Saturday, May 1, 2010

Virginia Beach Bicycling Routes

IMG_5018 There are many other paths, but these are a few that I've completed many times and know very well. They are aimed at mixing street and dirt trail riding, not just paved surfaces.  My bike looks like a full-blown mountain bike from a distance, but it’s really a cheap grade knock-off.  But that doesn’t matter.  It’s been a great bike and I’ve put a few hundred miles on it since I bought it in 2006. 
  1. Birdneck Loop - Start at Pacific and Norfolk Ave. Take Norfolk Ave West to Birdneck Rd. South on Birdneck down to General Booth. North on General Booth over Rudee Inlet to Pacific and back to starting point: 5.8 miles
  2. Cape Henry Trail to Rudee Inlet - Cape Henry Trail from Great Neck, go East through First Landing Park, come out at 64th and Atlantic. Proceed South on Atlantic to 40th and cross over to boardwalk, down to Rudee Inlet. Turn around and go back to starting point: 19.8 miles (go back across Great Neck to the end at Jade St.: Another 1.8 miles
  3. Great Neck Road - Great Neck from Shore Drive, go South to Virginia Beach Blvd, and return to starting point: 11 miles
  4. Holland, Dam Neck, Laskin - Holland & Plaza, take Holland South to Dam Neck. Take Dam Neck East to General Booth Blvd. North on General Booth over Rudee Inlet to Pacific Ave. North to Laskin Rd. West on Laskin, merge onto Virginia Beach Blvd. West to North Plaza Trail (turn left / South). Follow through South Plaza Trail back to starting point: 23 miles
  5. Great Neck North Loop - Cape Henry Trail from Great Neck. East through First Landing Park to 64th St. entrance at Atlantic. South on Atlantic to Laskin. West on Laskin, merge onto Virginia Beach Blvd. Turn onto N. Great Neck Rd. and follow Great Neck back to starting point: 16.8 miles
  6. Eastern Loop - Great Neck at Shore Drive. Go South on Great Neck, cross over Virginia Beach Blvd and continue onto London Bridge Blvd. Go East on Dam Neck to General Booth Blvd. North on General Booth over Rudee Inlet to Pacific, up Pacific to Atlantic. Turn into First Landing Park at 64 th St entrance, follow Cape Henry Trail back to starting point: 26.3 miles

Routes 1, 2, 3, and 6: park behind the shopping center where Hot Tuna Grill resides and jump on the trail right there.

It is illegal in Virginia Beach to ride on sidewalks throughout Town Center or anywhere along the oceanfront from Rudee to 40th Street during tourist season.  But they rarely bother bicyclists unless (a) the cop is a dick or (b) the biker is acting stupid.

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