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Family Bike Ride with mayor rolls into parks

April 4th, 2019 | by SanTan Sun News
Family Bike Ride with mayor rolls into parks
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By COLLEEN SPARKS, Managing Editor

People can pedal their way through parks and other parts of Chandler while chatting with Mayor Kevin Hartke and getting some freebies at an annual event.
The Chandler Family Bike Ride starts at 8 a.m. today, April 6, at Chandler’s Park & Ride lot, 2100 S. Hamilton St. in Tumbleweed Park.
Bike riders will head east through the park to the Paseo Trail, then travel north along the Consolidated Canal to Tibshraeny Family Park, which is on North Cottonwood Street, just north of Chandler Boulevard.
Then bikers will ride back to Tumbleweed Park. The whole ride is 7.8 miles and is occurring in conjunction with Valley Bike Month.
“I love this ride every year because it provides families with a great opportunity to get a little exercise, make new friends and celebrate bicycling in Chandler,” Hartke said. “It’s free, so come out and enjoy the Paseo Trail with us on April 6.”
Bike riders must wear helmets, but Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a partner with the city in the bike ride, will provide helmets to those who do not have one with them.
The hospital will also give away helmets through a raffle. Global Bikes will perform free safety checks on participants’ bicycles and talk and “promote safety while you ride,” said Nancy Jackson, city transit services coordinator.
Valley Metro is also a partner and will give free T-shirts to attendees.
The Chandler Kiwanis Club, a nonprofit organization, will send volunteers to help with the giveaways. Sprouts Farmers Market will provide snacks and drinks to participants at Tibshraeny Family Park. Kona Ice will give away cool, Hawaiian-style shaved ice to bicyclists.
“I think it’s important because it gets them out and enjoying the beautiful weather at this time and tries to promote a healthy lifestyle and living, and it gives them an opportunity to enjoy their family and friends and all the services the community of Chandler has to offer,” Jackson said, adding:
“It’s not a race, it’s not a competition. It’s more of just a family ride. It’s not a fast-paced race. It goes at your own leisurely pace.”
Last year about 200 riders took part in the bike ride, with about half of them being children. Jackson expects about the same number of people to participate in the ride this year.
While the ride is free, people need to register before it starts as they must sign waivers before bicycling. They can register starting at 7 a.m. today at the Park & Ride lot.

Information: chandleraz.gov/explore/special-events/family-bike-ride

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