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Selma to Montgomery Bike Ride

  • Alabama State Capital 600 Dexter Ave Montgomery, AL, 36131 United States (map)

Come pedal the Historic Selma-to-Montgomery Voters Rights March Route on Saturday, February 21, 2015. While riding the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, we encourage you to stop and see the sights, envision the march, feel the tension, cross the bridge, follow the paths of the foot soldiers, and end in triumph... 

The  journey will begin in Montgomery at the Capitol for a photo op. We will load buses and bikes to head over to Selma's Riverfront Park on Water Avenue. We will travel as a group to the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a picture and group start. You will then follow U.S. Hwy. 80 to the Lowndes Interpretive Center that is strategically placed near the site of historic "Tent City" approximately midway between Selma and Montgomery, in White Hall. The Interpretive Center will be the site of a rest stop. We invite you to take time and tour the Interpretive Center before you head to the next stop.

Afterward, ride along U.S. Hwy. 80 to Montgomery and stop along the way to visit each Trail marker that interprets another tidbit of the march. When you enter Montgomery continue to follow the Trail signs throughout the city to visit other historic civil rights sites. Your adventure concludes at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a host of others addressed a crowd of 25,000 people in support of voting rights for all.

A great resource for information on the trail and the original march can be found here. We encourage you to check out the information so you can envision the original events as you ride.

The ride will begin and end in Montgomery. Please keep in mind your registration includes a transportation fee for a bus for riders and truck for their bicycles from Montgomery to Selma. Riders who sign up on or before January 31 will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and a Selma to Montgomery Historic Route Lapel Pin.

The ride is a fully supported event. You will be biking on the clearly marked Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail with mechanical support, sag wagons, and rest stops supplied with plenty of fruit, light snacks, water, and sports drinks. There will be chili including a vegan option and more at the finish line. The Montgomery Bike Club has been holding organized bicycle rides for over 20 years.

This is not a beginner ride. While US Hwy 80 is lightly traveled, the speed limit is 65mph, there is very little shoulder and there are rumble strips for much of the route. Also, there will not be a police escort for this ride, and traffic lanes will not be closed for cyclists. Cyclists will ride this roadway in accordance with Alabama State Law. Typical Alabama weather for February is 40-60 degrees and raining. 

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