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Does anyone know about living car-free in Phoenix, AZ?

Old 04-01-10, 07:36 PM
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Does anyone know about living car-free in Phoenix, AZ?

I am strongly considering going car-free soon. I'm in Phoenix, AZ and would like to know if anyone else is car-free in the area.
I've been told time and time again that I will need my car (as a single female), but the people telling me this don't know who I am; nor do they know what I prefer.
Is there anyone on the forums who has lived in Phoenix?
I've been here for almost two years, and I think it's very possible to live car-free here.

I'd appreciate your input.

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I don't live in Phoenix but have family there, and visit the area every year. Living carfree there would be quite doable, if you can tolerate the summer heat- and from living there, you already have come to terms with it. I haven't seen the whole urban area, but have noticed that the Scottsdale/Mesa area is pretty bike friendly. Bike lanes are common and the light rail line isn't far away. This whole area is the definition of sprawl, but that also means there are plenty of stores and services within easy biking distance. Most of the area is flat, too, which helps. There's also a system of MUPS along the canals if you prefer not to ride with traffic.

Heat and occasional smog are probably the biggest issues to cycling year round there, and you already know about those.

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I lived in Mesa for 3 years and found the roads very amenable for cycling. However, as you know, the summers are brutal.
I don't care how dry the heat is it's still freaking HOT!
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I have been living in the valley of the sun for 18 years and have been car free for almost 7. I live in Old Town Scottsdale and my bike is the only way I get around. I rarely take the bus.

This is a great city to be car free. Scottsdale and Tempe are the best places to ride a bike. They both have a lot of bike paths (The Green Belt a 25+ mile path) and side streets to take. It depends on what your budget is and where you live, but Downtown Scottsdale or Downtown Tempe are the most bike friendly in the valley. I would go in a bike store and ask them if they have a map of all the bike routes in the valley. Google maps could tell you too.

The weather is perfect for riding, mostly since there is not a lot of wind and rain. The heat is not as bad as people make it out to be because when you are moving the breeze cools you down. Just make sure to bring a lot water and ride slower.
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Im in Tempe & have been car free for alot of years & it's just a matter of "Where theres a will, Theres a way"... w/ the light rail now up & running its even easier although not easy but doable.
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I lived there for 10 years, a couple of them car free and with an 18 mile commute. Like any town, it might take a couple tries to find a safe route to and from new points, but eventually you should be able to get everything ironed out. I've wound up on some really hairy roads there, had to take the sidewalk and stop at every driveway, etc, but most parts of town have some kind of option.
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Originally Posted by Shockberta
I have been living in the valley of the sun for 18 years and have been car free for almost 7. I live in Old Town Scottsdale and my bike is the only way I get around. I rarely take the bus.

This is a great city to be car free. Scottsdale and Tempe are the best places to ride a bike. They both have a lot of bike paths (The Green Belt a 25+ mile path) and side streets to take. It depends on what your budget is and where you live, but Downtown Scottsdale or Downtown Tempe are the most bike friendly in the valley. I would go in a bike store and ask them if they have a map of all the bike routes in the valley. Google maps could tell you too.

The weather is perfect for riding, mostly since there is not a lot of wind and rain. The heat is not as bad as people make it out to be because when you are moving the breeze cools you down. Just make sure to bring a lot water and ride slower.
I was car free for 5 years. Bicycle touring is frikin awesome! Can you say Beeline anyone?
I found Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale all had areas where car free was very doable. The only hard part I found was my job and college kept moving around on me.

Uptown Phoenix by far was the best Infrastructure. 1/4 mile gird and AZ canal. Not to mention light rail.
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