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Biking in Norfolk
May is Norfolk Bike monthJoin us as we bike through
Norfolk in a series of free, fun and healthy community events!

Norfolk Bike Month is a community celebration of planned by Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space in collaboration with the Downtown Norfolk Council and HRT's Traffix. Click the Events section on the right of this page to see the fun and unique events we have in store for you!

Travel With Care

Bike Month is a good time to review the rules of the road when it comes to keeping our friends and family safe when out riding their bikes. 

For Motorists:

  • Share the road with cyclists. Bikes are allowed on City of Norfolk streets whether in a bike lane or not.  
  • Keep a distance of at least three feet when passing a cyclist on the street. It's the law!  
  • Watch out when you open your car door when parked on a city street.

For Bicyclists:

  • Follow the same rules of the road as a vehicle. Stop at stop signs and yield to pedestrians. Bike with the flow of traffic.
  • Bike helmets are mandatory for those 14 years of age and younger. Wear bright clothing in the dark, and use a white headlight or red tail light at night, so we can see you! 
  • Use the bikes lanes and buffered bike lanes. We built them for you! If you must ride on a sidewalk, be courteous to walkers. 

For a complete safety overview, view a copy of shareVAroads, Virginia's law and safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, developed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

Norfolk's Bike Network
With adjustments to the existing roadway network and the development of trails and neighborhood loops, Norfolk is evolving into a bike-friendly city.

View the current Norfolk Bike Network map.

Elizabeth River Trail
ERTsign.jpgThe Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) is a 10.5 mile urban biking and pedestrian trail that offers users beautiful views and an exploration of our city's history. The trail runs from Norfolk Naval Base, located in the northern portion of the city, into downtown Norfolk, ending at Norfolk State University.

Print the ERT map. View the ERT on Google Maps