Daily Archives: November 11, 2010

Phoenix Bicycle Boulevard Update

[Source: Taz Loomans, BloomingRock.com]

The Bicycle Boulevard is planned to start at the northeast part of the Gateway Community College campus.  One entry point is the Grand Canal at 40th Street and Van Buren.  The nearest Light Rail stops are 38th St. and Washington and 44th Street and Washington.   Once you get on the Grand Canal, proceed northwest.  A foot bridge will be built to get from the canal to Roosevelt Street.  The path then heads west on Roosevelt all the way to 19th St, then south on 19th Street to either McKinley or Fillmore.


Image credit: Handout by the City of Phoenix Streets and Transportation Department

There are three choices of where the Bike Boulevard can go in the Garfield neighborhood and through Downtown, one is straight west on McKinley, another is Pierce (at 14th Street) and the third option is Fillmore. Currently, the McKinley route gained most traction at the last Bike Boulevard meeting.  Any of these three routes would take the biker west to 11th Avenue and cross the pedestrian bridge over I-10 and then west to 15thAvenue.  Going north on 15th Ave will take you to Encanto ParkPhoenix College, Christown Mall and the Arizona Canal just north of Dunlap Ave.  A foot bridge is planned for the Arizona Canal as well.

Essentially, the bike boulevard would be connecting Gateway Community College to Downtown, to northwest Phoenix.  The Light Rail stop at Gateway connects Tempe and part of Mesa to the bike boulevard as well, extending the reach even further.  Plus, let’s not forget that the bike boulevard will also serve those who ride to Sky Harbor Airport, like the employees.

The bicycle boulevard would consist of new bicycle lanes, take advantage of existing bicycle lanes, and where bicycle lanes can’t go in, there will be 24” bike dot markings every 250’ or less.  Bike dots will go on local (neighborhood) streets where there is no room for bicycle lanes.  Depending on which of the three Downtown routes is chosen, there will be 1 to 3 special pedestrian or bicyclist activated signals known as HAWKS (High-intensity Activated crosswalks) added at busy road crossings.

Since this project is relatively inexpensive to implement, funding for the bicycle boulevard will likely come from the normal capital improvement program or CIP.  The bicycle boulevard is projected to be in place by early 2011.

If you have questions or comments or want to give your two cents on where the boulevard should go, contact Joseph Perez, the City of Phoenix Traffic Safety & Bicycle Coordinator  at 602-534-9529 or joseph.perez@phoenix.gov

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International Reading Festival to Focus on Sharing Stories

[Source: Phoenix College email]

The Phoenix College Reading department will celebrate all things literary at the inaugural Crossing Borders, Making Connections: Phoenix College International Reading Festival on November 16-17, 2010. The festival was conceived by Cynthia Ortega, residential faculty in the Reading department, who wrote a grant for the project when she was on sabbatical in 2008-2009. Ortega, who has been teaching at Phoenix College for 12 years, believes that it all comes back to stories.

“Stories bring us together. The whole idea of crossing borders literally and figuratively means that we all come from a different place but we make connections through our stories,” said Ortega.

In conjunction with International Education Week Activities on the campus, the Phoenix College International Reading Festival will feature author visits, book signings, a book shop, storytelling, and more.

Students are the festival’s target audience, but community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend any of the festival events, all of which take place on the Phoenix College campus at 1202 W. Thomas Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to donate in support of child care centers and student scholarships.

“Reading allows you to learn about people you may not meet, or places that you might not get to visit,” said Ortega, who cites historical fiction as her favorite genre.

For more information about the Phoenix College International Reading Festival, contact Cynthia Ortega at 602.285.7768.

Opening Reception featuring storyteller Fatimah Halim

Tuesday, November 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Willo Room

Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Phoenix College Alumni Association


Book Shop

Wednesday, November 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sophomore Square


Keynote Speaker Marisel Herrera-Anderson

Wednesday, November 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Bulpitt Auditorium

Marisel Herrera-Anderson is a dynamic speaker, author, and life coach who energizes audiences with empowering messages that draw from her rich cultural heritage and passionate belief in the power of education and faith to transform lives. A New York-born Puerto Rican, educator and servant-leader, she speaks to the bilingual and bicultural realities facing Latina/os. Herrera-Anderson is the author of the memoir Puerto Rican Goldilocks and other creative works. [Taken from the author’s website, www.mariselspeaks.com.]


Book Signing at Book Shop

Wednesday, November 17th, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Sophomore Square


“Do Tell” Storytelling Event

Wednesday, November 17th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Campus Vista Room (2nd Floor, Fannin Library)


Crossing Borders:  Stories That Connect Us

Wednesday, November 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Bulpitt Auditorium

Join us for an author panel and book signing featuring Bryan Beach, Hershman John, and Rita Maria Magdaleno. Enjoy Cuban dance performed by Fuego Latino – Revista Musical. Light refreshments will be served.

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