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BICYCLE ADVOCACY

Virginia Bicycle Federation – is a statewide advocacy organization working to change public policy and community attitudes, to improve the safety, convenience, and acceptance of bicycling; and to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, public health and economic development.

League of American Bicyclists – The League has been protecting your rights to safe and enjoyable bicycling since 1880. What started as a movement by “Wheelmen” on high-wheel bikes to get roads paved continues today with advocacy on the federal level. The organization provides valuable education programs, help create better biking environments, promotes bicycling as the option of choice and helps to create bicycle-friendly places.

North American Cycle Sport (NACS) is a company that was formed to deliver a simplified framework of support services for grassroots cycling events, both competitive and non-competitive.  Included in NACS’ sanctioning package is affordable insurance covering local associations, cycling officials, cycling coaches, cyclists and promoters of cycling events with no additional costs for event vehicles or Additional Insureds certificates.

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GUIDES & MAPS

Adventure Cycling Association – Adventure Cycling Association’s mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. The organization works in partnership with Amtrak, the National Park Service, state parks, and tourism and economic development agencies to facilitate bicycle tourism.  It has researched and produce cycling maps for the Adventure Cycling Route Network, one of the largest cycling route networks in the world at 47,283 miles and growing.

Bike the Valley – This website encourages bicycling in Central Shenandoah Valley including the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham; the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  There is information on road, mountain and gravel routes.

Bicycling and Walking in Virginia – is a map produced by the Virginia Department of Transportation and includes setting, terrain, elevation and surface conditions on selected routes, and enlargements of selected locations. It also includes helpful information such as state and national parks, camp sites, and family-friendly trails.  This is not a comprehensive inventory.

Bikepacking – A common misconception is that bikepacking requires a small fortune to fully appreciate the ride; the perfect bike, custom bags, and all the latest ultralight camping gear. Discover what you really need for a multi-day backcountry ride.  This site provides in-depth gear reviews, planning insight, news, and events.

Gravel Cyclist nice website with lots of good information on gravel events, product reviews and information about riding gravel.

Guide to Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway – this site provides tips and information about cycling the scenic, but challenging Blue Ridge Parkway and includes maps and a trip planner.

Map My Ride, Virginia Cycling Routes – Map My Ride has a number of cycling routes listed for many of Virginia’s localities.

Riding Gravel – website features gravel events, product reviews and news about traveling by gravel.

TransVirginia Bike Route – Ride from DC to Damascus, VA, traverses 554 miles. The Transvirginia website provides a detailed map of the route, list of cabins, places to camp, and places to get provisions along the way. This is one of Virginia’s newest gravel, bike packing, and touring route’s focused on rideable, non-technical, unpaved terrain and is intended for multi-day trips carrying overnight gear.

Virginia Beach Cycling and Bike Trails– there are over 200 miles of bikeways and trails. Plus, there are 23 miles of unpaved paths in 2 state parks and a federal wildlife refuge.

Virginia Bicycling Adventures – the best source for self-guided bicycle tours in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions of Virginia.

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VIRGINIA BIKE LAWS

The Virginia Department of Transportation provides a summary intended to help road users understand the laws that apply to the operation of bicycles in Virginia.

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VIRGINIA BIKE TRAILS

Belle Isle State Park – The park is located on Virginia’s Northern Neck, a peninsula of land in northeastern Virginia between the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers.  There is A 10-mile network of trails — most of them gravel double track paths ideal for casual bicyclists. The park as a whole is very quiet, so you can add bicycling paved park roads to the trail system.  You can rent bicycles at the park by the hour or by the day.

Capital Trail – The Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects Jamestown and Richmond and traverses along the scenic Route 5 corridor and the James River.  The start or ending point depends on where you begin in either Richmond or James City County. The Trail traverses approximately 52 miles alongside some of Virginia’s most beautiful and historic sites.

High Bridge Trail – This 31 mile trail is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The central feature, which the trail is named for, is a bridge nearly a half-mile long – towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River.  It is an unforgettable experience.  Bring drinking water because none is available on the trail.

Mount Vernon Trail – Located just across the river from Downtown Washington D.C. is a multi-use recreation trail. Nearly 18 miles long, the Mount Vernon Trail follows the Potomac’s Virginia shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island (near Rossyln, VA) to George Washington’s Estate located at Mount Vernon.  There are also several points-of-interest along the way, including Olde Town Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetery, and the local’s favorite Gravelly Point.

Newport News Park Bikeway – This 5.3-mile loop trail is just one of over 30 miles of trails at this park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. The Newport News Park bikeway is not paved but is in good shape. It traverses rich woods through the 7,000-plus acre park. Part of the trail connects to the George Washington’s Headquarters at the Battle of Yorktown, a portion of Colonial National Historical Park. Bike rentals are available at the park’s campground office.

New River Trail – The 57 mile trail parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe, and Pulaski counties along the New River. Along the way, you’ll see many railroading highlights, including cavernous tunnels, steep dams, the historical Shot Tower and trestle bridges (you’ll marvel at the impressive 950-foot Hiawassee trestle around mile marker 8). Both termini (Galax and Pulaski) have all your post-trail amenities.

Roanoke River Greenway – Over 30 miles of paved trail. A large portion of the system is located within close proximity to the Roanoke River, offering opportunities to take in the beautiful views of the water and also observe local birds and wildlife that create habitats along the water.

TransVirginia Bike Route – Ride from DC to Damascus, VA, traverses 554 miles. The Transvirginia website provides a detailed map of the route, list of cabins, places to camp, and places to get provisions along the way. This is one of Virginia’s newest gravel, bike packing, and touring route’s focused on rideable, non-technical, unpaved terrain and is intended for multi-day trips carrying overnight gear.

Virginia Creeper Trail – The 34 mile trail stretches from Abingdon, VA to Damascus, VA along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point Whitetop Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, VA.  This former rail bed also passes through the Mount Rogers National Recreation area and the highland country of Southwestern Virginia.  The trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Washington Old Dominion Trail – A 45-mile trail which runs along the former roadbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad.  The paved route begins in the Shirlington area of Arlington County, just off I-395 Exit 6 and ends in rural Purcellville, VA.  Along the way, it passes through quaint villages like Falls Church and Leesburg, and high-tech centers such as Reston and Herndon.  The trail can be quite crowded at times with walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters.

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