Pedal the parkway
Back for it’s 22nd year Pedal the Parkway is set for May 4, 2019. In this family friendly event organized by Bike Walk Williamsburg and the National Park Service, bicyclists and walkers from all over the area enjoyed the freedom of a car-less 9 mile stretch of road from Newport Avenue in Williamsburg to Jamestown.
Last year nearly 1300 people, including 400 children, bicycled, walked or jogged the Colonial Parkway in the 21st annual Pedal the Parkway on Saturday, May 5. This year is sure to be a hit as well!
Cycling Without Age
Cycling Without Age is a global movement started in Denmark in 2012 to bring the joys of cycling to the elderly and disabled who no longer have the mobility to cycle on their own. Bike Walk Williamsburg is proud to partner with the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists to bring the program to Williamsburg. Through the use of a specially designed rickshaw (called a "trishaw"), trained pilots will provide free rides on safe routes in the area. You can read more about this program on the Cycling Without Age - Williamsburg Facebook page.
Bicycle Safety Education Programs
BWW is meeting with City of Williamsburg and James City County officials to craft plans to educate the general public – both bicyclists and motorists – on how we can make our streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. We are hopeful that a sustained, systematic effort will make a difference in the short-term and in the long-term.
This year we offered a the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling, this fast-paced bicycling class that will gives you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail.
WJCC Bike Clubs
In conjunction with the WJCC School district and the SHIP program we offer bicycling club in three of the JCC schools. If you’d like to see it in your elementary school, we’re looking for volunteers to help spearhead the clubs. BikeWalk Williamsburg is providing instruction through the League of American Bicyclists Bike Smart program. Currently we have six instructors - we need more to expand to the remaining schools. Training is provided by BikeWalk Williamsburg and requires nine hours of instruction. The students’ excitement, smiles, and sense of accomplishment continually motivates us all to expand this valuable program.
James Blaine Blayton Elementary
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary
Many communities offer “Bicycle Rodeos” where young riders can learn the basic of safe riding and bike handling skills. The Williamsburg Area Bicyclists, the Williamsburg Police Department, and James City County Police have all held bike rodeos in the past. A Bike Skills Campus created by dedicating a section of a parking lot and appropriately marking the skill stations required for a rodeo would allow both organized rodeos and allow parents to teach their children life-long skills outside organized rodeos.
free helmets for all
In 2018, we fitted and gave away 238 bike helmets at BWW afterschool programs, bike education rodeos, and events representing over a 45% increase from 2017.