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4th Annual Montevallo Tour By Bike

Meet at the University of Montevallo's Carmichael Library on Sunday, August 24, at 4:00 PM.

* * * BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike)--a few "loaners" will be available, first come, first served * * *

- The bike tour will introduce new students to some of the best places Montevallo has to offer, including:

- UM Organic Community Garden- Our first stop will be at one of the largest campus community gardens in the state, where a brief on-foot tour will be provided.

- Montevallo Parks Trail- A nationally-recognized 2.5 mile nature trail which provides access to and preserves some of Montevallo's most scenic wilderness areas, including Shoal Creek, Stephens Park, and Orr Park.

- University Lake- A serene place to walk, ride, or study, the lake features great trails and a new covered outdoor classroom.

- Orr Park and "Tinglewood"- Montevallo's famous park is perhaps the strongest example of our town's commitment to the arts and the environment. Not only is the park the site of a great swimming hole, rolling hills and fields, and the host of the annual Montevallo Arts Fest, it also showcases the work of local artist Tim Tingle. Tinglewood consists of over twenty-five ornate outdoor sculptures hand-carved into the dead cedars of Orr Park, and is a unique and prized addition to our community.

- Eclipse Coffee and Books- In addition to being a great place to grab a cup of coffee or a delicious meal, Eclipse has consistently remained the only musical venue in town with no cover charge, EVER. Hipsters, jocks, townies, students, professors, and city officials all flock to the biggest front porch in town, so this is where our tour of the town end, and your own begin. A free meal will be provided by owner Cheryl Patton, with guests encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to partake of what the Birmingham News names "the best milkshake in Birmingham," even though we're thirty miles away!

Be sure to bring a bottle of water and some comfortable clothes, and get ready to meet the best parts of the city!

Have questions? Email us at vallocycle@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays!

The members, Board, and friends of ValloCycle would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! Happy riding!

3rd Annual Montevallo-Tour-By-Bike: August 25

 
Ready to get to know Montevallo? Then come join ValloCycle, Montevallo's community bike-sharing program, for a 90-minute bike ride through the heart of the city and university! A very limited number of bicycles and helmets will be provided free of charge by ValloCycle, with a free meal provided by Eclipse Coffee and Books. Students with their own bikes are also encouraged to participate, as are parents. *You are encouraged to bring your own bicycle.*

When and Where
 
Meet at the University of Montevallo's Carmichael Library on Sunday, August 25, at 3:00 PM. We will depart at 3:30.
 
The bike tour will introduce new students to some of the best places Montevallo has to offer, including:
 
UM Organic Community Garden-  Our first stop will be at one of the largest campus community gardens in the state, where a brief on-foot tour by UM Environmental Club members will be provided.

Montevallo Parks Trail- A nationally-recognized 2.5 mile nature trail which provides access to and preserves some of Montevallo's most scenic wilderness areas, including Shoal Creek, Stephens Park, and Orr Park.
University Lake- The future site of the UM Eco-Lab Facility, which will form the epicenter of UM's new Eco-Trail. Students will learn more about the the sites that this trail will connect, such as the Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Life Preserve, the UM Community Garden, and the Shepherd Observatory Sustainability Complex.
Orr Park and "Tinglewood"- Montevallo's oldest and loveliest park is perhaps the strongest example of our town's commitment to the arts and the environment. Not only is the park the site of a great swimming hole, rolling hills and fields, and the host of the annual Montevallo Arts Fest, it also showcases the work of local artist Tim Tingle. Tinglewood consists of over twenty-five ornate outdoor sculptures hand-carved into the dead cedars of Orr Park, and is a unique and prized addition to our community.
Eclipse Coffee and Books- In addition to being a great place to grab a cup of coffee or a delicious meal, Eclipse has consistently remained the only musical venue in town with no cover charge, EVER. Hipsters, jocks, townies, students, professors, and city officials all flock to the biggest front porch in town, so this is where our tour of the town end, and your own begin. A free meal will be provided by owner Cheryl Patton, with guests encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to partake of what the Birmingham News names "the best milkshake in Birmingham," even though we're thirty miles away!
Be sure to bring a bottle of water and some comfortable clothes, and get ready to meet the best parts of the city!
Have questions? Email us at vallocycle@gmail.com.

