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

Facebook / The El Tour Criterium
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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The Heavy Pedal Presents the Life After Death Race in Downtown Phoenix

Michael Klinger/The Heavy Pedal
Victor Vasquez of The Heavy Pedal in a "Death Race" shirt the company designed in 2011.

This time last year, Bryan Harding was getting a new tattoo. On a Saturday evening before Halloween, the local bicyclist, who works for State Bicycle Co., raced (literally) to Electric Haven Tattoo shop in Tempe. There he waited, perhaps not-so patiently or painlessly, as his left side became the canvas for a piece he did not choose and didn't even pay for, but certainly wanted -- if only because it guaranteed him first place in one of the most anticipated underground events in the Phoenix biking community: The Death Race.

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Pedal Craft Volume 3 Opens at Monorchid in Phoenix Oct. 25

Benjamin Leatherman
Some of the posters from Pedal Craft 2012

Pedal Craft Volume 3 will help bring Phoenix Design Week to a close on Friday, October 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Monorchid in downtown Phoenix.

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Grand Avenue Bike Lane Opens in Downtown Phoenix

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Jeremiah Toller
The new, Grand Avenue bike lane. Yeah, it's literally green.
The Grand Avenue Merchants Association cut the ribbon on new, green bike lanes, conveniently completed in time for the Grand Avenue Festival this past weekend.

In addition to the new bike lanes, which run northwest along Grand from Seventh Avenue to 15th Avenue, Grand Avenue received a more substantial facelift, with new LED street lighting, desert landscaping, decorative crosswalks designed by Bob Graham, and new bike racks to accommodate an expected increase in bike traffic.

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