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Connecting Harrisonburg High School 2 for Walking-Biking

Connecting Harrisonburg High School 2 for Walking-Biking

What will it take to connect the new Harrisonburg High School with safe and comfortable access for walking and biking? Given the location of the new school, reaching the building via the planned entrances off of US Route 11 will be challenging and dangerous for people walking and biking. In addition to the wide roads, fast-moving traffic, and inevitable increased traffic volume, this section of Route 11 is lacking sidewalks. All this is to say, we hope parents would discourage their students from walking or biking along US 11 to access the new High School. What is the solution? Fortunately, ...
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Job Opportunity- Safe Routes to School Waynesboro

Job Opportunity- Safe Routes to School Waynesboro

The City of Waynesboro is hiring their first Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Waynesboro Public Schools. Know someone who might be interested?Click for Job Description Click for ApplicationLook for- PROGRAM COORDINATOR PT Code: 1702-1Questions? Contact Us ...
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eMTBs on Massanutten Western Slope Trails

eMTBs on Massanutten Western Slope Trails

Discussions around Electric Mountain Bikes (eMTBs) often trigger an instinctual and emotional reaction among those of us who recreate via natural surface trails on our public and private lands. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition recognizes and acknowledges the wide range of strong opinions regarding eMTBs along with associated cultural challenges. We understand land access concerns and appreciate the historically sensitive nature of bicycle access to natural surface trails. We are weighing into the eMTB discussion with an emphasis on welcoming and including a wider range of people to our magical trails. Starting last year, our marquee trail system at Massanutten’s ...
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Virginia Trails Alliance

Virginia Trails Alliance

The Coalition is now a member of a new state-wide organization, the Virginia Trails Alliance. Below is a letter the new Alliance has sent to the Governor of Virginia. The Virginia Trails Alliance, an unincorporated coalition of businesses, non-profits and other organizations advocating for vibrant trail systems in Virginia and strong support for trails within the Governor’s office. For more information on the Virginia Trails Alliance, please see the website at www.virginiatrails.org/. They are in the process of adding our logo to the website ...
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New Day Pass Option for Massanutten Western Slope Trails

New Day Pass Option for Massanutten Western Slope Trails

You can now purchase a day pass for access to the Massanutten Western Slope Trails via the Luv Trails App. The pass then lives on your smartphone and helps to streamline the process of buying a trail pass. All trail pass proceeds continue to go directly to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition to help maintain, improve, and build more trails on the Western Slope and across the Valley. You can still obtain annual passes on our new website by clicking here. Download the Luv Trails App Today How to Obtain a Day Pass Download the Luv Trails App- Click to ...
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Redwing Roots Music Festival 2019

Redwing Roots Music Festival 2019

The Redwing Roots music festival is a highlight of our summer. Even if you don't attend the festival you can still join us for our one of four rides hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. In addition, the Festival supports the Coalition by donating a portion of the Huss & Dalton Guitar Raffle proceeds to the Coalition. Buy your tickets at the festival and take a look at the guitar. Set your calendars and BUY your Tickets! TheFestival is approaching quickly. On July 12-14 join a whole bunch of your closest friends out at Natural Chimneys Park for a ...
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Tillman Road is Partially Closed

Tillman Road is Partially Closed

Please Respect the Closure and avoid bodily harm/$2,500 fine for Federal trespassing What: A section of Tillman Road is closed until at least early October 2019. The area near the Hearthstone Dam is closed to all users to include people walking and biking. Please respect the closure to help the trails community maintain our positive relationship with the George Washington National Forest. Even if the gate is open during the day for construction traffic, the road remains CLOSED. The closure is for ALL users including those walking and biking Why: Worksite conditions pose Extreme DANGER due to large equipment and ...
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7/4: Volunteers Needed for Bicycles at Friendly City Fourth

