BikeCville is Back!

Participants from the 2019 Public Art Bike Ride
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 RideSolo
 Late August  tbd Back to Grounds Ride tbd
 Sat, Sept 26 tbd Bike Your Park Day tbd
 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.