Thursday, March 10, 2011

Under Construction But Aren't We All

New multi-use path tunnel under construction along the Indian Bend Wash in Scottsdale

Indian Bend Wash, a green belt the runs through Scottsdale and serves as a flood control diversion channel, has had a multi-use path along at least sections of it for at least twenty-five years, and Scottsdale has made constant improvements and additions to it. Up until this project, though, you had to cross Hayden and go through Chaparral Park, because the path along the west side of Hayden Road stopped, crossed to the park, then crossed back at the north end of the park complex. I don't know the historic or practical reasons for it, but logically, I always looked at that section and thought that they would eventually put a path here because it would make sense to do so. And now they have (or at least, will have, once the tunnel opens).

New section of path along Indian Bend Wash, looking south (hope that's not too confusing). Whoosh.

The egret appears to approve of this path

Thanks, City of Scottsdale + residents + constructors for this terrific and logical path. I will express my gratitude by using it regularly. Oh yeah--have a fabulous Friday you slightly out there bicycling fiends. Get up. Go ride.


  1. That's no egret, it's a cleverly disguised FTOSS operative.
    Just keeping an eye on things.
    Oh and there you go again!
    Empty path.

  2. All JRA's friends are waiting for construction to finish.

  3. I'm really impressed with all of the cycle paths you are showing on your blog. The city seems to have really gotten behind them and are making an effort to do a decent job. My husband was working down in Scottsdale for about a year and we almost transferred there - its hotter than what I was used to but when I visited, I did notice that the terrain would be great for riding bikes. All of this was about 10 years ago.

  4. limom/director of feathered FTOSS operatives: I will obtain photos of occupied paths and deliver these images via the usual drop point.

    Steve A, the construction continues.

    PaddyAnne, there's a good network of paths being developed in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, and I feel quite fortunate to be able to ride around on them. It's very flat around here, except for the mountains, which also have lots of fun trails when you're in the mood for some of that. The metro area has grown a lot in ten years, not all good of course. I probably show a slanted view of the bicycle-related, art-enhanced, growth, so I wouldn't claim a balanced view on this blog. I love summer in the desert, which is still very ride-able if you stay hydrated and learn your limits in the heat.


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