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@Suzanne  With 40 feet of spacing, cyclists should be able to move left like before. 

3 months ago on Tucson’s first protected bike lane set for May 1 opening

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@StrawHousePig  Didn't think you were trying to be a bossy a-hole either! Thanks for reading and I'll spend some time getting it sorted. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Five bikes stolen from home

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@StrawHousePig  I think it's related to LiveFyre, actually. I don't actually manually approve the comments they should just appear. I may have to switch back to something else as annoying as that is. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Five bikes stolen from home

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@zz  Then there will be no way the streetcar can try to pass me. 

I don't think we are going to electrify it.  

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying goodbye is hard to do

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@zz  Ann said it was taken out for the streetfar and will be returned soon. 


Apparently they city isn't happy with the way it's going into the asphalt though and wants to put concrete attachments in. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: April 3

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@Bike Geography  Guh. Sorry. It's ianjohn27@gmail.com and is fixed in the story. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on BAC looking commuter & advocate award nominations

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@Red Star I'm not entirely clear on the target start or completion date. Cole did say there was a team of four who were already starting to prepare the process to accept construction bids. 

The impression I got was that getting the work rolling and showing that the city is making progress is important. 

I'll follow up and see if I can get a more solid date. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Portions of Third Street and Treat Avenue to be repaved

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@slugghIt's here. I think a wordpress update may have had something to do with it. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Mountain biking at night

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@EdBeighe I'm waiting on a response from the county attorney's office. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Driver who hit pro cyclists gets 7 days in jail

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@Red Star @EdBeighe @MikeMcKisson I've been chasing down this story and will have it online tomorrow. Lots of developments. 

Mike

6 months, 1 week ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver

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@friend Would you email me at tucsonvelo@gmail.com I'm working on a story and want to ask you a question. 

Mike 

6 months, 1 week ago on Driver accused of hitting pro cyclists defends himself in online forum

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@Graeme Yes! Thanks. I've fixed it. 

8 months ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement

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@Red Star You are correct. The email is jesse.soto@tucsonaz.gov. Thank you got pointing it out. 

8 months ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement

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@David F Thank you for the clarification, David. I'm sorry your Linus went through this ordeal, but am glad it wasn't more serious. 

Is there any information on the pickup truck? Maybe we could try to track it down. Of course the police will only do anything if Linus can identify the driver. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Photo: Streetcar crashes reminder of track danger

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Before I get any comments. I include whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet because it is an extra piece of information some readers care about. 

By law cyclists do not have to wear a helmet if they are over 16 years of age. It is impossible to know if a helmet would have helped in this or any crash and not wearing a helmet is not an assignment of blame on this website. 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on 71-year-old bicyclist killed in crash

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@Red Star Rose Canyon Campground says they are still open, but that they may close at any point. 


9 months, 3 weeks ago on Government shutdown may affect popular bike rides

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@Red Star @EdBeighe It appears that even Mr. Kinkade is unsure of his situation. He's back on Twitter and says he is "waiting for resolution." 

I'll try to follow up soon. 


10 months, 2 weeks ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver

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 My most serious crash was on a road ride with a group where people in front of me went down and I ran over a rider and then crashed myself. 

I have fallen a lot mountain biking but nothing too serious. The worst crash was totally dumb and I ended up falling into a prickly pear. 

I have known people who have broken bones both on the road and mountain biking. 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 reasons to love mountain biking and 2 reasons it’s an abusive relationship

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@StefanWalz Did you vote yesterday? If so you might just see the results. You have to wait 24 hours before you can vote again.

11 months ago on Photo contest: Get your vote on

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@3wheeler I'm not arguing with you. I'm trying to clarify where the path goes since I know you ride it a lot. 

I was told the path cuts north just west of the train tracks. Clearly that isn't the case. 

The map has a section that is in planning that utilizes the diversion wash and goes north of the VA. 

Thanks. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Pima County adds green pavement to crosswalk on Loop

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@3wheeler @MikeMcKisson @StrawHousePig This is based on you riding it? I didn't get to ride is and was visualizing based on a phone conversation.

I was told it headed north just past the train tracks, but looking closer the proposed part does go north of the VA hospital. 

That is moot anyway... 

11 months, 1 week ago on Pima County adds green pavement to crosswalk on Loop

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@StrawHousePig It's in the planning phase. I should have used a different color. Here's the Loop map: http://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/The%20Loop/130607%20Loop%20Map%201.pdf

11 months, 1 week ago on Pima County adds green pavement to crosswalk on Loop

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@keneddies If you read the site for long, you'll see typos. I try to eliminate as many as possible, but grammar is not my gift.  