7/4: Volunteers Needed for Bicycles at Friendly City Fourth

Join us for our first foray into riding bicycles at Harrisonburg's Friendly City Fourth. We will have kids activities set up as well as games for adults. It will be fun, inviting and help us reach new people with bicycles. Come out and lend us a hand and let us know if you are interested in volunteering! Interested in volunteering? Then please email us to RSVP When: Thursday, July 4 from 4-8 PM Where: Lindsay Funeral Home Parking lot next to Harrisonburg City Hall Why: Bikes are fun and we want to spread the joy of riding a bike to ...
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6/20: Haircuts for Hillandale

6/20: Haircuts for Hillandale

What: The Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park were built by volunteers of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. Our volunteers also maintain the trails and this is the time of year when they need your help to trim back vegetation. When: Thursday, June 20 from 4-7 PM Where: Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park Who to Contact with Questions? Gretchen Sallah is leading this trail work and you can Email her with your questionsSee the event on Facebook by Clicking Here ...
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Asking for Help- Next Chapter of Bikes for Refugees

Asking for Help- Next Chapter of Bikes for Refugees

Ritchie Vaughan started our Bicycles for Refugees Program. After many years of hard work, Ritchie and the Coalition are looking for folks who might be interested in taking on a lead role with this awesome initiative. For those of you unfamiliar with this Program, here’s a short primer. Bikes for Refugees (B4R) is split into 2 different programs: We coordinate with the local Refugee Resettlement Office to teach biking classes to refugees who want a bicycle for transportation. Some of these classes are one-on-one if we are teaching a brand-new cyclist how to bike, and sometimes we have up to ...
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Talking Bikes on the Local News

Talking Bikes on the Local News

As part of Bike Month, WHSV talked with Kyle Lawrence about the Coalition's Bike Everywhere Day and our Mayor's Bike Ride ...
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Mayor's Bike Ride

Mayor’s Bike Ride

We started an annual tradition! Now let's make sure that every future Harrisonburg Mayor joins us for a bike ride. Mayor Deanna Reed led 60+ riders on a casual cruise around the Friendly City that started and ended in downtown Harrisonburg. After the ride, Mayor Reed even took to the megaphone to tell everyone about her journey getting back on a bike. Thank you @SVBCoalition for organizing @deanna4council first annual bike ride through @HarrisonburgVA! Great way to raise awareness about biking & transportation access. pic.twitter.com/ee0nNAFiPz— carah ong 🐋y (@CarahOng) May 18, 2019 ...
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6/10: June Monthly Social with Special Guests

6/10: June Monthly Social with Special Guests

What: June Monthly Social open to everyone and anyone Where: Clementine's Basement Lounge (Ruby's) When: Monday, June 10 7 PM Join us on Monday, June 10 for our Monthly Social in the basement of Clementine (Ruby's Lounge). Folks start to arrive at 7 PM and we usually kickoff a short agenda around 7:30. You'll hear briefly about past and upcoming community events and increasingly we have special guests attending to tell us more about various initiatives in the community. For June we are very excited to welcome the founders of The Harrisonburg Citizen. Covering local news issues, The Citizen has ...
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Cognative MTB

Cognative MTB

From the Coalition: We are always excited to partner with businesses that share our values and beliefs. When Austin checked in with us about the possibility of a Shenandoah Valley Design we were all ears and full of support and enthusiasm. As Austin mentions, Cognative MTB donates a portion of every (Shenandoah Valley Design) sale to the Bicycle Coalition. You may have run into Austin at our annual Mountain Bike Festival at Stokesville or maybe you will in the future. Either way, we support businesses that give back to our trails and public lands. We are always grateful when they ...
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5/24: Bike, Run, Sweat & Beers

