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Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Finding Freedom with Spokes and a Helmet

How do you commute? April is Valley Bike Month, an annual celebration that focuses on bicycling as a year-round way to travel. A recent survey found 28 percent of Valley commuters use an alternative mode of transportation to get to work. Karen Voyer-Caravona of Phoenix is one of them. With one vehicle between her and her husband, biking to everyday destinations gives Karen freedom.

“I bike somewhere almost daily,” said Karen. “Work, dental and medical appointments, meetings at city hall, movie dates with my husband, and to meet friends for coffee. For some places that are a longer distance I combine light rail or bus with bike riding.”

Benefits of bicycling include:

  • Convenient connections
  • Bike instead of drive and then connect to bus or light rail to complete your trip.

  • Improved health
  • Burn more calories and reduce stress and the risk of heart disease.

  • Money saved
  • Cyclists save on commute and parking cost.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Reduce emissions that cause air pollution, fuel consumption and traffic congestion.

    To share the benefits of cycling, that Karen and thousands of others experience, Valley Metro is partnering with cities across the region to host Valley Bike Month in April. Events include Bike to the Ballpark in Peoria, Glendale Family Bike Ride, Scottsdale Cycle the Arts and Bikes and Beer in Tempe. Other activities include an online pledge and contests.

    Visit ShareTheRide.com to learn more about the Valley Bike Month events, find a bike buddy, track your bicycling trips and enter to win prizes. Download the ShareTheRide app from the App Store or Google Play™.

    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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

     




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