The May Is Bike Month committee is busy planning a wide variety of activities for May.

We need your input! Please join us at 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 15 at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road.

Complete information will be on the BikeWalk Williamsburg website soon, but meanwhile mark your calendar for the Kick-off Weekend:

  • Friday, May 4              Proclamation Ride - Richmond to Williamsburg on the VCT, 52 Miles Total
  • Saturday, May 5          Pedal the Parkway - 8 AM to 1 PM, Colonial Parkway between Williamsburg and Jamestown
  • Sunday, May 6            Mayor's Ride - 2:00PM, Library Plaza to Redoubt Park, 5.6 Miles Total

 

Cycling Without Age - Williamsburg, Va is a joint project of the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists and BikeWalk Williamsburg.  The Cycling Without Age movement began in Coppenhagen, Denmark in 2012.  The founder, Ole Kassow, struck up a conversation with an elderly man he often saw on his daily bike commute to work. It occurred to Ole that this man in his late stages of life surely must have also enjoyed biking during his early years. After all, they were in Copenhagen. 

Ole wanted to bring this sensation back to his new friend and to others who were no longer able to experience something as simple and wonderful as feeling the wind in their hair, and thus, Cycling Without Age was born. Several years later, electric trishaw bikes and its "pilots" are helping the senior members of society remain active in their communities all while forming deep bonds and inter-generational friendships.  The movement has now expanded to over 1000 chapters in 37 countries.

Visit the project Facebook Page here or our Website here to learn how you can help us realize our goal of bringing this wonderful program to Williamsburg!

Read More: Cycling Without Age

As we know the Virginia Capital Trail ends at Jamestown. James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and York County are actively working on extending it to downtown Williamsburg and even beyond to Hampton and Fort Monroe. The kickoff Birthplace of America Trail (BoAT) Foundation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 08 March, 6 p.m. You are invited to attend this initial meeting in the Veterans Conference Room, Ruppert Sargent Building located at 1 Franklin Street, City of Hampton 23669. Meet. There is a large parking lot next to the building. An RSVP is requested to Kristi Hendricks, belowthejames@yahoo.com and Tom Howard, fullcount.tom@gmail.com. Click HERE to download the Birthplace of America Trail brochure and read more.

In November, W&M was designated a Bicycle Friendly University at the Silver level by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).

Only one other university in Virginia has a Silver designation - VCU. All other Virginia universities so designated are at the Bronze level (GMU, JMU, ODU, UVA, VA TECH). Congratulations to Williams and Mary! Read More

James City County is examining the Pocahontas Trail corridor between Fire Station 2 and James River Elementary School and wants to define a vision for the future of the corridor. "The corridor study will identify feasible transportation improvements for all users, including motorists, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The recommended improvements will match the surrounding character of the Pocahontas Trail corridor and address the community's needs while enhancing quality of life for area residents and users of the corridor. The Study Team will develop concept sketches and cost estimates and recommend strategies to prioritize improvements along the corridor after collecting public input." (from JCC website). Read More Here

The City is working with consultants to develop a new Master Plan for Parks and Recreation. One phase of this is getting citizens input one what they want. This includes residents of the City and neighboring counties. The City of Williamsburg website states, "Recognizing that many parks and recreation program users live outside the city, residents of the Greater Williamsburg area will be invited to provide feedback and input through an open-link survey that will go-live on March 5, 2018.  While open-link results will be kept separate from the statistically valid responses, these responses will nonetheless provide valuable feedback for the City of Williamsburg and will be included in the final report.

The results of this survey will provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for the City's long-term planning efforts.  Questions will be asked about what types of programs, facilities, and services residents want in their parks and recreation system and where priorities should be placed.  This project is led by GreenPlay, LLC with survey and data work done by RRC Associates."

Please take a few minutes and complete this survey as BWW strives for community that invites Everyone of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors through walking and biking. The survey link is FOUND HERE.  Thanks!