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1. Bike Month in the Rearview
2. Pedals and Pumps Gala Recap
3. CYCLE Award to Jim Knaup
4. Update on the Ad Hoc Ped/Bike Advisory Committee
5. Skull Valley Loop Challenge on the Horizon

Bike Month in the Rearview

And another Bike Month is behind us! With moderate temperatures and not too much rain, we hope everyone had an opportunity to sample some of the more than two dozen events on the calendar. We welcome your suggestions for making this an even larger and better celebration next year.

Thanks to all our Bike Month sponsors especially to Granite Mountain Brewing for hosting the kickoff party, and to Scotty Baker and Jamie Tinnin for providing music at that event.

We had a few dozen people biking to work with the mayor (pro tem) on Friday morning, May 15. A little cold, but no rain during the event itself. Officer Dave Fuller and his crew provided a police escort, and Cuppers Coffee supplied coffee and pastries on the steps of city hall. Special thanks to Prescott City Councilman Chris Kuknyo for filling in for the mayor at the last moment.

Pedals and Pumps Gala Recap

A near capacity crowd turned out for the Pedals and Pumps Gala last Saturday. We cleared almost $3,000 after expenses, which will help us continue our bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped make it such a fun night!

In addition, two local organizations gave us sizeable checks just because they like what we are doing, for which we are so very grateful:
• Catana Brown on behalf of the Bike Prescott road cycling club and
• Peter Eldridge on behalf of Granite Peak Arts.

Many thanks to all who contributed items to the live and silent auctions, to El Gato Azul, Granite Mountain Brewing, and Wild Iris for food and drink, and to Terry "Lefty" Wheeler and Doc Garvey's Remedy for music.

CYCLE Award to Jim Knaup

One of the highlights of the gala each year is the presentation of the CYCLE award (this year was our seventh). The acronym stands for Central Yavapai County Leadership Excellence. The award recognizes the commitment of an individual, business, or organization toward improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This year the award went to Jim Knaup. Jim helped to create Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT), and he served on our board for more than a dozen years. He continues to be extraordinarily generous in volunteering his time, energy, and financial support to sustaining and extending the mission of this organization, to make central Yavapai County more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. This is another way of saying: to make this community a better place to live.

As in previous years, local artist and teacher Brad DeVries created a unique, sculptural object to represent this award.

In announcing the award, PAT president Russ Willis noted it was in large part due to Jim's countless hours of dedicated effort that the general plan, which is going to the voters in August, includes a significant commitment to improving pedestrian and bicycle circulation in Prescott.

The phrase "complete streets" appears a dozen times in the general plan document. The need to update the 2003 ped/bike master plan is mentioned. The creation of a standing ped/bike advisory committee and achieving a "bike friendly community" certification from the League of American Bicyclists are also emphasized.

It is not really possible to thank you enough, Jim, but again, thanks.

Update on the Ad Hoc Ped/Bike Advisory Committee

As you may know, the Prescott City Council has endorsed Councilwoman Jean Wilcox's proposal to create an ad hoc advisory committee on pedestrian and bicycle safety and accommodation. This is a huge step toward our goal of PAT establishing an advisor role with the City of Prescott.

A working group has been up and running for several months now, including several of us from PAT. We have met with Public Works staff to frame the scope and purposes of that committee and to make specific recommendations for infrastructure improvements relating to the designation of Adventure Cycling Bike Route 79 through Prescott.

The working group will also recommend that the City formally adopt specific revisions to the ped/bike master plan, which has not been updated in twelve years.

Skull Valley Loop Challenge on the Horizon

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 20. The 54-mile road ride includes more than four thousand feet of elevation gain—offset by four thousand feet of descent. We time each rider, but it is not a race besides your personal race against the clock.

As always, we will need the cheerful energy of many volunteers to plan and execute the ride: to register riders, to staff the rest stations and key intersections, to provide support and gear (SAG), and various other small tasks that make this event so special. Some planning is already in motion. Please contact us at pat{at}prescottbikeped.org if you would like to join our fun team of Loop Challenge volunteers.

We’ll post updates as they come in to our Events page, so keep checking as we get closer to September.


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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