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Bike Palo Alto raises the bar for 10th anniversary of cycling-centric event

Attendees can visit glass pumpkin patch, EcoCenter, donkeys on this year's routes

Bike Palo Alto, the city's popular community bicycling event, is stepping up the fun for its 10th anniversary this Sunday with four routes featuring a variety of activities, including glass-blowing demonstrations, Palo Alto Baylands tours and up-close visits with Barron Park's beloved donkeys.

The free bike riding event, which takes place from 1-3 p.m., encourages people of all ages to reduce their carbon footprint. It's a chance to discover bike bridges, underpasses, bike boulevards and pathways providing safer alternatives to busy, traffic-clogged streets, Bike Palo Alto co-organizer Penny Ellson said.

To energize cyclists, treat stops dot each route. Three of the four routes are suitable for families and amateurs and are on fairly flat terrain, co-organizer Penny Ellson said.

Registration and all bike routes start at Fairmeadow Elementary School, located at 500 E. Meadow Drive. Participants can take advantage of bike-safety checks and helmet fittings and booths with information about bicycle safety.

The 9.2-mile "yellow route," which spans 6.8 miles when using a shortcut, takes riders through parts of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. A stop at Heritage Park in Palo Alto includes a chance to decorate bikes and hop aboard a playground train. The route wends to the historic El Palo Alto redwood tree on the city border and continues to Menlo Park's Burgess Park where riders can cool off by making their own smoothie they can prepare through pedal-powered blenders.

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The 8.3-mile "red route," which can be covered in 7.9 miles through a shortcut, takes riders west from Fairmeadow Elementary to a secret pathway for a treat at Robles Park, then by bike bridge to another secret passage off Monroe Drive. The route continues to Los Altos for a stop at the Sweet Shop for a frozen yogurt sample. (Adults can purchase espresso at the stand.)

A return trip takes the Bol Park bike path for a visit to Barron Park donkeys Perry and Jenny. After a treat stop in the park, cyclists ride to the fountain near the California Avenue Caltrain station for another treat before heading back to the Fairmeadow campus through the California Avenue tunnel.

If birds and brine are more to one's liking, the "blue route" is a 9.6-mile sojourn to the Palo Alto Family YMCA, down Ross Road bicycle boulevard and on to the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center, where glass-blowing demonstrations will take place every half hour.

After a stop at Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center for pastries, the tour continues to the Baylands EcoCenter, where nonprofit Environmental Volunteers will host an open house with smoothies made through pedal-powered blenders, docent-guided interactive exhibits and microscopes to explore tiny marsh creatures. Birding and expansive views of the bay top off the experience.

Die-hard bikers can take the fourth route, or Grand Tour, an 18.3-mile journey encompassing all of the routes.

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Bike Palo Alto raises the bar for 10th anniversary of cycling-centric event

Attendees can visit glass pumpkin patch, EcoCenter, donkeys on this year's routes

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 11:56 am

Bike Palo Alto, the city's popular community bicycling event, is stepping up the fun for its 10th anniversary this Sunday with four routes featuring a variety of activities, including glass-blowing demonstrations, Palo Alto Baylands tours and up-close visits with Barron Park's beloved donkeys.

The free bike riding event, which takes place from 1-3 p.m., encourages people of all ages to reduce their carbon footprint. It's a chance to discover bike bridges, underpasses, bike boulevards and pathways providing safer alternatives to busy, traffic-clogged streets, Bike Palo Alto co-organizer Penny Ellson said.

To energize cyclists, treat stops dot each route. Three of the four routes are suitable for families and amateurs and are on fairly flat terrain, co-organizer Penny Ellson said.

Registration and all bike routes start at Fairmeadow Elementary School, located at 500 E. Meadow Drive. Participants can take advantage of bike-safety checks and helmet fittings and booths with information about bicycle safety.

The 9.2-mile "yellow route," which spans 6.8 miles when using a shortcut, takes riders through parts of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. A stop at Heritage Park in Palo Alto includes a chance to decorate bikes and hop aboard a playground train. The route wends to the historic El Palo Alto redwood tree on the city border and continues to Menlo Park's Burgess Park where riders can cool off by making their own smoothie they can prepare through pedal-powered blenders.

The 8.3-mile "red route," which can be covered in 7.9 miles through a shortcut, takes riders west from Fairmeadow Elementary to a secret pathway for a treat at Robles Park, then by bike bridge to another secret passage off Monroe Drive. The route continues to Los Altos for a stop at the Sweet Shop for a frozen yogurt sample. (Adults can purchase espresso at the stand.)

A return trip takes the Bol Park bike path for a visit to Barron Park donkeys Perry and Jenny. After a treat stop in the park, cyclists ride to the fountain near the California Avenue Caltrain station for another treat before heading back to the Fairmeadow campus through the California Avenue tunnel.

If birds and brine are more to one's liking, the "blue route" is a 9.6-mile sojourn to the Palo Alto Family YMCA, down Ross Road bicycle boulevard and on to the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center, where glass-blowing demonstrations will take place every half hour.

After a stop at Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center for pastries, the tour continues to the Baylands EcoCenter, where nonprofit Environmental Volunteers will host an open house with smoothies made through pedal-powered blenders, docent-guided interactive exhibits and microscopes to explore tiny marsh creatures. Birding and expansive views of the bay top off the experience.

