Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sunday November 19

Destination is Randy's in Scottsdale, remember they DO NOT accept any credit or debit cards- cash only.

It is my intention to ride Sunday, after doing El Tour de Tucson on Saturday. We'll see how that works out...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November Schedule Posted

First up is NY Bagels 'N Bialys this Sunday. See ya then!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sunday Oct 22 - Oink

This Sunday, our destination is Oink across from Paradise Valley Mall. Dedrie writes in this month's schedule that no reservations are accepted, but they will assist us specially when we arrive.

That being said, if they are jammed up with people when we get there, we can jet over to Chompie's on the other side of PV Mall.

See y'all on Sunday!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October schedule posted

First up is The Henry this Sunday October 1. Two important things: the start time now changes to 7:30 AM for the winter season. And this week I am not available to lead, so you gotta find it on your own.

Here's a picture we took last Sunday as we said our goodbyes to Patty (click the photo to embiggen). Good luck, and enjoy retirement!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunday September 24 - Steve's Greenhouse

OK kids, this is it- the very LAST 6:30 AM start of the year, as we change to a 7:30 start on October 1.  Destination is Steve's Greenhouse downtown.

In other news, this from Gary:

The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue installed its first bike rack in the Melrose District!!



          Bike Racks Coming To 7th Ave!!
              By Gary LeBlanc, CASA Vice President and Project Manager

The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue (CASA) is providing bike racks
to businesses in the Melrose area of 7th Avenue, which will tie in with the
City’s new CanalScape project and connect with bike lanes that serve
many neighborhoods.

CASA has relationships with the 7th Avenue Merchant’s Association, City of
Phoenix, the U.S. Department of HUD, Arizona State University, St. Luke's
Health Initiatives, local neighborhoods and  other organizations committed to
developing walkable, bicycling, opportunity-rich communities connected to light rail.

CASA has identified more than 40 properties where bike racks can be installed
at businesses on 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School Roads. 
Funding for the project has been secured, and we are moving forward with
the purchase and install of these racks.  Charley Jones, President of CASA,
designed the “M” shaped rack with help from his daughter Nicole.  Many
thanks to both of you for making a design that reflects the character of the
Melrose area.  Funding was provided by the PB Bell Companies, developers
of the “The Curve” apartments at 7th Ave and Montecito, and our hats go off
to this local company for being such a great corporate neighbor.

Keep an eye out for new racks popping up in the months ahead!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Labor Day Ride

I don't have the September schedule yet, but plans have been made for a pickup ride to Tempe on Labor Day (Monday Sept. 4). Granada Park, 6:30 AM. Destination is Ncounter.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yeah... this is going to work out just fine

While automakers focus on defending the systems in their cars against hackers, there may be other ways for the malicious to mess with self-driving cars. Security researchers at the University of Washington have shown they can get computer vision systems to misidentify road signs using nothing more than stickers made on a home printer.

Sorry to crush your dreams of riding in the back of your self-driving car...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunday July 30 - First Watch

We're off to the Metrocenter First Watch tomorrow. Probably be a smaller crowd than usual. Sort of have an idea for a route. See you at 6:30.

Here's an article about six bike lane projects coming to downtown neigborhoods.

Here's a video of Danny MacAskill's day out. This guy has skillz.

Tip of the hat to Gary for sending me both of these items.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oncall Blues

I'll just say this- four days into oncall duty, and I am pretty well convinced that Operations is conducting a series of sleep-deprivation experiments.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Never going to happen...

I've said it before, I'll say it again, there is no way anyone alive today will see a driverless car out on the street.

Oh, there will be places where the technology will work- like parking shuttles at amusement parks, college or business campuses, but never out in the real world, where kids and animals run out in front of you. Where electrical lines and trees come down in storms. Where water mains burst and take out half of a street. The real world. Where we live.

Just read this, about what the "experts" think bikes will need to be in the future.

Never. Going. To. Happen.