To explore the heart of the city sans car, check out Grid Bike Share. This program places 500 easy-to-ride, lime-green bikes at 50 “hubs” throughout central Phoenix. The project was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix to encourage cycling.
You can rent the three-speed bikes for a nominal fee via mobile app, online or at a central kiosk. You can reserve them in advance, but you can also pick up one on a whim at any of the hubs. The bikes come equipped with a lock, a basket and solar-powered front and rear lights. A GPS system keeps track of the bike’s locale. Want to travel farther afield? The program is set to expand to the neighboring cities of Tempe and Mesa this year.
With Grid Bike Share hubs near downtown hotels, light-rail stations and the Phoenix Convention Center, it’s easy to wander Phoenix’s bike-friendly downtown neighborhoods, such as artsy Roosevelt Row or über-boho Grand Avenue. The bikes also make for perfect transportation to refreshment destinations, such as The Duce, where you can grab a cocktail and play ping-pong, or the Phoenix Ale Brewery, where you can wheel your bike inside the taproom to sample watermelon ale or a hefeweizen.
Written by Nora Burba Trulsson. Originally printed in the 2016 Phoenix Official Travel Guide, published by Madden Media.
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