5 Reasons Auburn is a Cycling Friendly Campus and Town

  1. Bikes are a convenient (and free) mode of transportation around campus

    Bike rack in front of the Auburn University Student Center (Photo Credit: Daniel Buxton)
    Bike rack in front of the Auburn University Student Center (Photo Credit: Daniel Buxton)

With only ten minutes between classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, walking from Goodwin Hall on the Hill to Lowder Hall on the opposite side of campus can become a light jog. However, if you own a bicycle you can easily navigate from one side of campus to another with ease.

At Auburn University, you do not have to own your own bike if you wish to ride one.

war eagle bike share rack
A War Eagle Bike Share rack located on the Auburn University Campus. (Photo Credit: Daniel Buxton)

Starting in the spring 2016 semester, Auburn University Parking Services initiated the War Eagle Bike Share program to allow students access to Auburn orange and blue bikes whenever they want them. Bikes may be rented for free for a period of two hours via the free Social Bicycles app available for download from your mobile device’s app store. More information on the War Eagle Bike Share is available here.

Auburn University was recognized in fall 2015 by the American League of Bicyclists. The university received a silver Bicycle Friendly University award making Auburn the first recognized bicycle friendly university in the state. More information about the Bike Friendly University award is available here.

2. 44 miles of bike lanes and trails around town

photo of a bike lane in Auburn, Alabama
A bike lane on the Auburn University campus. (Photo Credit: Daniel Buxton)

Not only is cycling on campus a convenient mode of transportation but if you want an enjoyable cardiovascular activity cycling around the City of Auburn is safe with an abundance of bike lanes and trails. According to the city parks and recreation department, Auburn is home to 44 miles of bike lanes and trails.

The parks and recreation department sponsors bike rides around town for every level of cyclist. More information about Auburn as a bicycle friendly community and ride schedules are available on the parks and recreation Bicycle Auburn webpage.

3. Auburn is home to a cycling team: Auburn Flyers

Photo of the Auburn Flyers Cycling Team (Photo Credit: Auburn Flyers Facebook)
Photo of the Auburn Flyers Cycling Team (Photo Credit: Auburn Flyers Facebook)

If you are looking for a group cycling experience look no further than the Auburn Flyers Cycling Team. A group of student bike enthusiasts who compete in both mountain and road bike races throughout the year in the Southeast. The group welcomes cyclists of all experience levels to ride with them weekly. If you are interested in connecting with the Auburn Flyers, contact them via their Facebook page.

4. Chewacla State Park provides approximately 15 miles of mountain biking trails

Photo of a mountain biker at Chewacla State Park, Alabama (Photo Credit: Chewacla State Park)
Photo of a mountain biker at Chewacla State Park, Alabama (Photo Credit: Chewacla State Park)

Auburn students enjoy hiking, hammocking, unwinding and also mountain biking at Chewacla State Park, located a 10-minutes drive south of Auburn. Chewalca is home to approximately 15 miles of mountain bike trails maintained by the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers. A detailed map of the single-track mountain bike trails is available here. A $4 admission fee is required to enter the park.

5. Bike repair made easy

In case your bike tire goes flat or chain breaks, many repair facilities are located around Auburn to assist you. The Recreation and Wellness Center’s Auburn Outdoors has a bicycle repair shop that is accessible by walking down the main stairs beneath the breezeway next to the Rec center’s main entrance. There are also four bike repair stations located around campus that feature bike pumps and basic tools. In addition to these on-campus facilities, there are also many bike repair shops located around town.

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