I love to ride my bike.  It’s an instant way for me to relax.  While I’m not a serious sport enthusiast like Steve Belt, and did not live and bike in one of the bike capitals of the world, like Jay Thompson, I do use my bike to get around… to the gym, the library, and even to the grocery store.  I’ve once mountain biked Phoenix Mountain Preserve Trail 100 from one end to the other, but that’s another story.

Phoenix Metropolitan Bike MapWith all the brew-ha-ha surrounding gas prices, bikes are back in vogue.  The local news has been running stories about employers adding bike racks and showers for commuters.  Today, the news was about using a bike to connect with light rail.

And so I’d like to share a couple resources that I’ve found very helpful. 

Maricopa Regional Bike Map

Scottsdale Bike Map

The maps are large, but both Phoenix and Scottsdale have paper versions that you can request.  They are very handy to have on hand when planning a new route.

And if you are riding in the summer heat, plan ahead and be sure to stay hydrated.  Be alert for oblivious drivers, too.  I’ve been know to yell out, just to wake someone up and let them know I’m there.  Biking is a great way to get around, burn a few calories, and help you cut down your time at the gas pumps.