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Giving Tuesday - Pixie Dust

Giving Tuesday – Pixie Dust

Joy, Community, and Pixie Dust Together, we are reclaiming our streets, trails, and public places for current and future generations of walkers and riders. Please consider helping us continue spreading pixie dust through trails, friendships, bicycles, volunteerism, and community. If you are in a position to donate and help spread the pixie dust we are grateful for any level of support. Facebook is matching up to $8 million on a first come - first serve basis. If you are interested in a reasonable chance to have your gift matched please try to donate as close to or just after 8 ...
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New Trails for the Western Slope

New Trails for the Western Slope

Donate As we wrap up 2021 we ask you to consider helping us continue spreading Pixie Dust through the Valley with a contribution. After all, change can be playful and we can reclaim space for people walking and biking. In 2021 your Coalition created another new collection of trails on Massanutten's Western Slope. Like last year, 2021 continued our focus on trail connections near the trailhead to provide visitors with a fun and engaging "green/blue" trail experience. Happy Hour 2021 brought the creation of the "Happy Hour" trail and the Red White and Blue Trail extension. Both complemented and added ...
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10/30: Harrisonburg Mayor's (Costume) Bike Ride

10/30: Harrisonburg Mayor’s (Costume) Bike Ride

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— Dr. Carah Ong Whaley (@CarahOng) May 18, 2019 What: Our second Harrisonburg Mayor’s Bike Ride will include costumes and the route will be in the spirit of our past Bike Month “Ice Cream Rides.” This is a fun and short (sub 5 mile) ride aimed at everyone but especially welcoming to families and children. We will ride as a group and keep everyone together. Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed will lead the ride and help us continue an ...
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2 New Miles of Trail on Narrowback Mountain

2 New Miles of Trail on Narrowback Mountain

These photos were taken in August of 2021 on Narrowback Mountain while the relocation of the Narrowback Mountain Trail was in progress. Once finished, the trail will connect from the Wolf Parking lot to the Narrowback ridge top. The project is the result of a $200,000 grant the Coalition secured and is administering on the National Forest. We need your help! We are responsible for 20% of the total grant cost. You can either volunteer and your hours will count as in-kind match, or donate to support the project. All photos are credited to Jess Daddio ...
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Photos From Shenandoah National Park Bicycle Camping Trip

Photos From Shenandoah National Park Bicycle Camping Trip

On August 22, 2021 the Coalition held a unique special event in Shenandoah National Park. We received a special permit to bike on an unpaved road in the park. This road, Madison Run Road as well as other administrative roads in the park are and remain closed to bicycles. We will say it again, Shenandoah National Park’s prohibits bicycle access to administrative roads.  Learn more about the trip details and keep your fingers crossed for legal access to these unpaved roads in the future. All photos are credited to Jess Daddio ...
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Bicycle Camping Trip To Shenandoah National Park

Bicycle Camping Trip To Shenandoah National Park

This is a unique special event and Madison Run Road as well as other administrative roads in the park are and remain closed to bicycles. We will say it again, Shenandoah National Park’s prohibits bicycle access to administrative roads. The Coalition has worked for many years to secure bicycle access to certain unpaved administrative roads in Shenandoah National Park. On September 6, 2017 we held a bicycle camping trip on Madison Run Administrative Road in the the Park. We are Holding Another One! Date: Sunday August 22 to Monday August 23 Location: Leave from the Friendly City Food Co-op in ...
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Tillman Road Trash Clean Up

Tillman Road Trash Clean Up

Volunteer Tillman Road Trash Clean Up Day Part 2Come out and volunteer by giving back to the National Forest! For over 10 years, the Coalition has celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash along Tillman Road in the George Washington National Forest. This is part 2 of our April Earth Day event. Volunteer Tillman Road Trash Clean Up Day Part 2Come out and volunteer by giving back to the National Forest! For over 10 years, the Coalition has celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash along Tillman Road in the George Washington National Forest. This is part 2 of our ...
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Massanutten Western Slope Dig Days

Massanutten Western Slope Dig Days

Western Slope Volunteer Dig Days on Thursdays & Saturdays for 2021 From now until the end of September the Coalition will hold volunteer dig days on the Massanutten Western Slope Trail. For the first few weeks, we are meeting at the Skills Kitchen and ask that you park in the main parking lot and walk/ride to the Skills Kitchen. Look for our red "Trail Work" Signs and stay tuned to SVBCoalition.org for any location changes. From now until the end of September the Coalition will hold volunteer dig days on the Massanutten Western Slope Trail. For the first few weeks, we ...
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Board of Directors Elections

