The Virginia Bicycling Federation works to change public policy and community attitudes, to improve the safety, convenience, and acceptance of bicycling in Virginia; and to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, public health and economic development.
With roots going back to about 1980, the current organization was formed in the early 1990s by bike clubs and other organizations, businesses and individuals coming together to form a unified voice.
We work alongside organizations like the League of American Bicyclists, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Adventure Cycling Association, Rails to Trails Conservancy, BikeWalk Virginia, and Friends of the Rivers of Virginia.
We work directly with elected officials and government agencies — the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) — to gain advancements in bicycling access and safety, and development of off-road trails.
We helped develop the VDOT Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations (adopted 2004). We keep engaged with VDOT, and with legislators, to ensure implementation and improvement of these policies.
We work with state and local governments to promote bicycling-oriented tourism, and economic development through bicycling. For example, we’ve been working with VDOT, AASHTO, Adventure Cycling, and local planners to improve routing and signage of US Bike Routes 1 and 76; and promoting them with our annual Cross-State Ride.
We raise awareness of bicycling through events like our Cross-State Ride, and delivering the Governor’s Bike Month Proclamation; and by giving Bicycling Friendly awards.
We promote bicyclist safety through education for bicyclists and motorists.
We promote bicycling as a safe, low cost, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and healthy means of transportation and recreation.
VBF is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff. Our activities are supported by membership fees and donations. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our membership fees and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.