Now the News: Birmingham rideshare program expanding, new e-scooter + bike company coming soon

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Birmingham On-Demand is expanding to 19 neighborhoods. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Happy Halloween, Birmingham! Let’s get your week off to a spooktacular start with the buzziest happenings around the city, including the Birmingham On Demand rideshare program expansion, a new electric scooter and bike company coming to town, new openings and more.

Hoover Heights Climbing Center reopens + 4 new openings

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A-Train Station will be opening its brick-and-mortar location soon. (Pay Byington / Bham Now)

Trick or treat yourself to the latest openings and businesses coming soon around town.

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Homewood passes financial agreement supporting Piggly Wiggly redevelopment

Piggly Wiggly in Homewood. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

What’s happening: Homewood is about to get a much larger Piggly Wiggly grocery store with surrounding businesses and additional parking. On October 24, Homewood City Council passed a financial tax agreement between the city and a local developer to support the construction of the development.

Why it matters: If you’ve visited “The Pig” in Homewood, you may have noticed traffic problems and a lack of parking availability. This new development will move Piggly Wiggly to a bigger space on the property, providing more parking and alleviating traffic issues.

“The Pig is such an important business in our community, always giving back to our schools and other charitable causes. In addition, as the Ward 5 Councilor, I’m eager to see the traffic flow and safety improve at that vitally important intersection. It is more important than ever to shop our locally owned businesses!”

Councilor Jennifer Andress, Ward 5, City of Homewood

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Chief meteorologist Jerry Tracey to retire from WVTM 13

Jerry Tracey for WVTM13. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What’s happening: After 35 years, WVTM 13 chief meteorologist Jerry Tracey is retiring. The community has continuously looked to him for help during severe weather, including the blizzard of 1993 and the 2011 tornado outbreak.

“When severe weather threatens, I want to make sure my community family, along with my immediate family, stay safe. That’s how I approach my weather forecasts, and I thank you for watching and trusting me all these years.”

Jerry Tracey, Chief Meterologist, WVTM 13

Why it matters: Tracey has delivered forecasts for WVTM 13 since 1987, making him the longest-tenured chief meteorologist in the station’s history. Plus, he is the longest-tenured chief meteorologist at a single station in Birmingham’s local television history. We’ll miss seeing him on our TV screens.

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New e-scooter company recommended by the Birmingham transportation committee

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E-scooters are rising in popularity around Birmingham. (Lauren Bedford / Bham Now)

What’s happening: Birmingham’s City Council Transportation Committee approved an application by Lime, an electric scooter and bike company based out of San Fransisco, to be the newest shared rental transportation business in town. The committee voted to recommend Lime’s application to operate in Birmingham and now awaits a vote by the full council.

Why it matters: Rental e-scooters and bikes have been a controversial addition to The Magic City, with concerns about e-scooters being littered along sidewalks and streets, charging issues and pricing problems. Darrell O’Quinn, the chairman of transportation, noted these concerns at the meeting and the council plans to work with Lime and Veo, another e-scooter company in Birmingham, to address the issues.

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Birmingham On Demand rideshare program is expanding

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Birmingham On Demand powered by Via. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

What’s happening: Birmingham On Demand, a popular rideshare program for the city, is preparing to expand into 19 neighborhoods near and east of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The city expects to officially add the newly expanded program to its service area in December.

Why it matters: Established in 2019, Birmingham works much like Uber or Lyft, but at a much lower cost. The innovative rideshare program provided over 25,000 rides during its first 11 months. Riders can book and pay for a ride within certain areas around town by using the Via app (iOS and Android) or by calling 205.236.0768.

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Gabby Gervais
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