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Mon, Mar 11, 2013

April is Valley Bike Month!

PHOENIX, AZ – Grab your helmets and get ready to ride! April is Valley Bike Month featuring four weeks packed with bicycling events, contests and safety education. The purpose of Valley Bike Month is to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, healthy, inexpensive and green way to commute. 

Nearly four percent of commuters bike to work at least once a week. Valley Metro transports more than 2.6 million bicycles on buses and light rail trains every year. More people are starting to recognize the benefits of bicycling.

Benefits of Biking

  • Environmental benefits – avoiding 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually (WorldWatch Institute).
  • Health benefits – cycling as little as 20 miles a week can cut your risk of heart disease in half (Medical News Today). 
  • Time-saver – biking to work or to a park-and-ride means one less gym trip and no traffic jams. 
  • Money-saver – cyclists can save up to $20 a day by biking (source: AAA cost per mile and average daily commute).

Valley Bike Month Events

Click here for a complete listing of all Valley Bike Month events.

Bike to the Ballpark

Sunday, April 14
9 a.m. – Registration
11 a.m. – Ride begins
Join Mayor Greg Stanton for a family-friendly bike ride from Steele Indian School Park to Chase Field. Riders will get a free t-shirt and the option to buy discounted tickets to the D-backs vs. Dodgers game. Click here for more info.

Bike to Work and School Day

Wednesday, April 17
Walk to bike or school! Group events will take place Valley-wide.

Valley Bike Month Contest

April 1-30
Ride your bike for work, play or attend a biking event for a chance to win great prizes! Visit ShareTheRide.com to register, track your trips, and enter prize drawings.

Bike Safety and Education

April 1-30
Learn about bike safety at one of several bike safety events! Visit ValleyMetro.org for more information.

About Valley Bike Month: Valley Bike Month is held each year to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, inexpensive and safe transportation method. Cities, bike clubs and Trip Reduction Program employers work together to promote bicycling for commuting and for fun.  Encouraging bicycling can reduce drive-alone miles and trips. Sponsors include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Maricopa County Air Quality Department.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting ValleyMetro.org.

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