The mission of AlaBike is to promote cycling access, education and safety and to advocate for safer road environments for all users.
The Alabama Bicycle Coalition (AlaBike) is a statewide, grassroots not-for-profit (501c3) cycling advocacy organization whose mission is to promote cycling, safety, education and access. AlaBike works with state and local officials and politicians to preserve, improve, create and institutionalize bicycle-friendly roads and policies throughout Alabama. Bicycle-friendly cities, towns, counties and regions provide a healthy environment for its citizens and project an attractive image to visitors and prospective residents. The investment in a high-quality, user-friendly road network is returned many times in improved quality of life and property values. AlaBike seeks support to develop programs to promote this vision.
Please help us establish bicycle-friendly roads and policies throughout Alabama. We can make a difference together. Please click and join online. Thank you, your contribution is greatly appreciated!
AlaBike Members Attend the National Bike Summit for 11th Consecutive Year
Seven members, representing 4 Al Congressional districts, attended the 2013 League of American Bicyclists (LAB) National Bike Summit (NBS) in Washington D C March 4-6. Our Executive Director (ED), Stan Palla and members: Tracy and Doug Hale from Birmingham , Peter Wolf and Kirk Iversen from Auburn and George Hamilton and Jamie Miernik from Huntsville . The Bike Summit was an invigorating, educational, enjoyable and exhausting experience, as usual, but, as always, well worth it.
AlaBike has an Executive Director and several new Board Members
Meet Stan Palla, the Executive Director, and some of the new and old board members at the Chief Ladiga Campout, March 22-24.
New BOD members: Tracy Hale - Birmingham, Kirk Iversen – Auburn, Steve Justice - Owens Cross Roads, Danny Feldman - Birmingham
President: Jamie Miernik – Huntsville
Alabama Backroads Century Series
The AL Backroads Century Series is a collective of the top 10 century rides in Alabama that will challenge riders to complete any four full 100-mile rides throughout the season, and promotes recreational riding throughout the state. Alabama is a well-kept secret of good roads and great riding and the ABCS is a big move to reveal it. Participants in the series will receive a custom 'Centurion' medal for each event completed and recognition as a Centurion on the website upon the completion of each ride. A commemorative embroidered patch showing each ride location will be awarded to riders who complete any four of the ten centuries in the series. It's a great incentive to get out and ride the roads around the state. Check out the website and plan your season now!
MAP-21 is the NEW Federal Transportation Bill that became law Oct 1, 2012
Here is the MAP-21 summary
Can You Make Your Own Sports Drink?
YES says Gayle Williams, editor of Consumer Reports on Health newsletter and it can save you money and calories compared with buying sports drinks, which aren't always good for you anyway.
Electrolytes are minerals in your body that help maintain proper muscle and nervous system function, and the best known are sodium, potassium, and chloride. Anything that seriously depletes your body's fluids, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating from exercise, can disrupt your electrolytes balance.
To make your own drinks:
Optionally add lemon juice or sugar-free Kool-Aid flavoring to taste
And unless you do endurance sports, steer clear of electrolyte sports drinks like Gatorade. They're loaded with calories, plus add sugar, which can actually worsen diarrhea and nausea.
Source: ShopSmart (Consumer Reports) June 2011 page 12
See the Complete Streets Policy Analysis
Complete Streets policies formalize a community’s intent to plan, design, and maintain streets so they are safe for all users of all ages and abilities. Policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design and construct the right-of-way to accommodate all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, motorists, and freight vehicles.
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