• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Love Sport? Love Art? Love music?

The City of Williamsburg, a known "bicycling community" and a designated "Bike Friendly Community" by The League of American Bicyclists, is a perfect location for Spoke & Art, a one-week long combination sport, art and culinary event that will take place on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Francis Street (formerly the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum) beginning today through Sunday, September 27, 2015. 326 West Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. image

Under the Spoke & Art tent you will find a pop-up sports bar, The HandleBar, with a big screen TV to watch the races in real-time; fresh, local restaurant food and beverage for purchase and a gallery of sports paintings, sculptures and photography curated by John Lee Matney, owner of Linda Matney Art Gallery, plus a large display of Las Bicicletas bicycle sculptures in three sizes to purchase and enjoy.

Come out for lunch everyday and watch the race LIVE.

There are many more events like morning yoga sessions, business night, and the Williamsburg Celebrates Art Contemporary Artisans Show. A list of all the events can be found at www.spoke-n-art.com.

Spoke & art kickoff night

Monday 9/21 from 5-9 PM

 

imageCome on out to kickoff this week of fun and excitement.  The DOG Street Pub Running Club will be ending their weekly 5K run under the tent. Legend has it that they love to drink a beer or two when they’re done, so why not join them?

Live music by The Hark.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Dog Street Pub.

More events here

Williamsburg VA Named a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards, and Williamsburg has been named a Bronze Level BFC.  The award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Williamsburg is the first community in Hampton Roads to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community. It joins only seven other cities in Virginia: Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Arlington, Alexandria, Roanoke, Reston and Richmond. (View complete list here)

imageBecoming a Bicycle Friendly Community is the result of more than 40 years of partnerships and collaboration — by local and regional governments, the private sector, and enthusiastic, determined citizens,” said Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman. “Receiving this designation not only fulfills one of Council’s longtime goals, but most importantly, inspires us to continue to make improvements to our bicycle infrastructure in the future.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.  Planning Director Reed Nester and Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes spearheaded the application effort for the City.

The first Regional Bikeway Plan was adopted in 1993 by Williamsburg, James City and York County. There are now 11 miles of bike lanes and paths in the City (68% of those planned), a total of 69 miles of bicycle facilities for the three jurisdictions, plus 40 additional miles of shared roadway facilities on roads maintained by the National Park Service. 
Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied to be a BFE, and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. To learn more about the program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

Read more about cycling in the Williamsburg VA area here

Cap2Cap Ride is next weekend

Next weekend  on Saturday, May 11, you can join over 2000 bike riders for one of Virginia’s largest cycling events — the Capital to Capital ride, aka Cap2Cap — a fundraiser for the Virginia Capital Trail FoundationNext weekend  on Saturday, May 11, you can join over 2000 bike riders for one of Virginia’s largest cycling events — the Capital to Capital ride, aka Cap2Cap — a fundraiser for the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation

Cap2Cap is a unique in having starts at both ends — Richmond and Williamsburg — with 15, 25, 50, and 100 mile out-and-back options. Pedal through 400 years of Virginia history, and help raise funds to make the Virginia Capital Trail a world-class experience.

When completed, the 55 mile Virginia Capital Trail will connect past and present capitals of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Richmond along the scenic Route 5 corridor.

For more information and to register, see the event page at the Foundation website.

2013 Schedule

Friday, May 10, 2013
4:00-8:00 pm   Packet Pick Up, Ride Day Registration at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for Richmond riders

5:00-8:00 pm   Packet Pick Up, Ride Day Registration at American Family Fitness for Williamsburg riders

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Ride Day Schedule
6:30-8:45 am     Check-In for 25, 50 and 100 mile routes
8:45-9:15             Check-In for 15-Mile ride (Williamsburg Only)
7:30                       SyCom Century Start.  Course Support Begins
8:30                       Sands Anderson Half-Century Start
9:00                       Busch Gardens 25-Miler Start
9:30                       Eco Discovery Park 15-Mile Fun Ride (Williamsburg Only)  on the Virginia Capital Trail
11:00                     Vendor Expo Opens
11:30                     Lunch and Musical Entertainment Begins
3:30                      Vendor Expo Ends
4:00                      Lunch Ends
4:30                      Course Support Ends

East Coast Greenway Virginia Guide Now Available

So what is the  East Coast Greenway? Imagine a mostly flat, 3000 mile Appalachian Trail system starting in Calais, Maine and ending in Key West, Florida, when completed, the ECG will be nearly 3000 miles long and connect the major cities along the Atlantic Coast.  Plans call for 90% of the trail to be off road.

