With a theme of ‘Bikes Mean Business,’ RVA Bike Month 2019 features a full calendar of events.
2019 marks the sixth year that Bike Walk RVA, a program of Sports Backers, is coordinating the bike-related events, with the help of dozens of volunteers and advocates from across the Richmond region.
Highlights of the calendar include the always-popular Pizza Crawl, Black Girls Do Bike’s kickoff ride, the Better Housing Coalition Tour, Sportable’s adaptive cycling rides, Massey Cancer Center’s Pedal Through Petals fundraising ride, and a variety of youth and family-focused focused rides like Parker’s Southside Kids Ride. Richmond Bike to Work Day, in celebration of National Bike to Work Day, will take place on Friday, May 17, and will feature a group ride to City Hall with Mayor Levar Stoney.
2019’s calendar will also feature the second-annual Bike Walk RVA Awards Ceremony on May 28, honoring individuals and groups for their year-round commitment to bike and pedestrian advocacy. The awards program is just one part of a calendar that features over 50 events for bike enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Running from April 27 through June 2, RVA Bike Month includes events taking place in the City of Richmond, Town of Ashland, and counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover, reflecting the growth in support and popularity of increased bike and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the Richmond region.
Activities will include food and mural-themed rides, parent and kid rides, food tours, storytelling events, film screenings, fundraisers, history tours, and group bike commutes, as well as bigger festivals like Dominion Energy Riverrock, which takes place May 17-19 at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar.
“Studies show that people who bike for transportation or recreation contribute significantly to the local economy, and this year’s RVA Bike Month theme, Bikes Mean Business, encourages riders to do just that,” said Brantley Tyndall, Director of Outreach for Bike Walk RVA.
“This platform of more than 50 regional events is a great opportunity for getting people to ride to restaurants, to local shops, and to work. Local businesses that have installed bike racks or are located on streets optimized for biking and walking are displaying their welcome signs for this group of customers and neighbors, something we will advocate for as we continue to promote safe places to bike and walk.”
RVA Bike Month hosted over 50 events and tracked over 4,000 participants in 2018, and it is expected to grow this year.
For a full list of bike month events, and to see the Bike Month poster, check out the 2019 schedule here.