7 Best Group Bike Rides in Metro Phoenix

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

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

Courtesy Adam Mann
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.

Location Info


Steele Indian School Park

300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Duce

525 S. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Rose & Crown Pub

628 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Downtown Civic Space Park

424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tempe Beach Park

54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Tempe's Front Porch

100 South Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Papago Brewing Company

7107 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Granada Park

6505 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Heavy Pedal

805 W. Madison St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

New York West Pastry & Bake Shop

10101 W. Grand Ave., Sun City, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Kiwanis Park

5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Desert Breeze Park

660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. E., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

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My Voice Nation Help

I've never heard of half of these and the ones I have I wouldn't necessarily consider worth going. Maybe change the title to "best group rides for hipster fixie kids to get drunk prior, after, or during and then ride irresponsibly"

Kevin Moyers
Kevin Moyers

Great. Let's round up all of the assholes in spandex who think they're on the Tour de Douche and teach them the actual fucking rules of the road.

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