May 13, 2013
May is national bike month and Bike Charlottesville is kicking off Charlottesville's 2013 Bike Week with an across town bike tour. This week the group hopes to spread awareness of how easy it can be to bike around town as well as the benefits to your health and the environment.
The League of Bicyclists ranked Virginia as the number one "Bike Friendly State" in the south; 16th in the nation. Some say that Charlottesville is one of the pioneering bike friendly cities in Virginia.
Senator Creigh Deeds, (D) 25th District, said, "This community is setting the example for the way your integrate biking into the overall transportation system within a single community."
Bike Charlottesville kicked off Bike Week by traveling along the east-west corridor. The east-west corridor is a route of bike friendly roads stretching from UVa. to the Downtown Mall.
Scott Paisley, Bike Charlottesville and Owner of Blue Wheel Bicycles said, "It's fun and you can do it. Cycling is a great way to get to work for your health, for a little bit of exercise, save a couple of dollars, but it's also maybe more practical than you think."
In many ways Charlottesville is already a bike friendly city but there is always room for improvement.
Mac Lafferty, Bike Charlottesville, said, "We need to now do a north-south corridor. We need to connect out parks together so you can bike from park to park. There are a number of things we can do."
Paisley said, "Share roads still confuse a lot of people. They are the symbols of a bike riders and arrows painted right in the middle of the road that cue to drivers that bicycles have the right to use the whole lane in that zone."
Bike Charlottesville is working with the city of Charlottesville and the state to continue making Charlottesville's roads even more bike friendly.
Paisley said, "Certainly, anything new, it can be a little scary."
Senator Deeds said, "We have to open our eyes and our brain to the notion that there are ways to get places that don't involve sitting in the car."
Bike Week events are schedules each day this week. For a complete list of events visit: http://www.bikecharlottesville.org/bike-month-2013/