4 most cycle-savvy cities and streets in WV

street cycling in West Virginia

 

When it comes to cycling, these West Virginia cities know how to share the road.

Pedal through town to explore in these 4 cities.

Here’s where you can find some easy urban rides:

1. Huntington

Ride around the city on a free bike! Huntington is the first American city to implement Bike Surf, a sharing program. Getting started is no sweat. Just reserve a bike online, pick a date and wait for a lock password to arrive in your inbox.

You can also get a free ride if you’re a student or staff at Marshall University with Eco Cycle.

Ready to ride?

  • The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health has segmented paths looping through the city for a combined total of 26 miles.
  • Tour de Path, a regular meetup for casual bikers, takes you through downtown Huntington, Ritter Park and Old Central City.
  • If you’re especially eager to promote road safety and bike lanes, Huntington’s Critical Mass advocacy group meets regularly. Pedal through town and finish things up with a celebratory dinner.

2. Charleston

Grassroots biking is gaining ground in West Virginia’s capital! Charleston’s new master plan— which takes advantage of gridded streets and natural landmarks— will turn the city into a cycling hotspot.

West Virginia Connecting Communities also keeps you in the saddle with regular events, like Bike to Work Day (grab free coffee and pastries!) and Ride of Silence.

For its size, neighboring Kanawha City packs considerable bike power. You’ll definitely want to try the Kanawha City Bike Path, which loops along the riverfront for a total of 7 miles. Green arrows keep you on track.

The Tour de Village Community Bike Ride & Rodeo combines city exploring with entertainment. Police officers will share proper techniques, form and mechanics (do you really know how those gears work?). Then, meet up by the trailhead for a group ride or watch young bikers take on an obstacle course.

3. Morgantown

When it comes to bike smarts, this city is hard to beat. In fact, Morgantown won an award from the League of American Bicyclists. It also has a municipal bicycle board and a Confident City Cycling course.

The city also has miles of atmospheric paths. Hop on Caperton Trail and tour 6 miles of paved lanes. You’ll pass the Monongahela River, historic train sections, the university and dozens of restaurants and cafes.

If you like longer rides, try Deckers Creek Trail. Its 19 miles loop past Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and other distinctive spots.

Added bonus: May is Morgantown Bike Month, with lots of free social events geared towards bike lovers. On Bike to Work Day, pick up coffee or help kids pedal to school!

4. Wheeling

Pedal along historic rail trails while you commute! Wheeling’s Heritage Trails go downtown before winding along the Ohio River, Hempfield Viaduct and an early 20th-century tunnel!

For a taste of Wheeling’s urban bike scene, try the Ohio River Trail. It parallels the waterfront before heading south. Or, embark on the Wheeling Creek Trail, which leads you into Elm Grove neighborhoods.

Wheeling also plans to expand its inner-city bike routes. The Heritage Bicycle Tour raises funds for future trails— including 1 that will eventually connect the city to Washington, D.C.

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