May is National Bike Month and cycling in San Antonio is on a roll. This year there will again be a full calendar of exciting bicycling events scheduled throughout the month including the MPO’s 17th Annual Walk and Roll Rally at Main Plaza at 8 a.m., Friday, May 3.
The annual event highlights active transportation including walking, bicycling, carpooling and transit. The Rally features free refreshments, door prizes and informational exhibits. Invited Rally speakers include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Bexar County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Tommy Adkisson, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and other transportation and health leaders.
People living or working downtown may celebrate active transportation choices with a short morning walk or bicycle ride to Main Plaza from various starting points to attend the Rally. VIA Metropolitan Transit is again providing free bus transportation for cyclists with bikes on Walk and Roll Rally Day.
Active transportation in San Antonio is growing rapidly. Some of the initiatives that are helping fuel this momentum include:
The MPO’s Bicycle Travel Patterns Study showed that more than 300,000 people ride at least monthly.
On-road bike facilities mileage has grown 800 percent from about 30 miles in 2000 to more than 240 miles in 2013. The MPO’s “Road Diet” study identified up to 350 miles of potential additional bike lanes.
Forty-one miles of off-road hike and bike trails built along Leon Creek, Salado Creek and the Medina River as part of the Howard A. Peak Greenways. Another 40 miles are under design or construction.
San Antonio conducted a “Get Cyched” Share the Road Public Education Campaign for motorists and cyclists in English and Spanish.
San Antonio City Council passed safe passing and bike light ordinances and adopted a Bike Master Plan Update/Implementation Plan and a Complete Streets Policy.
SA’s Bike Rental/Share Program, B-Cycle is now the second busiest bike share program in the U.S.
VIA Metropolitan Transit has bike racks on all mainline buses as well as inside Primo Bus Rapid Transit and now includes bicycling in all their planning efforts.
The Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee continues to hold three Bike Night public meetings yearly with the next one scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at the VIA Metro Center (1021 San Pedro).
The League of American Bicyclists awarded San Antonio a Bronze Medal for becoming a bike-friendly city.
For more information, visit www.walkandrollSA.com.