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The East Coast Greenway is routed on 400 miles of Virginia trails and roads—over 270 miles of spine routing plus about 130 miles of alternate routing. The routes connect urban, suburban, and rural areas from Arlington through Fredericksburg, Richmond, Petersburg, South Hill, and Clarksville, and (via the alternate Historic Coastal Route) Richmond to Jamestown to Chesapeake. The Historic Coastal Route follows the Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile route that closely follows Virginia’s Hwy. 5 along a mostly traffic-separated path and traverses a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Historic Coastal Route will connect with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail which, will bring travelers over the border into North Carolina.

While about 14% of the spine route is on completed multi-use trail, an additional 20% of the route is in development and headed toward becoming firm-surface, multi-use trail.

Currently open trails include the Mount Vernon Trail, Virginia Capital Trail, Tobacco Heritage Trail, and Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. In  the coming years you should see quite a bit more trails built in Southside, Greater Richmond, and elsewhere.

The Virginia Bicycling Federation. has worked with the East Coast Greenway and VA Department of Conservation and Recreation to publish the East Coast Greenway Virginia: A Guide to Bicycling and Walking. The guide is  spiral bound with a laminated cover and are perfect for using on the trail.

The Guide To Bicycling and Walking the ECG in Virginia, an informative and easy to use guide offers maps and turn-by-turn directions of the ECG route through Virginia.

You can get your guide free of charge at any of Virginia’s 12 Welcome Centers or you can order a copy  by mail (the cost is $5 for shipping and handling), or download the pdf for free.

Download your free copy here here in PDF form, or order a hardcopy here (cost is $5 for shipping and handling).

Trail Status and Plans
More information on trails and greenways in Virginia

Come out and enjoy a variety of bike racing at the Williamsburg Dirt Fest this weekend

Two types of cycling events converge this weekend with the aptly named Williamsburg Dirt Festival.

James City County Parks & Recreation, James River Velo Sport, William & Mary Cycling Team and Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association are hosting the first local event of its kind.

clip_image001"Williamsburg was chosen as the host town to both "support our local tourism industry and the great area we have locally to go bicycling both on the road and off," said Dexter Klock, president of Velo Sport.

Bikers hail mostly from Tidewater and Richmond, but they extend to Northern Virginia and Washington as well. "Most competitors are mountain bikers and road cyclists who also enjoy cyclocross," Klock explained

imageOn Saturday, cyclocross races will be held throughout greater Williamsburg. Cyclocross combines dirt and road races with various obstacles. Saturday’s event will feature a full card of races, as well as beginner and mountain bike classes for cyclocross novices.

"[It’s] an up-and-coming sport among both mountain and road cyclists and racers," said Klock. "[It’s] great for the spectators, and is an action packed event for both the racer and spectator."

More of the story here

Want to go?

The public is invited. Anyone interested in cycling can take classes from expert racers. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday with many events at Freedom Park and Jamestown Beach Park. Here the Facebook page for the Dirt Fest.

http://tinyurl.com/9t966cu

Williamsburg Dirt Fest is a two day race event with Cyclocross and Mountain Bike Races, and a family friendly Bike Festival. There are spectator friendly races at two venues to compete in or watch all weekend, and loads of activities to enjoy.
CYCLOCROSS RACES

> Saturday 10:00 AM Cyclocross James Town Beach Park 2205 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17106
CROSS COUNTRY RACES
> Saturday 4:00 PM Twilight Dirt Criterium Freedom Park 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17103
***please note there is an error on the BikeReg site that shows the Crit on Sunday. SATURDAY is correct***
> Sunday 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM Cross Country Races at Freedom Park 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17103
Additional Information & Details for Mountain Bike Races
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9YNouVuhsSJbnZRaFdMZkoyX1E/edit

