Local Universities

Below is information for the best times and ways to bike on the campuses of Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Alabama A&M University

The following information will help you navigate the Alabama A&M University campus by bicycle.

Best and Worst Times to Bicycle around the University

The best times to bicycle around this university are weekdays after 6:00 p.m., Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Sundays.

Avoid bicycling on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., as well as on A&M Bulldog football game days. The increased foot and vehicle traffic on the university campus makes for a stressful ride.

Bicycle Parking Options

  • More information to come

Routes

Download a copy of the Huntsville bicycle routes map

  • Bike Route 69 – This route includes Meridian Street (north to south)

  • Bike Route 76 – This route includes Winchester Road (east to west)

  • Bike Route 74 – This route includes Chase Road (east to west, watch out for a steep hill)

Tips for Bicycling on the Alabama A&M University Campus

  • The east side of campus is hilly and difficult, but it is easier to bicycle in low gear. On Bike Route 74 – Chase Road – watch out for one very steep hill.

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

  • Avoid travelling west at dusk. It’s safer to bike the campus 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.

Oakwood University

The following information will help you navigate the Oakwood University by bicycle.

Best and Worst Times to Bicycle around the University

The best times to bicycle on Oakwood University are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., after 1:00 p.m., and on weekends.

Avoid bicycling on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bicycle Parking Options

  • More information to come

Routes

Download a copy of the Huntsville bicycle routes mapBike Route 41 – This route includes Wynn Drive.

  • Bike Route 64 – This route includes Oakwood Road. A bike lane on the east-west route, just past the university, goes all the way to the Providence area roundabout.

Tips for Bicycling on the Oakwood University Campus

  • The traffic light on Oakwood Road – Bike Route 64 – can take a long time to change—even with automobiles—but it will change eventually. The route is hilly, but not too steep.

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

  • Avoid travelling west at dusk. It’s safer to bike the campus 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.

University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)

The following information will help you navigate the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) campus by bicycle.

Best and Worst Times to Bicycle around the University

The best times to bicycle are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and after 5:30 p.m. Weekends are also a great time to bicycle.

Avoid bicycling on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bicycle Parking Options

Every building has a bicycle parking rack. While not ideal, the “wave” style bicycle parking racks are better than the “slotted” wheel-bending bicycle parking racks. Most are not covered and sometimes, they are not very close to building entrances. UAH also has ChargerCycle bicycle parking racks for its bike share program.

Routes

Download a copy of the Huntsville bicycle routes map.

  • Bike Route 45 – This route includes Ben Graves Drive, John Wright Drive, and Technology Drive. When bicycling this route, follow these tips:

    • Watch out for a steep hill on Ben Graves Drive on the north side of campus.

    • When crossing University Drive to Putnam Drive, place bicycle on “sweet spot” stencil marking to change traffic light to green. The green light has short timing, so cross quickly but safely. Also, you can walk your bicycle across the pedestrian bridge over University Drive.

    • When crossing Sparkman on Technology Drive, place bicycle on “sweet spot” stencil marking to change traffic light to green. The green light has short timing, so cross quickly but safely.

    • Take a safer shortcut for bicyclists to get to University Drive and Jordan Lane shops and eateries. On the northeast side of the University, turn on to Brickell Street, take a right on any residential street, and then turn left onto Henderson Road. Be alert and watch for motorists who are breaking the speed limit or not stopping.

  • Bike Route 60 – This route includes Holmes Avenue. When bicycling this route, follow these tips:

    • Between Bradford and the traffic intersection at Ben Graves Drive and John Wright Drive, be alert and watch out for motorists who are breaking the speed limit or not stopping for traffic lights, pedestrians, or cyclists.

    • Most of the UAH campus is easy to access, because the main roads are a loop around most buildings. The new University Center isn’t open yet, but the bike/pedestrian greenway is. This is useful for cutting through the Madison Hall parking lot to get to the parking garage or the street by the Alabama Credit Union.

Tips for Bicycling on the UAH Campus

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

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