the bike your fitness level and where you want to go. A simple bike overnight involves taking a credit card toothbrush and maybe a change of clothes and riding light to a ho- tel or hostel nearby for an overnight stay. If you have a rack on your bike you can strap on a camping kit and ride to a campground for an inexpensive escape. How Do I Get Started No matter what your approach check out BikeOvernights.org for how-to articles and packing lists and dozens of stories for inspiration. They include the simple kind of overnights described above and a whole host of others including luxury overnights and big family gatherings. In fact the biggest category of stories covers family trips and bike overnights are a convenient economical way to introduce kids grand- kids nieces and nephews to the wonders of bike travel. One of my favorite family stories is Jeff Mosers 10-mile trip from home to a nearby state park with his wife Kristy and son Charlie. It turned out to be their best family camping trip ever and got them hooked on bike travel. I had been reading Joe Kurmaskies book Metal Cowboy Tales from the Road Less Pedaled a collection of essays about his bicycle travels around the world which got me yearning for my own two-wheeled adventure shares Jeff. So my wife and I decided to plan a bike overnight to a nearby state park with Charlie. The family had a good mix of camping gear and was able to use their existing bikes along with a Chariot trailer to carry everything. Since we werent going too far away I figured we could carry a surplus of stuff and not suffer too badly says Jeff By JIM SAYER Two-Wheeled VACATIONSOver time Ive come to realize that many people have bikes or at least easy access to one vvand yet not that many folks use it for one of the greatest experiences youll ever enjoy a bike tour. The usual reason I hear is that their bike isnt the right kind for a bike trip or they dont have all the gear needed to travel by bike. If thats your thinking too heres some good news A wonderful refreshing bike trip with minimal hassle and maximum fun is available to you right now. The bike overnight. ChuckHaney BikeLife Tempe 31 Since we werent going too far away I figured we could carry a surplus of stuff and not suffer too badly says Jeff. laughing that next time though he would hold off carrying a 5-pound Presto log. The Mosers took their time pedaling and once at the park they set up camp and enjoyed dinner and a beautiful evening by moonlight falling asleep to the howls of coyotes in the distance. On the way home the next day I was already thinking about where we could go next says Jeff. Getting Your Friends in on the Ride Elle Bustamente is another fan of bike overnights. She and her husband and two kids have done numerous fun trips together. Elle decided to plan a camping over- night with two close girlfriends. One of my most favorite vacations was a 40-mile weekend trip with two of my dearest friends says Elle. Neither of them had really been on a bike in a while but still were willing to follow me on this mini-adventure. Elle notes that planning a short trip helps ease the fear of heading out on a grand adventure. With only a couple of nights on the road it doesnt really matter how light your bags are whether you forgot something or need to find the time to train. We might not have looked much like real cyclists but we had plenty of food warm clothes and bikes that worked well enough shares Elle. And we were able to experience the local beauty at a pace that we could absorb it all in. Elle and her friends also took their time. We stopped as often as needed and had plenty of chocolate to stave off any bonking she says adding It was an incredible feeling to share that with my friends and watch their love for bike touring grow. We had the chance to catch back up tell new stories and sing as loudly as we pos- sibly could while riding uphill Dont Wait Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal Thats a useful reminder from a friend of mine. I cant tell you the number of peo- ple who tell me they are going to try a bike trip but never do. The reasons are legion from lack of gear to lack of time. But now you know bike travel is as simple as hop- ping on a bike any bike and riding a few miles to a nearby campground or lodge. Dont let excuses get in your way. Commit right now to taking a bike trip in the next couple of months. Set a date and destination and invite friends or family. Once you try your first bike overnight youll wonder why you never tried one before Jeff Moser wife Kristy above left and their son Charlie enjoyed a bike overnight to a local state park. A fan of bike overnights Elle Bustamente far right planned a fun trip with two girlfriends Bekah left and Marnie middle. One of my most favorite vacations was a 40-mile weekend trip with two of my dearest friends says Elle. Read more stories on fun bike overnights at BikeOvernights.org. Share your stories on our Facebook page. Jim Sayer is Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association AdventureCycling.org which produces state-of-the-art maps organizes tours advocates for better cycling conditions and publishes Adventure Cyclist magazine. One of his favorite bike overnights was to Yellowstone Park with his teen daughters. Highlights include having loads of time to talk and groan while they climbed 7000 feet on Beartooth Pass enjoying a cramped hotel room and a pretty lame Adam Sandler movie and cruising the streets of beautiful Red Lodge Montana and finishing with a Mexican food and ice cream feast. JimMoser 32 BikeLife Tempe E very April the City of Tempe celebrates Bike Month. For 2016 the city will hold its 20th annual Tour de Tempe community bike ride on April 3 and its 23rd annual Bike to Work Day on April 20. The purpose of Tempe Bike Month is to encourage people to use bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation. With this and other efforts such as the bike parklet on Mill Avenue and Tempes award-winning bike facilities Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell says Tempe is on track to becoming one of the leading bike communities in the country. 