Re: New here from Phoenix Arizona!
Welcome to the forum. When I lived in the east valley, the police were cool as long as you didn't go over 20mph in the bike lanes. Riding the canal banks is another way to avoid traffic sometimes. Be very careful of the bike lanes at night. There are joggers, dog walkers, strollers and everything else in the bike lane and they are very tough to see in the dark.
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