Free to the public! No cars on eight miles of the Colonial Parkway! Join over 1000 other cyclists of all ages and abilities as they bike the Colonial Parkway which will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Newport Avenue exit in Williamsburg to the Jamestown Visitor's Center from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, rain or shine. The 8.2 mile (one way, or 16.4 mile round trip) ride is between Williamsburg and Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English Colony in North America.
This is a self-paced ride so you can turn back anytime you like, or dash ahead if you're a speed demon. Wear a helmet if you have one...or prepare to be booed and jeered by other riders. The sponsors really want to set a good example for the young'uns. Helmets are mandatory for minors. Free helmets will be available for children who participate in the Bicycle Skills Rodeo at one of the pull-offs on the Colonial Parkway. Helmets will be fitted by members of the Active Williamsburg Alliance and the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists.
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
You may choose to avoid most of the hills by starting at the Jamestown end of the Parkway. A rest stop with free refreshments will be located at the College Creek pull-off. FREE helmets and a rodeo will available for children.
Parking available at Jamestown and Williamsburg.
You might also choose to add another 5-7 miles by biking scenic Jamestown Island – a ticketed area. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center: $10 per person for 7 days, $40 per person annual pass, or $10 for life for those over 62 (includes 3 guests). Children 15 & under are free.
Lunch is available at the Dale House Café on Jamestown Island from 9:00
AM and 5:00 PM with hot food and service line available between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Be sure your bikes are serviced and in good repair! There are plenty of helpful people along the course, but it's not a lot of fun to push a bike 8 miles; I'm just saying...
Two starting locations this year! Start at the Newport Avenue entrance to the Parkway in Williamsburg or at the parking lot at the Jamestown Visitor's Center.
A rest stop with free refreshments will be located at the College Creek pull-off near Jamestown. There has been free Rita's Italian Ice on a first-come basis in the past at the College Creek turnoff...until it runs out! Maybe this year too? You should still bring water and perhaps an energy bar or piece of fruit for your own personal stash.
Call Allen or Mary Turnbull at[masked] for additional information.