20TH ANNUAL TOUR DE TEMPE More than 1000 people are expected to participate in the Tour de Tempe community bike ride on April 3 from 73011 a.m. at Kiwanis Park 6111 S. All America Way. The event is free and starts in the west parking lot north of Guadalupe Road. Members of the Tempe City Council lead this 10-mile bike ride. Registration starts at 730 a.m. and the ride starts at 9 a.m. Register the day of the event or register online at tempe.govbikemonth. BIKE TO WORK DAY On April 20 from 630-8 a.m. all bicycle riders who stop by a participating Bike to Work Day location in Tempe will receive a free breakfast and the first 350 riders will receive free T-shirts. Start planning for Bike Month 2016 Mark Your Calendars FormoreinformationaboutBikeMonth visit tempe.govbikemonth or call 480-350-2707 Thefirst1000ridersreceivefreeT-shirts ARTWORKBYCasebeer BikeLife Tempe 33 whatwherewhen AZ Beach Bikes 1828 E. University Dr. 480 719-6009 azbeachbikes.com Bike Saviours 1930 S. Roosevelt St 602 429-9369 bikesaviours.org Domenics 2 Wheelers 2010 S. Rural Rd. 480 967-7700 domenicscycling.com Ehrhardts Schwinn Bike 111 W. University Dr. 480 967-2137 ehrhardtsSchwinn.com Ironhorse Custom Bicycles 1843 E Baseline Rd. 480 639-4362 ironhorsecustombicycles.com Kore Bike Industries 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480 966-5673 korebikes.com Landis Cyclery Tempe North 2180 E. Southern Ave. 480 839-9383 landiscyclery.com Landis Cyclery Tempe South 1006 E. Warner Rd. 480 730-1081 landiscyclery.com Portapedal Bike Inc. 2054 E. Southern Ave. 480 245-6369 portapedalbike.com REI 1405 W. Southern Ave. 480 967-5494 rei.comtempe Soul Beach Cruisers 1425 E. University Dr. 480 306-8812 soulbeachcruisers.com State Bicycle Co. 2167 E. Cedar St. 855 557-8283 statebicycle.com The Bicycle Cellar 200 E. 5th St. 480 219-7225 thebicyclecellar.com The Pedal Bike Shop University 405 W. University Dr. 480 968-2642 pedalaz.com The Pedal Bike Shop McClintock 311 S. McClintock Dr. 480 804-2453 pedalaz.com TEMPEHASBIKESHOPSGALORE Tempe is home to more than a dozen bike shops. Whether youre looking for a new or used bike repair maintenance or accessories youre sure to find what youre looking for 34 BikeLife Tempe C limate change fitness and the price of gas are good reasons to transition from car to bike but the best reason is that using a bike for commuting or errands is infinitely more pleasant. When you ride you have the breeze in your face and you notice all kinds of things from lawn art to sprouting crocuses you miss from behind a windshield. You feel connected to pedestrians and playing children and you arrive at your destination with no parking hassles your blood full of oxygen. Studies by the British New Econom- ic Foundation reveal that cyclists find their mode of transport at least as flex- ible and convenient as those who use cars with lower stress and greater feel- ings of freedom relaxation and excite- ment. The trick is training yourself to reach first for the bike helmet instead of the car keys. Doing so is largely a matter of chal- lenging your assumptions about how life has to be organized. Think you dont have time to get around by bike For trips of three miles or less riding is about as quick as driving because side streets and paths through parks make it easier to avoid stoplights and you can zip right past traffic. The workout youll get around town on a bike might even save you a trip to the gym. You may not be able to buy a weeks worth of groceries and pick up the dry clean- ing all in one bike trip but that can be a good thing. When life slows to the speed of a bike you dont try to do too many things at once. To make the leap from car to bike dont demand too much of yourself. Your job may be too far to bike to but what about your local supermarket the hardware store the movie theater or the post office Instead of hitting these places while driving home from work try going home first and getting the bike its a great way to unwind and move your body after sitting all day. Put your helmet where you usu- ally leave your keys so as you reach you can ask yourself Could I do this on a bike Its a matter of developing the hab- it and studies show that its never too late to break old ones and develop new ones. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that it takes from 15 to 254 days to develop a new habit and that its easier if you use a natural disruption in your life mov- ing a new job a vacation to change one habit to another because the cues on which your habitual behavior relied disappear. Even a small change pres- ents an opportunity. Youll need of course a bike that youll be comfortable riding. It doesnt have to be brand new or cost a lot but it should fit you and be in good shape. Your local bike shop can help. Your local shop can also help you with the extras a rack to hold either baskets or panniers to carry things a good lock a helmet lights for front and back and for wet streets fenders. I got creative and zip-tied a seven-dol- lar lockable tackle box to my rack so I have a secure place to keep lights tools a spare tube a reflective wind- breaker and a credit card. Once equipped start exploring al- ternatives to the big fast roads. Side streets parks schoolyards and alleys are a parallel universe that you may never have seen before and they can get you across town with surprising speed. Start slow. Choose nice days. Do one errand at a time. Its a head shift as much as anything to switch from car to bike. But its worth it. THE FINAL MILE Changing Habits Training yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four Dan Baum is the author of four books and was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He and his wife Meg enjoy biking and use bike share to explore a city whenever they can. IllustrationbyMikeReisel By DAN BAUM 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