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Urban Cycling in Alabama

Urban bicycle usage (as an adult)   3 members have voted

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The bicycle business is booming across America as fuel costs have skyrocketed. More and more people are commuting to work and running errands on their bikes to save money and in some cases to save the planet. I've noticed an increase in bicycle commuters in downtown Montgomery recently.

Unfortunately, Alabama is not currently a bicycle-friendly state. A new annual state ranking from the League of American Bicyclists lists Alabama at number 48, sandwiched between Mississippi and Georgia.

Does anyone use a bicycle for more than just recreation? Do you agree with the listing of Alabama as a bicycle-unfriendly state? Do you have any advice for those who may wish to begin bicycle commuting or using their bike for general transportation? Are there projects planned or underway that would make your city more bicycle friendly? What are your thoughts on the use of bicycles in urban areas?

Wired: Bike Industry Boom

Bicycle friendly states ranking

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I wish I did have a bike, but unfortunately it is extremely haphazardous to ride around Greater Birmingham due to the extremely unconsiderate drivers. Biking is more a less a risky sport here. :(

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I can't believe no one posted this... the day before Southron posted this topic, the city of Huntsville and several bike clubs held a news conference announcing that they were forming a committee that will oversee efforts for new greenways and bike lanes, plus discuss other bike-related topics. In the meantime, the city is now posting "Share the Road" signs along major bike routes. There are also plans to put bike racks throughout downtown and Five Points, and a map is being made that will show the city's 158 miles of "designated bike routes." So at least Huntsville's heading in the right direction on this, but it came at a price... a 20-year-old UAH student was struck and killed by an SUV (driver of course was on their cell phone) while riding her bike through Research Park last month.

Huntsville Times article: Push on to make city safe for bikes

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I can't believe no one posted this... the day before Southron posted this topic, the city of Huntsville and several bike clubs held a news conference announcing that they were forming a committee that will oversee efforts for new greenways and bike lanes, plus discuss other bike-related topics. In the meantime, the city is now posting "Share the Road" signs along major bike routes. There are also plans to put bike racks throughout downtown and Five Points, and a map is being made that will show the city's 158 miles of "designated bike routes." So at least Huntsville's heading in the right direction on this, but it came at a price... a 20-year-old UAH student was struck and killed by an SUV (driver of course was on their cell phone) while riding her bike through Research Park last month.

Huntsville Times article: Push on to make city safe for bikes

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^Well, that should happen now that Huntsville just elected a new mayor who put public transit/alternate transportation at the top of his plan.

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^Interesting news, I didn't know that Mayor Spencer lost yesterday. Thanks for the info, jmanhsv. Good to see an Alabama public official take a stand the way Mayor-elect Battle did on his website:

Bike paths that double as walking paths could also play a significant role in enticing people to park their cars, get some exercise, and reduce their carbon imprint. New road construction and developments should be required to incorporate bike lanes and pedestrian trails that will ultimately allow non-motorists to safely navigate the city.

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...and a map is being made that will show the city's 158 miles of "designated bike routes."

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Here's the new bikeway/greenway map being distributed by the city of Huntsville. It shows some of the proposed greenways, along with the locations of schools, gas stations, obstacles, and bus stops.

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^They're building bits and pieces of the greenways as soon as funding comes available, but there's not really a set timetable on when these will all be built.

Here's the long-term plan, along with detailed descriptions of each proposed greenway (PDF file- scroll down a bit).

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^ Good to see Huntsville taking those progressive steps.

I don't think there is a single bike lane marked anywhere in Montgomery, and practically no bike racks for parking. I've seen small racks next to the police bike bureau and at the Riverwalk, but that's it. Mobile started a public art rack program several years ago, and racks designed by artists are scattered through the downtown area. Every parking deck should have at least one decent-sized rack, and there should be some strategically located along the sidewalks as well.

I wonder what the bike facility situation is like in our other cities.

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Auburn was previously awarded a bronze designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Auburn University is planning to become more bicycle friendly as well, with plans for new bike paths, standardized bike racks near major buildings, a bicycle-repair shop in the new student center, new safety programs, bike racks on campus buses and possibly implementing a bike loaner program (as the city of Auburn has already done). AU campus bike lanes will connect to city bike lanes at several points to give riders safer and more convenient travel routes around town.

Leaders in Auburn and Huntsville get it. We've got to get ALDOT and many more city leaders to see the light and fund bicycle and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure.

Auburn University to become more bicycle friendly

AU cycling web page: AUBike - Bicycles on Campus

City cycling web page: Bicycle Auburn

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A pedicab service, Magicity Pedicabs, is being planned for downtown Birmingham and Southside. An entrepreneur has one pedicab ready to put in service and plans to add several more.

Are there other pedicab companies in Alabama? I wouldn't be surprised if Huntsville already has one up and running.

Birmingham entrepreneur wants to launch a pedicab service in downtown and Southside

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That's quite a climb heading from Downtown to Five Points South. I can just see peeps pushing the vehicles up Red Mountain. LOL.

I hope it is successful. I'll certainly try it.

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