from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham:
On May 21st, a bicycle convoy of nearly 50 cyclists rode through Birmingham’s City Center from Five Points South to Regions Center Plaza at the corner of 20th and 5th South to promote Bike-to-Work Day. The ride concluded with a Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast hosted by the Green Resource Center of Alabama.
The ride highlights the benefits of cycling, which acts as an emission-free form of “active transportation” that is good for both air quality and public health. The riders were treated to a police escort throughout the ride and live music at the finish.
Tom Maxwell, Senior Environmental Planner at the RPCGB, was able to get over Red Mountain with little effort thanks to Cahaba Cycles. Tom rode their new electric-assisted demo bike called the Ride+ manufactured by Trek.
“I was very impressed with the Ride+. It delivers a turbo-charge that is soundless and emission-free,” Maxwell said. “Electric-assisted bikes such as this will become increasingly popular for some commuters, law enforcement officials and recreational cyclists.”
Following the Bike-to-Work Day group ride, approximately 30 members of the Birmingham MPO’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Jefferson County Greenways Commission and the Community Foundation’s new Active Transportation Task Force convened for a bikeways and walkways route planning workshop at the RPCGB. The workshop focused on identifying existing and proposed pedestrian activity centers and regional bikeways. Information derived from this workshop will be utilized to update the Birmingham MPO’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenway Plan and expand upon the Active Transportation Program in the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for Jefferson and Shelby Counties.
If you are interested in riding in this fun event, be on the lookout for Bike-to-Work Day in May, 2011. If you are interested in the benefits of riding a bike to work, visit the CommuteSmart website.