Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RideShare Week

RideShare and Dunkin Donuts want to thank you for sharing the ride during the 10th annual RideShare Week! Do you share the ride via carpool, vanpool, use transit, bike, walk or even telework? Send us a photo of your commute. We’ll send you a $10 gift certificate from Dunkin Donuts! *

Email your photos to rideshare@tjpdc.org. Or post to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rideshareinfo.

Include your name and mailing address so we can send your prize.

If you share the ride with others, include their contact info as well—we will send a $10 Dunkin Donuts certificate to everyone in the pool!

* Photos may be used by RideShare for promotional purposes. Dunkin Donuts gift certificates will be mailed to the first 100 participants.

Dunkin Donuts Coffee for Carpools!

RideShare representatives will be greeting commuters at the Waynesboro and Lake Monticello Park & Ride lots during RideShare Week. Commuters meeting to carpool or vanpool will receive a RideShare travel mug filled with Dunkin Donuts coffee, and of course, donuts!

·         Waynesboro Park & Ride (off Exit 94): 6:30 to 8:00 AM on Tuesday, October 15th
·         Lake Monticello Park & Ride (at Jefferson Centre): 7:00 to 8:30 AM on Thursday, October 17th

In addition to the coffee and donuts, RideShare will also have information about carpool matching and our Guaranteed Ride Home program for commuters that carpool at least twice a week.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Take A Kid Mountain Biking

The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will be hosting this year's TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING at Preddy Creek Park on Saturday, October 26 from 9am-1pm.

This event is geared toward getting kids and their parents to experience mountain biking with a group of experienced riding enthusiasts and volunteers.  Participants should bring their own bikes and helmets.  CAMBC will offer safety checks and provide some basic bike skills training before breaking out into supervised rides based on each riders capability.

Visit cambc.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bike Maintenance Clinic on Thursday

Bike UVA members David and Jake will be leading a Bike Maintenance Clinic at the Bike Fix-It Station outside of O-Hill this Thursday (September 19) from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  David and Jake will teach participants everything they need to know to keep their ride in proper working order.  This is a great opportunity to meet Bike UVA and get involved in the growing cycling community on Grounds.  You can find more information about Bike UVA on Facebook.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

City to Offer Safe Everyday Bicycling Classes

The City of Charlottesville's Environmental Sustainability, Parks & Recreation, and Neighborhood Development Services have teamed up to offer bike education classes.  These classes will cover rules of the road, safety tips, and on-bike skills practice.

The first two classes (September 7 and September 14) are geared towards kids.  The third class (September 21) is for adults with little or no experience, or just haven't rode a bike in awhile.  The final class (September 28) will increase the confidence and knowledge of adults who already ride.

Classes will be held in the upper parking lot of Washington Park.  Skills practice will be held in this enclosed parking lot separated from vehicle traffic.

The classes are free for residents of Charlottesville ($15 for non-residents).  Participants should bring their own bike, helmet, and water bottle.  For more information, and to register for a class, please visit www.charlottesville.org/bikeclass.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Public Event: Long Range Transportation Plan

The Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO would like to invite you to the 2040 LRTP Public Outreach Event on Wednesday, August 28 from 5pm-7pm in the Water Street Center on the Downtown Mall. This event will focus on the process that has been implemented to date and the next steps in this process. We are also seeking public input regarding the 3rd Round Scenario Analysis. Currently the MPO is analyzing three different scenarios for this round. These scenarios focus solely on capacity-building improvements (roads and transit). We will be looking at other kinds of improvements (bike and pedestrian, bridges) later in this process. For more information please visit the 2040 LRTP website, www.tjpdc.org/lrtp

Friday, August 23, 2013

On Grounds Bike Sale on Monday

The third annual On Grounds Bike Sale will take place on the Newcomb Hall Plaza near the University Bookstore on Monday, August 26 from 11am-3pm.

The Sale will feature two of Charlottesville's local bike shops:  Blue Ridge Cyclery and C'Ville Bike & Tri.  These cycling experts will have everything you need to travel around Grounds on two wheels.  For more information please visit www.virginia.edu/parking/events/special.html.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Charlottesville Bike and Pedestrian Survey

The City of Charlottesville has released a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey through the efforts of students in the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI).  Those who live, work, or study in the City of Charlottesville are encouraged to provide their input.  Planners are hoping to get responses from pedestrians and cyclists of all skill and interest levels.

Provide your input!  Take the survey today:  http://tinyurl.com/m5hm8f7

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

O-Hill Bike Parking Expanded

Thanks to Ground Improvement Funds (GIF) the bike parking outside of the O-Hill Dining Hall recently doubled in size!  During the 2013 Spring Semester a Bike Fix-It Station sponsored by U.Va Dining was installed in this very popular bike parking area.

Indoor bike parking was also recently expanded in the Central Grounds Garage.  These racks are on the ground level of the garage near the elevator.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Reminder: Beginner Rides Start on Tuesday (July 23)

The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) beginner rides begin on Tuesday, July 23 at 6pm.  Jason from CAMBC will lead the group beginning at Preddy Creek Park. The ride will be aimed at beginner riders who want to become intermediate riders.  The group will ride, sometimes stop and practice difficult sections, and cover a variety of interesting topics.   

Shawn Tevendale and Blue Ridge Cyclery have generously donated $50 worth of prizes.  $25 will go to the "most improved" female and male riders.

The rides are free and you don't have to be a member of CAMBC to participate.  However, CAMBC operates with the support of members so riders should consider joining.

