Phoenix’s Grid Bike Share coming soon to Grand

Grid Bike Share's parking station on Grand Avenue makes it easy to enjoy our wonderful bike lanes.

Grid Bike Share’s parking station on Grand Avenue makes it easy to enjoy our wonderful bike lanes.

From the Grid Bike Share site:
What: A program that provides bikes just for you. Ride Grid Bikes to work or from the light rail. Do errands. Go out with friends. Or just ride for fun! Look at you saving the planet.
Where: In Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa. To learn where or suggest a station, check out our map.

When: Phoenix (500 bikes): 2014, Mesa (250 bikes): 2015, Tempe (250 bikes): 2015, Your interest: Now.

Benefits: Generates revenue for the local economy. Win, win and win.

How: Simply hop on your web-enabled mobile device, desktop computer, or visit a hub to reserve a bike. Ride to your destination and lock it to any hub or public bike rack. It’s that easy!

Grand Avenue Festival / Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts

The Grand Avenue Festival, produced by the Grand Avenue Members Assoc. (GAMA), is a non-traditional walking Festival and will be combined this year with the popular Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) on November 8th, from 11am – 9pm!  There are lots of opportunities for creative community involvement, as well as ways to utilize recyclables & those craft supplies, clothing, & misc. stuff you have sitting around the house but can’t quite throw away!

You can recycle/enhance your halloween costumes for the PAPA Parade (or if you participate in the All Souls Procession in Tucson the prior weekend) – or make something completely new!  There will even be a table set up during Festival day at the PAPA staging area where you can make masks and costumes; either bring your own materials, or supplies will be provided.  Children are welcome and it’s all FREE!  The procession will head out around dusk and travel down Grand Avenue.  I have attached the PAPA application, but you can also register the day of the event.

Many other activities will take place during the day including the Grand Avenue Craft Fair (formerly Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts); the Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade; the Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences; the Politi-Art project; local bands, artist-designed planter tours; historic building tours; art exhibits; self-guided art studio tours; and more!  There will be cash prizes, trophies and other unexpected prizes for the parade and fashion show winners.  See the attached Calls for Entries.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 602.391.4016. And feel free to share this info with anyone else you think might be interested, including school groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, senior groups, art clubs, business groups, etc.  Thanks!

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Submit ideas to improve Phoenix’s transportation system


Talk Transportation is a project of the Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation Departments to visualize the future of public transportation and streets. The ideas and comments generated from the site will be reviewed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation and potentially incorporated in future improvement plans and programming for public transportation and streets.

What should the City’s streets look like, how do we connect people to their destinations, and how do we fund the future? Phoenix need your BIG ideas!

All of your ideas are going to help the City of Phoenix:

  1. Develop a draft long range, public transportation plan
  2. Identify and match funding sources to proposed projects and plans
  3. Identify critical issues and needs for street improvements
  4. Present a citizen-led recommendation to the Mayor and Council on the future of transportation in Phoenix

If you drive, bus, rail, bike, or walk this affects you and how you travel, Take a minute to sign up and post an idea, comment, photo, or video.

6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival joins forces with Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts, Nov. 8

Phoenix, AZ (June 28, 2014) – The Grand Avenue Members’ Association (GAMA) is joining forces with the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) to organize the 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on November 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Grand Avenue Festival and PAPA have similar missions of bringing the arts and community together, so the combined events is a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history, and adaptive re-use of Grand Avenue and adjoining neighborhoods, as well as an audience participatory arts and performance parade to include Phoenix’ creative community-at-large.

The PAPA event (their 9th annual parade) brings an eclectic and exciting component to the day’s activities with an organic, mobile art parade and performances that will travel down Grand Avenue beginning at dusk. PAPA will also bring music, performances, children’s activities, and other magical and whimsical surprises to the event throughout the day with a main stage located at the beginning of the parade route.

Popular activities from past Grand Avenue Festivals will return with tours of vintage and historic commercial buildings; art exhibits; eclectic fashion shows; performances and music; hanging gardens, woven fences, and other recycled sculpture projects created by the community; and special activities that highlight the history of this distinctive area of downtown. New activities, including a tour of the newly painted and mosaiced planters along the street, are also being planned.

About the Grand Avenue Members’ Association

The purpose of the Grand Avenue Members’ Association (formerly known as the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association) is to actively and collectively promote a distinct, pedestrian-friendly arts and retail district along Lower Grand Avenue. GAMA coordinates efforts that encourage both existing and new independent, locally-owned businesses while preserving the corridor’s unique, historic, and diverse character. The goal of the Grand Avenue Festival is to celebrate neighborhood sustainability, encourage creative recycling, highlight the arts, promote small business, and foster appreciation for, and reuse of, valuable neighborhood resources.

About Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts

Over the years, Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts has been a unique, award-winning event that celebrates artistic expression in the landscape of downtown Phoenix. The main parade organizers, Stephen Strange and Sahar Mitchell, from the nationally-recognized performing troupe Strange Family Circus, have created an audience participatory festival that encourages the community to express their creativity, share the streets of Phoenix, and enjoy the company of area businesses, professional artists and local government. Since its inception in 2006, when the procession consisted of 300 people, the parade has attracted as many as 3,000 participants to its annual celebration. The parade has won several accolades from the New Times’ “Best of Phoenix.” In 2010, Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC formed as an autonomous entity to expand programming, location, and outreach for the PAPA event. The mission of PAPA, LLC is to provide opportunities for the public to engage with their neighborhoods and the local arts community in free, public, and family-friendly activities, where audience participation drives quality cultural experiences.


ThirdSpace to open on Grand Avenue

10365728_584665561632345_1143789728958141396_nAs of June 1, The Groove on Grand will change names and management, and will be called ThirdSpace. A cafe with FOOD will open in the front building. The Red House Pub will no longer reside in the red cottage. All food and beverage will be situated in the front building. A new service window will be added where patrons can order food and beverages. Live music and many more fun events will happen weekly.