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Home National & State Parks Grand Canyon Grand Canyon OKs Bicycle Rentals for a ‘Greener’ view of the National Park

Grand Canyon OKs Bicycle Rentals for a ‘Greener’ view of the National Park

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Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park now will have the option of renting bicycles and enjoying a "greener" way to enjoy some of the park's South Rim wonders.

Beginning May 1, 2010 and continuing into the fall, Bright Angel Bicycles will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Visitors will be able to ride on portions of the park's multi-use greenway trail system open to bicycles, on all park roads open to public vehicular traffic and on park roads open only to shuttle bus traffic, including the Hermit Road and the Yaki Point Road.

"Biking is an excellent way for visitors to experience Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim," said Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin, who announced the awarding of the concessionaire authorization.

"The bike friendly infrastructure along the newly reconstructed Hermit Road and associated greenway offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Grand Canyon by bicycle in an area that is free of private vehicle traffic," he added. "We look forward to working with Bright Angel Bicycles to provide this exciting new visitor service,"

Visitors will have the opportunity to ride rented bicycles on self guided tours directly from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center location, or utilize the park's shuttle bus system, which can accommodate up to three bicycles per bus.

Bright Angel Bicycles, the authorized rental concessionaire, plans to offer transportation from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to locations along the Hermit Road allowing visitors easy access to ride bicycles along the historic road, including the portion of greenway along the rim from Monument Creek Vista to Hermits Rest. Bright Angel Bicycles also plans to offer guided tours.

The National Park Service underwent an open and competitive process soliciting applications and received several competitive applications for the opportunity from qualified companies. After an extensive evaluation process, the park service selected Bright Angel Bicycles, L.L.C. as the permittee.

"We're very excited about the opportunity," said Wes Neal, one of the partners for Bright Angel Bicycles, told OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine.

For questions or information regarding Bright Angel Bicycles' rental operation at Grand Canyon National Park, including rates and reservations, contact Bright Angel Bicycles at (928) 814-8704.

The current CUA for bicycle rental operations will have a term of one year with an option to be extended for a second year.

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