Bike Palo Alto!

Join us for our 2014, 5th Annual Bike Palo Alto! event on Sunday, October 5th, 1-4 pm.  Last year's event was a big success with over 400 participants!  Did you know - you never have to bike on El Camino?  Palo Alto has great bike routes to get you to nearly every destination.  Join us for a fun afternoon and explore Palo Alto's great bike routes!  Participants receive local bike maps, safety information and free helmet fitting, bike maintenance and more!  We have short, medium and long routes with free and fun treat stops along the way.  Bike Palo Alto! is a free, family friendly event, no preregistration necessary.  Just bring your bike and helmet and have some fun!  Start at El Carmelo Elementary School (corner of Bryant & Loma Verde).

What is Bike Palo Alto?

Bike Palo Alto! is a fun, family friendly event which encourages Palo Alto residents to lower their carbon footprint and ride bikes more often for local shopping trips and getting around the city.  The Palo Alto Climate Protection Plan shows that non-commute travel in Palo Alto, including local trips to the grocery store, etc., is the largest source of Global Warming emissions in the city.  Bike Palo Alto! highlights Palo Alto's great bike routes and provides activities and information that helps Palo Alto residents learn how biking for local trips in Palo Alto can be easy and fun!

Join in and Volunteer!

We need volunteers for publicity before the event and volunteers on the day, both at treat stops and at El Carmelo.

Publicity: post flyers around town (list provided) Sept. 13-27 and hand out flyers at Farmer's Markets ( Downtown Sept. 26, Oct. 4; California Ave. Sept. 28)

Oct. 5th, Sunday afternoon:
  Hand out treats at stops along routes (1-4).
  Welcome and sign in riders. (12:45-3:15).

Your hours are limited but you want to help?  We can accommodate you!  Please contact Joan Marx at


Event Highlights:

  • Bike Safety & Helmet Fitting:  Learn tips on how to bike safely on public streets and make sure your helmet is ready to protect you
  • Get a great local bike map highlighting bike routes in and around Palo Alto
  • Learn about bike safety accessories to make your ride safer
  • Want to know the best bike route from your home to your favorite destination?  Ask the Route Concierge
  • Check out one of Palo Alto's great bike routes and stop along the way for free ice cream and other treats
  • Come learn about the new Bay Area Bike share program in Palo Alto
  • Bring your bike by for a free safety check and basic maintenance
  • Sign up for our free raffle and win a great prize!  Prize info coming soon.


Frequently Asked Questions

What, Where & When?

The event is on Sunday, October 5th, 1-4pm and starts at El Carmelo School at Bryant & Loma Verde. Bring your bike and helmet!  Activities at the El Carmelo site include bike safety info, helmet fitting, bike registration and bike maintenance. Then choose one of the bike routes highlighted for the day and head out for a ride! Along the ride will be fun stops at vendors for free treats. There will also be a free raffle for all participants. No pre-registration necessary! This is a free event. No bike? No problem!  Many local bike shops provide bike rentals by the day.  Just contact the local bike shops for more information.

Who is Hosting?

Bike Palo Alto! is hosted by the Palo Alto Neighborhood Green Teams, a grassroots neighborhood effort to organize activities and events to educate and encourage action on environmental problems at the local level.  The project has a strong focus on lowering carbon emissions.  The Neighborhood Green Teams are part of the Palo Alto Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP).  

Who is sponsoring?

Our sponsors for Bike Palo Alto! 2014 include:  City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto CEAP, El Carmelo Elementary, Whole Foods, Sweet Shop, Mike's Bikes, Mollie Stone's, Fresh Market, Ross Rd. YMCA, the Copy Factory. Raffle prize sponsors include: Mike's Bikes, Palo Alto Bicycles, Subway, Rick's Ice Cream, Philz Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea.

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