Get ready to pump up those tires and hit the road because it's National Bike Month! The benefits of biking extend beyond physical fitness. Here in Montgomery, Alabama, we have an abundance of opportunities to explore the city on two wheels and enjoy a wide range of health benefits that biking offers. Montgomery is a haven for bike enthusiasts, with a variety of bike trails, clubs, and shops that cater to every level of experience.
STAYING FIT AND FEELING FANTASTIC!
If you're looking for a way to start, mark your calendars for Bike to Work Week 2023, which will take place May 15-21. Friday, May 19 is Bike to Work Day, The Montgomery Bicycle Club is celebrating with an energizer station in downtown Montgomery at the corner of Commerce and Water Streets. The Montgomery Bicycle Club is encouraging people to bike to work not only to trim their waistline but also to save money and lessen their carbon footprint. The downtown energizing station will have free T-shirts, Starbucks coffee, breakfast muffins, juice, fruit, yogurt, and great bike-related giveaways.
JOIN THE CLUB AND HIT THE TRAIL!
Exploring the city's scenic trails, join like-minded individuals in bike clubs, or discover fantastic biking gear and services at Capitol City Bicycle Repair & Services, located in The Hilltop Public House on Montgomery's Cottage Hill. At this unique full-service repair shop you are bound to make a connection over coffee, beer, or a conversation with a fellow bike enthusiast. Capitol City Bicycle Repair & Services is not only a fantastic place to get your bike repaired or upgraded, but it's also a valuable resource for finding riding events throughout the city. Whether you're a seasoned biker or new to the scene, connecting with other avid bike riders can enhance your biking experience and open doors to exciting adventures.This fal, the Montgomery Bike Club hosts an annual 51-mile relay race from Selma to Montgomery each March, attracting bikers from all over the world. The Glassner Autumn Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023; it's an event that promises to test your skills and leave you with unforgettable memories.
CURATED COLLECTION OF ROUTES TO BIKE
Discover the thrill of the open road, soak in the natural beauty of our city, and get around town by combined public transportation and biking for an eco-friendlier and more efficient commute. The Montgomery M Transit offers front-loading bike racks on their buses. Or breathe in the fresh air, soak in the picturesque landscapes, and discover hidden gems right here in Montgomery with this curated collection of Trek biking trails from local road, family, and mountain biking perfect for all levels.
Browse these options for guidance on where to ride in Montgomery, GPS files, and metrics on your ride, like distance and elevation:
Forever Wild Trails
Distance: 10 mi
Distance: 5 mi
Distance: 12 mi
Chewacla State Park
Distance: 26 mi
OTHER SCENIC TRAILS TO EXPLORE
The Shady Street Trailhead Park is a must-visit; this park is just the first part of a larger plan to expand the city's riverfront activities and link them to other areas of Montgomery via gardens and trails. The most recent update was to Young Meadows Park, another opportunity to explore the outdoors. The River Region Trails expansion will be 155 miles of designed biking and walking trails connecting throughout the entire city but most exciting is the connection between the downtown riverfront and the new Montgomery Whitewater Park. Even more exciting for biking and hiking enthusiasts in Montgomery is Montgomery Whitewater which will be adding biking and hiking trails in later phases. This will provide more opportunities to explore the great outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Montgomery.