This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

How to go for a walk, or ride your bike, in Phoenix, Arizona

If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and spend most of your time in your car, as most of us do, you may think there is nowhere to walk or bike. This is far from true. The valley has some of the greatest places to walk, bike and hike in the world, but they are separated from where the cars go. But you will need a car to get to them.

Walking or biking on the streets of Phoenix is just plain awful. Even when it's not hot, you are essentially sharing space with vehicles that are going at freeway speeds. The streets of Phoenix were never designed for pedestrians, they were designed for cars. So going for a walk, bike ride, or hike should not start by walking, or biking, out of your front door. This is how you do it:

Get in your car and drive to an area like a mountain park (the Phoenix area has lots of them) or along a canal (miles and miles of safe walking and biking paths, free from cars). Park your vehicle, enjoy a nice walk, bike ride, or hike, then get back into your car and go home.

The point that I am trying to make here is that Phoenix streets do not mix well with pedestrians or bikes. Yes, you see some people do it, but it dangerous and fool-hardy. Although there is no law against walking and biking on the streets of Phoenix, as there is against biking on the freeways, there should be. But that doesn't mean that you can't walk or bike in my favorite town - you just have to get there safely.

May I suggest Thunderbird Paseo Park (pictured)?
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