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The Hub: March 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 3/28/2017

March 2017
March 25 Saturday Cycling Report
  Closing Out the First Quarter of the Year. By Ken St.John
March 18 Saturday Cycling Report
  52 Show Up to Ride Around Mummy Mountain. By Ken St.John
March 11 Saturday Cycling Report
  Wildflower Display at South Mountain Park. By Ken St.John
March 4 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Peaceful Transition of Power. By Ken St.John
February 25 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Two Cyclists Took to the Hills on Foothills Training Ride. By Ken St.John


March 25 Saturday Cycling Report
Closing Out the First Quarter of the Year

Added March 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We closed out the first quarter of the year with a big crowd of 60 cyclists that included a few newcomers and several familiar faces who found their way back to us. The thin cloud cover seemed to preserve the cool of early morning for most of the ride. >From all I heard, everyone had a good time. That was followed by more fun later that same day at the Macayo's happy hour. President Janet expressed her gratitude for the people the friends who make this club so fun, and plenty of club logo swag was given away raffle style.

==== APRIL START TIME IS 7:00AM =======

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/01/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
Anyone on the ride who plans to attend the Chandler Family Ride will head over from the regroup to Chandler's Park & Ride lot on the SW corner of Germann Rd and Hamilton St, or shortcut up AZ Avenue to get there a little earlier. 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: 6:16

Saturday, 04/08/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:06

Saturday, 04/15/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
It's about time we added a new route for Saturday morning; especially since the Pecos freeway conversion has made two of or our Ahwatukee Foothills rides obsolete. This one will include a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills for the extended-distance option. I believe this will be the first Saturday map that takes us north up 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway near the Telegraph Pass trail head, which I consider one of the steepest ungated climbs in the foothills. You beer drinkers will notice the title's reference to a flagship product from one of our states greatest, previously independent microbreweries. I plan to complete the map and have it posted a week prior to the ride. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 5:58

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Here some good news for East Valley Cyclists: ADOT has committed to installing a 20-foot wide high-speed bike/pedestrian path along the south side of the Pecos freeway for the entire 6 miles from 40th St to 17th Ave! It will now be designed to accommodate 20mph bike traffic and may even be suitable for group rides. This will be the last phase of the freeway construction project, since the space it will occupy will be the motor vehicle bypass until then. I'd like to acknowledge the efforts of one individual who doggedly pursued this goal: his name is Joe Struttmann. Joe networked effectively with local government leaders from the City of Phoenix, both the AZ house and senate, as well as other cycling advocacy groups, individuals, and businesses. It's also a good sign that ADOT may be getting more responsive to cyclists needs; Bob Beane at CAzB is taking steps to keep that momentum going. Congratulations to all who helped; I had my doubts, but you did it! See https://www.facebook.com/groups/PecosActionGroup/ to learn more.

The city of Tempe is once again soliciting input for a new "streetscape design". This time they are working on improving 5th street in downtown. There will be an open house on April 4 from 5-7 at 200 E. 5th street, or you can provide input online March 22 through April 10 at www.tempe.gov/5thstreet or by calling 480-350-4311.

The Saturday Cycling Lost & Found in the back of the van is growing. Today we found a green insulated water bottle with the PMBC logo in the street near our parking lot. I gave it a bath and it's all ready to return home. I'm also holding three long-fingered gloves and a Micky Mouse baseball cap that miss their owners.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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March 18 Saturday Cycling Report
52 Show Up to Ride Around Mummy Mountain

Added March 24, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Even with the Mining Country Challenge luring cyclists out of town, we still had 52 show up at Kiwanis to ride around Mummy Mountain. It turns out they have wildflowers up on that end of town too. All the hillsides were accessorized in yellow. Many photo opportunities, but we came to ride. Janet and I had to skip the breakfast; we had the grandkids coming over for the afternoon. The pool water never seems to be too cold for kids who love to swim, and I was the only adult to hop in there with them. Overall an exhausting day.

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Saturday, 03/25/17 7:30 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: 6:25

Saturday, 04/01/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
Anyone on the ride who plans to attend the Chandler Family Ride will head over from the regroup to Chandler's Park & Ride lot on the SW corner of Germann Rd and Hamilton St, or shortcut up AZ Avenue to get there a little earlier. 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: 6:16

Saturday, 04/08/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:06

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Back in December the Tempe City Council agreed to study alternative implementations for McClintock Dr between Broadway and Guadalupe. The city created safe bike lanes there in 2015 that reduced the number of traffic lanes from 3 to 2 in each direction, and some local motorists complained. Now it's time to receive feedback on the proposed plans. Public meetings will be held Saturday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Tempe Public Library located at 3500 S. Rural Rd. in Meeting Room A, and Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at McClintock High School located at 1830 E. Del Rio Dr. Those interested can also provide input online March 25 through April 5 at www.tempe.gov/mcclintockdrive.

The Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG) is organizing volunteers to do a bike count at selected intersections during weekday rush hours. Here's the link if you'd like to help: http://biketempe.org/bikecount/. There are training opportunities this Thursday evening and Sunday at noon. I've signed up for two shifts next week and will be at the Thursday training show.

I recently heard about a charity ride for families with children who suffer from addiction put on by an organization called 100pedals. The ride is 7:30am on April 22 out of Portillo's on 90th/Shea. There are 15, 30, and 60 mile options. The cost is a mere $25 donation. Here's the registration link.

