The city of Phoenix is celebrating Valley Bike Month throughout April with a variety of activities intended to get residents out on their bikes to share in the experience of cycling throughout the city. In partnership with Valley Metro, the city is encouraging seasoned cyclists and those new to biking to give it a try at one of these events:
• Bike to the Ballpark and Green Expo, April 14, 10:30 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. Join Mayor Greg Stanton at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. Get a free Bike Month T-shirt and tour the PHX Renews new community gardens. The bike ride and expo are free. Buy a discounted ticket to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game and help raise money for bike racks Valleywide.
• APS Green Expo at Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14. Enjoy free refreshments, green vendors, entertainment and courtesy valet parking for your bike during the game. The game begins at 1:10 p.m.; buy your discounted tickets at ValleyMetro.org. Seats are available in various areas ranging from $12 to $18.
• Phoenix Bike to Work Day, April 17. Activities from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Ride to work in style with Olympian and gold-medalist Misty Hyman, Mayor Greg Stanton, City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, City Manager David Cavazos, Maricopa County Manager Tom Manos and many others for a 3-mile bike ride from Park Central Mall to Phoenix City Hall. Departing at 7:30 a.m. April 17 at Jamba Juice, 3110 N. Central Ave., the Bike to Work ride travels down Fifth Avenue to Phoenix City Hall, where free breakfast and a concurrent fitness expo will give residents the chance to get information on health and wellness programs. Register by April 12 at http://www.maricopa.gov/communications/btw.aspx.
• CO+HOOTS Right to Bike Maintenance Workshop and Neighborhood Ride, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1027 E. Washington St. Learn how to keep your two-wheeled friend in tip-top shape, thanks to a free bicycle maintenance workshop conducted by The Bicycle Cellar, based in Tempe. For those interested in testing their recent repairs, a neighborhood ride departs at noon. This event is hosted by CO+HOOTS, Phoenix’s own downtown coworking space.More information is available at cohoots.com.
For more information about biking in Phoenix, visit phoenix.gov/bicycling or contact Joseph Perez, Phoenix bicycle coordinator at (602) 534-9529. More information on Valley Bike Month programs is available at http://www.valleymetro.org/campaigns_contests/Valley_bike_month.
Valley Bike Month events also support the goals of FitPHX, a city health initiative to make Phoenix one of the healthiest cities in the nation. FitPHX’s goal is to better connect residents to the city’s health-related programs and services. Learn more at www.phoenix.gov/fitphx.
• Briefs compiled by staff and wire reports.