The Husband & Wife Law Team September 2016 Bicycle Newsletter
In This Issue
- Save A Life, Look!
- Trail Of The Month: McDowell Sonoran Preserve
- Featured Bike Shop Of The Month: Global Bikes
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Save A Life, Look!
Pretty soon the weather in AZ will finally cool off and cycling season will be upon us. In this issue of our newsletter we wanted to feature an organization aiming at safety for all who utilize public roads. “Look! Save A Life!” is a national non-profit 501(c)(3), founded after a summer which saw the loss of several cyclists on Idaho roads, most notably, a teammate and local outdoor sports enthusiast, Kevin Pavlis. A group of his friends, especially affected by Kevin’s untimely passing, organized the Look! Save A Life! Foundation with the goal of saving lives.
“In 2011, Brendan fell victim to that painfully growing epidemic of distracted driving when one motorist’s unsafe lane change forced a collision, sending Brendan to the hospital. Compelled to help prevent this unfortunate incident from happening to others, Brendan partnered with a Boise based safety campaign, bringing LOOK! Save a Life! to Southern Arizona.”
One day as Brendan was getting more involved with the organization and bringing about increased awareness, the unimaginable happened. Brendan was out riding with his girlfriend Lorena on the morning of her birthday in October 2013, they were struck from behind by a distracted driver traveling 45 mph.
Lorena suffered a shattered wrist and Brendan spent a month in the hospital with several fractured vertebrae, a fractured pelvis and other injuries. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and would be forced to learn how to walk again.
Throughout months of endless doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, neurological and cognitive rehabilitation; he maintained focus on sharing the message of LOOK! Save A Life! “A moment’s distraction can be a lifetime of regret.” A very powerful message, in fact so powerful, the Pima County board of supervisors unanimously passed a ban on texting and driving. Arizona, as a whole is one of two states that has failed to adopt any prohibition on texting while driving. Many municipalities have been doing their fair share to pass legislation, but there is still not something in place for the entire state of Arizona.
Since Brendan’s recovery he has gotten very involved in the organization, he spends time doing public speaking engagements at local high schools on the dangers of distracted driving, overcoming adversity, maintaining positivity, learning to forgive and bringing awareness to all who utilize our public roads. He speaks at corporate events, law enforcement meetings, and local colleges. His message is very simple, yet meaningful, as his shattered bike, (all the pieces) attached to a metal board show how tragic collisions can be as he goes on to speak about what we can do to stay safe.
You can get Look! Save A Life! gear at Tucson bicycle shops as well as Chandler Performance Bicycles. In summary, “Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility.” Everyone using public roads should know the laws and be aware of other moving vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles.
Trail Of The Month: McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The Gateway Trailhead, located on the east side of Thompson Peak Rd. between Legacy Blvd. and Bell Rd., is fully barrier-free and has all the amenities an outdoor recreation enthusiast could want. The Gateway Trailhead is the access point to many unique Scottsdale trails. Even kids in strollers love the games and activities along the Bajada Nature Trail. Kids of all ages are able to explore the Gateway Loop Trail and older kids love the challenge offered by interior trails.
Visit: McDowellSonoran.org for more information.
Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
Featured Bike Shop Of The Month: Global Bikes
Local bike shop, Global Bikes got its start in, 2001 and has grown to four locations throughout the Phoenix metro area. They have become one of Arizona’s top bicycle dealers and were awarded NBDA’s, “America’s Best Bike Shop.” Their stores are stocked with a heavy variety of bikes ranging from mountain, road, comfort, BMX and just for fun! They also have a big selection of accessories for all bike types with a full repair shop that can help accessorize your bike on the spot. A major thing that really sets them apart from other shops is their, “Free Service For Life” program. It’s offered on all new bikes purchased at their shops. Aside from maintenance and repair, they offer fork rebuilds and custom wheel builds.
Global Bikes also provides daily and weekly bike rentals while another unique offering is their basic repair clinics that teach you how to keep your bike maintained. Attending the clinic is very beneficial, riders learn about what to have in their repair kit, how to remove wheels, replacing an inner tube and much more.
Lastly, Global Bikes prides itself on its community involvement. They serve on various local boards where they advocate for cyclists while hosting and sponsoring organized rides and various events. Brandee Lepak, the owner of Global Bikes, founded the organization, Trips for Kids which is a 501c3. This non-profit organization uses bicycles to teach kids confidence, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, all while having fun.
For more information, please visit their website: www.GlobalBikes.com
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