National Bike Month

Calling all bicyclists, the bike-curious, and friends of bicyclists… Bike Month is here!

Check out our Bike Month 2013 page for the full details. Take note, not all events are listed on our calendar, so this page is an invaluable resource.

Want to help make Bike Month a great succes, contact the event coordinator and volunteer.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Remember, you can double the wheels. Help a friend get started biking and invite them to go by bike with you.

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UPDATE: Our email address hey@bikecharlottesville.org appears to be down. Please use heather@heatherhiggins.com while we work on getting it back up and running and resend any recent mail there.  Thanks!

Reveal the Path…Today!

A visually stunning adventure by bike, “Reveal the Path“ explores the world’s playgrounds in Europe’s snow-capped mountains, Scotland’s lush valleys, Alaska’s rugged coastal beaches and Morocco’s high desert landscapes. Filmed across four continents and featuring Tour Divide race legends, Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider, and produced by creators of “Ride the Divide” this immersive film is sure to leave you with an eager desire to hit the trail. Tickets are $11 in advance purchased online at www.imathlete.com/events/revealthepath. Tickets at the door are $15. A portion of the proceeds go to theCharlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) and will be used to purchase tools and maintain/build local trails in Central Virginia. Come join us for a great night and a great cause!
  • Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm
  • Vinegar Hill Theater, 220 W Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22903, 434.977.4911

p.s. After reveling in Reveal the Path, don’t miss the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival which will be at The Paramount on Sunday, March 10th and Monday, March 11th.

Women’s Bike Night, Spring 2013

Want to get more comfortable with the basics of bike care and meet other women who like bikes too? Come join Shell Bell of Charlottesville Community Bikes for this FREE 6-part series of classes.Each class will focus on a topic (1/2 hour) followed by open shop time for women to work on their bicycles and learn from each other. Classes run from 5pm – 7pm on consecutive Tuesdays at Community Bikes, 405 Avon Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
  • Tuesday, April 9th: Tires and tubes
  • Tuesday, April 16th: Lubing and greasing
  • Tuesday, April 23rd: Brakes
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Gears
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Evaluating your bearing adjustments
  • Tuesday, May 14th: Bike part craft / celebrate Bike To Work Week

Questions? Email Shell at shellbellding@gmail.com or call 434.882.1516.

p.s. Also upcoming from Shell and Community Bikes… the annual Children’s Bicycle Rodeo currently penciled in for Saturday, April 21st. Stay tuned.

Belmont Bridge or Belmont Underpass?

Read the latest on the Belmont Bridge project onCharlottesville Tomorrow.

National Bike Summit, National Women’s Bicycling Forum

Follow all of the news about these important annual events and the new Women Bike initiative, including calls to action on www.bikeleague.org. Stay in the know by subscribing to the Bike League newsletter.

Promote your Rides, Races, Events, and More

Help us help you broaden your group’s reach and in doing so provide a fuller range of options for folks interested in getting involved in the local cycling scene. Please help us share your group’s cycling-related events with the whole cycling community by linking your event calendar to ours on BikeCharlottesville.org.Publishing your group’s cycling-related event(s) on a google calendar linked to our site makes good sense. More eyeballs = more participants, volunteers, racers, community meeting attendees, party-goers, etc. To share your event’s / group’s google calendar with Bike Charlottesville, drop a note tohey@bikecharlottesville.org and specify the gmail address associated with the calendar. Even if you only have one event or an intermittent ride schedule, it’s simple and worthwhile to create a calendar and share itwith us.We’re hoping to hear from:
If you would like to help with wrangling these cats, PLEASE drop a note to hey@bikecharlottesville.org.

Social Rides in the Works

We are so excited to go riding with you! We’re busy planning for a series of fun & easy social rides to start this Spring and run into the Fall. Please share any suggestions you might have with us athey@bikecharlottesville.org. Are you a hospitality team of one?  Do you know your ABC-Quick Check backwards and forwards? Like to be the Den Mother and ride in sweep position? We’d love to have you on our team!

May is Bike Month, oh yeah!

We want this May to be our biggest Bike Month to date and to do that we’re going to need as many helping hands as possible. Can you step up and help with volunteer coordination, event planning, or other support activities?  We need your help! Hit us up at hey@bikecharlottesville.org if you can pitch in. Thanks!

