NORFOLK, VA – This May, trade gas power for pedal power during the 11th Annual Norfolk Bike Month. This 31-day celebration organized by the City of Norfolk, Downtown Norfolk Council, Traffix Commuter Options and other community partners is a great opportunity to explore the many benefits of a bike lifestyle and see how Norfolk just keeps getting better for bikes.
Throughout May, residents will find a variety of ways to let the good times roll safely – whether it’s a family trek through the Northside Park Bike Trail, a solo ride on the Elizabeth River Trail or meeting fellow bike enthusiasts at Bike Month signature events like the Norfolk Bike Expo and Glow Ride VI. Download a printable and sharable calendar that links to each day’s events here and choose your own Bike Month adventure.
New this year, enjoy miles of new dedicated bike lanes on Colonial Avenue in Park Place and along 26th and 27th Streets from the Villa Heights neighborhood to Hampton Boulevard. Bike Month is also a good opportunity to remind bicyclists and motorists to be safe and vigilant while on the road. In 2019, the City adopted the Vision Zero resolution – an initiative to create a safer environment for all who travel through Norfolk whether by foot, bike, scooter or vehicle.
Motorists are reminded to:
- 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 opening car doors when parked on a city street.
- Follow the posted speed limits. Speeding can have fatal consequences for both motorists and cyclists.
Bicyclists are reminded to:
- 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 taillight at night so others can see you.
- Use the bike lanes and buffered bike lanes. If you must ride on a sidewalk, be courteous to pedestrians. Riding on sidewalks is prohibited downtown.
- Park responsibly at designated bike racks or out of the right of way. Do not park in front of building entrances and do not block sidewalks or pedestrian access.
For a full list of Norfolk Bike Month events, city-wide biking information, resources and safety tips, visit www.norfolk.gov/bike. Be sure to tag @NorfolkVA with #NFKBikeMonth.