More than 30 years ago, a bicycling magazine named Phoenix one of the least bike-friendly communities in the country. Ouch.
But since then, Phoenix put its shoulders to the wheel to reinvent the metro area as a place that bicyclists love—by adding bike lanes, scenic routes, desert trails and easy-to-navigate paths; building bridges and tunnels to carry cyclists over or under busy roads; and installing bike racks on streets, city buses and Valley Metro Light Rail cars.
Today, the Phoenix area offers more than 700 miles of bike infrastructure, with close to 600 miles of bike lanes and routes and more than 100 miles of off-street trails and paths. It's now one of the top communities for bicycling in the country. In 2014, Phoenix earned bronze status as a bicycle-friendly community from the League of American Bicyclists.
"So many people bike now," says Joseph Perez, the city's bicycle coordinator. "The culture has changed. What's not to love? The city's mostly flat, and the sun shines almost every day."
Get in on the two-wheeled fun with bike sharing, rentals, loans and tours. Determine your skill level, pick your bike and pedal off. Here are just a few options.
Written by Nora Burba Trulsson. Originally printed in the 2016 Phoenix Official Travel Guide, published by Madden Media.