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.
The City of Auburn has offered citizens and visitors a chance to borrow a free bike since 2008. The program began with 5 available bikes. The program now contains 9 bikes and we are excited to announce the addition of a tenth bike, which stands out among the rest. The new bike will be a pedal assist or e-bike. A pedal assist bike gives riders extra speed with less effort when they pedal by engaging a type of electronic motor. It's the perfect bike for people who are new to biking or want to try a commute without the full energy (and sweat) commitment. If you are interested in borrowing this bike, free of charge, inquire at 334-501-3024.
Auburn is busy adding cycling infrastructure too! Shared arrow pavement markings, also called Sharrows, have been installed on parts of Longleaf Drive and South Donahue Drive. Sharrows are used to identify areas where roads are too narrow for bike lanes that allow bikes and cars to travel side by side and thus they need to share the lane. The sharrow is typically used on common cycling routes to remind cyclists where to ride in the lane as well as remind motorists to expect to see bikes on the road. In this case, the sharrows are located along a common cycling route from campus to South College Street where a large retail store and a local bicycle shop are located.
As we strive to further Auburn City's bicycle friendliness, we are always on the lookout for inspiration. This quarter we'd like to highlight Auburn University's new bike share program!
The University just installed, and implemented, a bike sharing program that allows students, citizens and visitors to use a bike free of charge for up to 2 hours. Small fees apply for rides lasting longer than 2 hours. The bikes are outfitted with a GPS tracking device and students can reserve a bike via the integrated phone app.
This edition's Featured Weekly Ride is the Tuesday Night Ride hosted by CAMP. This mountain bike ride begins at 6:00 pm for adults. There is a 5:00 kids ride, too. Riders are encouraged to bring food to throw on the grill afterwards. Routes vary from week to week, but always remain on the trails at Chewacla State Park.
Whether you are new to cycling, racing the wind, or just want a social ride, Auburn has you covered.
The City of Auburn has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclist every year since 2000. We are honored to be the only city in Alabama to hold this esteemed recognition.
Though we are proud to be recognized as bronze level community, we are striving to improve. The edition of sharrows, bike racks, and bike share programs keep us moving in the right direction. Auburn University's recent recognition as the first and only Bicycle Friendly University in Alabama speaks volumes as well.
If you are interested in helping Auburn accelerate to silver level, call Brandy Ezelle at 334-501-3029 and ask how to help.
"A bicycle-friendly place makes bicycling safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities."
-League of American Cyclists
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 encouraging 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 listand 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!
New Bike Racks in Downtown Auburn
The City of Auburn has purchased new bike racks to be installed throughout downtown Auburn. Racks will be located at 19 locations along College Street and Magnolia Avenue. In addition to the racks, a public work stand complete with tools and pump will be installed downtown for use by cyclists.