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1. Could You Be Our Next Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator?
2. White Spar Road Ready for Applause
3. Skull Valley Loop Challenge Fast Approaching on September 21
4. PAT Members and Supporters Strut Their Stuff in Parade
5. End Notes

Could You Be Our Next Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator?

Would you enjoy a part-time job showing kids and parents the benefits of biking and walking? Here’s your opportunity!

We’re looking for our next Safe Routes to Schools Program Coordinator. Find our job announcement here or by going to PrescottBikePed.org and clicking Safe Routes to Schools in the top menu. We’re giving priority to applications received before August 22, so please send yours in right away!

Even if you don’t envision yourself in this fun position, but know someone who would be a perfect fit, please pass the link on to them.

Tracy Kwit, our previous coordinator for the program, has moved to Corvallis, Oregon where she’s looking forward to engaging in that community’s bicycle and pedestrian activities, including noteworthy safe routes programs. She’s eager to help our new coordinator settle into the position and will be available via phone, Skype and email.

Tracy wants all PAT members and supporters to know that she left with mixed emotions. Even as she looks forward to connecting with new advocates in Corvallis, she said, “I likened my experience at PAT to that of an extended family working for the common good of making walking and bicycling to school safer. I want to extend a thank you to everyone.”

We all send enormous thanks to Tracy for her excellent work for the program. She’s left tough shoes to fill. Even so, her departure creates the opportunity for us to bring in a new coordinator who will offer their own particular skills and experience to the program. Could that be you?

White Spar Road Ready for Applause

As the sidewalk concrete hardens and the bike lane paint dries along White Spar Road, it’s hard to believe the project was 14 years in the making. Way back in 2000, Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) began discussing these improvements with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). White Spar topped our priority list back then because of the dense neighborhoods it winds through. Pedestrians and cyclists could be seen at all hours traversing its ragged edges on their way to Safeway and downtown or out the Spars. Most of these travelers had no choice but to walk or bike.

Many years of failed grant proposals and funding requests followed our initial discussions. Through it all, the ADOT Prescott District office was at our side supporting our proposals and seeking alternative funding.

Last year, after finally securing three federal transportation grants combined with extraordinary contributions from ADOT and their construction partners, the work began. Now, anyone, no matter how they choose to travel, is welcomed along this stretch of roadway. Walkers move easily along its topnotch sidewalks as cyclists wiz by on the bike lanes. Even car drivers are better served with the strategic addition of turn lanes and better-defined driveways and intersections. This is all fantastic news and great reason to celebrate.

There’s only one problem: ADOT isn’t hearing from people who appreciate their efforts! From the first groundbreaking, all they have heard are complaints. Business owners complained about losing parking spaces they had built on ADOT’s right-of-way. Residents shouted about driveway alterations. And, believe it or not, complaints came in during construction that there was no safe place to walk!

This bicycle and pedestrian retrofit project is a model in myriad ways. Not only are the sidewalks of the highest standard and the bike lanes full width (a rarity around here), everything that led to this success can help other cities better serve the 30% of travelers in the U.S. who do not drive. From ADOT’s courageous commitment to the project to the partners who jumped in from the start to see it through, any small city like ours could find inspiration and hope for improving their streets.

Please take a few minutes to send a note or give a call to the great folks at our district ADOT office thanking them for withstanding so many blows as they kept their sights on what was needed to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians along White Spar Road. Find all their contact info here.

Skull Valley Loop Challenge Fast Approaching on September 21

By: Jim Knaup, President

We have been busy lining up details for the 2014 edition of the Skull Valley Loop Challenge. This 54 mile road bike ride is known for great scenery mixed with the challenge of some pretty impressive elevation change. The overwhelming majority of past participants say they would do this ride again! The date this year is Sunday September 21st, and we hope to attract more than the 250 participants we had last year. Registration is now open, and a discount on registration is a benefit of PAT membership.

This event has evolved to PAT’s most significant fundraising event of the year, with proceeds going to support our operations and programs like Safe Routes to Schools. We rely heavily on volunteers to make the event happen and really appreciate their efforts to make the ride a success. If you are willing to pitch in, please send an email to loopride{at}prescottbikeped.org and let us know how you can help. Registration information can be found here: http://www.prescottbikeped.org/prescottcycling/loopchallenge/index.html

PAT Members and Supporters Strut Their Stuff in Parade

The fun started on the evening of July 4th at our Member Appreciation BBQ as many of our members and long time supporters gathered in the backyard of 309 E. Gurley Street. Jim Knaup, our tireless president and BBQ chef-extraordinaire grilled scrumptious hamburgers and sausages with a full spread as everyone else decorated bikes with a myriad of red, white and blue streamers, stars and balloons.

The next day found the flashy group near the front of the parade, starting it off with lots of pedaling laughter and hoots showing the gathered crowd how much fun a person really can have on two wheels. We made it through just before the rain fell! Riders represented a wide range of ages and riding styles as our young riders zipped among the more laidback, slow-waving pedalers. We were even visited once again by the mysterious trickster who joined us at the last minute, jumping his bike high in the air and riding wheelies through our group.

Thanks to everyone who participated! If you’d like to join the fun next year, keep an eye out on our website in June for details: www.prescottbikeped.org or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prescottat

End Notes

We’ve got a lot to be thankful for this summer. ADOT and all the White Spar partners need to hear our applause. We can’t thank Tracy enough for her enormous contribution to our Safe Routes to Schools program and all the wonderful partners she has engaged. We look forward to welcoming our new SRTS coordinator as the program grows and evolves even more.

Complaining is our default; part of human nature. Showing appreciation is difficult; much easier to skip. Let’s all make the effort to show our appreciation, especially for people and partners who are pitching in to help PAT’s efforts toward making this community more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

With that said, we would actually like to hear your complaints. And your ideas. And your dreams about how PAT can do a better job toward our mission. We can also use your help as a volunteer whether you have a specific expertise or would like to assist our everyday efforts. Please email us at pat{at}prescottbikeped.org or call 928-708-0911. We look forward to hearing from you.


Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
928-830-0723

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
 928-708-0911   pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.


Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
928-830-0723

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

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