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AlaBike's mission is to promote cycling safety, education and access throughout Alabama. If you would like to donate, please click the button below, and know that your donation is tax deductible.

 

 

 

Statewide Bicycle Touring Route Help Wanted

AlaBike is working on an Alabama Scenic Bikeways project and we need some good advice on our first 2 cross-State routes.

Please share your insight for Routes from Florence to Dauphin Island and also Anniston to Mississippi border with us, via private email. If you only know of portions of Routes, that's great, please share.

More Routes will be added as we complete these.

Please contact Jeff Feet

Rolling Town Hall!

Curious where the Birmingham candidates for Mayor and City Council stand on bicycle transportation? Wonder what they have to say about bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure? Interested in their goals for continuing Birmingham's evolution into a vibrant cityscape? Then this FREE event is for you!

City of Birmingham elections are rapidly approaching on August 22nd and we've got a fun way for you to interact with the MANY candidates! Only one thing is better than talking about bikes with candidates -- riding bikes with candidates!

This is a non-partisan event. ALL candidates are invited. ALL members of the public are welcome. No endorsements will be made/given by the organizer, hosting or supporting businesses. We want to start a conversation which we hope will continue the forward momentum that Birmingham is experiencing as a city. We are united in the knowledge that vibrant streets that are safe and welcoming for both pedestrians and cyclists are key features in any thriving metropolitan environment.

DETAILS

Meet at Redemptive Cycles, 2:00-2:30pm. We will roll out promptly at 2:30pm. We'll go for a bike ride through downtown and arrive at Ghost Train Brewing Company for short platform pitches by attending candidates followed by socializing and an opportunity to as your candidates your burning questions. Bring a friend, and if you don't have a bike, get one from Zyp Bike Share!

PROGRAM

2:30: Roll out from Redemptive Cycles

3:00: Arrive at Ghost Train Brewing (grab a beer & a seat!)

3:15-4:00: Hear from the Candidates (4-5mins per, timed & enforced)

4:00-4:45: Informal Q&A with *your* candidates

4:45: Final Remarks & Thanks

5:00: Roll out & return to Redemptive (primarily for those that parked then rode)

ROUTE

1.9 mile (one way), flat and escorted by our ride team. All levels of riders are welcome, even kids! Nobody will be left behind. Zyp Bikes can be rented for those without a bike.

Remember, a bike friendly candidate or citizen doesn't have to actually ride a bike. See program/schedule above if you'd like to meet us at Ghost Train and forgo the ride (but please, please consider riding!!!!)

FAQs

All ages are welcome but you must be 21 and up with a valid ID to purchase beer at Ghost Train Brewing.

 



The Draft copy of the ALDOT Bike-Ped Plan has Been Released! 

See it here!

Do you want change to bicycle infrastructure in Alabama?  

If you really want change, leave your bike (and Strava) at home and spend one evening with your local City Council.

May 3 Grove Hill

May 4 Mobile

May 10 Montgomery 

May 11 Troy

May 17 Tuscaloosa

May 18 Fayette

May 23 Alexander City

May 24 Birmingham

May 25 Anniston

June 7 Tuscumbia

June 8 Huntsville

During the next 5 weeks, starting in Grove Hill on May 3rd, Mobile on May 4th, ALDOT will hold 11 public input meetings throughout the State. Plan to attend the meeting near you. The meetings are open from 4-6pm, they are typically walk-through meetings looking for written comments, not sit down presentations. 

From the Draft copy of the ALDOT Bike-Ped Plan only 149 people attended the 5 Regional public input sessions held in Spring 2016, leaving A TOTAL of 97 comments. An additional 61 people participated in the online comments section, that was live for several weeks. As far as ALDOT might be concerned, less than 200 people care about bicycle infrastructure in Alabama.  

ALDOT reviews the Bike-Ped Plan every 5-6 years.  

IF YOU DON'T ATTEND the ALDOT meetings, please don't get upset that ALDOT isn't paying attention to your ideas.

Regarding ALDOT and bicycles...ALDOT controls about 11,000 miles of the 100,000+ miles of roads in Alabama.  The remainder are City and County roads. ALDOT does not generally get involved with municipal roadways, unless requested by the MPO or RPO. YOU need to be visible to your MPO's and RPO's. 

IF YOU AREN'T TALKING to your elected officials, your Mayor, Councilmen, Commissioners, Planners, then you really shouldn't expect them to know what you want.  

IF YOU THINK A SINGLE REPRESENTATIVE from your Bike Club is going to make a HUGE difference, please re-think that. Actually, one person can make a significant difference locally, that's apparent in many if our cities, however, a bunch of people standing up, being recognized, at City Council Meetings...that makes a major difference. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BIKE ADVOCATE. SHOW UP A FEW TIMES A YEAR. 

If you think about it, 20 bicycles riding in the County on Saturday doesn't mean anything to the City, County, and State officials. 200 bicycles riding orderly through town twice a year, no reason for infrastructure improvements since it's just a parade.  200 disorderly bicyclists shows the need to keep bicycles off the street. 

Showing that hundreds, if not thousands, of people use bikes every day, that gets someone's attention. 

USE YOUR STRAVA ACCOUNT, join NationalBikeChallenge.org to help create STRAVA Heat Maps, which can be used by Advocates, Planners and others. Join the AlaBike Team, and teams set up in your City, Club, any others that you associate with.

 

Alabama Randonneurs 
http://www.mgmbikeclub.org/al-rando.html

Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.

Alabama Randonneurs will host several rides officially in 2017 and provide links to other rides in the region. Distances for official rides begin at 200KM. You need not be a racehorse to finish them, but you must ride steadily and be comfortable on your bike.

Everyone finishing the ride within the time limit is accorded the same award and respect. Nothing is gained by doing the ride faster than the other riders. There is a minimum average speed as well as a maximum average speed, roughly 9.5 mph to 18 mph).

A randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur. Shorter events, 100km - 150km, are called Populaires.

UPCOMING BREVETS

Ride The Rails To Atlanta 300K(Anniston, rail trail) 4/22

Mountain Music 200K(Ft. Payne, Hilly) 5/13

All Aboard to Rockmart200K (Anniston, rail trail) 6/10

Silver Comet Spur 100K Populaire (Piedmont, rail trail) 7/15

BCLA 100K Populaire (Gulf Shores, flat) 8/19

Bonifay 400K(Florala, rollers only) 9/9

Leeds 100K Polulaire(Leeds, moderate hills) TBA

Union Springs 100K Populaire(Montgomery, rollers only) 12/9


The 2017 Alabama Backroads Century Series

The 2017 Alabama Backroads Century Series consists of 13 independent bicycle rides from April 1, 2017 thru November 11, 2017.

This years rides cover the entire State of Alabama, from Elkmont near our Northern Border, to the Florida Panhandle. These rides typically include several route choices from 10 – 125 miles.

 

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The Alabama Backroads Century Series promotes the growth and development of long-distance cycling in Alabama, encouraging participation in established Alabama century (100-mile) rides, recognizing and rewarding individuals for their accomplishments, and benefiting the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of these events.
http://www.alabama-backroads-cycling.com/