The 7th annual Bike Palo Alto on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature a little something extra this year – a new Bike and Roll Expo on the Civic Plaza downtown at City Hall. The Expo will be a highlighted destination on Bike Palo Alto's northern route map and will showcase innovative bicycling and car-free options for residents to get around Palo Alto.
The Bike & Roll Expo (located at Bryant and Hamilton) will be a lively afternoon with displays and demonstrations of alternatives to car-based transportation. Local vendors of cargo bikes, electric assist bikes, scooters, three wheeled bikes, and more low-carbon transportation options will be on hand. There will be a station to trick out bikes and a "parklet" for relaxing. A band and treats from local businesses will add to the festivities. Among the vendors participating in the Expo include Shinola, Palo Alto Bicycles, MotoStrano Suburban Bikes, sweetgreen, Keen, David’s Tea, Black Diamond Sports and many more. For a full list of vendors, click here.
The City will also be testing out parking-protected one-way cycle tracks along Bryant Street between University and Forest Avenues. Cycle tracks, also known as Class IV separated bikeways, provide the comfort and safety of bike paths, but efficiently use the existing roadway space. The Bryant Street pop-up cycle tracks will include parklets, planters, temporary striping and signing, and other elements that help simulate a real riding experience. There will also be cargo bikes, folding bikes and EV bikes to test ride in the temporary bikeways.
Bike Palo Alto is headquartered at El Carmelo Elementary School on Bryant at Loma Verde, and offers three bike-friendly routes headed to the north, east and southwest from the school, each with short or longer options and stops for free treats along the way. Originated in 2010 by neighborhood green team volunteers, this free event provides a fun way for community members to leave their cars behind and try getting around using Palo Alto’s great bicycling routes, bridges and underpasses. More than 600 riders hopped on their bikes last year.
Riders choose among three self-guided routes – or they can ride them all. They will get a jump-start on filling up their Frequent Rider Card, which can be redeemed later for a reward. In addition, there will be maps, free bike maintenance guidance, Safe Routes to School resources, helmet fitting, and a bike concierge to help riders map out routes for their work, school or local errand commutes.
Bike Palo Alto is a free event, but pre-registration is recommended. For more information, visit https://bikepaloalto.org/. Bike Palo Alto and the Bike and Roll Expo are both completely volunteer driven, and encourage community members to participate. To volunteer for Bike Palo Alto route, contact Joan Marx, firstname.lastname@example.org. To help with the Bike and Roll Expo, contact Stephanie Douglas, Superintendent of Recreation at the City of Palo Alto, Stephanie.Douglas@cityofpaloalto.org.