Spring has spring and National Bike Month has arrived! Is that old Schwinn circa 1983 still sitting in your garage from your old college days?
Well, lucky for you, the cities of Hampton Roads have been working together to compile a complete list of events of quadriceps-powered bike rides.
As Hampton Roads continues to urbanize, traffic patterns evolve, and socioeconomic demographics shift- cycling amenities are growing to be a more significant part of the area’s overall transportation infrastructure. Bike Month is a kickoff for the community cycling events this summer.
So, you may ask- how has cycling been coming along in Norfolk? In September 2014, Norfolk completed and published the city’s Strategic Plan for bicycling and pedestrian trail activities. With the guidance of Toole Design Group, the City of Norfolk developed a comprehensive plan for main cycling thoroughfares throughout downtown, Ghent, and facilities extending all the way to waterfront access in Ocean View.
Whether it be residential, commercial, or a mixed use area- Norfolk has plans to install bike infrastructure or restructure roadways to make cycling easier, safer, and more enjoyable for commuters and recreational riders. You can read more about the city’s plan here.
Consider taking that old Schwinn out for a ride for any of the events listed on the Hampton Roads National Bike Month calendar. For instance, on May 20th there will be an evening GLOW RIDE starting in the Norfolk NEON District at 8pm. Bring your reflective jackets and deck out your bike in glow sticks, light sabers, string lights, and anything else that will be bright at night.
The guided ride will mosey throughout downtown and circle back at the NEON District where you can enjoy the evening festivities at Push Comedy, Work Release, or grab a bite from the food trucks at the PLOT. We hope to see you and your two-wheeler there for the ride!
For a listing of Bike Month events, click here.
For more info on the Glow Ride, click here.