Bike, Walk & Roll

An award-winning, “Bicycle Friendly Community,” Virginia Beach has over 300 miles of bikeways and trails found in over 230 parks and natural areas, as well as 27 miles of unpaved paths in two state parks and a federal wildlife refuge.
Active Transportation
Road safety starts with the understanding that cyclists/motorists have the same responsibilities.
High school students can apply for two newly created Active Transportation Advisory Committee positions.

As a Bicycle Friendly Community, Virginia Beach celebrates our commitment to bringing more connectivity and trails to area residents. We challenge you to find a new reason to ride – check out the city maps below to find a new trail to explore, and if you're feeling ambitious, take the National Bike Challenge from May to September.

“Active transportation” is a means of getting around that is powered by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling.

As part of our Active Transportation Network, the City of Virginia Beach has over 146 miles of paved bike and pedestrian transportation routes that are classified within the Active Transportation Plan as follows:

  • Shared Use Paths
  • Protected Bike Lanes
  • Side paths
  • Bike Lanes
  • Recreational Routes

City Trail Maps

Our parks provide refuge from everyday stress. We have several beautiful paved and soft trails to enjoy.​

Ride for Art, History, Brew, and Family Fun

Take these self-guided tours for a dose of local culture, history, and breweries.

Bike Buddies

Sponsor a bike rack today at select locations along the Oceanfront Boardwalk or Mount Trashmore.

National Bike Month

National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to try biking.

Active Transportation

Making walking and bicycling, or active transportation, safe and convenient meets a critical need of American communities that benefits everyone.

Where and How to RideAdvisory CommitteeParkFinder AppProjects

Federal and state laws say bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Bikes may be ridden on roads except where prohibited, such as Interstate 264 and other highways.

Drivers may only overtake bicycles at a reasonable speed and must allow 3 feet of clearance to the left of the bicycle. If the travel lane is not wide enough, the overtaking vehicle must change lanes.

City law allows bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks, except at Town Center and at the Oceanfront Resort Area.

Riding safely makes traveling better for everyone.

  • On roads, obey all traffic laws.
  • On roads, walk on the left and ride on the right.
  • On trails, stop before crossing roads.
  • Love your head: Wear a helmet!
  • Use hand signals.
  • Warn before passing.
  • At night, use lights and wear bright colors.
  • Share the road. Share the trail.

The mission of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (formerly the Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee) is to:

  • Advise City Council on how to implement the Active Transportation Plan, which is the bikeways and trails component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Coordinate timely construction of bicycle facilities.
  • Promote a balanced approach among various trail users' interests.
  • Provide a forum for continued citizen input into future bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month (except for May, July and December). The public is welcome to attend.


The VB ParkFinder app allows you to search for parks and facilities by name, proximity, ​and specific features like playgrounds, ball fields, kayak launches, and more. Find the nearest park, get driving directions, view hours and see amenities. The app even allows you to share your park visit with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out the built-in event calendar!

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Virginia Beach will expand its bicycling and walking options with these projects.

Page Last Updated: December 2, 2022