First ever Bike Restaurant Week encourages patrons to bike to their next meal out

First ever Bike Restaurant Week encourages patrons to bike to their next meal out

Over 21 restaurants across the city from coffee shops to fine dining establishments will offer patrons arriving by bike special discounts and giveaways September 17th through the 21st.

Richmond’s spring and fall Restaurant Week events are well known, but as the RVA Bike Share program launches and the city continues to become more and more bike friendly, a new restaurant event is gearing up–a Bike Restaurant Week.

Organized by Bike Walk RVA–a bicycle advocacy group run by Sports Backers–the five-day event will offer up promotions encouraging patrons to bike to their next meal out at a variety of spots from coffee shops to dinner destinations.

The first Bike Restaurant Week will be held September 17th through the 21st, when restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Richmond will offer discounts, deals, or promotions to customers arriving by bike. A different area or neighborhood within the city will be featured each day during the week, and Bike Walk RVA will offer a free bike ride each evening to show participating diners to their restaurants of choice, highlighting bike lanes, and local attractions along the way.

So far, 21 restaurants have signed on to the inaugural event. While most offers will be only be good on a certain night, some restaurants will offer week-long promotions as well.

Participating sit-down 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.

“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.”

“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.”

All 21 restaurants, their featured days of the week, their promotions, and details about the guided bike rides are available here.

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