It's gotten worse as I've had more and more of my time demanded elsewhere. 

I always appreciate when mistakes are pointed out so that I can correct them. Sometimes the comments are more gentle than others. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo contest: Deadline is tonight!

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@keneddies  You are right, Ken, I didn't get a chance to look over the post because I was rushing to get to my real job. 

My sincere apologies. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo contest: Deadline is tonight!

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@pedalpics @MikeMcKisson Certainly seems plausible, if not likely. Whatever other solution they come up with may have the same issues. 

I suppose the library just didn't want it happening where the kids were seeing it. 

The real answer should be strict enforcement. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Drug dealing & defecation prompt bike rack removal at main library

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@pedalpics The connection seemed a little thin to me too, but I didn't do a good job relating their argument. Apparently the racks became a gathering spot. When bikes were parked there including some of the homeless' bikes it basically shielded what was happening behind them from the view of the plaza and the security guards at the library. They did say since they removed the parking, they have had less problems at that spot. 


11 months, 2 weeks ago on Drug dealing & defecation prompt bike rack removal at main library

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@Erik Ryberg It's a story I am working on and will have a post soon. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: August 2

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@Mike H That is interesting. I hadn't heard of that one! 


11 months, 3 weeks ago on First ‘contraflow’ bike lane partially installed

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@CodyM48 You are right. Thanks for the catch. It was right in my head, but not my fingers apparently. I have fixed it. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on First ‘contraflow’ bike lane partially installed

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@jeff About 100 feet on both ends. It'll be about when the tracks move back in after the turns. 

12 months ago on Updated: Fourth Avenue sharrows violate national guidelines, streetcar plans

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@Harrison Smith The streetcar planners said drivers will have to wait behind bikes if they can't be safely passed. In actuality, bikes will probably be moving faster than the streetcar. 

12 months ago on Updated: Fourth Avenue sharrows violate national guidelines, streetcar plans

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@JamesDonohue My measurement is taken from the center of the sharrow, which is what the MUTCD says to do. That is where most people will try to ride. 

12 months ago on Updated: Fourth Avenue sharrows violate national guidelines, streetcar plans

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@silverpedals I'm hopeful the city's education plan for the streetcar bicycle markings will help. 

It's one of the first times they are actually spending money on educating both motorists AND cyclists about the markings. 

This isn't in the city, but hopefully it will reach more people. 


12 months ago on County tries out cheaper alternative to green lane

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@Randy Garmon I agree, but is this different than not protecting, but rather encouraging dangerous riding? 

I think that might be an important decision. 

What seems to be clear is that there just really isn't enough space on the road for everything we want included. 

12 months ago on Photos: New sharrows place riders in door zone

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@Randy Garmon Don't give up ;) This particular project is frustrating to many, especially people who participated in the early planning meetings. I covered some of them and the particular topic was raised a lot. 

Ultimately people feel like the concerns fell on deaf ears. There are examples of people told one thing and then something else being done. 

12 months ago on Photos: New sharrows place riders in door zone

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@Randy Garmon I appreciate the feedback, Randy. I agree that most people who read this site will ride father to the left knowing they need to stay out of the door zone. Sharrows are used BOTH to illustrate to motorist that bikes will be in the road AND to illustrate where cyclists should ride (http://bikepedantic.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/sharrowsr5.pdf)

 It's the newer riders that the city wants to attract. 4th Avenue is exactly the destination a newer cyclist would want to ride to. They are also less likely to know about the door zone and the position of the sharrows, which to a new cyclist would appear to show them where they should ride, puts them in the door zone. 

A lot of people also give cyclist who fall on the tracks a hard time saying they should have known better. New cyclists without mentors have no idea and learn the lesson the hard way. 

Also the weaving in and out of the travel lane is just a mistake. 




12 months ago on Photos: New sharrows place riders in door zone

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@sluggh @PlanckLength I'm planning on getting the police report when it is completed. We'll see if there is anything that might assign blame. 

1 year ago on Updated: 19-year-old bicyclist killed at Broadway and Campbell

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  @sluggh Yesterday when I originally reported on the crash, TPD didn't have much information and the public information officer was leaving for the night. 

TPD said it was a pedestrian who was struck and that is all they had, but I had received several emails, texts and messages on twitter indicating it was actually a cyclist. 

I try to cover both cycling and pedestrian issues so I would have reported on it either way, but the details were scarce and we were hearing two different stories. 