5/24: Bike, Run, Sweat & Beers

When: Friday, May 24 5:30pm In celebration of Bike Month, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition partnered with Virginia Momentum and Brothers CraftBrewing to piggyback on their FREE Run, Sweat & Beers monthly event by adding a bike ride option. Join VA Momentum, Brothers Brewing, and your bicycle Coalition for a 10-mile bike ride starting and ending at Brothers Craft Brewery on Friday, May 24. From the Virginia Momentum Site: Nothing brings people together like biking, running, and beer. These friendly jogs start and finish at Brothers Craft Brewing on the fourth Friday of every month at 5:30 pm. For the month of May, we’ve ...
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Connect Our Schools Update and Action Needed

Connect Our Schools Update and Action Needed

Another Big milestone is coming up for the Connect Our Schools Project and we need your help to ensure the project stays on track. The City of Harrisonburg heard YOU loud and clear. Our community NEEDS a connected network of greenways and Shared Use Paths. Preparations and behind the scenes work continues for the Connect Our Schools Project (Garbers Church Shared Use Path). Construction is still slated to begin in Summer 2020. Help us ensure the schedule remains on track and let the current City Council and City Manager know how much this project means to you. What: Harrisonburg City ...
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4/6: Northend Greenway Celebration / Community Build / Tour

4/6: Northend Greenway Celebration / Community Build / Tour

Read the latest update about the Northend Greenway in the Harrisonburg Citizen: Click Here You've heard about the Northend Greenway for a decade. You know our communities need more safe spaces to bike and walk separately from cars. Finally, the time has come! Thanks to the tireless work of many community advocates, The Northend Greenway is under construction (Phase 1) and the community is throwing a Party/Build Day/Tour to kickoff work on Phase 2 and reintroduce and celebrate the Northend Greenway to our community. What: Help us build a small portion of Phase 2 while we all celebrate the progress ...
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How Bicycle Friendly is Rockingham County?

How Bicycle Friendly is Rockingham County?

Rockingham County recently applied to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) with the Leauge of American Bicyclists. As someone who is dedicated to promoting and protecting bicyclists' rights, we want to hear from you about how welcoming Rockingham County is to cyclists. Please follow this link to fill out our survey about Rockingham County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mem_BFC_SP19 The survey will remain open through early April The League of American Bicyclists expects to make BFC award announcements in May during National Bike Month, so keep an eye on your inbox for the award results. To learn how the Leauge of American ...
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2019 Board of Director Elections

2019 Board of Director Elections

Your Bicycle Coalition relies on our Board of Directors to help steer and guide the organization on our quest to Build Better Communities in the Valley by using the Bicycle as a catalyst for change. The Board consists of nine directors who each serve a three-year term. Loading ...
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Reporting

Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Reporting

Crashes between cars and bicycles are NOT "accidents." We are sorry that you were involved in a crash (or witnessed a crash) and we hope that you are safe and OK. We know that our local governments do not have mechanisms in place to always properly track bicycle and pedestrian crashes. Therefore, we hope to help compile this data to advocate for safer streets for everyone. This form will ask you questions so that we can gather information regarding bicycle and pedestrian crashes in the Central Shenandoah Valley to make sure that bicyclists and pedestrians are treated fairly by local ...
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3/11: March Social w/Special Guests

3/11: March Social w/Special Guests

***Special Guests for our 3/11 Social*** We will hear from Harrisonburg's first bicycle powered compost pickup service, Soil Cycles as well as Lacey Dean from the Virginia Wilderness Committee who works on issues in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Read about Virginia Wilderness Committee's position on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and also their most recent push for Wilderness Additions in Virginia: Click Here Where: Basement of Clementine (Ruby's Lounge) When: 7 PM / Monday, March 11 We always meet on the second Monday of every month What: Our monthly gathering is equal parts social and equal parts information ...
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SHEN-ROCK Youth Mountain Biking Sign-UP Deadline 3/14

