Grab your helmets and your double wheeler because Valley Bike Month is about to kick off! The whole month of April features unique and fun-filled bike tours for the whole family so now is the time to start practicing and putting your young ones back on the saddle.
4th Annual Scottsdale Cycle the Arts
Sunday, March 29
7:30 a.m. (registration)
8 a.m. – Noon (departing every 15 minutes)
Get some exercise and enjoy some of Scottsdale’s best art at the 4th Annual Scottsdale Cycle the Arts. The family-friendly bike tour of public art in Scottsdale follows a 5-mile route guided by city staff and local experts. Participants will also receive access to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art after the ride. There will be bike parking by the SMoCA bike valet. Helmets are required and the event is free to the public.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale 85251
City of Chandler Family Bike Ride
Saturday, April 4
9:30 a.m. (registration)
10 a.m. – Noon (ride)
Get the young tikes out of bed and take them on a seven-mile scenic ride on the city’s Paseo Trail with a Radio Disney children’s bike safety rodeo. The event is absolutely free.
Chandler Park & Ride Lot
2100 S. Hamilton St., Chandler 85286
Peoria’s Pioneer Days Bike Ride
Saturday, April 4
8:30 a.m. (registration)
9 a.m. (ride)
Valley residents of all ages are invited take a six-mile bike tour in conjunction with the annual Peoria’s Pioneer Day celebration. The event features a Radio Disney and Valley Metro children’s bike safety rodeo. Do stay for the Peoria’s Pioneer Days Parade at 10 a.m.! All riders must wear a bike helmet and no training wheels are permitted. The event is free.
N 83rd Ave and W Washington Street, Peoria 85345
3rd Annual Tempe Bike-a-Palooza
Sunday, April 5
7 a.m. – Noon
Take part in the Valley’s most comprehensive bicycle festival featuring a 12-mile guided community ride, safety demonstrations, children’s bike rodeo with Radio Disney, helmet giveaways and fittings, the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists Swap Meet, vendors, and other activities – all for no cost!
6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe 85283
Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists Swap Meet
Sunday, April 5
6 a.m. – Noon
Need some new biking equipment? Where better than at the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists Swap Meet! Independent and business vendors will be selling various types of bicycles, bicycle equipment, and bike accessories. The event is in conjunction with 3rd Annual Tempe Bike-a-Palooza. No registration required, but businesses must secure a $30 City of Tempe sales permit. Admission is free.
6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe
Avondale Spring Bikefest 2009
Saturday, April 11
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
This educational festival will educate your young ones on the importance of bicycle safety and will include a fair featuring helmet fittings, bike-on-bus demonstrations, prizes from the Easter Bunny, and a bike decorating contest. There will be great entertainment by Radio Disney.
City of Avondale City Hall
11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale 85323
City of Mesa Bike4Life
Saturday, April 18
8 a.m. (registration)
9 a.m. – Noon (ride and fair)
The City of Mesa Bike4Life is an exciting community fair filled with games, entertainment, activities, helmet fittings, safety information and vendor exhibits about bicycling for health; and a 6-mile round-trip bicycle ride to the Mesa Red Mountain Multi-Generational Center along Mesa’s Adobe Road “bike freeway.” The event is free.
O’Conner Elementary School
4840 E Adobe Rd, Mesa 85205
Glendale Family Bike Ride
Sunday, April 19
7 a.m. (registration)
8 a.m. – Noon (ride and fair)
Join your fellow Glendale neighbors at this free 12-mile or 6-mile bike ride which features kids zone entertainment, a live band, D.J., and Green Living Fair. Be sure to bring plastic grocery bags to recycle in exchange for a free T-shirt. All riders must wear a bike helmet.
Sahuaro Ranch Park
9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale 85302
Tempe ‘Bike to Work & School Day’
Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day
6 a.m. – 8 a.m.
It’s Earth Day and time to ride your bicycle to work or school to receive free breakfast snacks from participating vendors across town between 6 and 8 a.m. Join the Tempe Bicycle Action Group for escorted rides from breakfast locations to 5th Street and Forest Avenue, through the Scottsdale greenbelt, or into downtown Phoenix on Washington Streets new bicycle lanes. First 400 riders also receive free T-shirts from select retailers.
Visit www.tempe.gov/tim for a list of participating breakfast locations.
Valley Metro’s Great Bike Chase
Sunday, April 26
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (registration)
11 a.m. (ride begins)
1:10 p.m. (ball game)
Enjoy a great ride and some baseball as the Valley Metro’s Greak Bike Chase takes friends and family on a 4-mile “fun ride” through downtown Phoenix to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play at Chase Field! The event will feature pre-ride activities at the park, entertainment by Radio Disney, bike-on-bus demonstrations, a children’s bike rodeo, and secure bicycle parking at the Jefferson Street garage. It is sponsored by Valley Metro/RPTA.
Margaret T. Hance Park
1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (enter via Culver, south of McDowell, and at 3rd or 5th Avenue)