There were thrills and chills at the Halloween Social Bike Ride in Charlottesville on the evening of October 28, 2021. About two dozen riders, most of them in costumes, gathered at Peloton Station and rode a relaxed, six-mile route through Charlottesville neighborhoods and the University of Virginia grounds.
The group made several stops at spooky local landmarks, including the Edgar Allen Poe Room and the African American Cemetery at UVA and the Daughters of Zion and Jewish Cemeteries in the heart of Charlottesville. Back at Peloton Station, riders (many of whom were new to the area and/or cycling on streets) talked about their experience and discussed ways to advocate for better bicycle infrastructure.
The ride was supported by the Piedmont Environmental Council, Charlottesville Community Bikes (who performed essential repairs) and UVA Sustainability. BikeCville is supported with a grant from the Bamaworks fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The group rides will take a short break for winter and are slated to resume in 2022 with a Mardi Gras Ride.