Be Active: Community Cycling Resources
Charlottesville: A Bicycle Friendly Community
On May 2, 2008 the City of Charlottesville was named one of the country's "Bicycle Friendly Communities" by the League of American Bicyclists. Two U.Va students worked with the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation to complete a lengthy and detailed process to obtain this designation. Charlottesville was presented with a bronze medal on May 12, 2008 during ACCT's Bike Week 2008 activities.
To learn more about cycling in Charlottesville and about Bicycle Friendly Communities, please visit the links below in the Cycling Resources section.
Area Bike Shops
Charlottesville is home to several locally owned bike shops, as well as national retailers. These shops provide quality bikes and equipment, and are great resources for cyclists to connect with. Shop owners and staff are knowledge in safety, maintenance, area events, and rules of the road.
Local Bike Organizations
The bike culture in Charlottesville is rapidly growing, and you can be a part of it! Below are some of the local organizations that host recreational rides and activities, build and maintain trails, advocate for cycling laws, and encourage cycling as a healthly lifestyle and alternative commute.
Bike Charlottesville is a coalition of cycling enthusiasts from the private, public, and non-profit sectors in the greater Charlottesville region. They share a vision of a vibrant and healthy community in which more people bike more places, more often, more safely... for more fun. Bike Charlottesville works to connect, encourage, and educate cylists for a more Bicycle Friendly Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC)
CAMBC works to keep local and regional trails open and to develop new trail riding opportunities on behalf of all members and the local mountain bike community.
Charlottesville Community Bikes
Charlottesville Community Bikes is a non-profit bicycle shop that works with Virginia Organizing (VO) to promote environmentally-sound transportation, recycle bicyles, and make cycling accessible in Charlottesville, VA. The shop is volunteer-based, with two paid positions (shop manager and director).
Links to Community Resources
- Bike Registration (U.Va Police Department)
Free service for U.Va students, faculty, and staff to increase the chances of recovery your bike if it is lost or stolen.
- Bicycling and Walking in Virginia (VDOT)
State Laws and Safety Tips, hiking/biking trails and maps, and the Safe Routes to School Program
- BikeWalk Virginia: Virginia Trails
Non-Profit Organization promoting a more active, safe, clean, and healthy Virginia where everyone can enjoy the benefits of walking, biking, hiking, paddling, and horseback trail riding for recreation or transportation.
- Charlottesville Bike Club
Cycling group dedicated to riding the hills, valleys, and mountains of Albemarle and the surrounding counties.
- Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club
Organization offering group rides and opportunities to help in the building and maintaining of trails and other public works related to mountain biking. Membership required.
- Commuter Information Team: Bike/Walk Information
The Commuter Information Team (CIT) is a program of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission that joins together RideShare, JAUNT, Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS), Greene County Transit, and the University Transit Service (UTS). The CIT website provides resources and information for carpooling, bike/walk, and public transportation.
- Cville Racing Club
Locally based club that supports bicycle racing and the bicycle community in and around Charlottesville, VA. The primary goal of the Club shall be the preservation, development, and promotion of the sport of bicycling.
- League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle Friendly Communities - Charlottesville, VA
The Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.
- National Center for Bicycling and Walking
Offers a wealth of information for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Outdoor Adventure Social Club
Charlottesville Area Club engaging in outdoor adventures, social activities, and group charters. Membership encouraged.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission)
Offers cycling maps, walkability workshops, local events, and updates on bike/pedestrian planning projects.
- Virginia Recreation and Park Society
The VRPS is a private, non-profit organization of professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in Virginia.
- University of Virginia Cycling Club (Student Club Sport)
U.Va student team that competes in the National Collegiate Cycling Association every spring.
- University of Virginia Press: "Road Cycling in Central Virginia, A Guide" by Sue George
Guide featuring detailed accounts and information about road riding routes in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta, Greene, and Rockingham. Written by Sue George, founder of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club.
- Virginia Department of Forestry
Certain recreational activities, including mountain biking, in Virginia's State Forests now require a State Forest Use Permit. These permits are available online. Please visit the VDOF website for more information.