Get on your bike in May and ride Downtown! Bike Month is a regional community celebration of biking as a healthy, economical and environmentally-friendly form of recreation. This year the Downtown Norfolk Council joins the City of Norfolk, HRT’s Traffix, Social Cycling Norfolk, the Elizabeth River Trail and Pace Bike Share to bring an array of bike-friendly events to Downtown.
With one every day of the month, you'll find ample ways to ride and celebrate. Download the printable calendar here!
Here are just a few of Downtown's signature bike events:
First Fridays, Granby Street, May 3, 5 p.m.
The first 25 bikers to use event bike racks will get a free beer ticket and bike goodie bag. The event includes food trucks and live music with Kat Wright and Del Florida. Stop by ENJOY: for a special pop-up bike repair shop 5-8 p.m.
Norfolk Bike Expo, Slover Library, May 7, 6 p.m.
The community is invited to attend the second free, public event with bike advocates, ride groups, trail organizations, city staff and other cyclists for a social and educational bike fair.
Virginia Arts Festival Presents The Handlebards, May 15-22
This lively British troupe will crisscross Norfolk on cycles, playing all parts of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with props and costumes on their bikes. Five free shows throughout Norfolk and Portsmouth.
National Bike to Work Week, May 13-17
Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 17, 7-9 a.m. DNC has expanded to host seven pit stops for bike commuters, with a pit stop located at The Plot with incentives, fruit and water. Riders headed into Downtown can also visit other pit stops in MacArthur Square, the Waterside ferry dock, Chelsea, Ghent, Sentara’s campus and Old Dominion University’s Webb Center.
Glow Ride, The Plot in the NEON District, May 17, 8 p.m.
The 4th annual night-time mass bike ride takes place through the NEON District, Ghent, Freemason and Downtown. Decorate your bike in glowing and neon gear and meet at The Plot to ride with friends. The Handlebards perform at The Plot at 6:30 p.m. before the group ride.
3rd Annual Bike Polo Tournament, May 18-19
Norfolk’s regional bike polo tournament with teams from up and down the east coast battle it out in this national qualifier at MacArthur Center Green.
Pedego Norfolk Grand Opening, MacArthur Square, May 31
Celebrate downtown’s first bike shop and get a first look at the amazing collection of electric bikes and more!
Bikes, Brews & Baseball, Benchtop Brewing Co. and Harbor Park, May 31, 5 p.m.
Fans of the Elizabeth River Trail will meet up at Benchtop's tasting room and ride along the Elizabeth River Trail to a Tides game at Harbor Park to close out Bike Month.
For a full listing of Bike Month activities and the latest bike news from the City of Norfolk, visit norfolkbikemonth.com. See the full calendar of events here.
Be sure to tag us in your bike posts in May with #nfkbikemonth and #downtownlikesbikes. DNC Ambassadors will be handing out prizes to anyone caught riding downtown!