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RVA Bike Month – 2023

Events for 2024 are in development and will be published soon! Check back frequently.


 

The 10th Annual RVA Bike Month is here!

BIG Bike Energy. – Wow – ten years of bike month in Richmond! What started as a small collection of events scribbled out on a big sheet of paper has turned into one of the, if not THE, largest bike month programs in the nation. With 60 events over five weeks, most of them produced by the world’s best volunteer ride leaders, RVA Bike Month has grown into a rich and fun reflection of the deep roots of our bike-friendly community.

This year’s theme continues in the tradition of multiple meanings. Ten years ago, every public meeting about a bike lane or program was a test of biking’s legitimacy as a mode of transportation or recreation. Grassroots advocates and active transportation leaders had to justify the cost to install bike infrastructure over and over and over to skeptics at every turn. In the past ten years, with world championship races, the completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, the beginning of the Fall Line, more than quadrupling the number of bikeway miles in the region, and tens of thousands of people biking in our communities, we have proven the concept that bike riding is a bona fide part of how people live in our region. We are here to stay. Hundreds of events, thousands of advocates, and some very big wins have demonstrated just how much Big Bike Energy our region has!

But Big Bike Energy is also a love letter to the simple utilitarian beauty of cargo bikes. They are large, in charge, and ready to carry your groceries, your kids, or even a stack of pizzas! Cargo bikes are trip replacers, car replacers, and super fun ways to live. The world is a better place with them! Bring the Big Bike Energy!


1) Get ready! Get your bike tuned up and make sure to read the safety disclaimer at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions, email [email protected].
2) Check each event’s details and information at www.rvabikemonth.com. Updates and rescheduling will also be posted here.
3) Take fun pics and tag #rvabikemonth.
4) Bike to Work! Bike to Work Day is May 19th!
5) Explore, patronize, and @ local businesses! Show them some love and thank them for supporting your ride.
6) Try something new! Seek out a new bike lane. Find some new riding friends. Explore an unfamiliar part of the region.
7) Tag @bikewalkrva on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

April 21 

Urban Cycling Group Season Opener Ride, 8:45 am – 1:30 pm, Dorey Park (Cap Trail entrance)  

 

April 23 

Fall Line Groundbreaking: Hanover section, 10am, 12439 Maple St (Ashland)

 

April 27 

Celebrate Trails Day 

 

Fall Line Service Event with Groundwork RVA, 10am – 12pm, Bellemeade Park 

 

April 28 

Hollywood Cemetery & Oregon Hill Bike Tour 

 

April 29 

Bike Monday Bros Weekly Ride 

 

April 30 

Strong Towns Book Tour 

 

May 1 

Yoga for Cyclists: Supporting Richmond Cycling Corp, 6-7pm, Blue Ridge Cyclery – Libbie Mill 

 

May 2 

Ice Cream Ride, 6pm 

 

May 4 

Massey Challenge: Cycling for a Future Without Cancer 50K, 9am, Pony Pasture 

 

RABA New Riders Ride, 9am 

 

Trail work at Pocahontas State Park (weather dependent), 9am-1pm, Swift Creek Parking 

 

USAC racing clinic, 9am-2pm, Swan Lake (western side)

 

LIV Ladies Ride, 10am-12pm, POCA (main lot) 

 

May 5 

USAC racing clinic, 9am-2pm, Swan Lake (western side)

 

Cargo Bike Meet-Up & Ride, 11am, Byrd Park 

 

Cycling Without Age trishaw rides, 2-4pm, Fonticello Park 

 

May 6 

Bike Monday Bros Weekly Ride 

 

May 7 

Bike Advocacy Webinar (working title) 

 

May 8 

Bike to School Day, 7:15 – 8:30 am, RPS elementary schools 

 

BASKET & BIKE Framing the Bike Lane: Low Line service and walking tour, 8am-12pm (tour at 11am), Great Shiplock Park 

 

Richmond Urbanism Happy Hour: Fall Line, 5 – 7:30 pm, Three Leg Run (418 West Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23831) 

 

May 9 

ToolBank community build site tour & scavenger hunt 

 

May 10 

Haute Bicycle Co – Framebuilder Open House and Group Ride, 5-9pm (ride at 5pm, social 6-9pm), 5701 Thorndale Lane 

 

May 11 

Cap 2 Cap 

 

Trail work at Pocahontas State Park (weather dependent), 9am-1pm, Swift Creek Parking 

 

