Tempe's Best 2020 Bike Routes

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By Jihan Reksodiputro, an intern at Culdesac and senior at Arizona State University studying marketing and digital audiences. She has been car-free for six years and has lived in Jakarta, Indonesia and Phoenix, Arizona.
March 23, 2021
Tempe's Best 2020 Bike Routes

Life on Two Wheels and Two Feet

Erick Cedeño biking along Tempe Town Lake/ Image by Danny Upshaw

Erick Cedeño has a passion and love for traveling and adventure. His philosophy? Explore everything.

Known by many as the face of Bicycle Nomad, Erick has traveled 44,000 miles via bike in the past 12 years.

Erick learned how to ride a bike at an early age because he was too young to drive, and soon enough biking became a way for him to connect with people and communities across the nation.

Culdesac teammate Jess Tonn racing in Seattle

Jess Tonn, a member of the Culdesac team, has approximately 40,000-lifetime miles on her legs.

She started hitting the Phoenix multi-use paths, canals, and trails from a young age, just around a similar age that Erick first fell in love with riding.

Erick and Jess decided to team up to create a bike map of Tempe to include some of our favorite routes to bike (and run!) in the area.

Introducing: Culdesac and Bicycle Nomad's Tempe Bike Route Map

When we get Erick talking about the bike path along Rio Salado Parkway to Central Avenue (Route 1), it is no surprise that his face lights up.

"This route is incredible because it connects three cities (Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa) and you can bike even further with the new McClintock Drive underpass," says Erick.
Tempe Town Lake Bike Path
"It's like riding in a convertible where I get to use all my senses - I can smell the grass on the side of the bike path, see the rain coming or watch the sunset over Tempe Town Lake."

This became the main route, breathing life into the map.

Jess has spent most of her high school, college, and professional miles running along Rio Salado at Tempe Town Lake and one of her favorite routes to this day is Tempe Town Lake to the Scottsdale Greenbelt (Route 9).

"When I think of an ideal running route, it is one that offers uninterrupted miles, shade, water fountains, and regular bathroom stops," says Jess.

The canal that runs along the southern portion of Route 7 to Kiwanis park is also a popular route for runners!

"I grew up having a bunch of cross country meets at Kiwanis in high school. The best part is, you can meet here and run for miles in both directions from the park on the canals."

Click here to explore these routes further on Google Maps!

Let's Talk Shop

We have included some of Erick's favorite local Tempe coffee shops that are popular watering holes for community cyclists of all levels. We know that one way to a biker's heart is with a pre or post-ride coffee!

Tempe is also home to some of the Valley's best bike shops:

  • The Bicycle Cellar is a bike commuter's haven - members can store their bike and grab a shower to stay fresh for their work or school day.
  • State Bicycle is a local Arizona brand offering affordable and stylish bikes (starting at $300 and up to $1000).
  • Landis Cyclery has been serving AZ cyclists since 1912 and it isn't uncommon to be helped by an employee that has raced at the pro/amateur levels or toured the country via bike.

Keep the Pedals Turning

There is always more work to be done, but we are proud of how far Tempe and Phoenix have come in creating a safer and more bikeable community for cyclists. You can count on Culdesac and our good friend Erick to "keep the pedals turning," as he always reminds us to do!

The RadRunner from Rad Power Bikes

If you end up riding these routes or swinging by these coffee and bike shops, please tag Culdesac, Erick, or Jess on social - we would love to share! Happy riding and Happy #CarFree Day!

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