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Scottsdale: A Gold-Ranked, Biker Friendly Community

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at ASU chapter.

ASU’s Tempe campus doesn’t have the best rep for bicyclists, but in Scottsdale, this is a completely different story.


The League of American Bicyclists has recently named the city of Scottsdale a gold-level community. This means that Scottsdale is a high-ranking city for bicycle friendliness.


The city provides a safe, bicycle-friendly community both on and off-road, with bike lanes  (133 miles worth) and bike paths (100 miles), as well as safe accommodation for cycling (144 miles). Scottsdale also promotes bicycling  for transportation as well as recreation.


As if this weren’t enough, Scottsdale is developing more bike-friendly projects. No other city in the Valley has a gold-level ranking.


The city has noticed an increase in bikers at restaurants and local shops. Even though the awesome weather the valley has been experiencing for the past few months might be to blame for the increase in bikers, there’s no doubt the city’s efforts in making roads bike-friendly has something to do with it.

My name is Alejandra Guillen and I am a junior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and at Barrett, the Honors College. As most people do, I enjoy sleep, food (especially of the breakfast, gravy and meat varieties), and Ryan Gosling.