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RIDE Solutions is a local organization that focuses on providing alternative transportation options, including ridesharing, biking, public transit, and walking. Their initiatives help reduce traffic and improve air quality by minimizing the impact of vehicle emissions.
RIDE Solutions is one of many organizations that has worked hard to create an incredible local community for biking and cycling in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
In addition to their efforts to educate locals about the benefits of bicycle transit, RIDE Solutions has created awesome opportunities to experience the region through fun bike rides and connect with other local cyclists and biking enthusiasts through special events, such as their popular annual activities like the Holiday Lights Tour, Poker Ride, Tweed Ride, and promotion & support of National Bike Month.
They’ve created an incredible collection of Bicycle Routes that can serve as self-guided bicycle tours that will introduce you to lots of great history and culture of our region while also learning about safe cycling routes between different communities and neighborhoods.
These routes were specially built in the Ride With GPS system, a free tool that can be downloaded for iOS or Android. The Ride With GPS platform provides audible turn-by-turn directions, images and videos noting key places of interest, and the ability to share your route with others.
The routes on this page, which was created in partnership with RIDE Solutions, have been organized by subject and interest and we encourage you to check out a few to help you plan your next biking adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!
RIDE Solutions created this special Roanoke - The Heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge route to showcase some great local businesses and places of interest for visitors to Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
It's a 9.5 mile route that includes the opportunity to explore neighborhoods like Downtown Roanoke, Grandin Village, and Wasena, as well as popular spots like the Taubman Museum of Art, Historic Roanoke City Market, and Black Dog Salvage.
Discover the vibrant public art that you’ll find throughout Roanoke with unique sculptures, paintings, LOVEworks, and other creations located in public parks, greenways, and local businesses.
These routes will introduce you to some of the amazing history and heritage of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including many local historic sites and places with connections to key figures from the past.
RIDE Solutions created these routes in partnership with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, and they feature historic churches, many of which showcase unique architecture, and communities throughout the Roanoke Valley.
Enjoy beautiful scenes of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic views of the city skyline, and other areas that make our region a gorgeous destination for an adventure.
Photo courtesy of Matt Ross - Franklin County Parks & Recreation
These routes showcase many of the businesses and organizations that focus on supporting our natural environment, sustainable living and behaviors, and the overall natural beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Created in partnership with Trees Roanoke, this trio of routes introduces cyclists to locations and public spaces where trees were donated and planted as part of the City of Roanoke’s Commemorative Tree Program.
Turn your bike ride into a scavenger hunt where you search for unique local landmarks! These routes could be easily divided into multiple rides where you spend time exploring different areas of Roanoke.
A holiday route where you see the amazing Christmas lights in one local Roanoke neighborhood, a night ride featuring neon lights, a former city councilman’s paper route, and a ride for those in search of extraterrestrial life. Get ready for a good time!
Keep up with RIDE Solutions initiatives and special events by signing up to receive their newsletter and download the RIDE Solutions app (Download: iOS | Android), where members can access safe biking routes and log their trips to earn rewards to thousands of local and national businesses. You can also follow them on social media for more info: Facebook | Instagram