7 Best Group Bike Rides in Metro Phoenix

Phoenix bike rack at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, created by Ruben Gonzales of The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.
Phoenix bike rack at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, created by Ruben Gonzales of The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.
Janessa Hilliard

For those who prefer the bike lane to the HOV, there are plenty of group cycling rides criss-crossing the metro area. Each began with the goals of combating car-centric culture and, more often than not, pounding a refreshing pint or pitcher. Here are the top seven regular rides around city streets.

See also: Phoenix Bike Share to Launch in Early 2014

7. Critical Mass

Now found in 325 commuter cities worldwide and spawning everything from arrests and deaths to bike lanes and new laws, Critical Mass started it all. The brainchild of San Francisco bikers in the early 1990s, Critical Mass was designed to create conversation, and a traffic jam, to raise awareness about the issues facing two-wheeled transportation.

On the final Friday of every month, the Valley's version meets at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix at 7 p.m. for an hour-long joyride to watering holes like The Duce and Rose & Crown. These days the ride amasses around 50 enthusiasts and while the event may be "Critical Mass" in name only (the subject of many a conversation in Facebook forums), for four years it has proved a crowd-drawing good time.


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