https://www.jccegov.com/recreation/parks/chickahominy-park.html
TREK Test Ride Demo Sunday 9/23 From 10:00 AM-3:00PM
Road and Mountain Bikes Available. Test rides are free. Bring your cycling shoes, helmet, picture ID and a credit card to check out the bike of your choice. See more Test Ride info athttp://bikebeatonline.com/events/trek-demo-test-ride-event-details-pg556.htm
Festival activities include a Mountain Bike Skills Clinic, a Freeride Demonstration, Guided Night Trail Ride, BikeBeat Bike Maintenance Classes, Kids Bike Parade, Scavenger Hunt and Face Painting, Bunny-hop and Long Jump Contests, plenty of food, and limitless fun.
See the complete schedule of events at:
http://bikebeatonline.com/merchant/437/files/WilliamsburgDirtFestInfoPages.pdf
Thank you to these GREAT organizations for making this event possible!
~ Cyclocross Races by James River Velo Sport
http://www.jrvs.org/
~ Cross Country Races sponsored by the College of William & Mary Cycling Team
http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/cyclingclub
~ Bike Festival by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association
http://evma.org/
~ Race Venues and Festival Grounds by the James City County Department of Parks and Recreation
http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/RECREATION/
~ Test Rides & Maintenance Classes by BikeBeat
http://bikebeatonline.com/

VA Capital Trail Groundbreaking of Sherwood Forest Phase

Approximately fifty people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the latest section of the Virginia Capital Trail.  Held at Charles City Courthouse, the event marks the start of construction of the 12.5 mile, Sherwood Forest segment.  This section of the trail will connect the existing Charles City Courthouse segment to the Chickahominy section, completing 28 contiguous miles of the planned 52 mile route.

The trail will pass Sherwood Forest, home of America’s 10th president, John Tyler.

Construction  is scheduled to be completed in October, 2013.

The Virginia Capital Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail will traverse 50+ miles, four jurisdictions and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America.  The Virginia Capital Trail is still under construction, with an estimated completion date of 2014

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Currently, there are four open sections of the Virginia Capital Trail:

  • Richmond Riverfront – .5 miles – open

Parking at Shiplock Park in downtown Richmond along Dock Street. Trail to the west for ½ mile.

Get directions

  • Charles City Courthouse, 7.5 miles – open

Parking at Charles City Courthouse Visitors Center, just off of Rt. 5. Trail to the west for 7.5 miles.

Get directions

  • Chickahominy Riverfront, 5 miles – open (connected to completed Greensprings section)

    Parking at Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Jamestown High School. Trail to the east (or west if parking at JHS) 5 miles.

    Get directions

    • Greensprings, 2 miles — open (connected to completed Chickahominy section)

      Parking at Jamestown Settlement. Trailhead across Rt. 31.

      Get directions

      Read more about cycling in Williamsburg VA

      May is Bike month in Williamsburg Virginia

      imageSaturday, May 5
      8 am to 1 pm
      Come bike the Colonial Parkway, which will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Newport Avenue exit in Williamsburg to the Jamestown exit (about 10 miles, one way). A rest stop serving free refreshments will be located at the College Creek pull off. A children’s Bike Skills rodeo will held at the Parkway’s Jamestown end; participants will receive free helmets donated by the Active Williamsburg Alliance (AWA), a chapter of BikeWalk Virginia.

      Check out the May calendar of the Williamsburg Area Bicycling Association for a variety of bike rides in the Williamsburg Virginia area. There are rides for all skill levels on an almost daily

      May 2012 Rides

      May 2, Wednesday
      New Kent Visitors Center Ride

      53 mile C+ ride at 8:30 AM meeting at the New Kent Visitors Center. Call the Deana Sun at (804) 690-6018.
      May 3, Thursday
      Yorktown Battlefield Ride

      Meet at the parking lot behind York Hall for a 14 mile casual ride on the Yorktown Tour Roads at 10:00 AM. Optional lunch will follow the ride at the Carrot Tree Restaurant. Call Jim and Mary Osborn at 229-0655 or email (osbornva@cox.net).
      May 4, Friday
      Dunbar Ride

      25 to 35 miles C+ pace. Meet at Williamsburg Community Chapel Parking lot (Section S) at 9:30 am. POC Charlie Hart 566-0090.
      May 5, Saturday
      Pedal the Parkway

      16th Anniversary of Pedal the Parkway
      Bike the Colonial Parkway for 8.2 miles (between Jamestown and Williamsburg) with no cars from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. FREE to the public! 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 Archer’s Hope pull-off (3.8 miles from the Jamestown entrance). FREE helmets available for children at the Jamestown and Williamsburg entrances. Child must be present to be fitted with a helmet.
      May 6, Sunday
      Civil War Ride

      16-20 mile casual ride visiting local sites of Civil War action and interest commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg. Meet at 4 PM at the Jefferson Statue in Merchants Square. POC Nancy Carter, 229-4907 or njcarter@starpower.net.

