The mission of AlaBike is to promote cycling access, education and safety and to advocate for safer road environments for all users.
1st Annual Chief Ladiga Camping Trip was as Success!
About 20 folks enjoyed the 1st Annual Chief Ladiga Camping Trip. Some did part of the Woodland century, other road the trail to Cedartown and back. AlaBike hosted an informal social meet-and-greet around the campfire at the Chief Ladiga Trail Campground lodge at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening. The campground is new, right on the trail in Clebourne County and a really beautiful spot. Everyone should check it out one day and ride the Chief Ladiga Trail!
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.
2013 AMBA Bike Tour!
Alabama ’s Magnificent Bicycle Adventure is based out of Beckwith Camp and Conference Center near Fairhope, Alabama this April 20-26. The ride is based out of the same location with different rides every day. You unpack and set up once for the whole week. Very nice, riding and plenty of fun options for after-ride and non-riding friends and family. Sign up today!
Good Life Ride & Hangout at Gulf Shores
If you can make it to the beach there will be a 20 or 40 mile event on May 12 beginning in Fairhope, Magnolia Springs or Orange Beach .
Proceeds to benefit The Good Life Foundation and Smart Coast working together to advocate for Complete Streets in Baldwin County .
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!
LAB Traffic Safety 101 Held in Birmingham
The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) TS 101 was taught in Birmingham on Feb 2, in a special shortened format. The class was taught by our very own Tracy Hale and Flo Bradley and 13 cyclists learned a lot! The class was free for Jefferson/Shelby County residents.
MAP-21 is the NEW Federal Transportation Bill that became law Oct 1, 2012
Here is the MAP-21 summary
Montevallo Leads in Bicycle Friendly Activities
Vallocycle “Cyclovia” was a Great Success!
April 28-29, 2012, the Vallocycle “Cyclovia” was part of “Get Moving Montevallo” city-wide fitness initiative, featuring a car-free theme. The weekend was an interactive celebration of outdoor recreation, physical fitness, and sustainable living.
Montevallo opens the first Bike Share in AL, ValloCycle!
…take a look at what cyclists in Montevallo have been up to.
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.
Cycling surges in the land of the automobile
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AL Statewide HWY map includes bike laws
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