Birmingham bicyclists unite! Help create a network of safe roads and streets

Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Ok Birmingham bicyclists! Are you tired of risking your life when you ride your bike on the streets of Birmingham and the metro area? If your answer is yes, now is your chance to advocate and provide input on the new draft Regional Bicycle Network.

According to the folks putting together the B-Active Plan for the Greater Birmingham Metro Area, an open house will be held on January 23, 4:00-6:30pm at Cahaba Brewery. The planners are seeking public input to make our roads safer for cyclists.

Homewood Alabama
Picture of the Hwy 280 overpass bridge between Mountain Brook and Homewood. Note how the car passing the cyclist having to move across the center line to safely pass – photo by Pat Byington
More on the plan from B-Active:

What is the Regional Bicycle Network?

The Draft Regional Bicycle Network is designed to provide a network of roads and multi-use paths that are safe, connected and accessible for not only the strong and fearless bicycle enthusiasts but also for commuters who want to “ditch their car keys”. The recommended design solutions include ways to mitigate the level of traffic stress that bicyclists feel and maximize their degree of separation from the automobile (i.e. through the future provision of a buffered bike lane, separated bike lane, shared use path, etc.).

If you have ever driven your bike on the Magic City’s city streets and major roads, you know this plan is long overdue.

Birmingham AL
Cyclists rolling out of Railroad Park

The team of B-Active regional planners welcome everyone’s input at this open house. The team will have maps and graphics illustrating the Draft Regional Bicycle Network for your comments.

Make a difference. Join B-Active on January 23rd, and be a part of making our roads in Birmingham safe for bicycles.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.