Bikeways & Trails

Referred to internally as Active Transportation
An award-winning, 'Bicycle Friendly Community,' Virginia Beach has over 300 miles of bikeways and trails, including trails in over 230 parks and natural areas, 27 miles of unpaved paths in two state parks, and a federal wildlife refuge.
COVID-19 Response: For the latest operational information, refer to Parks & Rec FAQ, and visit VBGov.com/reopen for Rec Center Safety Guidelines.

Celebrate Bike Month

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As a Bicycle Friendly Community,  we celebrate our commitment to bringing more connectivity and trails to area residents. We challenge you to find a new reason to ride -- take a closer look at our Bikeways & Trails map to explore a new trail, pick up some tips from local cyclists on our blog, and if you're feeling really ambitious, take the National Bike Challenge from May - September. 

Special Guest Blog Post:
100+ Miles of Local Trails to Explore Barbara Bishop, Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee (BTAC) member


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As part of our Active Transportation Network, the City of Virginia Beach has over 146 miles of paved bike and pedestrian transportation routes that are classified within the Active Transportation Plan as follows:
  • Shared Use Paths
  • Protected Bike Lanes
  • Sidepaths
  • Bike Lanes
  • Recreational Routes

Explore City Park Trails

We have several beautiful paved and soft trails for you and your entire family to enjoy and explore. Our city park system provides a refuge from everyday stress where you can get out and experience fresh air and sunshine.​


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Ride for Art, History, Brew, and Family Fun

Take these self-guided tours for a dose of local culture, history, and even a few stops at our popular breweries. View all Virginia Beach Cycling & Bike Trails.


​Discover New Parks with the free VB ParkFinder Mobile App

VB ParkFinder allows you to search for parks and facilities by name, proximity ​and specific features like playgrounds, ball fields, kayak launches and more. At home or on the go, you can find the nearest park, get driving directions, view hours and see available amenities. The app even allows you to share your park visit with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to check out the built-in event calendar!

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​Know Where and How To Ride

Federal and State laws say that bicycles are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Bikes may be ridden on roadways except where prohibited, such as I-264 and other highways. If you ride on roads, exercise defensive driving skills and common courtesy.

City ordinance allows bicycles to be ridden on any City sidewalk, except at Town Center and at the Oceanfront Resort Area. (Click image to the right to view larger)

New 2020 Commonwealth of Virginia Legislative Action effective July 1, 2021 (paraphrased below):
  • Vehicular drivers overtaking bicyclists, e-mobility users, etc. must do so at a reasonable speed at least three feet to the left of  the user or when not enough room then change lanes
  • Bicyclists, e-mobility users, etc. can safely maintain riding two-abreast on roadways and are no longer required to move into a single file formation so that vehicular traffic can pass more efficiently

Know How to Ride​

Riding safely makes biking better for everybody – even people who aren’t riding.
  • On roads, obey all traffic laws.
  • Virginia state law: it’s OK to ride two abreast except when impeding traffic.
  • On roads, walk on the left and ride on the right.
  • On trails, stop before crossing roads.
  • Love your head: wear a helmet!
  • Use hand signals.
  • Warn before passing.
  • At night, use lights and wear bright colors.
  • Share the road. Share the trail.

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The Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee was established by City Council in April 2005. The mission of this committee is to: 
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to City Council with respect to the implementation of the Active Transportation Plan, the bikeways and trails component fo the City of Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan
  • Coordinate the timely construction of bicycle facilities and trails in accordance with the priorities established
  • Promote a balanced approach between and among various trail users' interests
  • Provide a forum for continued citizen input in the planning and programming of future bicycle facilities and trails and pedestrians.  

    For more information, visit VBgov.com/BTAC.