Bike Events

The following list bicycling events taking place during May – National Bike Month.  
NOTE: A number of activities are special Lynchburg Area Bike Month activities, while others are activities take place beyond May.  

It is almost National Bike to Work Day – May 17th.   
We have a number of fun events to encourage you to walk, bike, carpool or take transit on this National Bike to Work Day.  All the activities in highlighted in Red will take place on Friday, May 17th.  

MAY MID-DAY ON THE JAMES RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL 
When:  Every Tuesday in May (beginning May 7th), 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Where: Riverfront Park; Jefferson Street, Downtown Lynchburg
              Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street
What:   Grab your lunch and a friend for a ride or stroll along the James River Heritage Trail.
Need a Bike?  Don’t Worry -Bikes Unlimited will provide the use of their rental bikes at no cost.  Just say “Bike Month” between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  NOTE:  Bikes available on a first come first serve basis.

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 17 TH

MORNING COMMUTE CONVOY – NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY
When:  Friday, May 17th, Convoy departs at 7:30 am 
Where: Riverside Park; Rivermont Avenue, Lynchurg 
What:   A guided bicycle convoy and ride to work to celebrate National Bike to Work Day!
             Walkers/runners are welcomed and encouraged create a walking or running convoy.

Convoy riders should arrive at Riverside Park by 7:15 am and will depart by 7:30 am for a fun, healthy work commute to the Lynchburg Downtown area at Depot Grill.   Convoy groups will be led by experienced cyclists and will have two riding options:
1)  An all road route along Rivermont Avenue; or
2)  A mostly trail ride along JRHT/Blackwater Bikeway; a small amount of on-road riding.   

All riders will be asked to sign-up with a ride leader.  There are no return group rides.  However, anyone that would like to ride home wiht others can meet at Rivermont Festival Park, Jefferson Street, at 4:45 with a 5:00 pm departure.  Riders can also ride on GLTC Bus 3D back to Riverside Park. 

WANT A SHOWER – Our wonderful friends atLynchburg Downtown YMCA will allow anyone that commutes to work during May use of their shower facilities at no costs – Just say “I Commute Clean”.  Learn more at: 

COMMUTE CLEAN CELEBRATION BREAKFAST

When:  Morning  18th  , 7:30 – 9:00 am
Where: The Depot Grille, 10 9th St., just off the James River Heritage Trail 
What:   Come get a well-deserved Continental Breakfast and be recognized for your alternative transportation commute.  Whether you biked, walked, carpooled, or took a bus – come by, get a bite, and let us say Thank You for Commuting Clean

FARE FREE DAY
When:  All Day
Where:  On Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) and Altavista Community Transit System (ACTS)
What:  FREE BUS RIDES all day to promote National Bike to Work Day and the Clean Commute Challenge

RIDE WITH THE CHIEF
When:  Friday, May 17th  ;1:00 pm 
Where: Bedford City Hall, 215 E. Main St.
What:   Bedford County Parks &  Recreation and Bedford City Police Department will be hosting two fun bicycle rides, a shorter and longer version, and an opportunity to ride with Chief James E. Day.  To to Bedford Trails for route details.   
Helmets required. 

FRIDAY CHEER’S BIKE TO WORK AND CLEAN COMMUTE AWARENESS NIGHT
When:  Friday, May 17th ; Gates open at 5:30pm 
Where: Riverfront Festival Park, Jefferson Street, Downtown Lynchburg
What:   Lynch’s Landing Friday Cheers. 
Come out and join other bicyclists and participants in the Clean Commute Challenge at
Lynch’s Landing first Friday Cheers.  Look for the RIDE Solutions Tent, we will have special Bike Valet parking to watch your bike and a special prize for anyone with a bike.  Let’s celebrate efforts to build a bicycling community in the greater Lynchburg region. 
First 50 that participate in the Clean Commute Challenge or have a bicycle GET IN FREE.

Other Activities In and Around Lynchburg Area In May – National Bike Month
Mountain Bike Classes 

When:  Four (4) consecutive Thursday’s starting May 9th (16,23,30); 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Where: Falling Creek Park, 1229 County Farm Road, Bedford County 
What:   This beginner mountain biking class is open to anyone age 10 and up.  A trail worthy mountain bike and helmet are provided to students for use during the class, or students can bring their own.
Costs:   Bedford County Residents $25, Non-resident $35
Register:  To register for or learn more about class go to Mountain Bike Class .

Rootbeer Ride
When:  Every Monday in May (beginning May 6th), 6:00 pm
Where:  Blackwater Bike Shop,
What:  Participate in this short 10 mile loop to converge at Sonic for Rootbeer floats or mildshakes.  All levels of riders and all bike types are welcomed to participate in this guided fun-filled ride.  The Rootbeer Ride is held every Monday through August; more info Blackwater Bike Shop

Thursday Night Ride and Refreshments
When:  Every Thursday in May, 6:00pm
Where:  Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street, Downtown Lynchburg 
What:   All levels or riders are welcomed to participate in this guided fun-filled ride.  Two route optios are offered.  A 12-15 mile loop of either River Road or Trent’s Ferry Road and a longer route (TBD) if desired by group.  This ride meets every  Thursday through September.  To learn more about this ride go to:  Bikes Unlimited

Storming of Thunder Ridge
When:  Sunday, May 19, 2012; Check-in begins at 6:45am
Where: Jamerson Family YMCA, 801 Wyndhurst Drive, Lynchburg
What:   Come and participate in the Region 2000 area’s only dedicated bicycle road ride.  This well-supported event offers camaraderie and challenge for every rider ability with a choice of 27, 45, 75, and 100 mile routes as you ride at your own pace along safe and scenic well-marked country roads.  Registration helps fund YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign.  For more info:  Storming of Thunder Ridge