We are so lucky to live in Chandler, filled as it is with fantastic bike trails as well as some great bike shops to go along with them. In fact, The League of American Bicyclists named Chandler, which has 327 miles of paved bike paths, one of most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States in 2004, 2006 and 2009! But which are the best? We’ve got the down low on the best.
Paseo Trail – The 6.5-mile Paseo Trail is a 10-ft.-wide concrete multi-use pathway on the eastern side of the Consolidated Canal in east Chandler. The western side of the canal is an unimproved dirt surface in most areas that can be used for horseback riding or bicycling. The trail begins at Galveston St. and continues south to Riggs Rd. The Paseo Trail is popular with walkers, joggers, stroller-pushers, bicyclists, and even horseback riders (west side of the canal only). It is also an alternative transportation route for people who work and live near the trail. The trail is also part of an interconnected series of trails along the Consolidated Canal through Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa. Since its inception as a dirt path in the 1980s, more than 18 miles of multi-use trails have been developed.
Western Canal Path – The Western Canal Path follows the Western Canal, also part of the area’s canal system, and stretches over 13 miles through Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert. Three and a half miles of the concrete trail follow a straight path through Chandler. You can also find new benches, drinking fountains, pedestrian-activated traffic signals and solar lighting. Chandler’s portion of the trail also connects to three small parks in Mesa, just north of the city’s border. The canal along this path is an older exposed trench, attracting various types of water fowl, although the City of Chandler also funded landscaping improvements, such as the replacement of residential block walls that separate the canal from neighborhoods.
If your bike needs some work, head over to VeloZoom on 751 N. Monterey Street – or just call ‘em because they’re mobile and they come to you for no extra cost! Don, Russ and the gang who work there are extremely knowledgeable and helpful – so whether you’re a novice or a professional, they will extend every courtesy regardless. They’re hugely recommended!
You can also try The Bike Shop over on 7215 S. Power Road. They are a full-service Independent Bicycle Dealer specializing in providing the absolute best customer experience ever. They also offer (deep breath): no-drop group rides, women only group rides, one on one lessons, race-day bike transport, race-day support, team “shop nights” and pick-up/delivery service for repairs.
Get out there and bike – but remember to stay hydrated!!