Biking and walking to work make up nearly 18% of the commute trips in the City – among the highest biking and walking commute percentages in the state! And, yet, there is tremendous opportunity to increase the number of these trips as we strive to meet our goal of reducing single occupancy vehicle commute trips to 50% by 2030. What’s more? Research has demonstrated that the more people that ride or walk, the safer it is. Try biking or walking today and help make the roads safer for everyone!
In addition to expanding the bicycle and pedestrian network, the City encourages walking and bicycling by installing outdoor bike parking, administering the Bike Rack Giveaway Program, and sponsoring events like Bike Walk Play.
For more information on active bicycle and pedestrian projects click here.
New! Charlottesville Bicycle and Pedestrian Map
Download a walking and biking map for Charlottesville. The map includes trails, bike lanes and recommended roadways, steep hills, bike racks, transit stops, and more. Or, take a closer look at Levels of Traffic Stress (LTS) for biking in the city. The higher a road's speed limit, annual daily traffic volume, number of travel lanes and traffic signals, the higher its LTS (with LTS = 1 being the most comfortable and LTS = 4 the most stressful). The presence of a bike lane lowers the LTS.
- Attend a Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting
- Report an Accident or Close Call | Street Issue | Sidewalk Hazard | Trail Problem
- Contact your Bike/Ped Coordinator
Resources for People Walking and Riding Bicycles
- Safety Tips and Road User Guides
- Charlottesville Trail Map
- Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan
- Trail Information
- Find bike parking
- Local Resources
Businesses: Request a Bicycle Rack
Is your business or institution interested in bicycle parking? Consider applying for a City bicycle rack, loaned and installed free of charge. Learn more about this opportunity. To apply, download these forms. Completed forms may be delivered to Neighborhood Development Services (610 East Market Street, on the 2nd floor of City Hall) or submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see an example of a staple bicycle racks loaned and installed by the City of Charlottesville, visit Firefly Restaurant on the corner of East Market Street and Meade Avenue.
Bicycles and Public Art
Charlottesville has a unique and thriving art scene. What better way to explore that scene than on a bicycle? We can help! Click on the image to the left for a Self-guided Public Art Bike Tour that will take you to some of Charlottesville's best-loved murals, sculptures, and art destinations. Share your own ideas for bike-art synergy by sending your bike/ped coordinator an email
The City of Charlottesville partners with the Tom Tom Founders Festival to organize a free group ride that visits new murals painted as part of the festival. As part of the April 2016 edition of the ride, participants even had the chance to speak with the mural artists.