If you are like most, you have probably reduced gym visits and, unfortunately, exercise over the past year. Well, now there is a great excuse to go out and put those legs to work because April is Valley Bike Month. Bicycling is a fabulous and sustainable way to commute, avoid traffic, and socially distance while exercising.
Each spring, Valley Metro encourages and celebrates cyclists in the Valley by promoting activities and challenges. This year Valley Metro is hosting a bike challenge for the month where cyclists can compete by logging in their bike trips. Prizes are up for grabs, such as a Valley Bike Month gaiter and gift cards. To sign up and get more details about the Bike Challenge, please visit https://www.sharetheride.com, go to Challenges and click on Available. There are also regular contests for those who take alternative modes of transportation. Sign up by going to Enter Contests. For more events, visit Valley Bike Month April 2021.
According to Suzanne Day, Valley Metro’s bike-loving Commute Solutions Program Coordinator, the Valley of the Sun is blessed with loads of great places to ride bicycles. Here are some of her bike trail recommendations and the transit stops near them.
The MetroCenter Transit Center is right next to the Arizona Canal path. This bicycle superhighway extends northwest to Peoria’s Rio Vista Park, the Arrowhead Mall area, and great parks in Glendale. Or ride southeast into central Phoenix to Tempe and Scottsdale. In that direction, there is only one “at grade” traffic crossing in Phoenix – all the rest are tunnels; the traffic is a breeze.
The Central & Campbell light rail station is close to the Grand Canal path, newly dolled up with wayfinding, benches, interpretive signage, and murals!
Fifteenth Avenue has bike lanes from Dunlap to I-17 in Phoenix, connecting with multiple transit routes and creating a low-stress commute route to downtown Phoenix.
From the Center Parkway & Washington Light Rail stop, you can:
- Ride north on Galvin Parkway to beautiful trails around the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and Papago Park.
- Take the Curry Road bike path east to connect to Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt.
- Ride south to access the Rio Salado Pathway, another beautiful, paved, car-free way to get to Mesa!
- Feeling froggy? In Mesa, you can connect to the Beeline Highway (AZ 89) and pedal to Fountain Hills - or all the way to Payson!
We hope you put the pedal(s) to the metal this month and join in the fun of Valley Bike Month! Enjoy the ride!