Bike to Work
Join us for Bike to Work day on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Please join Maricopa County and the City of Phoenix in the 12th Annual Bike to Work Day event. County and city elected officials will host a three-mile bicycle ride and light breakfast in downtown Phoenix with the goal of inspiring citizens to increase their fitness and decrease pollution. Everyone is welcome to join the ride regardless of their bicycle-riding experience and fitness level.Participants may choose to bicycle with a large police-escorted group including Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Denny Barney, Sheriff Paul Penzone, Supervisors Bill Gates and Steve Gallardo, County Manager Joy Rich, and Phoenix Council Member Laura Pastor from Park Central Mall to CityScape on Wednesday morning. Or, simply ride directly to CityScape. Park Central Mall is located at 3100 N. Central Ave. in mid-town Phoenix. CityScape is located at 1 E. Washington St.
Participants who register for the group ride or solo ride will receive a light breakfast at CityScape and a Valley Metro t-shirt and be eligible to win great prizes. Pre-register before April 17 at bit.ly/btw-17 to receive breakfast, a t-shirt, and be eligible to win prizes.
Everyone is invited to visit CityScape to hear speakers, cheer on the riders, and support the bicycle community. Community volunteers will be on hand to promote health, fitness, safety, bicycle commuting, clean air, and more! Come out and join us. Cheer on the bicycle riders and check out the cool bikes. Be inspired to ride!
Group ride with police escort leaves Park Central at 7:00 am
How do I get to Park Central?
- By BICYCLE: Head North or South on N. 3rd Ave. between W. Thomas Rd. and W. Indian School Rd., then West on W. Catalina Dr. to the parking lot entrance. From the mall entrance, travel to the Northeast corner of the parking lot and meet in front of Jamba Juice, 3110 N. Central Ave.
- By METRO Bus: Head North or South on Local Route Central Avenue (ZERO) to the Central Ave & Thomas Rd stop of the Local Route Thomas Rd (Route 29). Metro buses are equipped with bike racks.
- By METRO Light Rail: Head North or South on N. Central Ave. to the Central Ave and Thomas Rd station. Light Rail cars are equipped with bike racks.
- By CAR: Load your bicycle and head North or South on N. Central Ave., then West on W. Earll Dr. - free parking - return via METRO Light Rail North or bicycle North via N. 3rd Ave. to W. Catalina Dr.
Get custom directions at maps.google.com and click on the bicycle icon.
Check-in at CityScape at 7:00 am
How do I get to CityScape?
CityScape is located at 50 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix, between W. Jefferson and W. Washington on N. Central Ave. This location is accessible by local bicycle routes, METRO Bus, and Light Rail. For information about the METRO, visit www.valleymetro.org. To get custom bicycle route directions, visit maps.google.com and click on the bicycle icon. Also, the Valley's regional bicycle map is located at geo.azmag.gov/maps/bikemap.
Phoenix Bicycle Registry Program
The City of Phoenix Police Department will be onsite to assist you with registering your bicycle. The Phoenix Bicycle Registry Program was created to quickly allow officers to verify the owner of a bicycle, have access to a photograph of your bicycle, and assist in recovering stolen bicycles. If you would like to register your bike, please bring a completed copy of the Phoenix Police Department Bicycle Registration Agreement & Affidavit [en Español] with you to expedite the registration process.
Phoenix Bicycle Registry Program
The Phoenix Bicycle Registry Program was created to allow officers to quickly verify the owner of a bicycle and access a photograph of the bicycle. Previously, when an officer stopped someone on a bicycle, the only way to verify the owner was to flip the bicycle over and check the serial number. The officer would only get information on the bicycle if the serial number had been listed in a report,
When an officer contacts a subject on a bicycle that is registered in the program and the rider is not the registered participant, officers will attempt to reach the registered participant utilizing the contact information provided during registration. If the officer is unable to make contact with the registered participant during the stop, the officer will impound the bicycle as possible stolen property and the registered participant can recover the bicycle from police custody.
When selling/trading a bicycle that is registered in the Phoenix Bicycle Registry program, it is important that both the buyer and seller sign a bill of sale. Then, they must notify the Phoenix Police Department that the bicycle has changed ownership legally. The Phoenix Police Department will remove the bicycle registry number from the database and make it inactive, or they will list the new bicycle owner’s information if they would like to be included in the program.
If your bicycle was stolen in a city other than Phoenix, it is important to contact the local police department from where the bicycle was stolen to report the theft. Additionally, even though your bicycle is registered, always file an official report with police so if an officer identifies the bicycle, he or she will
The stickers are tamper proof and designed not to come off. If your sticker becomes illegible or destroyed, contact your nearest precinct and they will work on getting you a new sticker for your bicycle.
Contact the nearest Phoenix Police Department precinct and ask to speak with an officer on the Community Programs Squad. You can set up a time to meet the officer at the precinct and register your bicycle or you can ask when and where the next bicycle registration event will be held.
- Thieves are less likely to steal a registered bike since its owner can easily be identified.
- Registration also aids in the identification of the bike owner in case of a crash, as many bicyclists don’t carry identification, which is especially true of children.
- Registering your bike increases the likelihood it will be returned to you if recovered.
This community event promotes traffic safety and injury prevention. Although state law does not require bicycle riders to wear a helmet, it is highly encouraged. For additional information about bike safety, tips and resources, visit Valley Metro's page at www.valleymetro.org/commuting_alternatives/biking_tips.
Need a Bike?
GR:D BIKESHARE supports bicycling in communities throughout the Valley. You can get a 7-day pass (180 minutes) for just $10 by signing up on the Grid Bikeshare website or via the Social Bicycles mobile app. No promo code required. Visit gridbikes.com for details about how it works and the location of Grid Bike Stations and Stop and Shop racks. There is a bike station located at Central and Thomas, Station 7, and one at Central and Lexington, Station 5, that will be convenient for Bike to Work day participants who need a bike and would like to participate in the group ride from Park Central Mall. There are numerous other bike stations in close vicinity of Downtown Phoenix and Park Central Mall.
Who will take home the trophy for the most participants this year?