1 year ago on Updated: 19-year-old bicyclist killed at Broadway and Campbell

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@Dan N. I appreciate your feedback, Dan. As a cyclist, these types of stories are awful to write and I hate doing them. 

Judging by the numerous messages I've received on the subject, it seems that many people are concerned about it and want to know more. I agree we don't know very much, but that is more the function of the police department knowing little and sharing little. 

We have however, learned more from comments here than from the police. 

As for competing with local media, I'd argue their stories are all about the inconvenience of a closed street. Here at least it's cyclist or pedestrian who matters. 

I've learned you can't and rarely please everyone. If we ignored it or waited until the press release from the police, I'd be getting complaints from other people. 

It's a terrible situation that had no good answers. 

Thanks for reading and for the feedback. 

1 year ago on Updated: 19-year-old bicyclist killed at Broadway and Campbell

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@TJ You are right. And no one asked. Unless you are asking. I meant to include it, but didn't. He was indeed wearing his helmet.

I think the assumption is someone coming down the mountain would be wearing one, but I should have put it in the post. 

1 year ago on Victim of Saturday crash on Mount Lemmon identified

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@Erik Ryberg This video and story I shot in 2010 has many answers to your questions: http://tucsonvelo.com/news/bac-concerned-about-streetcars-impact-on-popular-bike-routes/4436

Parking should be striped at 7 feet As for a hummer, the Wikipedia entry a hummer is 86.5 inches or 7.2 inches. So no it would not be legally be able to park. 


I believe the car is approximately 8 feet and I seem to recall the car would basically be so wide that it comes out to the spot where the asphalt and concrete meet. 

Not sure what the stopping distance is compared to a car, but I believe you will be able to take the lane. The problem with taking the lane is that you would be riding between the tracks to really assert your right to the lane. 


1 year ago on Photos: What happened to stricter parking on Fourth Avenue

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@zz Did you remove your other comment? I see 10 here, but the last one you posted seems to have disappeared. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Walgreens did not eliminate bike lane on 1st Ave; it never existed

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@EdBeighe Many avid riders in the transportation community know the difference between the two, but it's common to call what is technically a striped shoulder a bike lane for the sake of understanding. 

I know it drives some of the people who are really knowledgeable in the area nuts. 

Thanks for the link. The striped should ends about two-three blocks before the intersection. There has never been one that has extended beyond that. 

Confident riders will know that the safest thing to do in that situation is to take the lane, but most people are not confident riders. Most people the shoulder and get up on the sidewalk or hug the curb. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Walgreens did not eliminate bike lane on 1st Ave; it never existed

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@Hurri47 Yep. Being comfortable asserting your right to be there and taking the lane is the best way to get through places like that. 

I do it all the time off on Limberlost heading east from First. It's too narrow for a bike and car, but motorists will try to squeeze through anyway. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Walgreens did not eliminate bike lane on 1st Ave; it never existed

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Ironically, she decided she wanted to ride the CETMA today because she was tired. Our plan is to go to splash pad that is near her school and then ride home in our bathing suits. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Parental dilema: When is it too hot to ride with kids

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Surprised Lemmon isn't mentioned! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Community Question: What is your favorite bike ride?

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 If I hadn't included it, do you think there would have been other people asking whether or not her was wearing one? Of course there would have been. It's relevant in that many in the community I serve is interested in whether he were wearing a helment. 

You are correct that it should not be relavant in the courts  and you make a good argument about it not being a law to wear a helmet like a seatbelt so therefore it shouldn't be included, but ultimately it is my job to provide people with as much information as possible. 

I'd be more than happy to publish a guest opinion on the subject if you care to write one. 

Thanks for reading. 



1 year, 2 months ago on UPDATED II: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash; suspect in custody

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@Red Star Thanks. Was going to post about him being a Sun Tran driver, but wanted to get his name first. 

1 year, 2 months ago on UPDATED II: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash; suspect in custody

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@Jason777111 Well I don't know where you are going then! Kidding. I fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out! 

1 year, 2 months ago on 5 tips for biking in Tucson summers and 3 reasons why it rocks

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@3wheeler @Red Star I'd also just say bicyclists were told by the streetcar team that they would use the block rail. We know what happened there. They were told that the Warren underpass would be open for bicyclists. We know what is happening there. They were told that the route would incorporate lots of safety aspects for cyclists along the streetcar route, which happened to be one of the most popular bike routes in the city. What do you think the people who are crashing on the tracks think of the safety treatments?

Clearly the streetcar team and the county are different entities, but I don't think there is a lot of trust between government officials and bicyclists right now. 

I can understand why people are skeptical especially given what Carolyn Campbell and Zach MacDonald said regarding the county approaching them with one route and one route only. 

