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Big Dig Day on Massanutten Western Slope

Big Dig Day on Massanutten Western Slope

The Big Dig Day is a volunteer trail-building event on the Western Slope of Massanutten. Volunteers will work together to build new trails and or maintain existing trails.  This is more than a volunteer day! It will be a fun, family-friendly day in the woods with friends old and new! Bonus… you can earn your annual Western Slope trail pass volunteer hours in a single day! Prior trail building experience is NOT necessary. On-site training and instruction will be provided so volunteers can work safely, confidently, and effectively. What: A celebration of our volunteers while we highlight our trail improvements ...
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Western Slope Volunteer Dig Days - Thursdays 2022

Western Slope Volunteer Dig Days – Thursdays 2022

From now until the end of September the Coalition will hold Thursday evening volunteer dig days on the Massanutten Western Slope Trail. To begin the season we will meet at the "U" Intersection to work on the extension of Red, White, and Blue. Look for our red “Trail Work” Signs and stay tuned to WesternSlopeTrails.org for any location changes. Thursdays: 5pm until Dark Join us every Thursday for Massanutten Western Slope Volunteer Dig Days. Everyone is welcome and you can follow our red trail work signs to the worksite.Thursday Work Party Contacts-Contact [email protected] or call/text-Karl Waizecker (540) 810-7277——————————————–-When: Thursday evenings ...
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We Want Your Photos

We Want Your Photos

We want your images! Help us restock our image library with high-res shots of the Shenandoah Valley area riding, digging, or simply loving the bicycle/trail/road/gravel lifestyle. All usable submissions earn a chance to win a $25 Gift Card to a local bike shop of your choice! Fine print By submitting an image, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has the right to use that image in any print, web, social media or other formats. We will give photo credits whenever possible.Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi. Shots from an smartphone can be high-resolution depending on the camera settings.Image content should ...
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Collaborative National Forest Trail Clean-Up Day

Collaborative National Forest Trail Clean-Up Day

Volunteer Trail Maintenace Day for the North River District of the George Washington National Forest. We will base out of Stokesville Campground and make this an annual tradition to bring together a range of individuals, organizations, and businesses to give back and support trails on the National Forest. We are looking for individuals and organizations who might be interested in helping plan, organize, and implement this event with us and other stakeholders. If you are interested please reach out to us Collaborative National Forest Trail Clean Up Day | MeetupDetails Volunteer Trail Maintenace Day for the North River District of ...
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How Can a Survey Improve our Streets?

How Can a Survey Improve our Streets?

Your Input Shapes Our Future Did you know most transportation projects are planned 10-25 years in advance? We are always playing a long game here and need your help.Our regional long-range transportation plan identifies priority transportation projects. Specifically, transportation needs for Harrisonburg, Bridgewater, Dayton, Mount Crawford, and the surrounding parts of Rockingham County 25 years out. Here at the Bicycle Coalition, we work to ensure our streets and roads work for all users, especially the most vulnerable among us. Vulnerable road users are those folks traveling without the protection of a motor vehicle. The most vulnerable among us include people ...
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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 ...
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Support the Shenandoah Rail Trail

Support the Shenandoah Rail Trail

This update was originally sent on Friday, January 21 2022 by Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley on behalf of Shenandoah Rail Trail Partnership of which the Bicycle Coalition is a member. A lot has happened in the last month, bringing the Shenandoah Rail Trail much closer to reality. But we need your help to make sure we don’t lose any ground in the General Assembly. As you may remember, in late 2020 the General Assembly directed state agencies to conduct a feasibility study for the trail. That study is complete and available here. Not only did the study find the ...
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If a 4-Year-Old Can Do it

If a 4-Year-Old Can Do it

I rode my bike to Hillandale with our four-year-old last week. It was the first time he had ridden from our house to the Rocktown Trails all on his own. It filled my heart with warmth and joy. We pedaled together down Liberty St in Downtown Harrisonburg, taking the entire right lane and riding over top of painted sharrows and past signs that read "Bikes May Use Full Lane." He was elated. While eager to ride the dirt and rock trails in Hillandale Park, he was equally proud and excited to ride with his dad on the road rather than ...
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Scottie's 2021 Wrap Up

Scottie’s 2021 Wrap Up

As we wrap up 2021, we are asking for your support to help us Spread Pixie Dust in the Valley and ensure everyone has access to safe accessible biking and walking. Can you help us reach our 2021 Pixie Dust goals before January 1? We are asking our members and our broader network to support our campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Donate Greeting, friends of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition! This year has absolutely flown by, and it's hard to believe that I'm here writing another year-end letter to ...
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Narrowback Trail Relocation

Narrowback Trail Relocation

Friends like YOU provide the support and partnerships fueling the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition's impact. We need YOUR help to ensure bicycling and walking in the valley is for everyone. Will YOU become a champion to ensure all of us have access to trails, greenways, and safe spaces to bike? As we wrap up 2021, we are asking for your support to help us Spread Pixie Dust in the Valley and ensure everyone has access to safe accessible biking and walking. Can you help us reach our 2021 Pixie Dust goals before January 1? We are asking our members and ...
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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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