May is officially Bike Month, and the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB) have put together a full slate of bicycling activities; at least one for each day of the month. There are events for cyclists of all abilities. They include family activities, such as an ice cream social and the 19th annual Pedal the Parkway. There are rides in Historic Williamsburg and in rural Charles City County. Pedal the Parkway is, by far, the most popular event. Each year on the first Saturday in May (this year on May 7), the National Park Service closes the portion of The Colonial Parkway between Williamsburg and Jamestown to motor traffic from 8 am to 1 pm. This scenic eight mile stretch is open only to cyclists, walkers and runners. At the midpoint WAB will be providing beverages and snacks, including Rita's Ice. Pedal the Parkway is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. It is not uncommon to see three generations of a family cycling together, parents walking with children in strollers and children atop pedal-less "striders". The event is free of charge and is financed by donations from area businesses and individuals. For a complete calendar of rides and activities go to, find us on Facebook or contact Jim Gullo at

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