Organizers of the sixth annual Bike Palo Alto! hope for a good turnout this Sunday, Oct. 4.
The free, family-friendly event, which encourages residents to ride their bikes for local shopping and other trips around the city, will take place at El Carmelo Elementary School from 1-4 p.m.
Last year's event drew 400 participants, organizers said. Pre-registration is not required.
Sign-in will be at El Carmelo, 3024 Bryant St., where participants can get free bike maintenance, find suggested routes to schools, learn how to properly fit helmets, and access maps and local biking information.
Bicyclists can choose one of three self-guided routes through Palo Alto, to familiarize themselves with local pathways. There will be short, medium and long routes. Free treats such as made-to-order smoothies from bike-powered blenders will be provided by local vendors, including Mollie Stone's and Whole Foods Market, along the routes.
The event, which is hosted by Palo Alto bike enthusiasts, highlights the city's bike routes, including bike boulevards, off-street paths, bike bridges and bike lanes that connect across the city.
"Participants will have a chance to see that biking for local trips can be easy and fun, using routes that are not the same as one would use in a car," a press release states.
New to the event this year is the Frequent Rider Card, a rewards program for bicyclists who ride to participating businesses. When the cyclist makes a purchase, a sales associate will enter the location code on the card. On the 10th visit, the cyclist can redeem the card at that location for a prize.
Participating businesses include Aquarius Theater, Como Esta Taqueria, Copy Factory, Country Sun, House of Bagels, Mike's Bikes, Mollie Stone's, Orchard Supply Hardware in Mountain View, Hassett Ace Hardware, Palo Alto libraries, Peet's Coffee, Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream, Stanford Electric Works, Starbucks Midtown, Subway, SummerWinds Nursery, The Sweet Shop and Whole Foods Market.
The Frequent Rider Card will only be given to participants of Bike Palo Alto! and cards expire Dec. 31.
The event is sponsored by the Barron Park Association, City of Palo Alto, Copy Factory, El Carmelo Elementary School, Mike's Bikes, Mollie Stone's, Palo Alto Bicycles, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, The Sweet Shop and Whole Foods Market.
For more information, visit bikepaloalto.org.