Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Tweed Ride

Content from the Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s website

Banish the spandex and don your most dapper casuals for the return of the Tweed Ride, an evening adventure of woolen skirts, bucket hats, and sport coats on SaturdayFeb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. starting at Tempe Beach Park.

Tempe Bicycle Action Group, a local bicycle activist group, welcomes riders of all types and skill levels to wear their favorite woolens skirts, capes, shawls, tweed jackets, caps, and knickers on this fine night of cycling and style. Cyclists will meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park for photos and to show off their style at 5:30 p.m. Following the meet and greet, riders will be off to show off their herringbone, twill, plaid and checkered styles with class at the finest Tempe drinking constabularies.

' All Tweeded Out' from the Rochester, NY Tweed Ride (Photo from Flickr)

  • Where: Tempe Beach Park on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Ride at 6 p.m.
  • What: A fine night of cycling and style at the classiest public houses of Tempe.
  • Cost: The ride is free!

Other Notes:

TBAG’s monthly social bike rides will now be held on the Second Saturday of every month.

Sign up and see who else is rollin’ with the crew via Facebook.

This nighttime ride is hosted by Tempe Bicycle Action Group, a nonprofit organization working to make bicycling a prominent, safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation in Tempe, Arizona and surrounding areas through education, grassroots events, and civic participation.

The Pedestrian Bridge at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake has enjoyed the great white arches of the pedestrian bridge over it’s dam since October of last year.

The lake seems to have a lot more bike and foot traffic on this end of the park.

People are drawn to the bridge for many reasons. First of all the new bridge helps to separate the lake and marsh area into a smaller loop to the Priest Bridge, making the walk less strenuous and time consuming.

Standing before downtown Tempe and "A" Mountain

Second, the pedestrian only bridge has a great design with large white arches canopying over the concrete path. At night blue lighting gives compliment to the color scheme of the light rail bridge.

Cyclists are seen breezing through the new bridge on their way to the other side of the lake.

A couple speeding by on bicycles a brisk morning

The dam area, along with Tempe Center for the Arts, is livelier than ever, with lots of people out and about enjoying the relief that Arizonans feel in the winter months.

Once the spring weather shows up around March, the weather will jump to much warmer temperatures.

Now is the time for cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, dog walkers and families, to utilize and appreciate the gift that is Tempe Town Lake.

If you haven’t been to the new bridge yet, check it out next time you are near Tempe Town Lake. Bring your bike along to ride the trail or a camera to capture the lovely sunset. initially wrote an article about the opening of the pedestrian bridge. Click here for a slideshow from’s website.

If you are a Foursquare user, there is also a check-in spot for the pedestrian bridge!

More Related Links:

Bike After Dark

Thanks to a reader’s comment on the ‘BlackBerry Night Bikes Commercial’ post, I learned about Bike After Dark.

Katrina said I had to check out, “These awesome in-wheel bike lights from Bike After Dark. When you are biking with them it’s like you are have a Tron bike! Super cool!”

So I went to their website…

And this image repeatedly flashed on the screen sending their message loud and clear.

It’s important for bikes to be seen better at night.

I really like the safety aspect and it seems cool!

Bike After Dark, based in Texas, designed a rechargeable, water-resistant LED light system for bikes. I wonder if it’s easy to install the lights. Check out the Bike After Dark blog and website.

The full wheel costs $69

The half wheel is $39

Here are the details from the website: (I figured I didn’t need to include specs for both full and half. You get the jist. And if not, I linked to their site all over the place. :))

The Fireball Mark II is Bike After Dark’s first creation. It is a rechargeable, water-resistant, LED bike light system that will keep you visible during those awesome night rides. The half wheel pack comes with one Fireball Mark II spoke attachment, 3 installation ties, and a charging cable. The Half Wheel pack weighs 1.5 oz per wheel. (Wall chargers are sold separately!) 

Finally, safety meets cool!!

I found a close up photo of the wheel. Not to say I now understand how it works, but I thought the bike mechanics out there might get it.

The Fireball Mark II light system

This one below is from Facebook. I think it’s the best one yet. If I was to buy these lights, I would definitely want the full wheel.