SHEN-ROCK Youth Mountain Biking Sign-UP Deadline 3/14

Youth Mountain Biking is thriving in the Shenandoah Valley. The SHEN-ROCK Team operates under the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and is about to start up the Spring 2019 Season. Our spring season is open to all Middle and High School Students grades 6-12 AND elementary school students who are 9 years old by April 1, 2019. Upcoming Dates/More info: 3/14: Meet & Greet/Signup Deadline on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 pm in Shenandoah Bicycle Company. 3/21: First SHEN-ROCK Practice of 2019 at Massanutten's Western Slope and practices are every Tuesday and Thursday until early June.Signup for Spring 2019 Season: CLICK HERE to fill ...
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2019 Board of Director Elections

2019 Board of Director Elections

Your Bicycle Coalition relies on our Board of Directors to help steer and guide the organization on our quest to Build Better Communities in the Valley by using the Bicycle as a catalyst for change. The Board consists of nine directors who each serve a three-year term. We have three seats up for election each year but this year (2019) we have a unique set of candidates because all three candidates currently serve on the board of directors and each is running for election under special circumstances. It is not too late to let us know if you are interested ...
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Coalition Position on City of Harrisonburg Scooter/Bike Regulations

Coalition Position on City of Harrisonburg Scooter/Bike Regulations

2/19 UPDATE: The City of Harrisonburg passed the proposed regulations without any modifications. Want to read the City of Harrisonburg's full permit proposal? It is on the City of Harrisonburg Council Agenda for 2/12 and can be found online by CLICKING HERE. The proposed permit is found on 7.b. While we have a number of concerns outlined below, in a broad sense, we are concerned with equity and the danger this process effectively discouraging a private company from establishing dockless bike share in Harrisonburg. We are asking the Harrisonburg City Council to table the Shared Mobility Device permit to allow further ...
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2/11: Annual Coalition Potluck

2/11: Annual Coalition Potluck

Join us for our annual potluck on Monday evening February 11 in Ruby’s (Basement of Clementine). This is an annual tradition where we transform our February social into a potluck at dinner time. We will meet at 6 pm rather than the usual 7pm time. Please bring a dish to share (ideally label it) and plan to buy drinks from the bar. We look forward to seeing you and engaging in a fun social evening! ...
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1/14: January Social in Ruby's Arcade

1/14: January Social in Ruby’s Arcade

***Location Change***Monday, January 14, 2019, We will meet in Ruby's Arcade while Clementine is temporarily closed. We will meet at our regular time of 7:00 pm. More details on Ruby's Arcade: https://www.rubysarcade.com/ What it looks like: Most folks arrive around 7:00 pm, order food, and/or drinks, hang out and chat. Somewhere between 7:30 and 8 pm, we hold a half-hour informal meeting, where we talk about Bicycle Coalition and community events and anything on tap regarding bicycles in the area. After the meeting, people resume hanging out and chatting. Still have questions? Send us an email It's really fun, a ...
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2/3: Superbowl Sunday Ride

2/3: Superbowl Sunday Ride

When: Sunday, February 3 @ Riding at 10:00 AM Where: Park at Briery Branch Community Center and bike up to Flagpole Knob (Highest point in Rockingham County) Why: To enjoy winter mountain biking with 100 of your closest friends before watching the big game Option: A group will ride from town up to Flagpole and back. They will leave Mr J’s on 42 South at 8:45am What to expect: A cold, fun, mellow ride. Make sure to pack more clothes and food than you might normally bring on a ride. Plan on spending anywhere from 4-6 hours on the bike. Route: ...
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A Place for Everyone

A Place for Everyone

Consider your Bicycle Coalition as 2018 comes to a close and help us reach our December fundraising goal of $5,000. With your help and by DONATING TODAY, we will continue harnessing the power and joy of the bicycle to build better communities Click to Donate Now We are a 501c3 non-profit and your donations are tax-deductible. Donate TODAY Gretchen Sallah and Scottie Pendleton serve as co-chairs of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors Greetings! This has been an exciting year for the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition with the addition of our new Executive Director Kyle Lawrence, who has helped ...
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2018- The Year of the Dog

2018- The Year of the Dog

Consider your Bicycle Coalition as 2018 comes to a close and help us reach our December fundraising goal of $5,000. With your help and by DONATING TODAY, we will continue harnessing the power and joy of the bicycle to build better communities Click to Donate Today We are a 501c3 non-profit and your donations are tax-deductible. Donate TODAY The Year of the Dog did not disappoint. How did our work Build Stronger, Happier, Healthier, more Vibrant, Connected Communities? Volunteer of the Year: We started a new tradition of recognizing a volunteer of the year. For 2018 we recognized a Massanutten ...
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Construction Begins on the Northend Greenway!

