For years the park service has been creating a bicycle-friendly infrastructure throughout the developed South Rim and portions of the Greenway Trail System. Bike enthusiasts have enjoyed the fruits of these efforts; often with a tinge of guilt to have unfettered access (and no motorized competition save for shuttle buses) to spectacular stretches of pavement like Hermit Road (formerly West Rim Drive). “Where are the other cyclists?” I’ve heard on more than one occasion.
As of May 1st, they are on the way. The park service recently announced the launch of a new bicycle concession that was awarded to Bright Angel Bicycles. Rentals and tours will be available throughout the year. It will be a great way for the whole family to leave the car behind and enjoy a carbon-friendly spin along the rim of the grandest of canyons.