Scottsdale has nearly 150 miles of on-street bike lanes and more than 400 miles of off-street paved paths and unpaved trails. Such devotion to cyclist space has once again earned Scottsdale a spot among the nation’s 50 best bike cities, according to Bicycling magazine.
In addition to the miles of bike lanes, paths and trails a city has, the magazine also looked at a city’s efforts to improve cycling safety. Scottsdale continues to add High-Intensity Activated crossWalK—or HAWK—signals where paths and trails intersect with streets to stop traffic for cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians. The city now has 5 HAWK signals and has 2 more planned for installation this fall at the intersections of the Arizona Canal and Chaparral Road and the Arizona Canal and McDonald Drive.
Also coming soon in Scottsdale are new wayfinding signs and a self-guided downtown bike route that includes vista-framing site markers with educational panels about Scottsdale’s landscapes, history and attractions. A new section of path along the Arizona Canal from Chaparral to Indian Bend Wash will also be finished by the end of October.