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Bike Walk RVA Announces First-Ever Bike Restaurant Week for Sept. 17-21

RICHMOND, VA – Bike Walk RVA, a program of Sports Backers, is announcing the launch of its first-ever Bike Restaurant Week, a five-day promotional period from September 17-21 for participating restaurants in Richmond to celebrate riding to dine out. Over the course of the week, restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Richmond will offer discounts, deals, or promotions to customers arriving by bike. All areas of the city will be featured for one day during the week, with Bike Walk RVA offering a free bike ride each evening of Bike Restaurant Week to show participating diners to their restaurants of choice, highlighting bike lanes and local attractions along the way and promoting the close connection between bike riding and local businesses.

21 Restaurants Participating in Bike Restaurant Week

With 21 local establishments featured in Bike Restaurant Week, there is a wide selection of partners, from coffee shops to quick bites to more formal dining, for people to enjoy. Participating restaurants will offer their own promotions or discounts, including complimentary menu items or special giveaways for social media interactions. While most offers will be only be good on a certain night, some restaurants will offer week-long promotions as well. “When Richmond chooses to travel via the bicycle, people connect with the neighborhoods they traverse,” said Zach Archibald, owner of Lamplighter Coffee, one of the participating establishments. “On a bike, you are more likely to notice the progress of a new business as it comes online. On a bike you put yourself ‘in charm’s way’ when it comes to the highlights of city life.”

The participating restaurants include The Roosevelt, Union Market, Liberty Public House, Casa del Barco, Station 2, O’Toole’s, Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, Laura Lee’s, Legend Brewing Co., Black Hand Coffee Company, Stir Crazy, Lunch/Supper, The Luncheonette, Lamplighter Coffee, Palani Drive, Ellwood Thompson’s, Stuzzi, Alchemy Coffee, Garnett’s Downtown, Mama J’s, and Flora.

Bikes Mean Business

All 21 restaurants, their featured days of the week, their promotions, and details about the guided bike rides are available on Bike Walk RVA’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, website,  and at the following link: https://www.sportsbackers.org/program/bike-walk-rva/bike-restaurant-week/

“There is nothing quite like a casual evening ride with friends or family to your favorite local restaurant, or exploring a new neighborhood on two wheels to try a new place to eat, and we’re excited to provide that during Bike Restaurant Week,” said Brantley Tyndall, Community Engagement Manager for Bike Walk RVA. “Studies have shown that bike commuters are more likely to stop and shop at a local business because it’s easy to park and hop in, and in our experience, the situation is no different for food. Businesses who encourage people to visit by bike, by offering promotions, discounts, or simply installing a bike rack, can quickly become local favorites, and Bike Restaurant Week is a great place to start that conversation with the partner restaurants in our community.”

Bike Restaurant Week follows the August launch of RVA Bike Share, one of the many options for finding a bike to participate. Richmond Bicycle Studio has also signed on as a partner for Bike Restaurant Week to help with the bike tours, assist with bike maintenance, and to join in on the fun of biking to eat in Richmond’s food scene.

For a full list of Bike Restaurant Week events, check out the 2017 schedule or visit www.sportsbackers.org.

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