Die-hard bikers can take the fourth route, or Grand Tour, an 18.3-mile journey encompassing all of the routes.

To register and download route maps, visit bikepaloalto.org.

Comments

Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2019 at 8:09 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2019 at 8:09 am
2 people like this

I am so pleased that there are so many people using bikes for commuting and recreation in Palo Alto. It is good for their health and it is good for traffic flow.

However, a couple of things need to be said.

It must be emphasized that bikes are traffic and must obey traffic rules. They must not ride the wrong way, ignore stop signs or do anything unpredictable that will upset traffic flow.

It is worrying to see so many bikes in large groups acting like one vehicle on our roads, particularly at weekends. This is particularly evident on Page Mill climbing up to Foothill Park. The latest trend is that they have a car forming a rolling roadblock which does not overtake the bikes which means that the uphill traffic is moving at the speed of the slowest bike with no opportunity to get past.


Bike Safety is part of Bike Palo Alto
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2019 at 10:53 am
Bike Safety is part of Bike Palo Alto , Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2019 at 10:53 am
13 people like this

The Bike Palo Alto headquarters at Fairmeadow will have a Safe Routes to School table with rules of the road info and another booth for adult commuters sponsored by Stanford Research Park with wayfinding and bike safety info. In addition, there will be Quick Bike Checks--that is, quick checks and minor adjustments of essential mechanics for a safe ride.

One more thing, there will be a booth where participants can register their bikes with Bike Index. Bike Index is a national database used by the Palo Alto Police Department to recover stolen and lost bikes. This new system replaces outmoded bike licensing. At Bike Palo Alto, volunteers will help you register your bike from 1-3pm.

So...Bike Palo Alto offers adventure and some essential services as well. Enjoy this lovely weekend, friends! There is so much you can see and do on a bicycle in Palo Alto. Join us to discover quiet, comfortable bike routes to the places you want to go! More info at bikepaloalto.org .

Happy trails!


Neighbor
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:18 am
Neighbor, Old Palo Alto
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:18 am
4 people like this

Let's hope our new Transporation Chief and Planning Commission deny Castilleja's request to have a garage entrance on Bryant at Embarcadero.

The planning department should have never allowed it to be part of the plans.


Jonathan Brown
Registered user
Ventura
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:28 am
Jonathan Brown, Ventura
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:28 am
1 person likes this

It's interesting to note that the Red Route has conspicuously avoided the more dubious designated "Safe Routes to School" such as the bits that have no bike lane and that force kids to stop on the corner next to the Smokes & Vapes shop. When are we going to make all of our designated Safe Routes safe?


reduce that footprint
Registered user
Escondido School
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:35 am
reduce that footprint, Escondido School
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:35 am
10 people like this

Bike Palo Alto is a great event for residents who would like to bike more places around town but don't yet know that on a bike, you have route options that aren't available to drivers: bike/ped bridges and underpasses that allow foot-powered travel on lower volume, lower speed routes with more shade than standard driving routes. Thanks to Weekly for highlighting this year's routes!
All welcome to roll on over to Fairmeadow School on Sunday from 1 to 3 PM to register for the self-guided rides as well as get great info on safe riding, learn how to fit your helmet and do a basic Air-Brakes-Chain check before every ride. Routes are open until 4 PM.

RE comment above from Resident: Yes, all road users (two-wheeled and four-wheeled) should follow the rules of the road! Bike Palo Alto organizers do their part by informing and encouraging participants about making safe choices on the road, even requiring riders to sign a waiver form that includes commitment to abide by all traffic laws.


Mark Weiss
Registered user
Downtown North
on Sep 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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In April, 1996 I produced an event called Earthwise Productions’ Earth Day Rock N Bike at Cubberley Community Center Auditorium— now home to the Junior Museum. People who rode bikes to the event were admitted two-for-one; there were three bands, for $6, all ages. SoftRide donated a bike for a raffle, as they had done the previous year. One hundred fifty paid, and roughly 20 biked. The headliner blink -182 from San Diego later sold twenty million cds and grossed nearly a billion dollars all in.


Bikes Not Cars
Evergreen Park
on Sep 26, 2019 at 3:38 pm
Bikes Not Cars, Evergreen Park
on Sep 26, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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A few years ago there was a bike check station at El Carmelo Bike Palo Alto event. Will there also be one at this one?


When?
Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm
When?, Menlo Park
on Sep 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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Have I missed something? I don't see the date in the article (yes, I can Google it, but it should be included).


Date, time place for Bike Palo Alto
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2019 at 5:14 pm
Date, time place for Bike Palo Alto, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2019 at 5:14 pm
7 people like this

The event is Sunday September 29, 1:00-3:00pm. Start at Fairmeadow School, 500 East Meadow. The event's home page is here Web Link

There will be Quick Bike Checks again this year. Minor adjustments can be made to get you ready for a safe, comfortable ride. The event's web site offers many resources for bicyclists, including resources for bike repair. See Web Link


Just plain old fun!
Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 27, 2019 at 9:30 am
Just plain old fun!, Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 27, 2019 at 9:30 am
7 people like this

Riding a bike will make you smile.


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