Blacksburg Bike Party’s Halloween extravaganza

For those looking for a holiday bike ride in Blacksburg, we encourage you to look into…

Blacksburg Bike Party’s Halloween extravaganza! Bring your best costume! Best costume wins a prize!

The usual fun ride starting at the Swedish House at 8:30 pm on Friday, 10/28. Riding is an easy pace (good for riders of most experience levels) and includes a couple party stops. See their Facebook page for more details.

Tour de Wolf Creek

Come and join the Narrows Lions Club for the annual Tour De Wolf Creek bicycle ride on Oct. 1, 2016, starting at noon in Narrows VA .  This 53 mile round trip course goes from Narrows to Rocky Gap. VA. and then a 6 mile climb of 1500 ft to the top of East River Mountain for a spectacular view. Then returning the same route as you came up.

Ride as much of the course as you wish.

For complete details and to register, visit http://tourdewolfcreek.org

Active Commuting – VT takes a day to focus on the benefits

On Wednesday, September 21, RIDE Solutions participated in Virginia Tech’s Active Commute Celebration. The event included 13 groups and organizations on campus and in the larger community that are promoting sustainable ways to actively commute – i.e., bike, bus and walk – and offering ways to change your perspective on when and where you can leave your car behind.

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Celebrate Clean Commuting in Blacksburg

We’ll be celebrating in Blacksburg on May 20 to thank those who have taken the clean commute pledge. Stop by, say hello, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry.

Clean Commute participants pledge to use a cleaner commute mode – biking, walking, riding the bus, carpooling – during May. Each trip pledged is an entry for the prize drawings. There’s a Commute Team of the Year competition open to any group (workplace, clubs, informal groups), too.

You can still join the Clean Commute Challenge!

9th Annual Ride of Silence

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been hurt or killed while cycling on public roadways. This ride will happen in Radford.

The event is family-friendly and children are encouraged to participate (helmets are required).  We will have a police escort along the 7 mile route and will ride at a slow pace.  Though solemn, the group ride is enjoyable and inspirational to even the youngest riders.

Co-sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association and Pathways for Radford, the New River Valley ride was first organized in 2008 after the untimely death of Fess Green, RU Professor and veteran cyclist.

Staging will begin in the Sal’s / El Charro (Central Lumber) parking lot at 709 W Main Street, Radford, VA, 24141 at 6:30pm

Schedule of events:

6:30 – staging begins

6:45 – speakers and instructions

6:59 – moment of noise

7:00 – Ride of Silence begins

If you cannot ride, we welcome your support for bike safety.  Join us along the route on Main Street (from Sal’s and El Charro to the Dedmon Center). Participants are invited to gather at Sal’s and El Charro following the ride.

Becoming Clean Commuter of the Year

What did it take to win Clean Commuter of the Year in 2015? 93 trips. A little motivation. Planning. Encouragement from friends and coworkers. An employer actively supporting smart commuting.

2015’s winner – Emma Jones – is a regular clean commuter. She takes advantage of her employer’s support for telecommuting and connects her cycling with the bus on days she’s heading to the office. But she doesn’t stop with the daily commute; because she lives in town, she can and does use her bike and her feet to get around for errands and social outings.

This post isn’t just a success story about our winner. It’s a post on how you can be a successful clean commuter, too. more

Bluegrass, Beer & Bikes With Travis Book Of The Infamous Stringdusters

Travis Book can usually be found playing bass in the Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band The Infamous Stringdusters. But during downtime, when he’s home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, he often performs solo with just a heartfelt voice and acoustic guitar in tow. Book’s other passion is mountain biking. He’s an avid rider, accomplished racer and trail builder, who recently carved out a network of singletrack around the property of Devils Backbone Brewery near his home in Nelson County.

This spring Book will combine his favorite things and embark on a four-show tour through top towns in the Blue Ridge region. Each show on the late-March run will take place at a different craft brewery, and as he winds his way through the Appalachians, Book will have his bike on the roof rack, making time to ride some of the sweetest singletrack in the South. At every tour stop Book will host a group mountain bike ride in each town and proceeds from every show will benefit local bike clubs. Presented by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, the Bluegrass, Beer and Bikes Tour includes two dates in North Carolina with stops in Brevard and Boone and two shows in Virginia, including dates in Roanoke and near Book’s home in Nelson County

Fix Fest

At last! Spring is here! Dust off your bike and get it ready to ride. Bring your bike downtown for a *free* safety check and basic tune up.  Our local bike shops  will be on hand with mechanics offering basic services.  (Participants that require part replacement or more involved repairs will be referred to the bike shops.)