Biking in Norfolk
The City of Norfolk is a wonderful place to cycle. We’ve been committed to making cycling a safer and more convenient method for getting around. The City’s expansion of the Bikeshare program, 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.
- 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.
- 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 (PDF), 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.
Elizabeth River Trail
The 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.