Montevallo is a State Leader in Bike-Friendly Infrastructure!

Montevallo, AL — Montevallo’s City Council unanimously passed a “Complete Streets” Resolution at their meeting on April 22. Complete streets is an approach to infrastructure design that ensures roadways are safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobile drivers. With support from Conservation Alabama, the ValloCycle Board crafted a resolution modeled after Birmingham’s policy, believed to be the among the most stringent in the nation.

Conservation Alabama’s Ryan Parker provided support to the ValloCycle Board and City Council while they the crafted the legislation: “Providing transportation options for everyone will create environmental, economic, and health benefits for the Montevallo community and residents.  I am thrilled to see Montevallo become the latest city in a growing list of Alabama cities to formally recognize the importance of building roads for people, not just cars.”

With a “Complete Streets” policy on the books, the City of Montevallo has demonstrated its commitment to taking into account all users of public infrastructure when planning renovations or new projects. The City values the safety and needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and citizens of all ranges of mobility, in addition to automobile users.

Mayor Hollie Cost supports the change: “The Complete Streets resolution that the City of Montevallo recently adopted formalizes and solidifies Montevallo’s commitment to a more sustainable community. We see transportation as not only a means of getting from one place to another, but as an opportunity to promote health and social opportunities. As the mayor I am proud of the council’s unanimous support of this initiative and am thankful to Council Member Don Hughes for introducing it to the council through ValloCycle’s initiative.”

In addition to providing low-cost bicycle check-outs, ValloCycle has advocated for bike-friendly infrastructure throughout town and campus since its launch in October 2011. 30 “Share the Lane” signs, featuring ValloCycle’s logo, are installed throughout Montevallo. Through ValloCycle’s partnership with CommuteSmart, 9 bicycle racks were installed throughout the city in summer 2012. The University of Montevallo’s student-led Green Fund financed sculptural bike racks for campus. A bike rack featuring cast-iron models of student and faculty hands and feet was installed by Bloch Hall in the spring. Another rack, made of recycled pipes, will be installed in the near future.

The recently completed Pedestrian Promenade on North Boundary Street features wide sidewalks, benches, lighting, and landscaping, with two lanes still reserved for automobile traffic. The Promenade, which connects downtown and the University of Montevallo, is only a small part of the many revitalization efforts planned for the downtown district.

Tour de Cure on May 18

 

ValloCycle Nation:

Check out this event on May 18th at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen! Come ride to benefit diabetes research!

* Tour de Cure *
Four routes: 20, 37, 64, 105 miles and spinning on site
 

For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/touralabama

Do the Safety Dance!

The ValloCycle Board wishes you a happy new year! Did you make any new year's resolutions about being more fit and healthy? There's no better way to explore our beautiful community, reduce carbon emissions, and get great exercise than riding a bike!

 
When riding, make sure that you are aware of state and local biking ordinances. Page 4 of your ValloCycle membership form (avaiable for download or at City Hall, 545 Main Street) outlines both state laws pertaining to bikes, and Montevallo biking ordinances.

 
Did you know....

 
...That you are required to wear a helmet while riding a bike (according to Montevallo's ordinance)?
...That you are allowed and sometimes encouraged to take up the full lane of traffic?
...That you are required to stop at all stop signs and stop lights?
 
Check out these 10 Ways to Not Get Hit By Cars--a must-read for everyone who rides on the road (this means YOU!).

 
Happy cycling in 2013!

What's the perfect Montevallo Christmas gift?

We have been honored to serve our community for another year and further our mission of providing low-cost, environmentally-friendly transportation to our community.

This holiday season, keep us in mind as you shop for your loved ones--a ValloCycle membership or t-shirt is the perfect present for those of us who want support our local businesses and programs! ValloCycle is an all-volunteer joint initiative between the City and University of Montevallo, and we appreciate your support!