Charlottesville Community Bikes isYour Shop

Charlottesville Community Bikes works to promote environmentally-sound transportation, recycle bicycles, and make cycling accessible in Charlottesville.  As a local non-profit, they rely strictly on volunteers and funding from private individuals and organizations to keep the shop open and running.  If you haven’t checked it out, go by and see for yourself.  They’re at 405 Avon Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and their hours are posted on the site.  They’re looking for volunteers who can give a few hours a month.

Like Us on Facebook

We like you! We really, really do. We kinda think you like us too. Don’t have a Facebook account? That’s ok, you can still check us out. www.facebook.com/bikecville
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Belmont Bridge

Breaking News from the City of Charlottesville, Neighborhood Development Services

“The City of Charlottesville is renewing our commitment to providing accurate and timely information regarding the Belmont Bridge Replacement Project. We apologize for any previous confusion. As of February, 2013, there are two concepts under consideration to replace the existing Belmont Bridge, a bridge or an underpass. There is no timetable for the next steps for this project, but the website [www.belmontbridge.com] will be updated with information as it becomes available.

“In order to make a comprehensive comparison, staff and consultants are working to verify the cost of construction, engineering and other associated expenses. Additionally, information about traffic management, environmental impacts, economic development and other factors is needed to truly assess the two concepts.

“Some of the essential questions that must be answered before the project can proceed are:

  • Actual estimated cost of the underpass and bridge?
  • Will the railroad allow an underpass and if so with what, if any conditions?
  • Will there be right-of-way costs with either option and what are they?
  • Are there any negative impacts to property owners and what is the potential for positive economic development?

“Once the information needed is gathered, it will be presented to the public. This will happen prior to the project going before City Council for a decision.

The deadline for public comment on this project has been extended until March 31, 2013.

“If you continue to have questions after reviewing the information above, please contact Jim Tolbert, Director of Neighborhood Development Services at 434-970-3182 or tolbertj@charlottesville.org.”

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June Curry, The Cookie Lady of Afton, VA

July 16, 2012

  Bill Lowe of the Charlottesville Bicycle Club sent out this sad news today: “Most or all of you should be aware that June Curry had a stroke about 10 days ago and, after a brief stay in the hospital, was moved to a nursing home early last week.  Her condition had apparently been deteriorating, and she died […]

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Building a More Bikable Charlottesville! (Take the Survey)

July 15, 2012

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has invited the cycling community to help build a more bikable Charlottesville by participating in a brief survey. The 10-question survey will build upon and expand what they learned during the Cville Bike mApp project. The MPO has asked for our help to spread the word about the survey. They are trying to collect the […]

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Come Bike, Walk, and Play with Us on JPA

July 15, 2012

Bike Walk Play JPA, Charlottesville’s first Open Streets event, will be on Saturday, August 18th. Through Active recreation and transportation, Bike Walk Play JPA celebrates connections — between people to each other, to their neighborhood, to local organizations, and to local businesses. Saturday, August 18th 9am – noon Jefferson Park Avenue Ext. from the bridge to […]

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Speak Up for Cycling Priorities

June 19, 2012

Bicycle advocate Ruth Stornetta, who sits on both the Bicycle Safety Committee and the Livable Communities Committee, requests and urges area cyclists to complete the Community Priorities Questionnaire by the July 2nd deadline.  The Livable Communities Committee created the questionnaire to collect the public’s input about the relative importance of various Charlottesville & Albemarle opportunities. Your […]

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This Weekend: Bike Prom & Bicycle Rodeo

May 26, 2012

Bike Month in Charlottesville closes out with two fantastic local events. 1. Saturday, 8pm: Bike Prom. A dance party you ride your bike to in a fancy outfit. 2. Sunday 1-3pm: Annual Children’s Bicycle Rodeo. Rescheduled from Earth Day rain-out. Bring your kids and their bikes for free, hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike […]

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Virginia Mountain Bike Festival

May 22, 2012

The 6th annual Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Festival is happening this weekend in Stokesville VA. The Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Festival is an event celebrating mountain bicycling in the Virginia National Forests. Get out and enjoy the atmosphere, the riding, and social gathering that is the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Festival. The festival will feature fun events […]

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