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      Powhatan Creek Trail Opens in James City County

      Construction crews have put the finishing touches on the Powhatan Creek multi- use trail. A new asphalt now connects the Virginia Capital Trail to, The Greensprings Interpretive Trail , the neighborhoods of Pointe At Jamestowne, St Georges Hundred, Chancos Grant, and Clara Byrd Elementary.

      The trailhead begins and parking is available behind Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, 3131 Ironbound Road. Users can walk, ride or run on the paved 2-mile, 8-foot wide multiuse trail which connects to nearby neighborhoods as well as the Greensprings Interpretive Trail, the historic site known as Church on the Main, Mainland Farm (considered to be the oldest continuously cultivated farm in America’s first English settlement) and the Virginia Capital Trail.

      This segment of trail utilized several previously constructed trail segments for interconnection and is partially funded by a matching grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The trail crosses the main stem of Powhatan Creek and has been designed to replace a deteriorating sewer bridge and will support an existing sewer main between the Chanco’s Grant Subdivision and St. George’s Hundred Subdivision.  060Construction of the Powhatan Creek Trail is part James City Greenways Master Plan.  The goal of the Greenways plan is to link, neighborhoods, parks and schools together in a network of trails allowing residents to traverse the area without having to ride on the roadway.

      History of the Greenways Master Plan in James City County

      061Greenways were first introduced to JCC in the 1991 Comprehensive Plan and subsequently in the 1997 Comprehensive Plan. 

      In March of 1997, a conceptual greenway plan was produced and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.The County’s pilot greenway project, the Greensprings Greenway, located behind Jamestown High School  was completed in June 2001.

      The benefits associated with greenways are overwhelmingly positive. Communities investing substantial resources to this effort enjoy widespread citizen support and the realization of healthier lifestyles, a more diverse economy, a beautiful environment, and a more enjoyable quality of life.

      Initial trail projects in 2003-2007 were located primarily on existing parks because they are already in public ownership.

      Future trail projects in 2012-2020 will provide connections between parks through primary/secondary/regional trail corridors and loop trail systems.

       

      Download a trail map here

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      Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

      The Virginia Capital Trail is moving along

      Construction of the Virginia Capital Trail is progressing towards a 2014 completion date. Crews are starting to work on the  13.5-mile Sherwood Forest Phase of the Richmond-to-Williamsburg bike and pedestrian path.

      When completed in October 2013, the Sherwood Forest section will link already the completed portions in Charles City County to the west and James City County, Jamestown and Williamsburg to the east. Riders will then be able to ride  a continuous stretch for 33.5 miles of the 55.5-mile trail.

      So, what’s left to complete ?

      VDOT is currently designing preliminary plans for the last two remaining phases of the Virginia Capital Trail—Varina and New Market Heights. The Varina phase will span 9.5 miles from the Richmond City limits to Long Bridge Road in Henrico County. The New Market Heights phase will extend 10.5 miles from Long Bridge Road to Kimages Road in Charles City County.  The entire Virginia Capital Trail is scheduled to open to the public in 2014.

      Virginia Capital Trail: Mountain bikers won't have all the fun this spring. Beth Weisbrod, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, said she expects construction to begin on the 13.5-mile Sherwood Forest Phase of the Richmond-to-Williamsburg bike and pedestrian path.

      The Trail

      The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond traversing a beautiful landscape as it parallels historic Route 5.

      Once complete in 2014, the Trail will traverse 50+ miles, through portions of Henrico, Charles City, and James City counties along the way as it connects the previous capitals of Jamestown (1607-1699) and Williamsburg (1699-1780) to its current capital of Richmond (1780-present).

      It will range in width between eight and ten feet, and will be paved throughout its entire length to accommodate all modes of non-motorized transportation.  Walkers, joggers and bicyclists will all enjoy the trail together.