What you'll need to bring:
  1. Bike (trail worthy and in good working order, please)
  3. Other riding gear (gloves, shoes, camelback, etc.)
  4. Please bring water and a ride snack (GU, granola bar, banana, etc.)  The group may go for a longer ride than you are used to!
  5. Responsible riders always ride with a spare inner tube, pump (or CO2), and multi-tool.
  6. Enthusiasm!
Contact Jason Hiser if you are interested in signing up:  jdhiser at gmail dot com.  Significant rain will cancel the event.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia will be hosting the 8th Annual Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Old Trail Swim Club.  The event will feature 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile rides fully supported with over 100 volunteers along the routes.  A post-ride finish line pool party will include lunch and live music. 

Funds raised from registrations and donations will directly support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, which serve over 1,800 youth annually.  Please visit http://www.bgcchallenge.org/ to register or make a donation to help the Boys & Girls Club reach their challenge goal.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Park-and-Ride Lot at Lake Monticello

A Park & Ride lot has been established at the Jefferson Centre shopping center on Turkeysag Trail off of Route 53 in Fluvanna County, providing a convenient meeting place for Lake Monticello residents that carpool to Charlottesville or other locations. The Park & Ride spaces are located to the left of the shopping center in a section of the lot that faces Turkeysag Trail.

The Park & Ride lot was a result of an effort from RideShare, Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and CBRE Charlottesville, which manages the Jefferson Centre property. An agreement between the County and property owner allows a portion of the lot to be officially for Park & Ride use as recognized by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The agreement designates 15 spots that are available for commuters.

U.Va employees who carpool with other U.Va employees may be eligible to enroll in the Cavpool program offered by Parking and Transportation.  Carpools with 2 employees receive a 25% discount off the price of their parking permit.  Carpools with 3 employees receive a 40% discount and carpools/vanpools with 4 or more employees receive a 100% discount.  Registered carpools/vanpools are also eligible to enroll in RideShare’s Guaranteed Ride Home Program.  Members of a registered carpool also receive 20 occasional parking permits per year to use on days when they are not able to carpool. 

Visit http://www.virginia.edu/parking/TDM/CAVPOOL/index.html for more information regarding the Cavpool program.

Fluvanna Review News Story:  http://bit.ly/1107DrK

Monday, July 15, 2013

CAMBC Weekly Beginner/Social Rides

The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) will be leading a weekly beginner/social ride over the next month or two.  The rides will be aimed at beginner riders who want to become intermediate riders.  The group ride will cover a variety of interesting topics, and practice skills for difficult trail sections.

The rides will take place every Tuesday at 6pm, starting on July 23 (rain dates will be the following Thursday).  Depending on interest, topics may include:
  • Techniques such as crossing logs, picking lines, stream crossings, downhill position, riding steep uphills, etc.
  • Gear selection and setup (seat height, riding shorts, clipless pedals, tire selection and pressure, shock adjustments
  • Hydration and nutrition
  • Bike maintenance (lubing chains, changing flats, etc.)
  • Racing tips
Interested participants should RSVP on CAMBC's facebook page or sign-up for the CAMBC e-mail list at www.cambc.org and send a message to the list.

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Moped Regulations

Effective July 1, 2013 Virginia law requires that every moped driver operating on Virginia roadways carry a government-issued photo ID.  The ID does not have to be a DMV issued driver's license.  Additionally, drivers and passengers must wear a helmet.  If the moped does not have a windshield, drivers and passengers must also have safety goggles or a face shield as part of their helmet.

All mopeds must be titled and registered by July 1, 2014.  Titles are $10 and the annual registration fee is currently $20.25.

These requirements apply to mopeds operating on Virginia roadways.  They do not apply to mopeds that are solely operated on private property.

Visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Beginner Ride this Saturday

Tyler from Blue Ridge Cyclery will be leading a 12-16 mile "no-one-dropped" pace beginner ride this Saturday at 9am.  Looks like a nice day to ride with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-80s.  The group will meet at Blue Ridge Cyclery located at 1039 Millmont Street.  Contact BRC at blueridgecyclery@me.com or 434-995-BIKE for more information.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bike to Work Week 2013

May is National Bike Month and U.Va is partnering with Bike Charlottesville and other community organizations to celebrate Bike to Work Week from May 13 - 17.

Join Bike Charlottesville outside the Student Activities Building (SAB) near Scott Stadium to kick-off the week with a "Bike Across Charlottesville" to a press conference on the Downtown Mall.  Please plan to be outside the SAB at 11:45am so we can leave right at noon to get to the press conference by 12:30pm.

On Tuesday Charlottesville Community Bikes will host a "Better On A Bike Open House" from 5:00pm-7:00pm at their location on Avon Street (405 Avon Street near Garrett Street).

Cyclists are invited to join the Charlottesville Ride of Silence on Wednesday at 7pm.  The ride, part of the National Ride of Silence, is a group ride in memory of cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding a bike.  Advanced online registration is available at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/19452.

Bike to Work Day is May 18.  To help encourage new commuters, and keep them hydrated and refreshed, Blue Wheel Bicycles and U.Va Parking and Transportation will be setting up "Energizer Stations" from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.  Blue Wheel Bicycles will be at the Main Street Market on West Main Street with fresh cookies from Albemarle Baking Company.  U.Va Parking and Transportation will be outside the Student Activities Buildling (SAB) off of Alderman Road near Scott Stadium.