An Economic Impact Study of Bicycling in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning Division, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, has completed An Economic Impact Study of Bicycling in Arizona: Out‑of-State Bicycle Tourists & Exports.


The purpose of the study was to examine two key economic-related segments of bicycling:

·        The bicycle industry of Arizona, which includes manufacturers of bicycles and related products, bike shops (including repair, rentals, etc.), and other bicycle-related enterprises; AND

·        Bicycle tourism and visitor spending associated with organized tours, rides, and races in Arizona.


Annual direct and indirect/induced economic contribution of sales to out-of-state buyers is estimated at $57.6 million and 317 jobs. (The figures include effects of manufacturing/wholesaling export sales). Due to the small size of the survey sample, these numbers should be thought of as initial findings subject to supplemental verification in future years.


Annual retail sales of bicycle-related goods in Arizona, to local and out-of-state customers, in all store types and including service and rentals, are estimated to be $114 million (excluding internet sales).


The study findings related to bicycle tourism include the following:


·        At least 250 events annually attract about 14,000 participants from outside the state; these participants’ travel parties include 36,500 total visitors (including the participants) to the state, annually;

·        Compared to the typical cross-section of tourists coming to Arizona, these participants are more educated and have higher incomes; and

·        The estimated annual direct and indirect/induced economic contribution of these participants totals $30.6 million and 404 jobs.


In addition to the out-of-state visitors, another 39,000 Arizonans ride in the events inventoried for this study annually.


Final documents, including Executive Summary – Final Report, Final Report, and Final Report – Appendix, are posted on the project web site at


Please contact me if you would like to discuss our conclusions and recommendations.


Thank you,


Michael N. Sanders

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator

206 S. 17th Ave., Mail Drop 310B

Phoenix, AZ   85007



City of Phoenix Pedestrian and Bicycling Ad Hoc Task Force

The City of Phoenix will be preparing a new Complete Streets policy which will include many
elements to make city streets safer and more functional for all users. This policy will incorporate an
updated Bicycle Master Plan and a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. One representative from each
Phoenix City Council District, plus four at-large members, will be selected to serve on the Task Force
to provide input on this plan. If you are selected, the time commitment will be approximately 5-6
hours per month, for up to 9 months. If you are interested, please fill out the following form and
submit to or mail to City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department,
200 W. Washington Street, 5th Floor, 85003, Attention: Matthew Heil.  Applications will be accepted
until 5 p.m., August 16, 2013. All applications will be reviewed and forwarded to the Mayor’s Office
for consideration.

For more information:


Calling All Fans

No – this is not a subversive bait and switch plot to lure you into volunteering – we have that covered!!

A handful of WMRC and non-WMRC volunteers will be promoting the Arizona Senior Olympics this weekend.

5K and 10K Time Trials on Saturday; 20K and 40K Road Races on Sunday.

The event takes place at the Park n’ Ride lot at the NW corner of Pecos Road and 40th Street.

WMRC has partnered for many years with the Arizona Senior Olympics and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to promote this event. We have benefited from that partnership as we promote the Valley of the Sun Stage Race.

These Senior Olymians are full-on competitors!!

If you have time, I know the Senior Olympians would appreciate the extra fan support!!

A few attachments are included.

Cheers and Thanks!

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WMRC once again showed their fine form and volunteering spirit as the five-star team of WMRC Members Ric & Sue Surber, Bill & Ann Peschka, Robin Roberts, Dave Lehnen, Christophe Prosnier, Duane Mulvaney & Mother and non- WMRC members Kit Russell, Dale & Carol Simenson provided the promotion and support of the Arizona Senior Olympics Saturday and Sunday. The Senior Olympians always compliment the volunteers and repeatedly say that the Arizona Senior Olympics are the best Oympics they experience.

Hats off and Kudos to the WMRC and non-WMRC volunteers for their time and spirit!!!

Bike Shop Volunteers Needed at Saint Vincent de Paul

Hello WMRC Members. We received this inquiry and would like for any members that might be interested to respond!!

