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A Saturday GOPS Bicycle Ride

January 14th, 2017

          Today I led my first bicycle ride for members of the Great Outdoors Palm Springs chapter. There were sixteen of us who started out together and twelve continued for the entire two-hour, fourteen mile route.

          The ride closely followed the Palm Springs signed City Loop route. Our 10 am starting point was from the parking lot fronting the U.S. Post Office in the Smoke Tree Village shopping center on South Sunrise Way. Portions of the route were on sidewalk bicycle paths, signed and striped bicycle roadway lanes, signed “Bicycles May Occupy Entire Lane” roadway routes and quiet residential streets. The weather was excellent for bicycling with temperatures near the 70s, blue skies with attractive cloud patterns, slight breezes and satisfactory humidity levels. Riding in the sun required minimal clothing needs and several appeared comfortable in their short sleeve shirts and shorts.

          The City Loop is a nice way to cycle through differing Palm Springs neighborhoods including Sonora Sunrise, Sunmor, Sunrise Park, Movie Colony East, The Movie Colony, Old Las Palmas, Vista Las Palmas, Historic Tennis Club, Tahquitz River Estates, Twin Palms and Indian Canyons. The route took us past the Mesquite Canyon Country Club golf course, Palm Springs High School, the Palm Springs Police Department headquarters and K-9 Unit area, Riverside County Administrative Center, Palm Springs City Hall and Dog Park, Ruth Hardy Park, Katherine Finchy Elementary School, Desert Healthcare Wellness Park, Desert Regional Medical Center, Wellwood Murray Cemetary, Temple Isaiah, O’Donnell Club golf course, Palm Springs Promenade, Palm Springs Art Museum, Casa Cody Historic Palm Springs Inn, Tahquitz Creek Channel bicycle-pedestrian crossing bridge, Cahuilla Elementary School, ACE Hotel, Indian Canyons Golf Resort North,  Smoke Tree Stables and more.

          The ride ended shortly after noon at our starting point in front of the Post Office. Afterwards several in the group had lunch in the popular PHO 533 Vietnamese restaurant located nearby.

          There are many bicycle maps and guides to routes in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs City Parks & Rec, Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, Palm Springs Visitor Center and many tourism businesses all provide maps. There’s also a Palm Springs Bicycle Trails website at http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/overview/play/palm-springs-bike-trails/10470 with online maps. It’s all waiting for residents and visitors alike. The key is to get out on your own, borrowed or rented bicycle and enjoy some of Coachella Valley’s biking paradise.

Bond Shands
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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