Favorite Local Rides

Grand Canal Linear Park

Glendale’s newest linear park runs diagonally from 75th Avenue and Camelback Road to 97th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sahuaro Ranch Park

The park is located at 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road (south of Peoria).

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Skunk Creek Linear Park

This linear park’s 3.5- mile paved pathway, which runs from 51st Avenue and Utopia Road to 73rd Avenue and Paradise Lane, connects to Thunderbird Paseo Park.

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Thunderbird Park

Bicyclists can take advantage of more than 20 miles of single track trails. Thunderbird Park is located on 59th Avenue between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads.

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Thunderbird Paseo Park

The park runs diagonally from 51st and Cactus Road to 73rd Avenue and Greenway Road.

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Glendale’s Bikeways and Bicycle Program

Glendale’s bikeways feature more than 100 miles of bike routes, paths and trails. Glendale funds a Bicycle Program annually to encourage residents to use bicycles. Why? Because bikes are inexpensive to operate, offer a viable transportation alternative to a car, contribute to clean air, decrease traffic congestion and provide citizens a great way to stay fit throughout the year.

Arizona Bike Laws

Before strapping on your helmet and getting on your bike, it’s important that you are familiar with state laws relating to bicycles.

The following are some of the more important laws that all bicyclist should know:

  • Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Thus, bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws – stopping for red lights and stopping signs – as motorists.
  • Bicyclists may not hold on to moving motorized vehicles, such as a go-ped, motorcycle or car.
  • Bicycles must ride as far to the right of the road as possible and safe to do so.
  • When riding, bicyclists must always have at least one hand on the handlebars.
  • Every bicycle must have at least one working brake.
  • Any bicycle used at night must have at least one white headlight that is visible up to 500 feet away and one red rear reflector visible up to 300 feet away.

Citizens Bicycle Advisory Committee

Glendale’s Citizen Bicycle Advisory Committee was created to support the city’s Bicycle Program.  Committee members review and provide input on various bicycling related issues and projects. They also volunteer at the annual Glendale Family Bike Ride and various other activities.

The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Ave., Room B-3. For more information on how you can become a member, call 623-930-2940.

Local Biking Organizations

  • 1201 N. Galvin Parkway
  • (480) 941-1225

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush…

  • 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
  • (602) 506-2930

One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a recreationist’s dream. Lake Pleasant is a power boater’s dream. As the largest lake in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, load-up all your water recreation toys. You’re in for…

  • 9744 W. Northern Ave.
  • 623-877-9771

Park West is the West Valley’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. This popular lifestyle center is home to a 14-screen Harkin’s theater, a unique mix of sit-down restaurants + quick bites and a wide variety of national and local retailers. Park West is…

  • 5959 W Brown St
  • (623) 930-3596

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden is one of the best outdoor demonstration gardens in Glendale and has been displaying a unique variety of plants since 1990. The Xeriscape Garden surrounds the Glendale Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.). The award-winning garden is a living example of…