1 year, 2 months ago on County: Starr Pass paving discussion premature

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@EI keep coming back to the idea of what is safest for all involved. As many have pointed out, technically even one cyclist out there would make it illegal to pass on a double yellow line. 

More importantly, though, I can't get over the fact that I think it is safer for everyone to pack up than ride two-by-two. It's got to be easier for a motorist to pass a group bunched up vs. a group stretched out for a mile.  

I know what the law says, but that doesn't mean it's the safest thing to do and doesn't mean it shouldn't be changed. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Sheriffs stop Tuesday Morning Ride

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@Red Star Apparently it wasn't clear enough. At 11-12 feet you can't separate bikes and peds instead it has to be a shared use path similar to The Loop system. They say the ramps and the number of people biking and walking make it unsafe. 

As Johnson points out it might be more about risk management than actual safety. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Bikes to be banned in Warren underpass on UA campus

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@Orvis Yeah I've got it. Josh emailed me as soon as it came back. I just haven't had a moment to get it online. It will be soon, however. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Bike Shop Hub welcomed to Tucson by theft of $5k art piece

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@Red Star @Karen Clark Well said. This is one area I really want to figure out a better way to keep the community updated. 

Please do let us know what the outcome is, Karen. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Cyclist killed in crash on Ajo Highway; Driver and passenger arrested

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@E It does actually say, ran in front of the driver, but I agree that's probably what was said and may not be the actual case. 

Often the interviews are very one sided. 

Drivers tend to only one in one direction when turning, which is one of the major reasons riding the wrong way is so dangerous. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Pedestrian dies 9 days after being hit by car; 6th fatality this year

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@TucsonJanet Gosh. That would be good info. 7 a.m. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Ride with the Mayor tomorrow or fuel up at commuter stations

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@Randy Garmon @MikeMcKisson I'm not aware of any changes, but I haven't compared them. 


1 year, 3 months ago on Woman files $3 million claim for bike crash on streetcar tracks

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@Greta These tracks were ones they put in when they were redoing the Fourth Avenue underpass several years ago. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Woman files $3 million claim for bike crash on streetcar tracks

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@CarolynAudilet Try it now. 

1 year, 3 months ago on First of two Tucson Cyclovias this Sunday

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@dirtybiker It's actually not that bad for the government. When you start to factor in the light itself, the utility modification to get electricity to it, the installation, traffic studies and regulations they have to meet it's not exorbitant. Maybe I have doing this long enough that the prices don't shock me anymore. When I first started, they certainly did. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Two new ‘Bike HAWKs’ going in on Tucson streets

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 @theahlilea  @MarthaRetallick  @Steve Wilson Yes there will be a real stoplight there.

1 year, 4 months ago on Photos: University and Park reopened following streetcar construction

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 @MarthaRetallick There are shoulders in both directions. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Photos: University and Park reopened following streetcar construction

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I have intended to spend some time looking for places that we could go that aren't campgrounds, but haven't done it yet. I did enjoy being farther away from the city and traffic out at Gilbert Ray, it just wasn't worth the white-knuckle ride.  It's amazing how much concerning it is when you have a kid on the back. I generally don't mind it when it's just me, but adding Luci to the mix made it a lot more concerning.  

1 year, 4 months ago on Photos: Family bike camping

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 @3wheeler I was OK on Ajo, it wasn't pleasant, but I felt safe enough, but Kinney was miserable. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Photos: Family bike camping

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 @3wheeler She did. She ended up having a pretty runny nose, which made the night a little tough, but she had a blast. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Photos: Family bike camping

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 @sluggh Ha! I won in 2011 for advocate of the year, which was an honor, but also uncomfortable because I don't really want to be seen as an advocate. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Submit your nominations for bicycle commuter, advocate and business of year

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 @stolenbikestuc Thanks! That might be quite useful. I'll shoot you an email. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Are bike thefts on the rise in Tucson?

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Leap year? ;) Thanks! 

1 year, 4 months ago on Link roundup: February 25

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 @MarthaRetallick I did, Martha. A couple traffic tickets in the Prescott area.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver

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I've removed some previous comments that were not appropriate. The site will not be used to suggest anyone be hurt or killed and that includes trolls.  

1 year, 4 months ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver

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Yep. I emailed with him too and will have an update from TPD too. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Updated: A second stolen bike listed on Tucson’s public auction site?

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 @Tim Bowen Thanks, Tim!I'll take put those on my list of things to fix. 

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Tucson Velo gets a new look

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Done. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Tucson Velo gets a new look

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