|City of Huntsville Bikeway Plan
Bicycling in Huntsville
Mayor's Bike Ride
Safe Routes to School
Bicycle Advisory and Safety Committee
Co-Chairs: James Moore and Marjorie Holderer.
The BASC meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 5pm at city hall, 308 Fountain Circle.
For dates and directions contact James Moore
The Bicycle Advisory and Safety Committee’s (BASC) provides knowledge about cycling to advance education, enable planning, encourage cycling, and develop safe transportation facilities in the Huntsville area.
Goals and Objectives
The following City Departments have representatives involved:
Mayor's office: Rex Reynolds
City Council: Bill Kling
Planning: James Moore
Police: Officer Bradley Adams or Seargent Marcus Moon
Traffic Engineering: Richard Kramer or Jo Somers
Other Committee members are:
Committee Contact list with all contact details.
Meeting Minutes - I have these in PDF for all of 2010.
Huntsville Bikeways Plan 2006
City of Huntsville Bikeways Plan (.pdf file) | 2006 Existing Routes
Greenways in Huntsville and Madison County
National Bike Month Proclamation
City Council Resolution 10-341 honoring Sharon Baylor, founding member of BASC
National Bike month Proclamation
Spring City Cycling Club (SCCC)
Alabama Bicycling Coalition (AlaBike)
AlaBike Bike/Motorist Tips
10 Commandments of Safe Cycling:
- Wear a helmet for every ride
- Use lights at night
- Know and obey principals of traffic law
- Conduct an ABC Quick Check before every ride
- Scan for traffic and signal lane changes and turns
- Ride predictably and be visible at all times
- Be prepared for mechanical emergencies with tools and know-how
- Control your bike by practicing bike handling skills
- Drink before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry
- Have fun
For information about local bicycling courses contact BASC member James Reynolds
Our local friendly LAB LCI (League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor) has a great webpage resource to find when and where cycling classes are offered.
Huntsville Area Trail Maps
Mayor's Bike Ride
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
2013 5th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride May 4, 2013
2012 4th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride May 5, 2012
2011 3rd Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride May 10th, 2011
2010 2nd Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride May 15th, 2010
2009 1st Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride May 17th, 2009
May Bicycling EventsMay 1 SHE Day - MTRAC Bicycle booth at MSFC with interactive bicycle powered generator. The new configuration is working (open to tweaks).
May 4 Mayor's Bicycle Ride (downtown HSV, 10:00 AM) Sponsored by the Bicycle Advisory and Safety Committee (BASC)
May 4 Spring City Cycling Club will kick off its 10th annual Ride A Metric (RAM) training series on May 4, 2013. This training series will help participants progress from neighborhood or casual riders to cyclists who are confident about riding on the road. For more information: www.springcity.org/ram
May 7 Bicycling booth at MWR health fair at Pagano Gym at 0900-1200.
May 8 National Bike to School Day LAB declared www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/biketoschoolday.php
May 12 CycloFemme Sponsored by the Rocket City Cycle Belles. Strong communities are built around strong women. We ride together.
May 13-17 Bike to Work Week Declared by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/
May 17 Ride of Silence, 7 pm worldwide. Ride of remembrance of fallen cyclists, start location TBD, stay tuned.
May 17 National Bike to Work Day Declared by LAB
For those who can get on base/RSA:
May 21 Director's Tour d'Arsenal - Sponsored by MARS Team Redstone Alliance for Cycling (MTRAC).
June 8 MSFC Family Picnic - MARS and Center staff are asking us to provide bicycle event(s).
Safe Routes to School
What are Safe Routes to Schools?
The Safe Routes to School program is a national and international
movement to enable and encourage elementary and middle school children to walk and bicycle to school.
- To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school;
- To make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age;
- To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution around schools.
The federal transportation bill reauthorized in 2005,SAFETE-LU, promoted by a coalition of health, walking, bicycling, and urban planning advocates and professionals, authorizes over $1 million for each state annually for SRTS grants. Through the use of the “5 Es”, engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation, and encouragement, programs are developed to create a safe, appealing environment for walking and biking to school that encourages a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. Safe Routes to School enriches the quality of children’s lives and benefits communities by implementing projects that will reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and enhance neighborhood safety. Safe Routes to School also has the potential to reduce the alarming nationwide trend in child obesity and inactivity.
In 1969, approximately 50% of children walked or biked to school, and 87% of the children living within one mile of their school arrived under their own power. Today, fewer than 15% of schoolchildren walk or bike to school. In addition, parents driving their children to school can generate as much as 20% to 30% of morning traffic. Over the last 25 years, air pollution has been linked to a 74% increase in asthma rates among children ages 5-14, and a 160% increase in children up to age 4.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has administered a SRTS program since 2007 and has approved over $ 7 million in awards to over 75 schools across Alabama. The City of Huntsville was awarded a $200,000 SRTS grant in 2008 and is planning to apply for another one in November 2010. Contact James Moore for more information. (link email)
The City of Huntsville Bikeway Plan has been updated and was approved by the Huntsville Planning Commission on February 21, 2006. The plan identifies 39 different bike routes to be constructed throughout the city within a five year period. All routes will be identified with signage. The total bicycle network identified in the plan will include approximately 160 miles of bikeway facilities in addition to the ten existing transit routes, which will encourage and promote bicycling while increasing transit ridership.
Funding for the five year project will be provided by the City of Huntsville and through state and federal grants. The Bikeway Plan is available by clicking on the link below.
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Bike Safety PSA's