Bicyclists from 8 to 80 are encouraged to pump up their tires and explore new ways to get around Palo Alto at two related events:
Bike Palo Alto (Sun. 10/2, 1-4pm, El Carmelo School at Bryant St. and Loma Verde Ave.) Now in its 7th 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. 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 2016 here (and skip the lines) and download the waiver form, sign it and bring it with you.
Bike & Roll Expo (Sun 10/2, 1-4pm, Bryant St. and Hamilton Ave.) New this year in partnership with the City of Palo Alto and local vendors, the Bike & Roll Expo at City Hall is a highlighted treat stop on Bike Palo Alto’s northern route, and will showcase innovative bicycling and car-free options for getting around our community. Located in front of City Hall, the Expo will feature displays and demonstrations of cargo bikes, electric bikes, scooters, three wheeled bikes and more, as well as enjoy treats from local businesses. Follow the link above for more information and the list of vendors.
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 rear bike blinky light while supply lasts.
- Use our Frequent Rider Card to win free prizes.
- Bike & Roll Expo at City Hall
Join in and Volunteer!
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. 23- Sun. 25 Choose your 2 1/2 hours. We’ll give you set locations.
Oct. 2nd, 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 Joan Marx at joan_marx at arczip dot com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What, Where & When?
Sunday, October 2nd, 1-4pm, El Carmelo School at Bryant & Loma Verde. Bring your bike and helmet! Activities at the El Carmelo site include bike safety info, helmet fitting, bike 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 fun stops at vendors for free treats. Preregistration 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. Just contact the local bike shops for more information.
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! 2016 is sponsors by: City of Palo Alto, El Carmelo Elementary, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, Barron Park Neighborhood Association, Whole Foods, Sweet Shop, Mollie Stone’s, Copy Factory, Palo Alto Grocery Outlet, Kelly Paper, Piazza’s, Trader Joe’s, Palo Alto Unified School District and Stanford Research Park and Mike’s Bikes.
We welcome your comments and ideas on this project so please let us know at bikepaloalto at gmail dot com.