Please feel free to contact James directly.

My name is James and I run the Bike Shop Program at Saint Vincent de Paul on 420 W. Watkins Road. We are in need of volunteers for the mornings and for the Family Evening Meal.
In the mornings the Bike Shop is ran by volunteers that have bike mechanical skills or other sets of mechanical skills. They fix bikes for the homeless that find a job through the Opportunity Program.
The Family Evening Meal Bike Shop is we pick a family that doesn’t have transportation and each member in the family gets a bike but they have fix their own bikes with the help of mechanical volunteers.
For the mornings we are in need of 2 to 4 mechanical experienced volunteers and for the Family Evening Meal
The Schedules are….
Mondays-Thursdays 10:30am to 2:00pm(Morning Schedule) and 4:45pm to 6:00pm(Family Evening Meal Schedule)
Saturdays from 8:30am to 11:30am
If you would like to come in earlier or later on of these days or some of the days we can discuss it with Volunteer Services. I hope to hear from the White Mountain Road Club soon. Thank you!
James Davis (

ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Rolls Out Public Comment Period

ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian plan rolls out public comment period

Agency wants to hear from community members as plan enters final phase

As walking and bicycling for transportation and recreation steadily grows in popularity around our state, the Arizona Department of Transportation continues to advance its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to improve safety and multimodal travel options.

ADOT is working on finalizing an update to the plan, which was first established in 2003. Beginning today, everyone has the opportunity to share their thoughts on the draft final report by filling out an online comment form and providing input. The draft final report and comment form can both be found here. The web address is The public comment period runs until Feb. 8.

“We’re calling on the public and members of the bicycling and pedestrian communities to provide us with their ideas on the 24 recommended strategies that are outlined in the draft final report,” said Michael Sanders, ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian program coordinator. “It’s this kind of feedback that allows us to refine the goals and objectives of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and continue our work to develop changes in safety, infrastructure, and education, as they apply to our state highway system.”

The recommended strategies fall into three categories: plans and policies; education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation; and bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure. All of these strategies are aimed at building on programs and policies that first began in 2003 with the launch of ADOT’s first comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is expected to be finalized this spring. Last summer, more than 1,800 people responded to a survey during the first phase of public involvement for the plan update. The end of 2012 also brought the finalization of the Bicycle Safety Action Plan, a task defined in the 2003 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The final report for the Bicycle Safety Action Plan can be found here:

ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was developed as part of a federal long-range bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways plan. It is also part of Arizona’s Long Range Transportation Plan, also known as “What Moves You Arizona.”

The web address for the draft final report and the comment form is For those who don’t have access to a computer and would like to request a mailed copy of the comment form, you can call (602) 712-8141 or send your request to ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 206 S. 17th Avenue, Mail Drop 310B, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Those who wish to take the survey can also print and mail the form to the above address.

Member Spotlight – Melanie Colavito

Member Spotlight – Melanie Colavito

2012 AZCycling Rider of the Year

Member Spotlight - Melanie Colavito



AGE: 27, RESIDENCE: Tucson, AZ
EDUCATION: Master in Geography, 2009, U of A
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Teaching Assistant, GIS Technology, U of A

USAC Member – Since 2003: Category 1 in Road/ Cyclocross & Professional in MTB
University of Arizona Cycling Club Member – 2003 – Present

AZ Bicycle Racing Association (ABRA) Board of Directors: Treasurer (2012 – present)
AZ Women’s Cycling Task Force: Founder (2012 – present)
Missing Link Coaching/ Specialized: Team Captain, Sponsorship Coordinator, Webmaster, 2009 – 2011

2012: AZ State Road Championships (Cat 1/2): 1st
2012 AZ State Crit Championships (Cat 1/2): 2nd
2012 Tour of the Gila Inner Loop Road Race – NRC 18th
2012 Tour of the Gila General Classification – NRC 19th

