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 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 for more information regarding the Cavpool program.

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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 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.