The League of American Bicyclists works with Congress to have May designated as National Bike Month. National Bike Month was first established in 1956 as a way to highlight the benefits of bicycling. The tradition continues as bicycling advocates offer challenges and incentives to get on a bike and go for a ride. Bicycling is a way to get in shape, get social, or get across town. It has many health, economic, and environmental impacts.
To recognize and celebrate National Bike Month, the Auburn Bicycle Committee is issuing the "Find a Friend" challenge. If you have ever considered giving it a try, take the opportunity during May to make it a reality. Find a bicycling friend and get together to go for a bike ride and enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air. If you're already bicycling, invite some one new to join you and share your passion for cycling. Then share your story on the Auburn-Opelika Facebookpage.
On Thursday May 5, 2016 at noon, the public is invited to join the Auburn Bicycle Committee at City Hall as Mayor Ham proclaims May as National Bike Month. We would love to hear your bicycling stories and ideas for improvement at this event.
The Auburn Bicycle Committee meets on the last Tuesday of every other month (beginning January) at 7:00 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. All meetings are open to the public so come see what we're all about.
Bike to Work Week & Day
May 16-20, 2016 has been designated as National Bike to Work Week and May 20, 2016 is National Bike to Work Day. To help kick-off Bike to Work events, the City of Auburn is encouraging its employees to participate in a bike to work program where participating employees are recognized for their rides and can win prizes for participation. You can find out more about their program here.
Is your workplace participating in a bike to work program? If not, encourage them to get involved and support bicycling in the Auburn area. Click the above image for a downloadable PDF to share with your coworkers!
Whether you are new to cycling, racing the wind, or just want a social ride, Auburn has you covered on a weekly basis.
May 4, 2016 is National Bike to School Day as established by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. With the great weather, its a great time to share some quality time with your kids on a special bike ride to or from school. In keeping with the FIND A FRIEND challenge, the Auburn Bicycle Committee is challenging students to FIND A FRIEND to bike to school with and share about the ride with classmates. You may find that it wasn't nearly as hard, and was much more fun, than you expected.
Auburn has lots of opportunities for new and experienced riders whether on the roads for fitness or transportation or on the trails. Weekly rides on roads and trails are posted in the online calendar. Many of these are offered for beginners who want to try out the sport. Just in time for bike month, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers have recently reformatted their Tuesday night trail rides to make them more beginner friendly as well.
With over 35 miles of dedicated bicycle facilities in the Auburn city limits, including the roads recently marked with Sharrows (see image), it's perfect for a casual ride or a trip to town. If not having a working bike is holding you back, the City of Auburn offers free loaner bikes. The program is similar to checking out a library book. You simply borrow a bike for two weeks. It's a perfect opportunity to find out if it's worth your investment. Just in time for Bike Month, the City of Auburn has added a pedal assist e-bike to its fleet of free rental bikes. With so many opprotunities, what's holding you back? Contact us and we'll see if we can help.
Borrow a Free Bike
The City of Auburn is proud to offer our bike loaning program completely free of charge to anyone-- local citizens or visiting guests!
Do you love riding your bike? Do you want more people to love it too? Then consider becoming a part of the Auburn Bicycle Committee. The Committee works with Auburn City staff to serve as the voice of the local cycling community while volunteering on projects to promote and encourage cycling.
The committee recently launched a membership drive and is looking for enthusiastic cyclists to help launch some new projects and initiatives. And the best news is that they can be accomplished outside of the bimonthly meetings.
Take a look at the volunteer list and consider fulfilling your civic endeavors by helping to advance cycling in our community. If you have any questions about any projects, contact Brandy Ezelle. Even better, let us know about YOUR ideas and let’s see if we can make them happen too!