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The Hub: May 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/28/2016

May 2016
May 21 Saturday Cycling Report
  I Wasn't There. By Ken St.John
May 14 Saturday Cycling Report
  Marco Polo - Our Youngest Route. By Ken St.John
May 7 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forecast For Rain Gave Way to Perfect Weather. By Ken St.John


May 21 Saturday Cycling Report
I Wasn't There

Added May 28, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I wasn't there last Saturday, so I don't know what happened. Nothing newsworthy I guess. Still, I wanted to get the ride report out because another Monday Holiday is sneaking up on us this weekend and Neal has volunteered to lead a ride! He'll be using one of the standard Spin Cycle routes which starts at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler at 7:00 Monday morning.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/28/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 5:21

Monday, 05/30/16 7:00 a.m., Desert Breeze Park. Tour de Queen Creek
This route goes SE from Desert Breeze Park as far as Hunt Hwy and Ellsworth. Five distance options are provided, ranging from 35 to 50 miles. Breakfast will probably be at Paradise Bakery on Ray Road east of the 101. Back-up plan is Wildflower Bakery in the Chandler mall. Sunrise: 5:20

Saturday, 06/04/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos Loop
The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:19

Tid Bits...

The next opportunity to race the train from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Williams is September 24. The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel are providing valuable prizes for the top three men and women. See below for the link and a discount code.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 14 Saturday Cycling Report
Marco Polo - Our Youngest Route

Added May 21, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was a lovely mid-May morning for the 41 cyclists who headed east on the Marco Polo route. At three years old, this is still our youngest map of the 15 that we rotate between, but not for long! See below for details on the new route that will premiere on the first Saturday of June. I've been retired for 7 months now; it's about time I produced something useful.

Mike 'Diesel' Kirk will be leading the upcoming Saturday ride. Janet and I have another commitment that day.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/21/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:24

Saturday, 05/28/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 5:21

Saturday, 06/04/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos Loop
The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:19

Tid Bits...

While scouting for a new SE Saturday Cycling route that incorporates bike-friendly Pecos Road, I discovered that Chandler Blvd. now has continuous bike lanes from the western edge of Chandler near I-10 to the eastern border of Gilbert at Power; 15.5 total miles. Our new Chandler-Pecos Loop route (not a very imaginative title, but descriptive enough) will use the Rural to Power segment of that stretch, then return westbound on Pecos, which also has striped bike lanes all the way back to Dobson (you can't say the same about the east-to-west direction. Yet.) Guadalupe's stretch of bikeway is still longer than Chandler Blvd's by 5 miles, but if we ever see ADOT stripe the bridge over I-10, and once the City of Phoenix upgrades their part of Chandler Blvd and extends it to 24th Ave, it will likely be the longest uninterrupted bike lane in the whole valley at 26 miles. That's something to look forward to.

Looping this new route around to AZ Bread Co for the breakfast stop brings it to parity with Paradise Bakery at eight each. The map should be posted on the web site very soon.

A couple of local bicycle advocates meet last week with Google to discuss cyclist's concerns with their self-driving vehicles which are being tested on the streets of Chandler. Google is interested in your comments or questions, which you can submit via their web site: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/ using the "Contact Us" menu option.

Tour de Flagstaff registration has gone live!

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May 7 Saturday Cycling Report
Forecast For Rain Gave Way to Perfect Weather

Added May 14, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The forecast for rain gave way to perfect weather for the 29 cyclists who showed up at the new 6:30 start time. The wind and rain of the previous 24 hours also gave us remarkably clean air. I'm sure a couple of people reached the start late, since three of the five maps we left on the windshield were taken. The good news is that we won't change the start time again until the first Saturday in September. It will be 6:30am all summer long.

Wendell says that fifty cyclists signed in last week, and that he DID SO announce the impending start-time change.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/14/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. The 26-mile standard route goes east on Guadalupe for 12 miles, then loops back on Elliot. The 41-mile long route keeps going east all the way to Ellsworth, then heads a little further south before joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:28

Saturday, 05/21/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:24

Saturday, 05/28/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
Route options 28 miles with one climb or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 5:21

Tid Bits...

I claimed, as a board member, to be representing PMBC when I sat in on the 2nd of a series of meetings that included people in Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler governments who care about providing safe roads for cyclists, and a few of us actual cyclists. They focused on transition points between Phoenix on the west of I-10, and Tempe and Chandler on the east, including the notorious Baseline Road. Cycling facilities for the loop 202, when it takes over the Pecos easement, has also been a hot topic. They all impressed me as good people who want to do the right thing, and progress is being made. Or at least it's being planned for.

I don't know who the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization is, but they have provided a new online tool where members of the public can identify (pin) areas where they feel unsafe walking, biking and/or driving. It appears to be focused on northern Pinal county and it looks like a fun, easy user interface.

I imagine that if I existed on Facebook, you would have a convenient button to flood my wall, or my feed, with your sincere wishes for happiness on my birthday today. I'm way too private for that. 58.

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