Grid Bikes & Bird Scooters make it easy to explore Tempe

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: February 6, 2019
Last updated on: February 14th, 2019 at 2:26 pm

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Tempe is a small city with a lot of ground to cover. There is so much to see and do that you simply can’t do it all on foot. Lucky for us, there are many modes of transportation to choose from. Of course, we have the Valley Metro Light Rail, Orbit and soon to be Tempe Streetcar, but what better way to get around town than to zip and zoom on a scooter or bike! Both can be easily rented in Tempe and have you on wheels and on your way in a flash.

Grid Bike
Tempe offers public bicycles that can be rented through the Grid Bike Share program. Tempe’s system includes 300 bikes and 30 stations, offering another alternative to residents and visitors for getting around the city with ease.

Tempe Grid Bike stations are located in high-activity areas such as Downtown Tempe, near the ASU Tempe Campus, and along the light rail line. Grid Bikes are also available in neighboring cities, Phoenix and Mesa. In all three cities there are more than 1000 bikes available to rent at 100 stations which can be found via the Social Bicycles Mobile app.

How to Ride:

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park

We tried two routes using Grid Bikes in Tempe:

Route 1: ASU Tempe Campus, Downtown Tempe and Tempe Town Lake

I rented a bike from the Tempe Town Lake station (located on the northwest corner or Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue). In about 30 seconds, I was pedaling down Mill Avenue.

I explored Downtown Tempe, Tempe Town Lake and ASU’s Tempe Campus. My journey started south on Mill Avenue, then I went east on University Drive to the Original ChopShop for an Acai Bowl. I then headed to the ASU Tempe Campus. I continued south on Palm Walk, saw the impressive architecture at McCord Hall and then  went north  to Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium.

From here, I rode north on Mill Avenue to Tempe Town Lake, riding past other bikers, joggers and everyone else enjoying their Saturday on and around the water.

I feel like I was able to see and do a lot in the short amount of time I rented the bike. Returning it was a breeze and in an hour, I was on my way.

Distance: 5.5 miles

Riding Time: 48 minutes

Cost:$5.60

Route 2: Kiwanis Park and South Tempe

I rented a bike from Kiwanis Park so I could explore south Tempe. The Grid Bikes station is located in a parking lot just east of All America Way. I drove south on Mill Avenue past Baseline Road. Instead of turning on All America Way, I turned south into the park, continued on Mill Ave. and found the Grid Bike station and a parking lot to the right.

From the Grid Bike station, I traveled south on my bright green bike along All America Way through Kiwanis Park. There were lots of people out and about on the ball fields and on the playground. I even crossed the finish line of a 5K.

I continued south on All America Way to Guadalupe Road and then turned right. Just a few feet away, there is a crosswalk at the canal path on the west side of the park. I went south on the Western Canal Path, past the Ken McDonald Golf Course. This path takes a turn east near the golf clubhouse. I followed it to Rural Road and then headed south.

If you wanted to stop for a latte or a bite to eat, you can’t go wrong at The Crepe Bar or P. Croissant. Both are located next to each other on the northwest corner of Rural and Elliot Roads. There’s a very convenient bike rack in the parking lot.

From here, I continued west onto Elliott Road where I  picked up the Kyrene canal path on the right, about a half mile from Rural. I headed north on this path and spotted the other half of Ken McDonald Golf Course. There are always golfers on the green, lots of runners and bikers. It’s well maintained with colorful landscaping. And, there’s a net over the top of the path, just in case a golf ball goes astray.

I crossed Guadalupe Road again and continued through the park back to the Grid Bike station. According to my app, I burned about 200 calories on this route. Not bad for a leisurely weekend morning ride.

Distance: 5.3 miles

Riding Time: 52.33 minutes

Cost: $6.19

For more information about bike paths in Tempe, check out this Tempe Bikeway Map produced by the City of Tempe.

Bird Scooters
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…..nope, it’s definitely a Bird! Bird watching has a whole new meaning if you’ve been around Tempe lately. It only takes a few seconds to spot one of these rare creatures flying around. If you aren’t in on the joke yet, I will let you in on a little secret, Birds are one of three scooters to have touched down in the Valley this past fall and we suspect that they won’t be flying home for the winter anytime soon. All you have to do is download the app on your phone (there are two scooter companies in town, Bird and Razor, that have their own app) and create an account. Once the app is downloaded, it will use your location to find nearby scooters. These scooters are dockless, meaning you can find them just about anywhere. The cost is relatively low too! It costs $1 to start and 15¢ per minute after that. You can even pay as you go and pre-pay for future rides.

How to Ride:

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Riding Bird Scooters in Tempe, AZ



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