Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Silent Sunday at South Mountain

Silent Sunday Cycling

April 22, 2012

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

FREE EVENT!  Meet at South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave.  Follow the yellow signs pointing the way to the parking lot.  Every type of hand cycle is here, and recumbent cycles!  There are also many friendly volunteers to help you out and even ride with you.

Come join us and enjoy cruising through South Mountain Park with family and friends. Silent Sunday is a free event that offers cyclists, skaters, joggers, walkers, strollers, and individuals who use wheelchairs an opportunity to get out and enjoy the scenic splendors of the nation’s largest municipal park without having to share the road with vehicles. Participants will discover miles of paved roads, from flat terrain to rolling dips and hills in beautiful South Mountain Park. The more aggressive cyclist can conquer the summit road, which ends at the Dobbins Lookout at 2330 feet. The City of Phoenix will have a variety of cycles, including hand cycles and recumbent cycles for those with mobility limitations, tandem bikes (two-person bikes) for people with visual limitations. We will provide maps of the roads and trails where you can ride and we will have our army of volunteers available for those who are in need of accommodations.

Registration is not necessary, but if you plan to attend please reply to this e-mail m_stodola@hotmail.com or call Mark Stodola at 602-402-0523.

Bikes will be available on a first come first serve basis from 9 am until 3 pm and are appropriately sized for ages 8 and up. A waiver must be completed for each person borrowing a bike (under 18 require a parent or legal guardian) and a state-issued driver’s license or ID card must be provided in order to check out bikes.

Adaptive cycling is one of seven outdoor recreation programs offered through the City of Phoenix and River of Dreams for people with and without disabilities. For more information on these programs go to http://river-of-dreams.com/

Nearby Birding Spot - PIMA CANYON
 Ash-Throated Flycatchers, Canyon Wren, Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher have been recently reported. Also along Pima Wash, Kestrel, Gilded and red-shafted Northern Flickers, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Black Phoebe,  Rock Wren, White-Crowned and Brewer's Sparrows,  and Road Runner.  Butterfly and lizard activity - West Coast Lady, Texan Crescent, Fiery Skipper, and Side-Blotched Lizard and Gila Spotted Whiptail.
It's been a disappointing wildflower year in Pima Canyon, and the earlier-than-normal blossoming shrubs and annuals have faded; mainly: Fiddleneck (all) and Brittlebush (most and all past prime). Ocotillo are flowering, however, especially along the Pima Wash Trail, with fairly numerous flowering Hedgehog cacti throughout, and some Cholla (Classic Desert). Along Pima Wash trail, some pretty good fruiting mistletoe await the Phainopepla.  * Access trailhead parking on Pima Canyon Road: I-10 to Eliot, west to 48th, north 1 mi.  Not sure how wheelchair accessible the area is in Pima Canyon.

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