Exploring Gilbert Bike Paths
Gilbert bike paths are something I’ve always wanted to explore. I love living in Gilbert, Arizona and have lived here for 12 years. In 2013 my horse died of colic and I made the tough decision not to get another one. Gilbert bike paths are a great way to access protected riding and I used to ride my horse along these peaceful paths. If you want to map a trail you can go to Trail Link.
Gilbert Bike Paths are Built along Irrigation Canals
Gilbert and other cities have done an amazing job of using the irrigation canals for their residents to enjoy biking, jogging, walking and horseback riding. Many have both dirt and blacktop paths and small bridges strategically placed to access both sides.
Fishing Near Gilbert Bike Paths
In 1987 I moved to Phoenix to Bass Fish on the Pro Circuit. I grew up in a fishing family in Nebraska and they didn’t offer much for women in the arena of bass fishing. It was an enjoyable time in my life and I still love to fish to this day. While riding on Gilbert bike paths, I often see young and old alike fishing in the canals. There are catfish, carp and even largemouth bass. When riding along the Gilbert bike paths we often see Koi fish. No doubt from a local pond that has long since dried up and the kids wanted to let the koi’s live so mom and dad toted them down to the canal to release them.
Buying My Bike to Enjoy the Ride
My brother came for a visit in March and he wanted to buy a fat tire bike to take home to Nebraska. We ended up in a bike shop in Gilbert, Arizona and low and behold, my husband and I both walked out with new bikes.
I always enjoyed riding a bike when I was a kid but I am no longer a kid. I now know what the saying means, “It’s like riding a bike“. I jumped on my new bike and was awkward at first and before I knew it, I felt like a kid again! I was zipping around the parking lot and the next day we were both zooming down the canal path enjoying the amazing weather.
Since that day we have gone on many bike rides and there are some great places to ride OFF the street. When I see bikes on the street riding I don’t know how they navigate all the terrible drivers out there and personally, I would fear for my life.
The canals are an amazing place to ride and though you do have to cross a busy street every mile or so, it really isn’t that bad. A lot of the crossings even have lights at them to assist in the crossing.
If you are thinking of moving to Gilbert, don’t hesitate. You will love it. They offer residents all sorts of benefits and Gilbert bike paths are definitely a bonus.
Bike Trails in Gilbert
As far as I know, Gilbert maintains roughly 30 miles of trails.
Heritage Trail (along Consolidated Canal running north-south from east of Lindsay Road to McQueen/Queen Creek roads).
Santan Vista Trail (along Eastern Canal running north-south from west of Greenfield Road to Gilbert/Riggs roads).
Powerline Trail (part of the Sun Circle Trail along Western Canal in between Elliot and Guadalupe roads).
R.W.C.D./East Maricopa Floodway (Marathon Trail running north-south from east of Recker Road to Val Vista Drive/Hunt Highway; and it goes into Mesa, too).
Comprising: Canals, utility corridors, the Union Pacific Railroad andthe Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
Future plans: Multi Use trails are planned along Riggs Road, Chandler Heights Road and Hunt Highway.
Additional trails: Queen Creek Wash and Sonoqui Washes are major equestrian, bicycle and pedestrian trails through Queen Creek and Gilbert.