Heavy Pedal and Fix-Set to Host Summer Bike Games in Tempe on September 27

Dustin Ground/Flickr
If you display spoke cards like a badge of honor, this event is for you.
Celebrate the last of summer's cruel and unrelenting heat by getting on your bike and going to Clark Park at the end of this month. There you'll be joined by other hip local cycling enthusiasts looking to claim victory over their cohorts in feats of bike prowess. Plus, there will totally be PBR and stuff, because of course.

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Biketoberfest Brings Bikes and Beer to Tempe's Mill Avenue on September 27

Tina Riddle
German stuff plus bikes plus beer-- all for a good cause.
Hey Tempe, looks like a bike and beer festival is headed your way. No, you aren't seeing double (though Tour de Fat 2k14 is right around the corner, too) -- the brand new Biktoberfest will launch at The Handlebar Tempe in Mill Avenue and combine elements of Oktoberfest with bike races and more.

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Viva Bike Arizona Aims to "Change the Conversation" About Bicycling Statewide

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Image courtesy of Ryan Guzy
Tempe policymakers ride together at a ride earlier this year organized by Viva Bike Arizona

Valley-wide, bikes are finally becoming a part of the landscape. With density and accessibility becoming a must-have for competitive cities around the world, Phoenix area bicyclists are increasingly seeking to exert their power and make their respective environments ideal for riding in all conditions.

Following the creation and continued growth of such bicycling activist nonprofits as Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG) and Phoenix Spokes People (PSP), Tempe resident and longtime cyclist Ryan Guzy saw a need to insert bikes into the statewide conversation on a more directly political level. An outgrowth of the "Tempe Bike People" Facebook group, the new Viva Bike Arizona political action committee was born.

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Filmmaker Joe Biel Wants to Share Portland's Cycling Success With Phoenix

Image courtesy of Joe Biel
Aftermass screens this Tuesday at FilmBar

Over the past 18-plus years, Joe Biel has become a DIY archetype. Through hundreds of books and zines with his Microcosm Publishing house, dozens of self-made films, and international "Dinner and Bikes" tours, Biel has invested his entire life in the promotion of underground and alternative culture.

For his latest project, screening at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, July 29, Biel has created Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland. The feature-length documentary aims to capture the cycling-activist zeitgeist by turning the lens onto the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States, showing how residents worked on the ground through events and actions such as the now-international monthly Critical Mass ride to produce the pedaling mecca Portland is known as today.

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Phoenix Bikes App Gives Free Tips and Tricks to Valley Cyclists

Courtney Pedroza
Do you bike in Phoenix? Then this app is for you.
Let's face it: Phoenix and the surrounding cities aren't exactly the easiest to navigate in terms of cycling. Where one bike lane ends, swerving, speeding vehicular traffic begins. Even more bicycle-friendly places like Scottsdale and Tempe suffer from these infrastructural issues. However, figuring out the basics of biking in Phoenix just got a little easier, thanks to the Phoenix Bikes app.

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Tempe Wants Cyclist Feedback on Bike Lanes

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Janessa Hilliard
The City of Tempe is giving residents a chance to voice their opinions on transportation through a survey.

If you've ever thought, "I wish there was a bike lane here," you're not alone. And, lucky you, the City of Tempe wants to hear what you have to say about your two-wheeled commute problems.

Tempe has created a survey for residents to get their input on the current transportation systems in Tempe, specifically focusing on residents' transportation issues. The survey is a way for the city to receive feedback on its Transportation Master Plan. The current plan, which was formerly known as the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, was updated in 2008 and will be updated following the results of the survey.

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Grid Bike Share Launch Postponed in Phoenix

Courtesy of Grid Bikes
No green bike share rides for you just yet.
Bad news for folks looking to jump on the bike share train in Phoenix: The Grid Bike Share program launch has been postponed until after this summer. While the program was initially slotted to launch in April 2014 during Valley Bike Month, the release had to be pushed back due to issues with the bikes electronic components.

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7 Best Group Bike Rides in Metro Phoenix

Janessa Hilliard
Phoenix bike rack at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, created by Ruben Gonzales of The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.

For those who prefer the bike lane to the HOV, there are plenty of group cycling rides criss-crossing the metro area. Each began with the goals of combating car-centric culture and, more often than not, pounding a refreshing pint or pitcher. Here are the top seven regular rides around city streets.

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Cyclo Mesa's El Tour Criterium to Hold Qualifiers for Red Bull Ride + Style

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Bikers, get ready to show off your skills on wheels.

CycloMesa, formerly known as The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival, is returning to the East Valley Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. And, in addition to the racers, vendors, beer garden, and live music, the two-day festival has announced it's also holding qualifiers for the Red Bull Ride + Style.

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Phoenix Bike Share to Launch in Early 2014

Courtesy of Grid Bikes

Phoenix's bike share program now has a name: Grid Bikes (styled Gr:D). The bright green bikes are emblazoned with a smiley face and instructions to "Ride Happy!"

Mayor Greg Stanton unveiled the name and logo last Monday at the National Association of City Transportation Officials Phoenix conference at Hotel Palomar.

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