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pmbcaz.org The Hub: October 2016

The Hub: October 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 10/27/2016

October 2016
October 22 Saturday Cycling Report
  Short Patches of Construction on McKellips Loop. By Ken St.John
October 15 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Five Cyclists Attack South Mountain with Gusto. By Ken St.John
October 8 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fifty-Nine Cyclists Headed West on Pecos. By Ken St.John
October 1 Saturday Cycling Report
  St. Francis Loop on Tempe's Tour de Fat Day. By Ken St.John


October 22 Saturday Cycling Report
Short Patches of Construction on McKellips Loop

Added October 27, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We were very paper efficient on Saturday by filling in all 12 signature lines on four sign-in sheets for a total of 48 cyclists doing the McKellip's Loop. The warnings of long lane restrictions on Guadalupe were exaggerated; there were just a couple of short patches of construction. No cause for concern, other than the usual dangers while making the left turn off Guadalupe into the breakfast stop. Traffic is always thickest toward the end of the ride when we're the most worn out. I always try to look back twice before leaving the bike lane, just to be doubly sure.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/29/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:45

Saturday, 11/05/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
A 40-mile loop with lots of climbing, or 31 miles with a couple of moderate climbs, takes us north into Scottsdale and around Mummy Mountain. Breakfast stop at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:51

Saturday, 11/12/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:58

Tid Bits...

One more reminder that the Tempe City Council would like to hear from you by tomorrow (10/26) about how you appreciate the McClintock bike lanes. Email them at Tempe City Council.

I've added two more cycling events to the list below; they are the two that are coming up the soonest.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 15 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Five Cyclists Attack South Mountain with Gusto

Added October 20, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Only few of the 45 cyclists who signed in were surprised by the route change to South Mountain. That didn't seem to deter anyone from attacking it with gusto. AZ Bread Co wasn't surprised at all to see us two weeks in a row, because they always read the ride reports.

The PMBC Annual Chili Cook-Off is coming up this very next Saturday afternoon! And the RSVP deadline is this very next TOMORROW! See below for details. I plan to make a spicy hot pumpkin-pot of chili. Hope to see you there.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/22/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28- or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 6:39

Saturday, 10/22/16 2-5 p.m., 2016 PMBC Annual Chili Cook-Off
Come join the PMBC at our 5th annual Chili Cook Off Saturday, October 22nd from 2-5pm. Please RSVP by Oct 18, if you will be attending and especially if you are competing in the chili cook-off by contacting Armando Charvet. Armando will provide directions to his house.

Saturday, 10/29/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:45

Saturday, 11/05/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
A 40-mile loop with lots of climbing, or 31 miles with a couple of moderate climbs, takes us north into Scottsdale and around Mummy Mountain. Breakfast stop at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:40

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At the November 3rd Tempe City Council Issue Review Session, city staff will provide an update on the McClintock bike lane project, including data on use of the bike lanes, traffic volumes and safety (crashes), as well as public feedback. A group called Bike McClintock is concerned that some negative feedback from non-cycling residents could result in the removal of the bike lanes. They suggest these ideas for getting your voice heard:

  • Email Tempe City Council by October 26th and tell them why the McClintock bike lanes (and others like them) are important to you.
  • Attend the City Council Issue Review Session on Thursday November 3rd at 4:00 at City Hall to show your support and speak in favor of the bike lanes.
  • Follow www.facebook.com/bikemcclintock #bikemcclintock

Did you know there are over 50 charitable organizations that you can support when you participate in El Tour de Tucson? One of them, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was recently brought to my attention by one of our Saturday cyclists as his cause of choice. Seems they're having a fund-raiser from 8-noon next Saturday at a Tempe fitness center. Click here for more information, or visit http://bit.ly/iride4sarah for Rick's personal story.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 8 Saturday Cycling Report
Fifty-Nine Cyclists Headed West on Pecos

Added October 14, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Route Change Alert! I'm moving the South Mountain route to this week. The city of Tempe notified me about a half Ironman that will close Rio Salado Pkwy for the weekend. We'll just skip Research to Oak in this quarter's rotation. The ASU home game on the 22nd has been scheduled for 7pm, so we shouldn't have any trouble going down Mill Avenue that day.

Fifty-nine cyclists headed west on Pecos last Saturday. I had a lot of fun doing most of the long route; hope you enjoyed it too. We'll be lucky to get two or three more rotations with this map before Pecos is rendered unusable.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/15/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:33

Saturday, 10/22/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28- or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 6:39

Saturday, 10/29/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:45

Tid Bits...

The Casa Grande Century registration is live!

And so is our need for volunteers! Normally we have several people step up to help as the day draws near, which is really great! But there is an immediate need now to make arrangements for facilities and use permits. It's mostly just telephone time. Please reach out to Casa Grande Century Organizers if you would like to help. We've stepped up the advertising campaign this year, so we expect more participants.

I imagine that the Free Ride, on December 10, needs a few volunteers too. Please contact Glen Fletcher to be a part of the team.

On the topic of losing Pecos... Pecos Action Group (PAG) is asking for help from the cycling community in their efforts to mitigate the loss of Pecos Rd. They would like you to complete a simple one question survey: PECOS ROAD BIKE LANE REPLACEMENT SURVEY to help them communicate the desire for bicycle facilities equivalent to those that will be lost. They are specifically calling for two dedicated 10' wide bike lanes where ADOT currently plans to build a low-speed, multiuse path adjacent to the new freeway.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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October 1 Saturday Cycling Report
St. Francis Loop on Tempe's Tour de Fat Day

Added October 5, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-seven rode the St. Francis Loop on Tempe's Tour de Fat day. The standard route got a preview of the new Guadalupe blacktop on the way to Hardy. The long route riders successfully detoured around the clutter on the westbound side. They seem to be making rapid progress. There was a steady stream of creative and costumed fat tire bikes rolling down Mill Ave, as expected. Even if you didn't stop and linger, there was plenty to see coming towards us along College on the way back to the park.

Neal reports 59 signed in for the membership meeting ride the week before.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/08/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Ahwafooty
We'll circle around to approach the Ahwatukee-Foothills from the south with 24- and 35-mile options and moderate climbing on the longer route. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:28

Saturday, 10/15/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast is at Panera Bread. Sunrise: 6:33

Saturday, 10/22/16 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 6:39

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With motorists enclosed in their capsules behind tinted windows and sun visors, it is not always easy to make eye contact, to comprehend hand gestures, or to lip-read verbal messages. But we cyclists are out in the open air; all of our arms, hands, legs and facial expressions should be clearly visible. Perhaps the best resolution for the silly little deadlocks that happen at intersections when the motorist with the right-of-way isn't going, is for the cyclist to be the traffic cop. We can clearly point to the car who should be going, gesture to the green light they are ignoring or the stop-sign being honored. It might help. Just remember: when you want to pantomime a 'thank-you' to a courteous motorist, be sure that your tongue is forward and visible at the beginning. If instead, your top teeth are prominent against your lower lip, it could send an entirely different message.

Wouldn't it be handy to have a phone app that allowed you to take a picture of a road hazard and email it to the city with location data so that they can put it on their todo list? It looks like the city of Mesa is offering something like that, or an option to just submit your issues on-line. Here's the link: https://citylink.mesaaz.gov/

Events

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