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Chandler Family Bike Ride returns in-person

March 4th, 2022 development
Chandler Family Bike Ride returns in-person
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By the City of Chandler

April is Valley Bike Month, and all throughout the region, valley cities celebrate. Can there be a better place to enjoy moderate temperatures, beautiful scenery, and friends and neighbors bonding and sharing their great cycling experiences in our community?

Chandler began its Bike Month celebration 14 years ago with its annual Chandler Family Bike Ride. It has gone through some changes over the years, especially during the pandemic, but planners are excited for the 2022 event. This year riders can join an in-person group ride April 9 that will kick off a week-long event from April 9-17.

Nancy Jackson works in the city Transportation Policy Division as a transportation planning coordinator and looks forward to helping organize and plan the Family Bike Ride.  “I have a background in recreation,” she says, “so it’s fun to put together an event that is personal to me, where people can really have fun and I can put my own spin on it.”

The past two years, the event was virtual with participants riding on their own at least once during the virtual event and logging on to social media to share their fun photos and posts. This year’s event will be a combination of both, a group ride and event on April 9, as well as an option to ride on your own from April 9-17.

Jackson said, “We heard from people who liked the virtual option, especially those with large families. It’s not always easy to transport multiple bicycles and riders to the in-person event, so they asked us to keep a virtual component so they can still participate closer to home.”

Many people are also excited to see the in-person event return on April 9. The event begins at 7:30 a.m., with check-in and on-site registration at the Chandler Park and Ride lot, 2100 S. Hamilton St., which is on the southwest corner of Germann and Hamilton streets, in Tumbleweed Park.

Participants are encouraged to register online at chandleraz.gov/FamilyBikeRide before March 31 to ensure that they will receive an event t-shirt.

New this year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will host a Bike Rodeo to provide valuable safety information in an interactive and engaging format. Mayor Kevin Hartke will welcome everyone to the event, and then the guided ride with the Chandler Police Department Bike Team will begin at 9 a.m.

Everyone can visit the many on-site vendor booths throughout the morning, and riders will receive a free treat from Kona Ice upon their return to the Chandler Park and Ride lot.

Many participants return year after year and are looking forward to the ride this year.

Chandler resident, David Oakeson, and his family have participated in many of the past events.

“The bike ride is an ideal family event, mixing exercise and socializing with a festive atmosphere,” Oakeson said.

If you would rather ride in the comfort of your own neighborhood or park, grab your family and neighbors and ride anytime during the weeklong event, April 9-17. For the virtual riders, t-shirts will be available for pick up April 9-13, at the Downtown Chandler Public Library.

Virtual participants must register online at chandleraz.gov/FamilyBikeRide by March 31 to ensure that t-shirts are available to everyone who completes their ride.

The purpose of Valley Bike Month is to encourage everyone to consider biking as an alternative to driving. Whether it’s for your commute to work, to enjoy your community parks and amenities, or even for quick trips to the grocery store or to run errands, biking is a great alternative to get you where you want to go.

Chandler has 350 miles of bike lanes, 17 miles of paved shared use paths and 24 miles of unpaved shared use paths, providing endless opportunities to get out and explore.

“We live in a beautiful community, and typically enjoy beautiful weather this time of year,” Jackson said. “We hope this annual event encourages everyone to get out and enjoy our city and connect with others through this shared experience. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #BikeChandler, when sharing online.”

Event sponsors are Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Global Bikes and Kona Ice.

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