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Although we can’t host the Public Art Bike Ride this year, you can now enjoy it on your own with a mobile-friendly self-guided version. Photo by Peter Krebs.

Update (April 30, 2020): Although we can’t gather for group rides for the time being, we invite you to go out and explore the streets of Charlottesville and Albemarle neighborhoods while there are fewer cars out. If you’d like a little inspiration, check out the self-guided Public Art Bike Ride, which highlight’s Charlottesville’s murals. You can also learn more about the city’s bike lanes and other infrastructure on the Bicycle Infrastructure Tour.

BikeCville is a series of relaxed all-ability group bike rides in Charlottesville hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council and other local organizations. The purpose is to have fun while raising the visibility of cycling, encouraging hesitant cyclists, educating and fostering the region’s advocacy network. All rides are free, open to all and appropriate for anyone who can ride for half an hour.

BikeCville rides take place from March to November, at various times and places, highlighting different neighborhoods and partnering with a variety of community-based organizations. The rides are generally 4-6 miles on roads with bike lanes and low-stress streets and greenways. We take plenty of breaks and no one is left behind.

Afterward, there is usually a social gathering during which the riders share their impressions and experiences and discuss new ideas and opportunities. BikeCville is a great way to meet new people, learn more about the community, develop the confidence to become a more frequent cyclist and advocate for safe streets.

Date  Time  Event Name  Location 
 Wed, Jan 22  5:30pm  Bike + Pedestrian Advocacy Social  PEC (410 East Water Street)
 Sat, Feb 22  4:00pm  Mardi Gras Bike Ride  Community Bikes (405 Avon St)
 Fri, Feb 28  5:00pm  Safe Routes Social  3-Notch'd Brewery (520 2nd St)
 April   n/a  Public Art Bike Ride  virtual
 May  various  Bike Month  various
 May   n/a   Bike Infrastructure Tour  virtual
 Sat, June 20   tbd   Bike the Solstice  Your favorite spots!
 July   tbd  River Ride  Community Bikes (tent.)
 Late August   tbd  Back to Grounds Ride  tbd
 Sat, Sept 26  tbd  Bike Your Park Day  Rivanna River Company
 Late October  tbd  Costume Ride  tbd

All rides are tentative and subject to rescheduling or cancellation. Rides are rain or shine, but will be delayed if there is thunder and postponed/canceled if there is extreme heat, cold, or precipitation. Check back here and PEC’s Facebook Group for updates.

If you would like to volunteer to help plan, lead, or coordinate some of the rides – sign up here to become a volunteer. We need your help!

BikeCville is made possible by a grant from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to encourage safe bicycling and create a stronger network of bicycle advocates. It is a partnership between the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Charlottesville Bicycle Pedestrian Committee, Charlottesville Community Bikes and a host of local groups.



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