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March 11 Saturday Cycling Report
Wildflower Display at South Mountain Park

Added March 16, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The 49 cyclists who ventured into South Mountain Park hoping for a good wildflower display were not disappointed. There were large fields of poppies and plenty of little purple lupines, sometimes all mixed together. I imagine the show will continue several more weeks before all this greenery gets scorched to the ground, but we're not likely to venture back up the mountain on a Saturday until autumn.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/18/17 7:30 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: 6:34

Saturday, 03/25/17 7:30 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: 6:25

Saturday, 04/01/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
Anyone on the ride who plans to attend the Chandler Family Ride will head over from the regroup to Chandler's Park & Ride lot on the SW corner of Germann Rd and Hamilton St, or shortcut up AZ Avenue to get there a little earlier. 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: 7:33

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We still need one or two more volunteers to handle the lunch stop at the MCC! See link below.

We have again agreed to support the Chandler Family Fun bike ride which kicks off AZ Bike Month on Saturday April 1st. It's very simple. We just show up prior to the 8:00 start time, wearing our club jersey, and then ride along with the kids and their parents while role-modeling safe cycling and hoping no one falls in the canal. There is even a t-shirt in it for you, but you need to preregister (no cost, just a waiver) at www.chandleraz.gov/transit.

Here is a summary of Tempe's free Bike Month festivities:

  • Sunday April 2nd - the annual Tour de Tempe Community Bike Ride which starts from Kiwanis Park at 9am. They will have t-shirts, free breakfast and lots of shops and groups providing information.
  • Saturday, April 8 - New this year is a Bike to Art ride at 9am starting at Tempe Center for the Arts. It will be a leisurely cruise around the Town Lake and Mitchell Park areas, showcasing public art.
  • Wednesday, April 19th - Bike to Work Day with 8 locations providing treats to cyclists.
  • Thursday, April 20 Tempe Bicycle Action Group's 2nd Annual Bike & Beer event at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave, with a bike themed panel discussion, followed by a ride to Pedal Haus Brewery in downtown Tempe.

All the details are at www.tempe.gov/bikemonth.

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March 4 Saturday Cycling Report
A Peaceful Transition of Power

Added March 12, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-eight cyclists signed in last Saturday, and another 30 or more club members met up with us at Fibber Magees for the first membership meeting of the new year. There we witnessed the peaceful transition of power to President Janet, after Past President Armando held the office for 4 straight years. Armando will still be serving as an ad hoc board member. It will be tougher to blame the previous administration for every little thing with him sitting right there, but we'll manage.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/11/17 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: 6:44

Saturday, 03/18/17 7:30 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: 6:34

Saturday, 03/25/17 7:30 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: 6:25

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Here are some items of interest from the membership meeting as I remember them:

  • Kathy Mills is this year's Mining Country Challenge chief organizer. Yes, the same Kathy Mills that also recently volunteered to coach beginners as she rides sweep for Saturday Cycling. Isn't she great?!
  • There will not be a White Mountain Tour this year, or probably ever again as no one has stepped up to champion that cause. We do, however, have people interested in initiating a new out-of-town overnight event ride, which is something to look forward to. If you really miss riding the WMT, I'd urge you to participate in the Tour of Flagstaff in July; it has been steadily increasing in numbers each year since its inception.
  • There is room for one more on the PMBC board. Please contact anyone on the board if you feel the urge to leap into leadership.

Here's a link where you can see our friend Wayne on a 1:12 YouTube video regarding the new Rio Salado Pathway in Mesa. If he wasn't famous already, he will be soon with 65 views and counting! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i48XzVpT68Q.

Apparently, something has gone amiss with the maintenance agreement for the awesome bike lanes on SR 179 near Sedona. ADOT was quoted as saying they will begin the removal of the bike lane markings and signage on SR 179 between the Red Rock Ranger Station and the Sedona City Limits if someone doesn't pony up the $4,000/year it costs to keep it great by May 31st. The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition has started a fund-raising effort as a possible solution. If you'd like to help keep the lanes swept, and avoid their complete removal (which seems nutty to me), please go here to donate: http://www.vvcc.us/p/clean-lanes-fund.html.

The annual MS fund raiser is happening later this month; more info below. Also, a link was added for the AZ bike summit registration.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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February 25 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Two Cyclists Took to the Hills on Foothills Training Ride

Added March 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-two cyclists took to the hills on Saturday. It seems like every year I inadvertently schedule an Ahwatukee-Foothills ride on "Transportation Day", an event put on by a local preschool. It's grown popular enough to convert a half mile of Liberty Lane's bike lanes into a parking lot. Car doors come popping open, and small pedestrians suddenly appear from between parked cars. Even though it's a hazard for us, I'm kind of glad that we do ride by. I've seen fire engines, buses, horses, and helicopters at this event, but I've never seen bicycles in their transportation mix; including the attendees, who all arrive by car. Maybe next year I'll see it coming and schedule us to ride past it on purpose, as a reminder that bicycles can move people too.

======= MARCH START TIME IS 7:30 =======

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/04/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting! We'll be returning to Fibber Magees this time. 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 rejoining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road in Chandler; just east of Dobson. Sign-in will begin at 9:15am, and the meeting should start around 10:00. Sunrise: 6:53

Saturday, 03/11/17 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: 6:44

Saturday, 03/18/17 7:30 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: 6:34

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Here is something you should know, and probably already do: the Saturday Ride Report is not an automatic benefit of membership in PMBC. You most likely got on this email list because you legibly wrote your email when you signed in one Saturday morning, or you were already in the distribution list I inherited from my predecessor, Sue. Official PMBC member email blasts come from VP Steve; he is the keeper of the membership database. For example, if you are a current member you should have recently received an email from Steve about the March 25th Patio Party (see Events below). If you didn't and should have, please contact Steve Miller.

Be assured that Steve and I both do all we can to protect your email identities. We never release email lists to anyone. We've been asked, and we always say no. Letting your PMBC membership expire will eventually get you removed from Steve's list, but to get off mine you need to request it. I'm pretty good about deletions. This report currently goes out to 571 cyclists each week.

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