There are many fun things to do once you arrive downtown by bicycle: walk around the water, over the red and black Japanese bridge, or visit a local museum like Earlyworks Children’s History Museum or the Huntsville Museum of Art. Other attractions include shopping at Greene Street market (bicyclists get $1 off any food item on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the spring through fall) and dining and drinking in the Quigley entertainment district from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. During the Christmas season, you can visit Santa’s Village at Constitution Hall.

Best and Worst Times to Bicycle in Downtown Huntsville

The best times to bicycle downtown are after 5:30 p.m. on weeknights, and weekends. Some Saturdays, events happening downtown (like marathons or parades) may cause some roads to be closed.

The worst times to bicycle downtown are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When riding at these times, be aware of increased traffic, noise and distractions, as well as morning sun glare which can affect visibility in some areas.

Bicycle Parking Options

Always lock up your bicycle. The following are some of the locations of bike racks around the downtown area:

  • There are red sculpture bicycle racks at Big Spring Park. The sculpture racks are located at the following locations:

    • South – On Lowe Avenue (begins Bike Route 54)

    • Northwest – At the corner of the Art Museum

    • East – From Church Street (the rack is just off of Bike Route 59)

  • Bicycle parking is available on the south side of Kafeeklastch on Clinton Avenue (Bike Route 51)

  • There are also plenty of bicycle parking racks near the Courthouse. In the shopping area across from the Courthouse on the south side, there are two bicycle parking racks. The northwest side of the Courthouse has three bicycle parking racks

Bike Routes Going through Downtown

The following bike routes go through Downtown:

  • Bike Route 51 – This route includes Clinton Avenue (one way street portions) and Holmes

  • Avenue (one way street, east to west.)

  • Bike Route 69 – This route includes Green Street (one way street, north to south), Lincoln Street (one way street, south to north), Franklin Street, and Gates Avenue.

  • Bike Route 54 – This route starts from the south end of Big Spring Park.

Tips for Bicycling Downtown

The following are some tips for bicycling in downtown Huntsville:

  • Watch out for one way streets. Most streets downtown are two-lane, one-way streets.

  • There are “No Turn on Red” signs at traffic lights where road users are not allowed to turn left or right. For safety, take the middle lane position of the direction you’re turning to avoid over-eager motorists from right or left crossing you and your bicycle.

  • Traffic lights are timed. They are about 18 seconds long, so not much of a wait.

  • North-south routes sometimes have strong winds. Dependent upon which direction you’re going, there could be a nice tailwind or a difficult headwind. For headwinds, the more trees and buildings on your route, the more comfortable your ride will be.

  • Avoid travelling east at dawn. It’s safer to bike downtown after the sun has risen, which is usually less than 30 minutes past sunrise.

  • Avoid travelling west at dusk. It’s safer to bike downtown before the sun goes down. If you do bike after dark, use bike lights and make sure they are turned on. The brighter the lights, the closer the cyclist appears.

  • Some downtown locations have very steep hills (like on Randolph Avenue, from Spragins Street going east, and on Green Street.) When riding these routes, you should lower gearing or have powerful legs and strong bicycle components.