5 Tips for cyclist’s safety in Birmingham.

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In light of the recent tragedy that happened on July 12, we decided to compile a list of tips on how to stay safe for local cyclists.

Bikes are definitely a big thing in Birmingham and pretty much everyone has ridden a bike before. But most people don’t follow correct bike safety before taking one out for a ride.

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Years in the making: Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail is officially open

Ribbon Cutting at the Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail on July 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Trail in the Crestwood South Neighborhood officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting, speeches by local leaders and music by the Crestwood Community Band.

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Looking to beat the Birmingham heat? Here are 7 ways to cool off at the river this summer—tubing, kayaking and more!

Photo via North Alabama Canoe and Kayak on Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a canoe adventure or a relaxing float on an inner tube, cooling off at the river is some of the most fun you can have during a Birmingham summer. We’ve got five places to check out within two hours of downtown. Keep reading to find your next weekend expedition!

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5 summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens– including a family camp that you’re not going to want to miss

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Summer camp smiles! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Summer’s in full swing here in Birmingham. But don’t fret— you still have time to sign up for these fantastic summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. If you find yourself asking, “Is it time to go school supply shopping yet??” You’re in luck— no matter their age or interests, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens probably has a summer camp option that your kiddos (and you) will get excited about. 

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Electric scooters may be coming (back) to Birmingham, thanks to new legislation

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Bham Now team member Wade Cline scooting to his next meeting. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now.

If you were driving around Birmingham in 2018, you may have seen someone zipping around on an electric scooter. This novelty transportation method was available in Birmingham for a few months in 2018- until it wasn’t. Now, a new piece of legislation might have these scooters zipping back to Birmingham.

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Need outdoor design inspo? Tips + tricks from John G. Wilson of Birmingham-based Golightly Landscape Architecture

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John at the door of his office at Forge. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Get to know John G. Wilson, a Forge member, Birmingham native and landscape architect with Golightly Landscape Architecture. See pictures of his gorgeous designs, and find out where the name Golightly comes from (*Spoiler Alert: It’s not Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Plus, three essential questions to ask before hiring a landscape architect!

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10 reasons every post-grad should move to Birmingham

Here’s a picture of me walking across a stage, shaking hands with my university’s President (hey Dr. Bennett), and being handed the most expensive piece of paper I’ll ever hold. I had no idea what I was doing with my life starting the next morning. Can you see the joy and fear mixing in my eyes?

I graduated from college in May 2019. Starting approximately June 1, 2018, I was asked this question over, and over, and over again. You know the one: “So, what’s next?” Now, this was certainly well-intended and asked out of genuine curiosity. However, for a senior in college with no clue what they’re doing for spring break, much less with the rest of their lives, it can be a bit panic-inducing. College students, post-grads: have no fear! I’ve got your answer to the dreaded question right here- keep reading to find out!

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Want to stay safe from pollution while swimming in Alabama’s waters this summer? What to know before you go

Photo via Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page.

As a result of a recent major sewage spill and fish kill, caused by Tyson Foods/River Valley Ingredients 220,000-gallon wastewater spill two weeks ago, Birmingham area residents have growing concerns about swimming safely in our rivers, lakes and streams.

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Outside Magazine features Oak Mountain State Park in U.S. of Adventure online series

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Take in pristine nature at Alabama’s largest state park. Photo via Oak Mountain State Park’s Facebook page

Just in time for summer, Outside Magazine’s online publication is highlighting  several of our favorite local and nearby natural wonders in their United States of Adventure series.

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National Go Fishing Day: Guide to 10 fishing spots in and around Birmingham

Summer fun for the whole family. Dylan Colwell with a Lake Purdy catch. Photo via Lake Purdy Fishing’s website.

Happy National Go Fishing Day, Birmingham! With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, what’s a better way to enjoy summertime than by getting out and casting a line? We’ve got your guide to 10 great fishing spots in the Birmingham area.

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5 top resorts for your fall beach getaway with ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Book by July 28 to save up to 20%!

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“Sea La Vie” in Destin Pointe. Photo via ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Now is the perfect time to plan your fall getaway from Birmingham. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a family gathering, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers the best fall homes at top quality locations. Here’s our list of the five best places for you to call home this fall. Book before July 28 to save up to 20% off.

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Get your walking shoes ready! Five Mile Creek adds two miles of trail in Gardendale, with plans to become the longest trail in Central AL

Five Mile Creek Greenway ribbon cutting in Gardendale. Pictured from left to right are Councilwoman Laura Horton of Tarrant, Councilman Roger Barlow of Center Point, Mayor Stan Hogeland of Gardendale, Mayor Roger McCondichie of Brookside, Chief Billy Hewitt of Tarrant and Freshwater Land Trust’s Red Rock Trail Director Carolyn Buck

Good news, Birmingham trail-lovers. You can now explore a new two-mile section of the Five Mile Creek Greenway in Gardendale!

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