Grid Bikes Make Sharing Suck Less in Phoenix

Zaida Dedolph
Grid Bikes hubs have popped up all over Central Phoenix, and will come to Mesa and Tempe in 2015.

Phoenix's new bike share program, Grid Bikes, launched in late November -- just in time for absolutely gorgeous cycling weather and holiday visitors. Jackalope Ranch was there, of course, to take a test ride.

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Grid Bike Share to Launch in Phoenix November 25

Courtesy Grid Bikes
Grid BIke Share launches Tuesday, November 25.

Gird Bikes is finally launching in Phoenix on Tuesday, November 25. The bike share program was first announced back in July 2013 and then officially unveiled by city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton back in October 2013. And though it was originally set to launch earlier in 2014, its release was delayed due to to vendor issues.

But now the lime green bikes have been given the green light. Founding members and Grid ambassadors have already begun testing out the new rides this week while the rest of the Grid team has been setting up bike stations throughout the Phoenix area.

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Hello Vélo Celebrates Bicycles in Phoenix with Free Beer, Music, and Food Trucks

Jeremiah Toller
If you like Tour de Fat, you should probably check out Hello Vélo this Sunday.
It's time to put those buns back on your saddles and get riding again, Phoenix. Well, if you need more inspiration than that, Phoenix Spokes People are throwing a "big bike party," according to organizer Libby Coyner, and the cycling is only half of the fun. Hello Vélo will be the first of its kind event in Phoenix, though if you're a fan of Tour de Fat in Tempe, it will likely be right up your alley.

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Tour De Fat at Tempe Beach Park: A Field Guide to Saturday's Event

Benjamin Leatherman
Attendees of 2012's Tour De Fat in Tempe.
A small bit of advice to the beer-loving, bike-riding crowd: You'd better keep Sunday completely free of any obligation whatsoever. Why? Because you might need it to recuperate from all the beer-loving, bike-riding fun that you'll be getting into during Tour De Fat at Tempe Beach Park on Saturday.

And based on what we've witnessed at the event over the last several years, you're probably going to get into a lot of both activities.

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Sunday Cycles in North Phoenix Is Moving Next Month

The new Sunday Cycles will be much more than a repair shop for Valley mountain bikers.
Listen up, mountain bike gearheads: One of your favorite NoPho bike shops is moving. Don't get your spandex all in a bunch, though. Sunday Cycles is moving just four miles south, which is actually four miles closer to some of the best trails on the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Best of all, owner Joe Berman promises a serious kickback area for post-ride relaxation and a larger than average selection of women's cycles at the new shop.

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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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