Bike Safety From Another Cyclist’s View

Phoenix is up and coming with becoming a more modern city and with that there are many more cyclists filling the streets. According to the City of Phoenix’s safety reports there were 2,134 bicycle related accidents, with 18 of them being fatalities, making Phoenix a relatively safe place to cycle in, but not as safe as Copenhagen, a cyclists paradise. One fellow cyclist ASU Junior EJ Hernandez talked with me earlier today about cycling in Phoenix and how safe it is and what could be done.

 

 

Q: Why do you ride bikes in Phoenix?

A: I ride bikes in Phoenix to relieve the stress and to cruise around and have a good time. It’s not a bad place to look at and you can ride around and zone out and do your own thing.

 

Q: Do you think Phoenix is a good place to ride in?

A: Phoenix is a good place to ride in, there are parts where it can be better. Maybe throwing bike lanes on Central Ave. would be nice. But overall it’s a pretty good place to ride.

 

Q: Do you think it’s safe?
A: There are some crazy drivers in Phoenix, but I feel like you can find them anywhere. For the most part it’s safe, but you got to be safe.

 

Q: What do you think could make it safer?

A: Obviously if everyone wore helmets it’d be safer, having bike lanes and having drivers be more aware of cyclist on the road would be a lot better.

 

Q: What’s you biggest complaint with Phoenix and it’s bike accessibility?

A: The biggest complaint is drivers not caring too much if they go by a biker at like 30 mph, and they’re pushing you off the road. It’s rough jumping on the sidewalk and trying to make way when you only have one way to go.

 

Q: What do think could be done to make drivers more aware of cyclists and their needs?

A: Awareness and signs. Something that is much more visual to make them more  aware. Obviously wearing lights and helmets would help out. It’s as much on the cyclist as it is on the drivers.

Rider Appreciation Week

The week of March 17 the host of the weekly group social ride, Loops, is celebrating and saying thanks to all of those who ride Loops, be it the Downtown Phoenix ride or Tempe group ride.

Co-founder of State Bicycle Co. Mehdi Farsi joined in on Monday’s group ride in Phoenix to join in on the fun. After the ride, all riders were invited to come over to the State Bicycle Co. shop downtown where free pizza and brews were available for all of the riders who rode that night.

Downtown’s Loops was different as cyclists gathered in Civic Space park, the ride has been shortened and an impromptu drag race at the capital was planned for the night. When cyclists took off the everyone rode slowly as they made their way to the capital on Washington St.

On Washington St. many of the riders lined up, taking up the entire street. Wheels were lined up and when the 1, 2, 3, go was announced riders were off and sprinted their way to the capital.

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Two riders high-five each other after the race

After the race, the group ride rode over to Arizona Center’s parking garage in hopes of another race, a quick race to the top and then back down again.

As the riders lined up in the garage, a security guard sadly came up to the large group and asked everyone to kindly leave and the race was cancelled.

After that everyone made their way to the State Bicycle Co. Shop for a good time and a few laughs. Riders talked about the usual, riding, all the while enjoying pizza and free Coors.

Be sure to meet up with Tempe Loops at Tempe Beach Park for more of this week’s fun Rider Appreciation week and check the event out on Facebook here.

 

Slippery Pig Bike Shop

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Slippery Pig is pu on central smashed in between Lux Coffee bar and a pawn shop this Bike shop has been serving residents of uptown and Downtown for quite a while. They do everything from sell bikes, fix a flat and sell any of the gear that you’ll need on your adventure through Phoenix. Slippery Pig is one heck of a nice place with dogs walking about and friendly staff that really knows their stuff.