Thursday Night ride on the Greenbelt

This is a fun ride that winds around Tempe Town Lake up the greenbelt in south Scottsdale and back. Most of it is off road (but paved sidewalk) and is about 15 miles roundtrip. Our pace varies with our ridership; I would consider it moderate for an active person. We normally finish in about an hour so I'm guessing 12-15mph. We do stop and regroup periodically so you won't be left behind.  Road or mountain bikes work.

Chronic Cantina closed recently so we'll be trying a few different places until we find one that suits us; so watch for updates each time for this ride. If you're not familiar with the area, you might want to arrive a little early to find parking; more info below. Since we have bikes, parking a block or two away shouldn't be an issue for us, right? I normally park in a large lot on the NW corner of W 5th St and S Ash Ave... just west of the RR tracks. Another cool thing is this is very near light rail stop at 3rd and Mill so you can take the light rail from anywhere along the route.

Tempe recently installed a lot of new meters that accept credit cards and pay by phone. These new meters are now active until 10pm and you can recognize them by flashing red or green lights (indicating expired/non-expired). The old style manual meters aren't monitored after 6pm. More info on parking in Tempe

Map of area parking

Although it may be light at the start of the ride, it's best to bring a headlight and tail light for visibility as the sun goes down. Although the greenbelt is lit pretty well, if you are unfamiliar with the route a light may help you.

Please try and be at the location a few minutes early so that you have time to unload your bike and be ready to ride at departure time - we'll wait 5 minutes for those that RSVP yes. Call if you're going to be later and we'll figure the best course of action. Jim -[masked]

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  • Jim

    Thanks for braving the heat with me! Fun ride, and excellent crowd for as hot as it was.

    June 27, 2013

  • Marla

    Sorry guys, something came up and Chris and I won't make it. And we were looking forward to it too! Fingers crossed for next time!

    June 27, 2013

  • Columba D.

    I'm a newbie - and just took a cast off yesterday LOL

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Aj B.

      Welcome to the group Columba. I got my tools packed, lol

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Columba D.

      Awesome!

      June 27, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    Whoops! Got the date wrong, thought this was next week!

    June 27, 2013

  • Ted R.

    I did this ride once last October and I loved it, so I'm looking forward to this ride. But we started at Duke's in Scottsdale. What is the exact start location for this ride? 5th and Ash? Or The Handlebar Tempe?

    June 19, 2013

    • Aj B.

      The Handlebar, Tempe

      June 26, 2013

  • Leigh

    Looking forward to the ride. Just waiting to find out where we meet.

    June 20, 2013

    • Jim

      Hi Leigh... see the location above (The Handlebar Tempe). If you click on it, a map will be displayed. We'll meet on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.

      June 26, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    Hoping to come with my husband!

    June 26, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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