2019 National Bike Month
National Bike Month Encourage Ped-Powered Participation
Bicycling is a big draw for Limestone County with the 89-mile Noah Bike Trail crisscrossing the scenic byways from Elkmont to the Elk River. A harbinger of warmer weather is the Kreme Krushers who meet at Kreme Delite on Washington Street in Athens and pedal a portion, if not all of the trail. Other cycling groups come from Madison County to pedal the route as well.
You’re going to see more bicyclist than normal in May with the...
... Alabama Backroad Century Series Spring Krusher peddling a 30-mile ride, a Century Ride (100-mile) and a Metric Century (103-mile) series on May 4th over three routes that cover northern Limestone County including part of downtown Athens. The Annual Spring Krusher is held to benefit Family Service Center, a service that also provides assistance in Limestone County.
The 89-mile Noah Bike Trail winds through northern Limestone County on county roads passing through Athens, Elkmont, Salem and many other small communities. The scenic path of the trail passes the Ardmore Welcome Center ‘s giant rocket, several historic cemeteries, the Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail, the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails, the Elk River and even passes near a covered bridge.
The Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails is option for off-road cyclist to enjoy the scenery between Veto and Elkmont. The southern end at Mitchell-Coffman Park is closed while two bridges between the park and Elkmont under restoration but that doesn’t mean that off-road cyclist still won’t have fun pedaling the northern end of the trail.
Wednesdays take off-road cycling to the dirt and trails of Wheeler Wildlife Refuge near Mooresville when Southern Carnage host their weekly Gravel Rides at 7:00PM starting at the store in Mooresville, weather permitting. Riders of this trek get to see portions of Mooresville and adjacent refuge that can’t be experienced any other way than bicycling. No bike? No problem – just rent on of Southern Carnage’s bikes for the ride.
Celebrating National Bike Month is easy with these options but the family can enjoy National Bike to School Day on May 8, 2019 or National Bike to Work Day on May 17, 2019. These two events encourage communities to take to their bikes for the day in support of health and the environment.
Other ways you can celebrate and participate in National Bike Month in Limestone County is to welcome cyclist of all ages into the community, share the road with cyclist and know the best and safest ways to share the road, advocate for safe cycling routes, and share the joy of cycling with family and friends.
One reminder the Alabama Department of Transportation offers is “I Give 3 Feet” – state law requires a minimum driving distance of three feet from cyclist should be kept to protect them from dangers such a side view mirror collision or wind from a vehicle pushing them over. Cyclist needs space – just like vehicles – to maneuver in the event of road debris or avoid an obstacle in the road like a pothole.
In 2017, Drive Safe Alabama recorded 212 bicyclists were injured and 6 bicyclist were killed on Alabama roads. Children aged 15 and under accounted for 11% of 2017 bicycle crash injuries according to Drive Safe Alabama. The Center for Disease Control sites that in 2010 that fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to cyclist resulted in lifetime medical cost and productivity losses of $10 billion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed 840 bicyclist deaths to traffic crashes in 2016.
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