Board of Directors Elections

Election season is upon us! Unlike the state of Virginia, we didn't move our elections to November. You can vote by scrolling down to the bottom of the page past our four candidates. VOTE TODAY Your Bicycle Coalition relies on our Board of Directors to help steer and guide the organization as we work towards our mission to Build Better Communities in the Valley using the Bicycle as a catalyst for change. The Board consists of up to eleven directors who each serve a three-year term. We want to especially thank Jason Burch who just wrapped up his second (non-consecutive) ...
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Announcing Appalachian Dirt to Build Next Narrowback Mountain Trails Project

Announcing Appalachian Dirt to Build Next Narrowback Mountain Trails Project

We are excited to announce the contractor for our next trail project in the George Washington National Forest. The project, titled "Tillman Trails Connectivity Project" is the Coalition's fourth Recreational Trails Program Grant. When complete, your Coalition will have secured and administered over $800,000 in federal grants to maintain and improve trails on our local public lands. Appalachian Dirt from Canaan Valley West Virginia won the contract to build nearly 3 miles of the Narrowback Trail relocation. Appalachian Dirt will start construction sometime in June and the project will be finished by the end of October. Appalachian Dirt has been ...
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Bicycle Film Festival Shenandoah Valley

Bicycle Film Festival Shenandoah Valley

Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Treat yourself to the curated BFF Short Film Program Get Tickets Now Bicycle Film Festival lands in the Shenandoah Valley from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, April 4th. A portion of the proceeds go to support your Bicycle Coalition.Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music the last 20 years. The physical BFF spanned the world in over 90 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people.The curated collection of select short films will take you on a journey around the world, covering such topics as: The ...
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Partner With the Coalition to Promote the Bicycle Film Festival

Partner With the Coalition to Promote the Bicycle Film Festival

The Bicycle Coalition is excited to help bring the (Virtual) Bicycle Film Festival to the Shenandoah Valley.  Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film, and music for the last 20 years. We are excited to bring the festival to the Valley and hope we can bring it to local theaters in 2022.We would like to invite your business to partner with us to promote the event.  A portion of the event proceeds goes to support the Coalition's work to build better communities in the Valley.As the festival draws closer, we are asking promotional partners to help us ...
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Interested in Serving as a Coalition Board Member?

Interested in Serving as a Coalition Board Member?

Building Better Communities in the Valley Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to knowWe are a growing organization with strong grassroots support. Our board is active and engaged in making your Coalition stronger and more effective every day. Please fill out our letter of interest at the bottom of this page if you would like to run for a seat on our board. We ask that Board Members: Act as an enthusiastic champion for The Bicycle Coalition in the communityParticipate in annual strategic planning sessions to set goals for the organization and assess the organization’s performance.Help the Coalition live up to ...
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Tillman Trails Connectivity Project IFB Information

Tillman Trails Connectivity Project IFB Information

INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) Document can be downloaded from the below link SVBC-Tillman-Trails-IFB-V2021.IFB_.1-–-February-9-2021Download IFB is posted below ...
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Virginia Bicyclist Safety Act ACTION NEEDED

Virginia Bicyclist Safety Act ACTION NEEDED

The 2021 Virginia General Assembly is will be gone in the blink of an eye but thanks to our friends and partners at the Virginia Bicycle Federation, we have an exciting bill to help champion. The Virginia Bicyclists Safety Act (Senate Bill #1263 and Houses Bill #2262) will make our roads safer for everyone and especially for those of us who choose to ride bicycles for transportation and recreation. What is the Virginia Bicyclist Safety Act? We have a full FAQ below with more details but in a nutshell, the Virginia Bicyclist Safety Act is a three-part bill to be ...
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Wolf Ridge Trail Love

Wolf Ridge Trail Love

As we wrap up 2020, we are asking for your support to help us Spread Pixie Dust in the Valley. Can you help us reach our 2020 Pixie Dust goals before January 1? We are asking our members and our broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donationto help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. The end of 2020 brought with it plenty of strange emotions but for the Coalition, we were excited to bring back our National Forest Trail work to give some serious love to the Wolf Ridge Trail. We even had a ...
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Good Night 2020

Good Night 2020

As we wrap up 2020, we are asking for your support to help us Spread Pixie Dust in the Valley. Can you help us reach our 2020 Pixie Dust goals before January 1? We are asking our members and our broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Scottie Pendleton serves as the Chair for the Coalition's Board of Directors and helps us close out each year by looking back on where we've been and where we are headed. Greeting, friends of the Shenandoah Valley ...
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SURVEY – How Did COVID-19 Change Your Travel Habits?

SURVEY – How Did COVID-19 Change Your Travel Habits?

