Biking in Norfolk

Bicycling just keeps getting better in Norfolk! With nearly 60 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared lane markings, two wheels and pedal power is a great way to get around town. 

The City of Norfolk is committed to making cycling a safer and more convenient method for getting around. The City’s dockless bike-share program, the installation and designation of new bike lanes and routes, as well as the continual installation of bicycle parking throughout the City are just a few of the initiatives that make Norfolk a Bike Friendly Community.

11th Annual Norfolk Bike Month 

May is Norfolk Bike Month, and the City of Norfolk is proud to partner with Downtown Norfolk Council and local bike groups to bring 31 days of two-wheeled adventures. Celebrate the Bike Life! 

2022 Norfolk Bike Month Calendar

Every day in May, there's some two-wheeled fun happening for Norfolk Bike Month! Take a look at the Norfolk Bike Month calendar with clickable event links. You can also download, print and share with your family and friends. 

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Bike Resources

From the Elizabeth River Trail to the Northside Park Mountain Bike Trail, there are more than 60 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared lane markings in Norfolk for you to explore. Click here for a list of local bike resources.

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.

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 (PDF). Then watch this street riding video courtesy of Bike Norfolk.

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

Elizabeth River Trail

Elizabeth River TrailThe 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. Explore the trail online.

Norfolk Mountain Bike Trails

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