FAQs

What is the event? Bike Palo Alto is a fun, family-friendly event encouraging Palo Alto residents to reduce their carbon footprints and ride bikes more often – for local shopping trips, for getting around the city, and for fun!  Bike Palo Alto highlights Palo Alto’s great bike routes and provides activities and information to demonstrate how biking for local trips in Palo Alto can be easy and convenient. Leave the parking and congestion hassles behind, get on your bikes, and have fun while being part of the solution! 

What’s NEW this Year? Bike Palo Alto is a virtual event this year and will be supporting Bike to Wherever Day on May 21st at Mitchell Park from 2 to 5 PM. The routes are mostly the same this year, however, the Blue route and the Grand Tour now feature the new bike and pedestrian bridge over 101 and the connecting pathway to East Meadow Drive.

Unfortunately there will not be any treat stops this year.

How much does it cost to participate? Bike Palo Alto is FREE.

What do I need to bring? Bring your bike, helmet, and water bottle.

When and where is the event? Ride any time or join us for Bike to Wherever Day May 21st at Mitchell Park from 2 to 5 PM.

What happens at the start point? Since this is a “virtual” event, you can start at any point and at any time. While the rides are real, there is no meeting point to register and you can ride anytime. Bike to Wherever Day is May 21st at Mitchell Park from 2 to 5 PM.

What is Rides with GPS? Rides with GPS is a free app for Android and iPhones that will help you navigate the routes. If you want to pay a very small price for one month, the upgraded version will give you voice directions so that you don’t need to look at your phone all the time. Visit Rides with GPS check out the website.

Do I need my own bike to participate? No bike? No problem! Many local bike shops provide bike rentals by the day. Visit our resource page for links to local shops.

Who is hosting the event? We at Bike Palo Alto, volunteers all, are enthusiastic about promoting active, healthy, and green ways to get around our town. We’re especially interested in introducing entry-level bicyclists to convenient routes for everyday errands and outings. Give it a try!

Do I need to be from Palo Alto to participate? Nope! Our Red, Yellow, and Grand Tour routes pass by the California Avenue train station, which has lots of outdoor dining and is currently car free! Bring your bike on the train and come join us (remember to wear a mask!).

What if I have other comments or ideas? We welcome your comments and ideas on this project.  Email us: bikepaloalto@gmail.com

The Bike Palo Alto Team

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