Construction Begins on the Northend Greenway!

End of Year Appeal: As 2018 comes to a close we are asking our community for your financial support. We exist because of our members, donors, and volunteers. We are committed to developing a network of Greenways in our communities. The Northend Greenway is only the beginning of this network we can't wait for the Connect our Schools Project and are ecstatic about plans for a Cooks Creek Greenway to connect Harrisonburg to Rockingham County, Dayton, and Bridgewater. Together, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Please consider donating to help us continue advocating for safe streets and ...
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Bicycling Through Life's Ups and Downs

Bicycling Through Life’s Ups and Downs

From your Bicycle Coalition: This is the start of a series where those hard-working volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors write blog posts to give you a window into their connection to the bicycle and the Coalition as an organization. Our first post comes from one of our newest board members, Corrie Green. Corrie tells the story of how she became hooked on bicycle riding later in life. Her story is also one of community and the power we have when we all come together and rally around those who may need extra love and attention. As always, ...
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New Harrisonburg Safe Routes to School Coordinator

New Harrisonburg Safe Routes to School Coordinator

From the Bicycle Coalition: We are very excited to have a new Safe Routes to School Coordinator in place for the City of Harrisonburg. The National Safe Routes to School program started in part because "In 1969, 41 percent of children in grades K–8 lived within one mile of school, and of those kids, 89 percent usually walked or biked. By 2009, 31 percent lived within a mile of school — and only 35 percent of them walked or biked." Your Bicycle Coalition is committed to supporting and growing our regional Safe Routes to School programs. These important programs encourage ...
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12/10: December Monthly Social

12/10: December Monthly Social

Monday, December 10, 2018, We will meet at our regular time of 7:00 pm and will be in our typical location of Ruby’s Lounge in the basement of Clementine. More Details on Location Everyone is welcome to join us! What it looks like: Most folks arrive around 7:00 pm, order food, and/or drinks, hang out and chat. Somewhere between 7:30 and 8 pm, we hold a half-hour informal meeting, where we talk about Bicycle Coalition and community events and anything on tap regarding bicycles in the area. After the meeting, people resume hanging out and chatting. Do you still have ...
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Coalition Trail Builder Recognized (Thomas Jenkins)

Coalition Trail Builder Recognized (Thomas Jenkins)

If you have ridden, walked, run, hiked a trail in our area, chances are that Thomas Jenkins had a hand in designing, building, or maintaining the trail. Thomas took the lead project manager role for all three of our $500,000 worth of Recreational Trails Program Grants in the George Washington National Forest. Thomas has also led our Massanutten Western Slope trail building efforts for over a decade.  Congrats Thomas! A well deserved recognition for the many years of hard work and commitment to building more trails for all of us to enjoy. Thomas Jenkins (left). Photo Credit: Jess Daddio Bicycle ...
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12/7: Ride Bicycles in the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade!

12/7: Ride Bicycles in the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade!

What: Join the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition as we ride our decorated bicycles in the 2018 Harrisonburg Holiday parade. Every bicycle and/or person should be lit and/or decorated. Please try to be creative and adhere to the parade theme “Capture the Magic”. See our Facebook Event When: Friday December 7 line up with us by 6:30 pm RSVP PLEASE: Can you let us know you are planning to attend? You can RSVP on our Facebook event or send us an email: [email protected] Where: We need to be lined up at the Rockingham County Government Center by 6:30PM PLEASE JOIN us ...
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