May is bike month! The weather is balmy and bicycling is more popular than ever. And thanks to many infrastructure changes, there are more bike paths and lanes to enjoy around Richmond that help cyclists get around safely. Bikes are great form of transportation, as well as super exercise while enjoying your environment. Here in Richmond, on a bike, you can visit parks, shop at farmers markets, tour Richmond historic sites or see outdoor murals, while importantly strengthening your muscles. To enjoy these routes, search up Richmond’s bike trails and lanes. As the weather warms up there are more bicycle events to enjoy.
Learn more about the Virginia Capitol Trail at: https://www.virginiacapitaltrail.org/
Richmond on the Cheap’s readers sounded off on their favorite bike routes:
•Emily Alwood says: “I love biking on Floyd, Byrd and Bryan park. I love supporting local businesses by making pit stops at restaurants, etc! ”
•Try Gillie Creek Park.
•Dominga Barboza says: “So many new bike lanes around the city that I can do 20miles easily and hit all four sides of the town ❗”
•Bike lanes: As the weather improves, check out the new bikes lanes on Brook Road and in the Malvern and Patterson Avenues neighborhood. Drivers, remember: you have a responsibility to share the road. Richmond is aiming to achieve #VisionZero level parity for bikes on the road.
•There’s also a new ~41 mile trail going from Ashland To Petersburg called The Fall Line.
🚲 Visit Richmonders’ Favorite Bicycle shops to get a tune up, find a better bike & accessories or purchase a gift that ensure’s healthy activity:
•Dominga Barboza says: “I support Lucky’s at Meadow and Broad Street behind the 7-11.”
Before you bicycle check A-B-C=Air, Brakes & Chain, follow the rules of the road and be visible with bright clothing as well as safe with a helmet.
⭐️ Want to improve bicycling in the Richmond area? Get involved in advocacy with Bike Walk RVA, Sports Backers’ advocacy initiative, committed to making walking and biking safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. We work to promote the construction of more multi-use trails, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, and safe neighborhood streets so that walking and biking are part of daily transportation in the Richmond region. http://www.sportsbackers.org/program/bike-walk-rva/
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