Alley Loops

Not everyone has an alley behind the home these days.  Years ago, every block had an alley, and in the older parts of town they still do.  Newer subdivisions have completely left alleys out. Now everything goes to the street: refuse pickup for example and even power and phone/cable lines in many instances (although they may be buried).  Used to be all that was in the alley.

To get a very different perspective of the older neighborhoods,  pedaling up and down the alleys can show a very different view than the street scene.

So, with that in mind, HERE is a meander thru various alleys here in town.

An Alley Challenge?   I don’t know, but it would be another avenue alley to explore.  🙂

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

5 response to "Alley Loops"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 1, 2020

    No alleys close by, but in the older suburbs of Perth they were there to pick up the ‘night-soil’ from backyard dunnies (toilets). Nowadays they’re selling the land off to the land owners nearby and seen as a place for criminals to congregate and access properties. When I was young we used to jump the fences on the alley and raid the fruit trees.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 1, 2020

    Hmm. You got me cogitating, Rich. Off the top of my head I can only think of one alley in Santa Rosa, and it’s not far from home. Must be more. I’ll need to do some exploring.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: June 1, 2020

    Rich, good job featuring and giving legitimacy to our most under-appreciated roadways. It’s funny because just a few days ago The Feeshko and I were walking our dog in a different neighborhood and I pointed out a nicely paved alley. We have plenty of alleys in MY Town, but almost all of them are gravel. I have to believe the fresh blacktop on this one was privately funded. Now I’m going to have to go back and photograph that alley along with some of the nearby gravel alleys for your Alley Challenge.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 2, 2020

    You definitely get a different perspective riding the alleys. I don’t recall anywhere I’ve lived in Oz, outside of Sydney, that has had alleys in residential areas. There are definitely alleys in the business districts though for deliveries and such.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: June 5, 2020

    I enjoyed the alleys perspective of where you live. I don’t think we have alleys here, certainly not in the country. In cities there will be inner courtyards which are also kind of interesting. They are private property of their buildings, though. A snoopy photographer probably not welcome.

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