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RVA Bike Month – 2023

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 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 23:

Urban Cycling Group’s “Ride With Us”, depart at 9am, Dorey Park

April 23:

Forest Hill Park Spring Classic: kids bike race, 1-4pm, Forest Hill Park

April 29:

Ashland Trolley Line Public History Project, 9am, L. Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center

April 30:

Rescheduled to 6/4: Black Girls Do Bike: Season Opener, 12-4pm, Shelters 1 and 2 at Dorey Park

May 1:

*postponed due to wet trail conditons* Hardtail Happy Hour and trail ride, new date and time TBA

Bike Monday Bros Casual Ride, 5:30pm, Starbucks on Robinson St

May 2:

How-to: Wheelie Clinic, 5:30pm, Forest Hill Park

May 3:

Urbanism Happy Hour: Fall Line Trail, 5-7pm, Basic City Beer

Bike to School Day, 7-8am, Local Schools

May 4:

Casually Encountering Mushroom MAYnia, 6-8:30pm, Monroe Park Gazebo

May 5:

Vintage Mountain Bike Ride, 6-7:30pm, Carytown Bicycles (Cary St. location) back parking lot

May 6:

Cargo Bike Meetup and Group Ride, 12:30-2:30pm, meet behind VMFA

Intro to bike-packing and gravel, 10am – Noon, Courthouse Road parking lot, Pocahontas State Park

Ol’ Dirty South Hill, 10am – 4pm, Tobacco Heritage Trail Trailhead, La Crosse, VA

RABA New Riders and Social Ride, 8am meet, 8:30 depart, Crump Memorial Park

May 7:

MTNKURT: 100 mile mountain bike ride, 7am-sunset, 4640-5 Monticello Ave back parking lot

BBQ Ride: neighborhood family fun ride, 12:30pm, Three Lakes Park

E-Bike Lovers Group Ride, Meetup and Music, 11:30 meet, Noon ride, Hardywood Richmond

May 8:

Bike Monday Bros Casual Ride, 5:30pm, Starbucks on Robinson St

May 9:

RVA Racing: Taco Tuesday Marg Ride, 6:00pm, Pedal Power RVA

May 10:

Roll Call Sunrise Gravel Ride, 5:45am, corner of Grove Avenue and Malvern Avenue

Pedal to Patios with I am RVA, 5:30-8:00pm, Pizza & Beer of Richmond

Better Housing Coalition Bike Tour, 6:00-8:00pm, The Goodwyn at Union Hill

May 11:

Park Tool New Rider Maintenance Class, 5:30-7:30, 2916 North Avenue

Broad Street Bullies ride out, 7pm, Carytown Kroger parking lot

May 12:

JRPS beginner Mountain Bike ride, 6:00pm, Stone Brewing

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Cap2Cap, 8:00am – 4:30pm, Virginia Capital Trail

May 13:

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Cap2Cap, 8:00am – 4:30pm, Virginia Capital Trail

May 14:

Railroad and Canal History Ride, 9 – 11:00am, Belle Isle parking lot

Crossings of the James History Ride, 3:00pm, Shiplock Park

Väsen Women’s Ride: Mother’s Day edition, 11:00am, Väsen Brewery

May 15:

Bike Monday Bros Casual Ride, 5:30pm, Starbucks on Robinson St

May 16:

Bryan Park Race Series: Opening Day, 5:45pm – 7:00pm, Bryan Park

Fall Line Trail Public Meeting, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Lewis Ginter Park

May 17:

Ride of Silence, 5:30pm, Cobblestone Parking Lot, 3115 Wharf St, Richmond, VA 23223

May 18:

Breakaway RVA: Urban Mystery Ride, time and location TBA

Goldsprints, 6:00pm, Richmond Cycling Corps, 13 S 15th St, Richmond, VA 23219

May 19:

Bike to Work Day: Choose Your Own Commute Adventure (time and place of your choosing)

Riverrock, 5:00 – 9:30pm, Brown’s Island

May 20:

Coffee Grinder gravel ride to Tiny Vegan, 9:00am, Outpost Richmond

Cutty Cap Challenge, all day, location TBA

Bike Swap, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Stone Brewing

Riverrock, 7:00am – 9:30pm, Brown’s Island

May 21:

Riverrock, 7:00am – 5:00pm, Brown’s Island

May 22:

Bike Monday Bros Casual Ride, 5:30pm, Starbucks on Robinson St

Bike Walk Academy – Champions Reunion Ride

Rescheduled to 6/1: RVA Air Quality Sampling Ride with Science Museum of Virginia

May 23:

Bryan Park Race Series: Party Corner, 5:45pm, Bryan Park

May 24:

Truetimber Arborists: Tree Tour of Richmond, 5:30pm, Dogwood Dell Barker Field

Capital Trail Scavenger Hunt, 5:30-7:30pm, Stone Brewing

Urban Cycling Group: “Changing Gears” movie premier, 6:00pm, Starr Hill Brewing 3406 West Leigh Street

May 25:

Sixth Annual Treasure Hunt Ride, 6:30pm, Fountain Lake

Valentine Museum Bike-in tour, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Valentine Museum

May 26:

Critical Mass, 6:30pm, Monroe Park Gazebo

May 27:

Richmond Area Bicycle Association New Kent Winery Ride, 9:00am, New Kent Visitors Center

Tour de Taco: taco ride, time TBA, Monroe Park Gazebo

Bike Party, time TBA, Pedal Power

May 28:

Rescheduled to 6/4: Great Queer Bike Parade

Bike Party, time TBA, Pedal Power

May 29:

Bike Monday Bros Casual Ride, 5:30pm, Starbucks on Robinson St

Rescheduled to 6/10: Vegan Ice Cream Bike Crawl

May 30:

Rescheduled to 6/6: An Advocate’s Bike Lane Tour, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Northside location TBA

May 31:

Bike and Pizza Capital Trail Ride, meet at 5:30, roll at 6:00pm, Triple Crossing Brewery

June 1:

RVAir: Air Quality Science Sampling Ride, 6:00pm, Science Museum of Virginia

June 4

Black Girls Do Bike! Annual Summer Kickoff Ride, 12pm – Dorey Park

June 4

Great Queer Bike Parade, 2pm – Monroe Park

June 6

Advocates’ Bike Lane Tour, 6:30pm – Ginter Park Library

June 10:

Vegan Ice Cream Bike Crawl, 12:00 – 2:00pm, VMFA front courtyard


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