2011: Collegiate Road Nationals D1: 4th RR & 6th Omnium
SW Collegiate RR Champs: 1st
2010: Women’s SnowBowl Hill Climb Record
Collegiate Road Nationals D1 RR: 4th
Tour of Gila: 10th GC & 7th Gila Monster RR
2009: AZ State Team Time Trial: 1st
Elite US Road Nationals: 34th TT & 33rd RR
Collegiate Road Nationals D1: 4th RR; 5th Omium; 4th TTT
2008: Attended USAC Women’s Talent ID Camp
AZ Copper Cup Series Champ – Women 1/2
Collegiate Road Nationals D1: 4th RR & 3rd TTT
AZ State Pro MTB Champs: 1st





2013 Valley of the Sun Stage Race

21st Annual John Earley Memorial2013 Valley of the Sun Stage Race

Valley of the Sun Stage Race 

February 15-17, 2013   

Permit # 2013-358

Click to see 2013 Results

Click to see 2013 Photos

2013 Valley of the Sun Stage Race

Click to view communique’ # 1 
Click to view communique’ # 1a 
Click to view communique’ # 2 
Click to view communique’ # 3
Click to view communique’ # 3a
Click to view communique’ # 4

Click to view the 2013 Technical Guide

Click to view Kids Rodeo/Race flyer

The Valley of the Sun bike race is a three-day event in which professional and amateur road racing cyclists of different categories compete for cash and prizes.  A stage is held each day consisting of a time trial, a road race and a criterium.

There are over 900 participants in 15 categories of professional and amateur riders, both men and women, ages 10 to over 60. The cyclists that have the lowest cumulative time from the three stages will win in their respective categories. 

Click to view 2013 race flyer

Click to vew 2013 Stage Schedules

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information

VOS VOLUNTEERS – Click here to open the sign-up spreadsheet.


2012 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings Released

Arizona is ranked #14 amongst all States and #6 amongst the regional western States.

On a score of 1 (low) – 5 (high), Arizona received the following scores for the five categories evaluated:

Legislation and Enforcement = 3

Policies and Programs = 3

Infrastructure and Funding = 3

Education and Encouragement  = 4

Evaluation and Planning  = 3

For more information, follow the link to news release:

ADOT Seeks Comments on Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan

Tell us what you think about ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian plan

Survey launches today to gather comments as plan is updated

 PHOENIX – Whether driving, biking or even walking, our state highway system is used every day as a means of transportation. As Arizona continues to sharpen its focus on multimodal options, the Arizona Department of Transportation is constantly planning for better transportation solutions, including updating our Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.    

 A lot has changed since the plan was first established in 2003. As ADOT works to make improvements statewide, the agency is focusing on three main goals: increase bicycle and pedestrian trips, improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.


ADOT wants to hear from people all across Arizona about what’s important to them when it comes to getting around by bike or by foot along our state highway system. Starting today, community members can tell us what they think by taking part in a survey that will provide feedback on draft goals and objectives for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and identify action items to achieve them.

 “What better way to kick off National Bike Month than with a survey that allows people—both bicyclists and pedestrians—to provide us with their input,” said Michael Sanders, ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “It’s this kind of feedback that allows us to refine the goals and objectives of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and work to develop changes in safety, infrastructure and education.”

 ADOT’s online survey will be active until the end of the month and can be found here: For those who don’t have access to a computer and would like to request a mailed copy of the survey, you can call (602) 712-8141 or send your request to ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 206 S. 17th Avenue, Mail Drop 310B, Phoenix, AZ 85007.  

 ADOT, in a collaborative effort with Arizona’s metropolitan planning organizations and councils of governments, along with members of the bicycling and walking communities, has formed a steering committee to update the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that identifies and prioritizes potential improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities on ADOT right-of-way.  

 “Arizona is often recognized as one of the top bicycle-friendly states in the country,” said Sanders. “Our state is also a great place for walking. The best way to continue improving is to learn from those who use or cross our highways on foot or by bicycle.”

 For more information about the ongoing study to update ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and to sign up for study updates, go to