Biking and Walking/Active Transportation

Active Transportation (Walking and Biking)

Active Transportation, also known as non-motorized transportation, refers to human-powered mode of travel such as walking and biking, primarily. The regional transportation system currently lacks sufficient non-motorized provisions along many corridors where bicycling and walking should be viable travel choices–especially for short trips. In light of rising energy costs, an aging population, public health concerns, and increasing demand for alternatives to motor vehicle travel, there is a growing need for infrastructure and development patterns that support what has widely become known as “active transportation.”

Regional Active Transportation Plan – “B-Active Plan” – In Progress

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The B-Active Plan is intended to help establish a clear vision for short- and long-term projects that are needed to build a safer, more connected, and equitable active transportation system for the region. The Plan will serve as a resource for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to plan, fund, and ultimately build more bicycle and trail facilities, and will provide guidance for the region’s local municipalities when developing their bicycle and pedestrian elements. The Plan will describe how the region is working together to connect and support active transportation.  Key considerations that the B-Active Plan will include:

  • Where are the major gaps and barriers in the regional bicycle and trail system today
  • What is needed to attract new users to the active transportation network (i.e. to make people feel safer commuting by bicycle)?
  • How can we increase regional connectivity?
  • What and where are the key projects needed for implementation?

2015 Active Transportation Plan

The purpose of the Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is closely tied to the Regional Transportation Plan’s aim to ensure adequate access and multiple mobility choices for residents of the region. The Birmingham ATP is intended to serve as a resource for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and its member governments to plan, fund, and ultimately provide facilities that allow for travel by these means. The ATP:

  • Introduces the general concepts of active transportation
  • Indicates where the region falls nationally
  • Explains both the historical and current cultural attributes that have informed the active transportation facilities
  • Explores the need for policies to solidify the planning process
  • Reviews programming and educational initiatives that will bolster the demand for active transportation and
  • Informs the implementation and funding process for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

A full copy of the 2015 Active Transportation Plan can be found » here

Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System Plan

In 2010, the Freshwater Land Trust (FWLT), received grant funding to develop a greenway master plan for Jefferson County, Alabama. The purpose of this plan was to develop a feasible strategy for greenways and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that would promote active and healthy living, encourage alternate modes of transportation, and protect regional waterways.

The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System Plan presents a roadmap for a regional greenway and street-based trail system to connect communities across Jefferson County. The plan proposes over 200 miles of shared-use greenways and trails along six main corridors, as well as over 600 miles of street-based bicycle and pedestrian pathways that aim to connect the corridors and surrounding areas.

The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System Plan is primarily designed as an implementation tool, supplying all the information municipalities and cooperating organizations need to apply for grants to fund the site design and construction of trail segments. Existing greenways and bicycle-pedestrian master plans at the municipal level were carefully incorporated into the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System Plan, to ensure connections are made between communities as part of the overall network.

The City of Birmingham has formally adopted the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System Plan and has strongly encouraged local governments to review and adopt their portion of the Red Rock Plan.

Additional information can be found at or by contacting the Freshwater Land Trust.


Birmingham BikeShare planning began in the summer of 2013. Through its CommuteSmart Program, the RPCGB conducted a feasibility study and implementation plan for the City of Birmingham, which was completed in July 2014. Through the cooperation of REV Birmingham, RPCGB, and the City of Birmingham, Zyp BikeShare was deployed in October 2015 with 40 kiosks and 400 bikes which can be rented 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How to Cycle in the City

Feasibility Studies