Click to Take the Survey The Harrisonburg &Rockingham Bike-Walk Summit Committee is releasing a survey to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic changed people’s travel behaviors. Launching November 16, 2020, the survey examines whether the pandemic and people’s experience of making fewer trips or walking and biking on streets with significantly-reduced vehicle traffic influenced their decisions about how to travel. As the re-opening has occurred, and trip-making has returned to pre-pandemic levels, did the experience of walking and biking instead of carpooling or taking transit, or teleworking instead of commuting change residents’ views and experiences of travel in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Area? The ...
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Winter Trail Work Series

Winter Trail Work Series

As we wrap up 2020, we are asking our members and broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign, and please consider donating to our Pixie Dust Campaign. We are spending the end of November and part of December working on the Wolf Ridge Trail in the George Washington National Forest. We have four work parties scheduled to give one of our marquee trails some much-needed love. It has been nearly five years since our last major project on the Wolf Ridge Trail and it is time to get on the ground and clean up the drains and ensure the ...
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No Festival? That's a Problem. Can you Help?

No Festival? That’s a Problem. Can you Help?

Donate to Support the CoalitionIn case you missed it, the Bicycle Coalition made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. We value your past attendance and can't wait to have you back. We've held the festival for 23 years and this is the first year that we have had to take a break from our favorite family reunion. We know the festival will return and we fully intend to keep our annual reunion alive and well. Missing a year of the festival is a big blow to our organization. The Festival is one of our biggest ...
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Harrisonburg City Council Candidates Meet & Greet (Virtual) 2020

Harrisonburg City Council Candidates Meet & Greet (Virtual) 2020

Meet & Greet with Charles Hendricks Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm Join us to learn more about the Charles Hendricks, who is currently running for a seat on the Harrisonburg City Council.This one-hour Zoom Meet & Greet will provide time to learn more about Charles, about his platform, and opportunity for you to ask Charles questions. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83629574577?pwd=TnI5aEtsb0lhVmRmR3Q2M0p6cjk2UT09 Meeting ID: 836 2957 4577Passcode: 087119 To ensure we are fair and transparent, we have reached out to all the candidates running for the Harrisonburg City Council to let them know that we have historically invited any interested candidates to ...
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October Western Slope Trail Days Finale

October Western Slope Trail Days Finale

Can you help us wrap up our 2020 Massanutten Western Slope Trail Work Season with a BANG? We are aiming for three new trails PLUS the Skills Kitchen in 2020. Not bad for a global pandemic. RSVP as a Volunteer What: End-of-Season trail work final volunteer push to build yet another trail in 2020. Where: Massanutten's Western Slope Trails. How do you find the trail? You can park in the main lot and walk or bike to the trail or you can enter via the red gate on Del Webb Drive and drive past the old guardhouse, past the horse ...
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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

On June 15, we released a list of action items (We Must Do More - We Will Do More) for how we will redouble our efforts to ensure the Coalition and our work focuses on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Coalition's Board of Directors committed to do more and to embark on a journey towards a more inclusive organization and community. The journey isn't easy nor clearly laid out. We recognize the process will be messy and we invite you to join us on this journey to ensure bicycling and the outdoors are truly for everyone. One of our ...
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Celebrating 38 Years of the Shenandoah Valley Century

Celebrating 38 Years of the Shenandoah Valley Century

When we opened registration for the Century in 2020 we recognized that the 38th year of the event would look and feel different than prior years. Due to a number of factors associated with the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that the Coalition will not hold a single day Century on Sunday, September 13. Instead, we will celebrate the history and 38 years of the Century along with our bucolic rural roads of the Shenandoah Valley for the entire month of September and into October. Please know that registration for the Century supports all of the Coalition’s work as ...
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VIRGINIA TRAILS ALLIANCE: RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNOR NORTHAM

VIRGINIA TRAILS ALLIANCE: RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNOR NORTHAM

The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is a member of the Virginia Trails Alliance, an organization working to promote every type of trail in the state of Virginia. Recently, the Virginia Trails Alliance submitted a letter to Governor Northam asking for specific initiatives to improve and expand trails in the Commonwealth July 27, 2020 Office of the GovernorP.O. Box 1475Richmond, VA 23218 Dear Governor Northam, Thank you for all you have done to support trails and green spaces in Virginia specifically most recently the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation and funding a study for the Ashland to Petersburg Trail ...
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Comment - More Trails on Narrowback

Comment – More Trails on Narrowback

We have exciting news! The George Washington National Forest started a 30-day scoping period to solicit feedback and comments on the Tillman Trails Connectivity Project. You have until September 1 to submit your comments. What is the Project? We've teased you with updates over the past year. You've heard the rumors about a new trail on Narrowback Mountain. Perhaps you even read our official announcement Back in November 2019 when we received a Virginia Recreational Trails Grant (RTP). Our proposed project would relocate the “Western” portion of the Narrowback Trail (Trail #432) to connect to the Wolf Parking Lot. Our ...
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Bikes for Neighbors Updates!

