Bicyclists from 8 to 80+ pump up your tires and come explore Palo Alto’s bike friendly routes.  This year we are featuring parks with the help of Friends of Palo Alto Parks.

Bike Palo Alto: Sunday 10/1, 1-3 pm registration (routes open to 4 pm), El Carmelo School at Bryant St. and Loma Verde Ave.  Now in its 8th year, this event kicks off the fall Walk & Roll Week in PAUSD schools. Riders choose among three self-guided routes to get around our bike-friendly community, highlighting bike bridges, underpasses and alternatives to busier roads.

Bryant bikers and dogs

Each route offers shorter and longer options, and rewards at treat stops along the way. Route maps, helmet fitting and guidance on sharing the road safely will be available. Registered riders will receive a Frequent Rider Card, which offers rewards when filled out and returned. Preregister for Bike Palo Alto 2017 here (and skip the lines) and download the waiver form, sign it and bring it with you.  So invite all your friends and like us on Facebook and we will see you there!

Bike Palo Alto Event Highlights:

  • Our Route Concierge can tell you the best bike route from your home to your favorite destination.
  • Helmet Fitting:  Make sure your helmet is ready to protect you.
  • Check out one of Palo Alto’s great bike routes and stop along the way for free treats.
  • Free bike bell while supply lasts.
  • Use our Frequent Rider Card to win free prizes.

Join in and Vohome pagelunteer!

We need volunteers for publicity before the event and volunteers on the day, both at treat stops and at El Carmelo.

Publicity: post street signs around town Fri. Sept. 22- Sun. 24 Choose your 2 1/2 hours.  We’ll give you set locations. You can also post to social media with #bikepaloalto.

Oct. 1st, Sunday afternoon:
Hand out treats at stops along routes (1-4).
Welcome and sign in riders at El Carmelo School (12:30-3:15).

Your hours are limited but you want to help?  We can accommodate you!  Please contact Robert Neff: or you can sign up here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What, Where & When?

Sunday, October 1st; registration is from 1-3pm (routes open to 4 pm) at El Carmelo School at Bryant & Loma Verde. Bring your bike, helmet and water bottle!  Activities at the El Carmelo site include bike safety info, helmet fitting, event registration and bike maintenance. Then choose one of the bike routes highlighted for the day and head out for a ride! Along the ride will be stops at local parks for free treats.  Preregistration is not necessary but will make your day easier.   This is a free event. No bike? No problem!  Many local bike shops provide bike rentals by the day.

Who is Hosting?

Bike Palo Alto! is hosted by Palo Alto bike enthusiasts who organize this event to educate, encourage and promote bicycling as a healthy and fun way to address climate change, congestion and parking problems in our community. With the new “Carbon Neutral Electricity” plan passed in Palo Alto, transportation has become Palo Alto’s largest source of carbon emissions.  So leave the parking and congestion hassles behind, get on your bike and have fun while being part of the solution!

Who is sponsoring?

Bike Palo Alto! 2017 is sponsored by: City of Palo Alto, El Carmelo Elementary, Stanford Research Park, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, Friends of Palo Alto Parks, Barron Park Neighborhood Association, Whole Foods, Sweet Shop, Mollie Stone’s, Copy Factory, Palo Alto Grocery Outlet, Piazza’s, Trader Joe’s, Palo Alto Unified School District, Velo Fix, College Terrace Market, and Mike’s Bikes.

We welcome your comments and ideas on this project so please let us know at