Bike to the Ballpark highlights Valley Bike Month

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Helmets and bicycles were the accessories of the day Sunday for the Bike to the Ballpark event. 

Folks met up at Steele Indian School Park before pedaling in the escorted 3.5 mile ride to Chase Field. 

The event, put on by Valley Metro, is to help bring attention to bicycling, as part of Valley Bike Month.

During April, people are encouraged to ride for fun, to get healthy, to save money on gas and to help the environment.

"It's a great event," said Nancy Logan.

She came to the event with her kids and grandkids.

"It keeps them healthy and gives them something to do besides sit in the house," added Logan.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton also rode side by side with bicyclists of all ages.  

"We're trying to encourage people to get out of their cars, get healthy, get on their bikes. What a fun way to get to the Dbacks game," he said.

Stanton says the goal is to create more walkways and bike paths throughout Phoenix.

"We're encouraging biking all over the city. Being a city that's more walkable and bikeable is a big part of our future," Stanton explained.

Along with the bike ride, participants also enjoyed a Green Expo at Steele Indian School Park.