Phoenix Bike to Work Day April 22

Well hello! Yes, this is my first blog post in about three months. There aren’t any more posts planned to follow this one, though I do plan on writing again. As all of you surely experience the frustration from the snail’s pace of progress in this region, writing about it every day can devolve in to the harsh criticisms I began writing in November and December. That is not what this blog is supposed to be about, so I needed to take a break and remember that riding a bike is fun. Writing about riding bikes is supposed to be fun, and when it wasn’t fun anymore I needed to take a step back to rebalance my thoughts.

That brings us to today because I have some very exciting news. The past 8 years the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County have hosted a Bike to Work Day event for city and county employees. For this year’s 9th installment they have partnered with RED Development to host the event at CityScape and opened the event to the public set to take place on April 22nd.

The ride will begin at Park Central Mall (3121 North 3rd Avenue; between the Thomas and Osborn Light Rail Stations) and culminate at CityScape (2 East Jefferson Street) where Central Avenue will be closed and valet bike parking will be provided. If you register for the event, breakfast items will be provided by Chloe’s Corner and you do not have to participate in the official ride itself to be registered; you may commute straight from home to CityScape and meet there. Riders will leave Park Central at 7:30 and plan to arrive Downtown around 7:50 where Mayor Stanton is expected to speak.

Even if you do not wish to or are too late to register, please join us on the ride! One of the great opportunities of making this a public event is to demonstrate the support for cycling as a legitimate form of transportation in Phoenix. By blowing up the event (300 participants are expected, I’d LOVE to double that!) we can make this statement in a very public and productive way to city leaders.

What: Bike to Work Day
When: April 22nd 7:00 – 8:30 AM
Where: Park Central Mall to CityScape
Who: Maricopa County, City of Phoenix, Valley Metro, RED Development, and YOU
Why: Because riding bikes is awesome!

Downtown Devil Discussion Tonight

Arizona State University and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism (550 North Central Avenue, Phoenix) are hosting their monthly Downtown Devil Discussion with tonight’s topic: Cycling Through the City – The Changing Role of Bikes in Downtown.

Doors open at 7:00 with refreshments and mingling followed by a moderated panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:10, and time for audience questions thereafter. Panel members include CycleHop representative and co-founder of The Bicycle Cellar, John romero; ASU Downtown undergraduate student and bike courier at Bike Force, Aaron Tornow; Phoenix Spokes People member Lisa Parks; and Bicycle Initiative Subcommittee and Environmental Quality Commission Chair for the City of Phoenix and founder and director of Synergy Design Lab, Jeremy Stapleton.

Panelists will discuss the potential impact of bike share in Phoenix, perceived [and real] dangers of riding a bike for transportation, and bicycling’s role in the transportation network in Phoenix and as it relates to Downtown. I’m sure they’ll discuss more topics and plenty will come up during the Q&A session but all I found advertising this event was the Facebook invite I linked to above. So I encourage you to show up and bring any questions about what the future of bicycling looks like in Phoenix because these are some of the people who are already embracing cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation in Phoenix, as well as working diligently to improve cycling conditions throughout the city and Valley for all people on bikes.