Walk Bike Drive
With its pre–World War II street layout and ready access to trails, Prescott is a walking and biking mecca, both for transportation and recreation. Prescott is also within 90 minutes driving distance to a mountain resort town, Flagstaff, and a desert metropolis, Phoenix.
Students living in the older part of town near the College can make do without a car very easily, though trips to the town’s main health food store, New Frontiers, will take bikers and walkers on some of Prescott’s busier roads. Within a mile of the school, however, are three chain grocery stores, Fry's, Safeway, and Albertson’s, as well as a plethora of restaurants, including Indian, Spanish, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Mexican outlets, as well as various styles of American cuisine. The Raven Cafe , Prescott Cantina and Gurley St. Coffee are three close-by student favorites.
Along Granite Creek in some parts of downtown Prescott wind greenway trails suitable for both biking and walking. One section connects Prescott's “Ecohood,” near the College, with downtown Prescott. The downtown area itself features the Prescott Public Library , Sharlot Hall Museum , and numerous venues for community involvement and conviviality.
With its paved rural loops and comprehensive trail system, Prescott attracts both road bikers and mountain bikers from all over. Nevertheless, many of the trails are lightly used, meaning that students out for a ride will often have them to themselves. The gridded streets surrounding the courthouse square hearken back to the planners President Lincoln sent out to design the town in the 1860s. They diffuse the number and speed of cars traveling Prescott’s streets, making for more pleasant and safe walking and biking experiences.
For students with a passion for biking, there are several biking clubs and organizations.
Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT)
Prescott Alternative Transportation takes a positive approach to working towards a bicycle and pedestrian friendly Prescott. PAT members are out in force every spring for bike month and for Ride to Work with the Mayor day.
A mountain biking advocacy organization that works hard and doesn’t take itself too seriously, Raven Singletrack organizes races, group rides, and trail maintenance and produces the Snap Map – a guide to Prescott’s outstanding network of mountain bike trails.
Prescott Clandestine Bike Polo (PCBP)
A community club for individuals who love to play one of the world's fastest growing sports. Members organize pick-up games weekly and invite anyone interested to join. Equipment is provided so players need only arrive ready to play with bikes and helmets. PCBP is a member of the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo and the League of Bike Polo .
Presently, the treks to Prescott Valley, home of Tim’s Toyota Center, movie theaters, the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, and the massive weekend swap-meet, Peddler’s Pass, or to Chino Valley, home to the Granite Creek Vineyards, take place on the shoulder of a busy highway and are better accomplished by automobile than on a bike. Similarly, some of north and east Prescott’s amenities, such as the mall, Wal-Mart and the Heritage Park Animal Sanctuary, are more convenient to reach by car. To get to Phoenix or other cities, you can catch a shuttle at Arizona Shuttle
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