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Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Celebrate Valley Bike Month with Bike to the Ballpark

PHOENIX, AZ – Join Valley Metro, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the Arizona Diamondbacks for Bike to the Ballpark, a family-friendly bike ride to celebrate Valley Bike Month. The ride is free and open to the public, perfect for beginners. 

WHO: Valley Metro, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona Diamondbacks and cyclists of all ages

WHAT: Free escorted 3.5 mile bike ride with the Mayor and Arizona Diamondbacks organist Bobby Freeman. The ride starts at Steele Indian School Park and ends at Chase Field. After the ride, cyclists can enjoy lunch downtown and take in the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game. Discounted game tickets are available and a portion of proceeds will benefit valley bike programs.

WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2013
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Check-in and Green Expo
11 a.m. – Ride begins
1:10 p.m. – Diamondbacks game begins
         
WHERE: Ride begins at Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Road) and ends at Chase Field. Click here for a map.

INFO:  Riders can take part in the Green Expo with free face painting, food trucks, great vendors, prize drawings and tours of PHX Renews community gardens. The first 300 registered participants to arrive will get a free Valley Bike Month t-shirts. Helmets are required. Bottles of water will not be provided.  Riders should bring their own refillable water container. For more
information, visit ShareTheRide.com.

About Valley Bike Month: Valley Bike Month held each year to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, inexpensive and healthy transportation method. Cities, bike clubs and businesses 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. Learn more at ShareTheRide.com.

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 13.5 million 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.

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