        V-DOT is constructing the Virginia Capital Trail, and currently, 16-miles are complete; .5 in downtown Richmond, 7.5 in Charles City County, 8 in James City County.

      The trail is expected to boost give areas along the trail an economic boost.  A similar trail in Northern VA (  The W&OD trail , a 45-mile trail from Arlington to Purcellville) attracted 1.7 million visitors in 2004, with locals spending an average of $10 a day and non-locals spending $17 a day. The math is easy. The same study found that the Virginia Creeper Trail attracted 130,000 annual visitors to Damascus, Va., with average spending for day trippers at $17.16 per person per trip. Overnight users spent $82.10 per person per trip. In analyzing where this money was spent, 40 percent went into accommodation and food services, 20 percent went to entertainment and recreation. .

      Other area bicycling resources in the Williamsburg/ Richmond/ Hampton Roads area

      Williamsburg Area Bike Rides

      Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB)

      Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association

      PBA (Peninsula Bicycling Association): www.pbabicycling.org

      RABA (Richmond Area Bicycling Association):http://www.raba.org

      Tidewater Bicycle Association: http://www.TBArides.org

      Mountain Bike Trails in the Williamsburg , James City County, New Kent, York County, Chesapeake, and Newport News areas

      Freedom Park  Location: James City County /Williamsburg, Virginia

      Harwood Mills Location: Newport News, Virginia

      Indian River Park Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

      New Quarter Park Location: York County/Williamsburg, Virginia

      Upper County Park  Location: James City, Virginia

      Wahrani Nature Trail Location: West Point, Virginia

      York River State Park Location: York County, Williamsburg, Virginia

      Richmond VA selected to host international cycling event

      imageRichmond , Virginia has been chosen as the host city for the international championship for bicycle road racing in 2015 .

      The sport’s governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale, announced Richmond’s winning bid for 2015 Road World Championships on Wednesday at a meeting in Copenhagen.

      Virginia’s capital city had competed with Oman to be the host, but the Middle Eastern country withdrew its bid before the winner was announced.

      The 2015 championships, which will take place Sept. 19-27 2015, will include a dozen races in categories such as Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men, and Junior Men and Women.

      About 1,000 cyclists from 70 countries are expected to compete in the race series.

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      William and Mary Mountain Bike Classic At Freedom Park

      imageThe William and Mary Cycling Club is excited to be hosting the first ever mountain bike race at Freedom Park in James City County.  The race will be held on Saturday, September 24th.  The course will feature 6 miles of technical single-track with lots of roots, climbs, and switchbacks.  There will be prizes for the top 3 contenders in each category.

      For more information on the race, please view the race flyer.

      If you wish to pre-register for the event, click here.

      For any questions/concerns, please email Andrew Moore at armoore@email.wm.edu

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      Cycling in Williamsburg, VA

      Cyclists who are thinking of visiting Williamsburg VA should read this recent  article in the August issue of Spokes Magazine. You can download the full issue here. The Williamsburg VA article is on page 10.

      Bicycle Riding in Williamsburg, VA area VA Capital Trail

      virginiacapitaltrailwilliamsburg The first sections of the Virginia Capital Trail have been completed near Jamestown and Williamsburg VA.. When complete, the trail will stretch 55 miles from Jamestown to Williamsburg and Richmond, connecting the three places that have been the state capital of Virginia since the arrival of the first English settlers in 1607 in Jamestown.

      Ready for riding at this point are 8 miles of paved trail in the Greensprings and Chickahominy sections, as well as a 10-mile portion that uses the already-existing Colonial Parkway. Three parking areas are available:

    • vacapitaltrailcharlescitycountyParking in the grassy field adjacent to where the trail ends, across from the  Jamestown Settlement, is no longer allowed. Other area parking lots are available across the Colonial Parkway in Powatan Creek Park, or across Jamestown Road in the parking lot at the campground.
    • at Jamestown High School parking lot where the Greensprings and Chickahominy sections meet; and
    • at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park near the Chickahominy River Bridge on scenic state Route 5.
    • For more on the Virginia Capital Trail, visit www.virginiacapitaltrail.org.

