We are cycle-paths for biking in Mesa!
Mesa has been named one of the top 10 cities for bicyclists by Forbes magazine putting the city on the same level as other bike-friendly communities including Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. What made us get the nod? The city’s more than 40 miles of bike lanes paired with close access to a plethora of desert biking trails certainly helps! There is no better way to meander through some of Mesa’s most stunning landscapes than on a bicycle. Road biking enthusiasts soar down the popular Ellsworth Road path toward Usery Mountain Regional Park with rows of saguaro cacti and desert brush at your side. Mountain bikers can explore the expansive terrain in the Superstition Wilderness or take the scenic route along Power Road into the Tonto National Forest. Here, you can ride parallel with the Lower Salt River while capturing some of the best views of the iconic Red Mountain. And, Mesa’s series of cyclist events and festivals are a chance for residents and visitors to help celebrate the sport throughout the year. The choices are plentiful when it comes to choosing a path in Mesa and the natural beauty of our landscapes along those roads and trails will make you want to slow down on the pedals and enjoy the view.
Now visitors can pedal their way through Downtown Mesa on Grid Bikes. The bike sharing service has multiple hubs throughout area, lining the Metro Light Rail path, where visitors can pick up and drop off bikes that they rent by the hour. It is the perfect way to explore the heart of the city. Be sure to stroll on the seven-acre campus of the Mesa Arts Center and grab some grub at a sidewalk cafe. Hidden murals and the city’s sculpture collection offer some great snap-worthy stops.
The Rio Salado Pathway, which extends along the northern central border of the city, connects the city’s two MLB stadiums including the expansive Mesa Riverview Park. This gorgeous ride down the Salt River bank is lined with tunnels and the area’s newest collection of public permanent art installations. Mesa’s Bike and Pedestrian Program is a great option for visitors that want to rent Grid bikes, helmets and have a guided ride through the pathways to enjoy Mesa on two-wheels.
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CycloMesa is held annually by the City of Mesa’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs, otherwise known as the Start/Finish line to the 70 mile El Tour de Mesa, is a 3-day festival that will be celebrating its eighth season in the Spring of 2019. Over 10,000 bike lovers join in on this weekend of all things bicycle related, from a BMX Freestyle show to a bicycle rodeo, the event caters to all different types bike riders alike. With events like the Mesa Adventure Challenge – a event in which riders scavenge Downtown Mesa on their bikes to hunt for clues – the city becomes alive and active for the Valleys largest Spring bicycle fest. Get ready to spend a weekend devoted to adventure, taking risks, and bicycle related.
Ride-In-Movies at the Park
September marks the start of the 4th season of Ride-In-Movies at the Park, hosted by the City of Mesa's Bike & Pedestrian Program. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bicycles or walk to the a different Mesa park each month to enjoy some popcorn and a relaxing movie night. Admission is FREE - just bring your helmet and a blanket! Click HERE for the full movie schedule for this season, kicking off with a showing of Paddington 2 on September 29 at Chelsea Park.