Bike with the Mayor

Virginia Beach hosting 6-mile ride with Mayor Dyer on May 21

Friday, May 14, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – To celebrate May is Bike Month, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, Mayor Bobby Dyer, and the Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee (BTAC) are inviting citizens to take a ride on Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. With more individuals taking advantage of this healthy, sustainable, and economic means of transportation, the Mayor is leading a 6-mile roundtrip ride from the Virginia Beach Parks & Rec Administration Building (2154 Landstown Rd.) to City Hall and back.

Before the ride begins, the Mayor will read a brief proclamation and riders will receive giveaways courtesy of Traffix. Participants of all skill levels are welcome! Riders will need to bring their own bicycle, and a helmet is required to participate. The ride is weather permitting; no rain date is scheduled. All participants must sign a liability waiver; health and safety protocols including physical distancing and face coverings (except while riding) will be observed during the event in accordance with prevailing guidance at that time.

Virginia Beach has made a significant effort to grow its bikeways infrastructure over the last 30 years. In 1986, there were less than 40 miles of accessible bikeways. By 2004, that number had grown to 105 miles. Presently, there are over 300 miles in Virginia Beach, both on-road and off-road, plus 27 additional miles on state and federal lands within the city. In February 2021, City Council adopted an Active Transportation Plan as the bikeways and trails component of the City's Comprehensive Plan that outlines the City's plans for future improvements to its active transportation infrastructure. The City is also now developing its first mountain biking facility through a partnership with the Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association, with more than four miles of trails in Marshview Park.

For more on Bike Month and how to get involved, visit VBgov.com/bikemonth.

 
About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit VBgov.com/parks or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBparksrec.

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