Bikes for Neighbors Updates!

Hi all! My name is Nicole Litwiller. I am completing my practicum with the Bicycle Coalition this summer/fall, specifically focusing on the Bikes for Neighbors program. (If you want to read more about me and why I’m working with this program, click here!) Hopefully, you have heard by now that what used to be Bicycles for Refugees is in the process of transitioning. Most significantly, perhaps, we have decided to change the name of the program to Bikes for Neighbors. In the five years that this program has been running, it has become clear that there is a need in ...
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Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope

Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope

We can't wait to kick off construction of phase 1 for the Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope Trails. We reached out to our community in early April looking for help with supplies, equipment, and donations for the skills area. Thanks to the help of many, we are on track to build phase 1 over the July 4 holiday weekend. Harlan Price has been hard at work lining up supplies, equipment and a professional trail builder. Eastern Trails Co will arrive in town on Thursday night and plan to work Friday through Sunday.  They are based out of the Roanoke area ...
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A Personal Response from a Board Member – Corrie Green

A Personal Response from a Board Member – Corrie Green

On Monday, June 15 we posted a list of action items that we as a Coalition have committed to enacting to ensure our work is inclusive, anti-racist, and promotes Justice, Equity, and Diversity. One of our board members, Corrie Green posted this followup in our Coalition Facebook Group. Please read the below letter from Corrie. I want to take the time to reach out to our valued members. Some of our members have been vocal about the fact that the bicycle coalition should just stick with bicycles and leave the rest of what's happening in the world around us alone. I understand that sentiment. I too ...
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Great Community Give - Wednesday, June 24

Great Community Give – Wednesday, June 24

Donate Now Tomorrow, The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is participating in the Great Community Give on Wednesday, June 24. You can donate NOW but if you donate between 6:30 am and 8 pm on (6/24) your donation may be doubled or tripled, especially if you donate between 1 and 2 PM for our "Power Hour." We know that these are uncertain times for many folks and we know that everyone is not able to give in a financial capacity. We know that our strong and vibrant community gives your time, energy, and passions in many ways and we thank you for all you do to Build Better ...
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A Personal Response from a Board Member - Ray Gay

A Personal Response from a Board Member – Ray Gay

On Monday, June 15 we posted a list of action items that we as a Coalition have committed to enacting to ensure our work is inclusive, anti-racist, and promotes Justice, Equity, and Diversity. One of our board members, Ray Gay posted this followup in our Coalition Facebook Group. Please read the below letter from Ray. As someone that prefers to stick to the sidelines and not participate in this type of forum to have conversations...typing this is very uncomfortable. Some of you may agree with what I have to say but undoubtedly some of you will misjudge what I type ...
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20 Years Since Joe Hiney Was Killed While Riding his Bicycle

20 Years Since Joe Hiney Was Killed While Riding his Bicycle

June 2 marked 20 years since Joe Hiney was killed while riding his bicycle upon a crash with a person driving a car. Below is from the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Newsletter in 2001. Many thanks to Ken Bell of Rocktown Bicycles for sharing these photos he took of Joe Hiney in 1990 when they were both at James Madison University together. "On that day, while riding his bicycle on U.S. 33 near McGaheysville, about 1.5 miles from his home, Joseph P. Hiney was struck from behind and killed by an automobile. Taking all the necessary precautions to ensure his ...
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Meet our Bikes for Neighbors Rockstar Volunteer- Nicole Litwiller

Meet our Bikes for Neighbors Rockstar Volunteer- Nicole Litwiller

From the Coalition: We are very excited to have Nicole Litwiller helping the Coalition this summer and hopefully for some of the fall. Nicole is helping us reimagine and transition our Bikes for Refugee program into a program that reaches more people and recommits itself to helping people ride confidently and safely as part of their everyday life. Hi! My name is Nicole Litwiller. I am currently a graduate student at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. I completed my undergraduate degree with majors in Global Development and Liberal Arts at Eastern Mennonite University in 2019. Here are some random ...
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We Must Do More - We Will Do More

We Must Do More – We Will Do More

As a Coalition, we are committed to addressing systemic racism and affirming that Black Lives Matter. As a predominately white organization, we acknowledge that we (as an organization) have a lot of work to do. Today, we are committing to affirm our work is actively anti-racist and intentionally ensure the Coalition is a welcoming and safe place for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We believe our communities can be stronger, happier, healthier, and more inclusive only when it is easier, safer, and more convenient for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to bike and walk as part of daily life. Our work must address ...
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