2017 ALABAMA BICYCLE COALITION ANNUAL MEETING
December 3, 2017 in Anniston, AL
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.
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!
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)
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!!!!)
All ages are welcome but you must be 21 and up with a valid ID to purchase beer at Ghost Train Brewing.
Past ALDOT Public MeetingS
The Draft version of the ALDOT Bike-Ped Plan has Been Released!
Do you want change to bicycle infrastructure in Alabama?
If you really want change, leave your bike at home and spend one evening at an ALDOT public meeting:
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, 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 of 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, and any others you know.