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We Roll Together: Biking in Norfolk
Roll-together-2013-01small.jpgThe Norfolk Bike Program is all about creating a bike-friendly city.  Through education, planning and the We Roll Together campaign, Norfolk is changing the way all users of the road relate to one another.  So no matter how you roll - slow your roll, know your role and share the road! 

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Slow down and share the road!


  • Bicyclists have the same rights to the road as motorists.
  • Approach and pass a bicyclist at a reasonable speed.
  • Pass a bicyclist with at least two feet to the left of the bicyclist.  It’s the law!
  • Bicyclists may pass another vehicle on the right or left, and they may stay in the same lane, change lanes, or ride off the road if necessary for safe passing.
  • Learn the proper bicycling arm signals.
  • Look out your side mirror to make sure it is clear before opening the car door.

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Know the rules and be a safe cyclist.


  • Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic regulations as motorists, including yielding the right-of-way when required and obeying all traffic signals and signs.
  • Learn the proper arm signals - bicyclists must signal their intention to stop or turn.
  • Ride only with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road or highway.
  • Ride as close as safely possible to the right curb or edge of the road.
  • Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast and cannot impede the movement of traffic.
  • Always wear your helmet!

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Norfolk's Bike Network
Bikeways and trails are the highest priority recreation need in Norfolk. Because Norfolk is urbanized and “built out,” opportunities for large, off-street trails are few. However, the existing roadway network is dense and has a great deal of redundancy, providing multiple opportunities for the development of on-road bicycle facilities. With adjustments to the existing roadway network and the development of trails and neighborhood loops, Norfolk has the necessary ingredients to reconnect and evolve into a bike-friendly city.

View the current Norfolk Bike Network map.

Elizabeth River Trail
ERTsign.jpgThe Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) is a biking and pedestrian trail in the City of Norfolk that has transformed several former railroad rights-of-ways, connected predominantly by off-road and some on-road trails, into an urban trail. The trail provides recreational and educational opportunities as well as an alternate mode of transportation from the Norfolk Naval Base, located in the northern portion of the city, into downtown Norfolk.

Print the ERT map. View the ERT on Google Maps

Elizabeth River Trail Detour The Elizabeth River Trail is currently operating under a detour to allow for enhancements to the Midtown Tunnel. Beginning February 19, 2013 users are encouraged to utilize the detour route. The detour is expected to be in place until fall 2016. Thank you for your patience during this time.