      For mountain bikers, Freedom Park, Upper County Park, York River State Park, New Quarter Park  and Wahrani Park all offer many miles of challenging mountain bike trails thanks to the efforts of the  The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) volunteers. EVMA has been gradually increasing the mileage of off-road trails in the area.

    • How can I help The VA Capital Trail ?
      The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promote, complete, enhance and preserve the Trail. If you would like to join our growing list of supporters, contact Beth Weisbrod, Executive Director, at beth@virginiacapitaltrail.org or at (804) 332-6693. Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted.  

       

      If you want to get get a feel for the trail take a look at this video.

       

    • TRAIL MAP

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    • Roll or Stroll to Work in Williamsburg VA on Friday May 15

       

      The City of Williamsburg, VA  is promoting the use of alternative transportation on
      National Bike/Walk to Work Day.  

      Here’s what you need to know:

      The Basics: “Roll or Stroll to Work Day” is designed to encourage people working in the City of Williamsburg to ride a bike, walk, take public transportation or commute
      to work. (download a flyer)

      Date & Time:
      Friday, May 15, 2009 from 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

      Energizing Stations (Download a pdf of the map)

      City employee volunteers are staffing five Energizing Stations located throughout the City:

      • High Street
      • Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse
      • Jamestown Road at The Cedars of Williamsburg Bed & Breakfast 
      • York and Page Streets
      • Merchants Square at College Corner

      At these stations, bottled water and granola bars will be available for all commuters and you can register for more than 35 prizes and gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants.

      Enjoy lunch with your fellow bikers and strollers
      Participants who stop at one the Energizing Stations can get tickets for a free lunch provided by the City from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building, 401 North Boundary Street.

      What if I get a flat tire en route?
      A free “Fix-a-Flat” service will be provided in the morning by BikeSmith and Bikes Unlimited. 

      If it’s too far to bike or walk, is there still a way to show support?
      If you can’t bike or walk, the City encourages carpooling or use of public transportation. 
      Williamsburg Area Transport is offering free vouchers to use on Bike/Walk to Work Day.
      For information about WAT’s routes and service, visit
      www.williamsburgareatransport.com.

      Thanks to the city businesses and organizations that are sponsoring this event:

      Aberdeen Barn

      Lenny’s Gourmet

      Ace Peninsula Hardware

      Mama Steve’s House of Pancakes

      Active Williamsburg Alliance

      McDonald’s

      Baskin-Robins

      Movie Tavern

      Bikesmith

      Nawab Indian Cuisine

      Bikes Unlimited

      Nu-Ride

      Bloom

      The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg

      Blue Talon Bistro

      Radio Shack

      Car-Robics

      Red, Hot & Blue

      The Cheese Shop

      Retro’s Good Eats

      Chef’s Kitchen

      Ripley’s Believe It or Not

      College Delly

      Sal’s by Victor

      Colonial Sports

      Season’s Restaurant

      CVS Pharmacy

      Second Street Restaurant

      Doraldo Pizza

      7-Eleven

      Dunkin Donuts

      Shell

      Five Guys Burger & Fries

      South of the Border

      Food for Thought

      Subway

      Friends Café

      The Trellis

      Gus’s Hot Dog King

      Wasabi Oriental Buffet

      Highstreet Williamsburg

      Williamsburg Area Transport

      Howard Motor Group

      The Williamsburg Hospitality House

      The Jefferson Restaurant

      Williamsburg General Store

      John’s Hair Stylist

      Williamsburg Regional Library

      La Tolteca

      Williamsburg Parks & Recreation
      Williamsburg Volley Ball Club

      What else is the City doing to promote "green" commuting?
      To encourage biking or walking to work, the City has been actively working to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities for over 15 years, and has cooperated with James City County and York County to develop a Regional Bikeway Plan, which has been incorporated into the Comprehensive Plans for all three jurisdictions. There have been over 48 miles of  bicycle facilities built in the Williamsburg area since 1992, including the Virginia Capital Trail.

      In addition, the City has worked to fill in gaps in the sidewalk system city wide, with major improvements being made over the years along Richmond Road, South Henry Street, and Capitol Landing Road. The best recent example of a “complete street” in the City is Treyburn Drive between Monticello Avenue and Ironbound Road – this street has both shoulder bike lanes and sidewalks, and provides a much needed connection between the Longhill Road residential area and downtown, as well as access to High Street.