Groundwork RVA Bike Shop Grand Re-Opening & Youth Bike Swap, 12-3pm, Bellemeade Park

 

May 12 

Mother’s Day 

 

May 13 

Pizza & Beer Ride, 6pm, Triple Crossing Brewery 

 

Bike Monday Bros Weekly Ride 

https://www.instagram.com/bikemondaybros/ 

 

May 14 

Richmond Speed Symposium and Bike Lane Project Hearing 

 

May 15 

Yoga for Cyclists, Blue Ridge Cyclery 

 

May 16 

W Broad St Park bike demonstration 

 

Virginia Greenway Conference: Fall Line presentation, UMW 

 

May 17 

Bike to Work Day 

 

Dominion Energy Riverrock 

 

Coffee Grinder Friday, 8am, Outpost Richmond 

https://outpostrichmond.com/pages/calendar 

 

May 18 

Dominion Energy Riverrock 

 

Trail work at Pocahontas State Park, 9am-1pm (weather dependent), Swift Creek Parking 

fopsp.org 

 

May 19 

Dominion Energy Riverrock 

 

Velos & Vinyasas 

 

May 20 

Bike Walk RVA public hearing 

 

Bike Monday Bros Weekly Ride 

https://www.instagram.com/bikemondaybros/ 

 

May 21 

May Birthday Dinner Ride, 4pm, Pedal Power RVA 

 

Bryan Park Training Series, 5:30pm – 8pm, Bryan Park- Azalea Garden loop 

https://www.facebook.com/BryanParkTrainingRacesRichmondFestivalofCross/ 

 

May 22 

Roubaix in May, 6pm-9pm, RCC HQ- 13 S 15th St (alley entrance) 

https://www.strava.com/clubs/1237905/group_events/1630781 

 

Southside Streetcar Ride, 6pm 

 

May 23 

 

BreakawayRVA 

 

Electric Bike Group Ride & Meet Up

 

May 24 

Yawn@Dawn, 6:30pm, VMFA 

 

May 25 

Cap Trail Summer Challenge Launch 

 

Tour De Taco powered by Blue Ridge Cyclery, 5:30pm 

 

7th Annual Bike Treasure Hunt 

 

Trail work at Pocahontas State Park, 9am-1pm (weather dependent), Swift Creek Parking 

fopsp.org 

 

May 26 

The Great Queer Bike Parade, 12-4pm 

 

Klunker/Vintage 26″ MTB ride, 6pm 

 

RABA Group Ride 

 

May 27 

Memorial Day 

 

Bike Monday Bros Weekly Ride 

https://www.instagram.com/bikemondaybros/ 

 

May 28 

Bryan Park Training Series, 5:30pm – 8pm, Bryan Park – Azalea Garden loop 

https://www.facebook.com/BryanParkTrainingRacesRichmondFestivalofCross/ 

 

May 29 

Kid Bike Parade, Bryan Park 

 

Yoga for Cyclists, Blue Ridge Cyclery 

 

May 30 

BASKET & BIKE Extra Thursdays at the Valentine Museum, 5-7pm, 1015 E Clay St 

 

(BreakawayRVA backup) 

 

May 31 

FOLAR Social Ride to Trail Center Ribbon Cutting, 3:45 – 5:00 pm, Roslyn Landing 

Community Service Awards & Ribbon Cutting – FOLAR (folar-va.org) 

 

Pizza Crawl 

 

Richmond Sampler 

 

June 1 

National Trails Day

Disclaimer:

I know that running or walking in an event that is organized by grassroots volunteers or independent community partners, which will not have any support or security measures in place by the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, is a potentially hazardous activity. I will not enter and run or walk unless I am qualified, in good health, medically able, and properly trained. I assume all risks associated with this activity, but not limited to: falls, contact with other people, collisions, the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic, and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I acknowledge that if I believe event conditions are unsafe, I will immediately discontinue participation in the event.  I further agree to abide by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and will also follow any guidelines set forth by my local government officials when completing this event. I fully accept and assume all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages I incur as a result of my participation in this event. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete these events. Having read this waiver, knowing these facts, and in consideration of accepting my entry, I for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, discharge, waive, and release the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, Bike Walk RVA, any other sponsors, along with their officers, directors, agents, volunteers and employees from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event.

Background on RVA Bike Month:

2021 RVABM archive: Changing Lanes

2020 RVABM archive: Bike the Change

2019 RVABM archive: Bikes Mean Business

2018 blog: Looking back on 5 years of RVA Bike Month