Memberships are available at city hall (845 Main Street). As always, a 1-year membership in our program cost $25 (or 25 community service hours) for adults over 16, and $10 (or 10 hours of community service) for children. Our fabulous ValloCycle t-shirts, printed on Main Street by the Type Shop, cost $15 for adult sizes and $10 for children's sizes. Email us at vallocycle@gmail.com to order yours today!

If you haven't already read it, download Issue 1 of our ValloCycle newsletter here. Issue 1 features the 2nd Annual Montevallo Tour By Bike, Version 2 of our Town Map, our "Repairs to Resumes" program, press coverage, and a donation form. 

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

ValloCycle Co-Hosts Our First-Ever Transportation Solutions Program!

We will host a two-hour “Transportation Solutions” program this Sunday, October 28, to present unique public transportation opportunities available to our community citizens.
The event will take place at the Parnell Memorial Library, 277 Park Drive, from 6-8 p.m.
Joining ValloCycle for this program will be representatives of United Way partner agency Shelby Emergency Assistance, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham’s CommuteSmart Program, and the Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium’s ClasTran Program.
The program will consist of introductions to the unique public transportation access services provided to community members by each agency. These services include:
-Free and low-cost transportation for senior and persons with disabilities (ClasTran).
-Vanpooling coordination for employees of an organization; financial incentives for commuters (CommuteSmart).
-Free and low-cost access to bicycles, ADA-accessible handcycles (ValloCycle Program).
Participants will be able to become involved with certified members of each program. Participants are encouraged to bring a picture ID of any form. Proof of age/disability is required for involvement with the ClasTran Program. Food and drinks will be served.
View the Shelby County Reporter Article here!

Join us for the ValloCycle Ride and 1st Birthday Party!

ValloCycle launched on October 14, 2011, during UM's 113th Founders' Day Celebration.

Celebrate ValloCycle's 1st birthday with a bike ride and birthday party, complete with cake!

Meet at Bibb Graves on UM's campus at 3:00 PM. Bring your own bike, or check one out with your ValloCycle membership. The bike ride will depart at 3:30 PM and will follow this route:

Bibb Graves-->loop through Flower Hill-->Plowman Street-->Overland Road-->Shoshone Street-->Bulldog Bridge-->Orr Park-->GloCo

The ride will end at the Office of Global and Community Outreach ("GloCo") at 845 Valley Street around 5:00 PM for the

*~*VALLOCYCLE's 1st BIRTHDAY PARTY*~*

Join in celebrating the first and only city-wide bike share in Alabama! Cake, ice cream, snacks, fun, and happiness await you.

We'll party potluck-style--bring a snack to share with everyone!

See you on the 14th!

 

Join the Facebook event here.

Over 50 Incoming Freshmen Ride in ValloCycle Tour!

Our 2nd Annual Montevallo Tour By Bike on Sunday, August 26 had approximately 50 participants, mostly incoming freshmen. Everyone had an amazing introduction to some of the awesome things Montevallo has to offer! We also led an alternative walking tour for 10 people, since we had DOUBLE the amount of riders this year! Our tour ended with a delicious free meal at Eclipse Coffee and Books, where representatives from ValloCycle and UM Environmental Club explained different ways that students can get involved in environmental activism on campus. Many thanks again to everyone who helped make this tour such a success, especially our riders, Aaron Traywick, Courtney Bennett, John Nicholson, and Hollie Cost with ValloCycle, Jason Cooper with Carmichael Library, Sheryl and Michael Patton of Eclipse Coffee & Books, and Bridget Benson and Brandy Holt of UM Environmental Club!

...and that's not the only good news! Version 2 of our amazing Town Map of Montevallo has been designed and sent to print. Town Map 2.0 includes updated information about changes in our local business community, incuding adding new business Darmuh Records, the Office of Global and Community Outreach (a.k.a. "GloCo," where we hold our ValloCycle Board meetings), the UM Sustainability Initiatives Office, and Sweet Ink Tattoo's new location.
 
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