Free Bike Rentals

Rivanna River Trail

Free Bike Rentals for Trail Rides: April 8 -  May 27

In partnership with the City’s Safe Routes to School Program and Albemarle County Parks & Recreation, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation is offering free 2-hour bike rentals at Darden Towe Park on Thursdays, April 8 - May 27. You can ride the Old Mills Trail along the Rivanna River, with the option of crossing the Free Bridge to ride the Riverview Park trail. Adult and child bike sizes (ages 6 and up) and helmets are available. Bike helmets are provided by Charlottesville Parks & Recreation. Thanks to Community Bikes for donating the adult bikes.

Time slots

  • Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm 
  • Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Pick-up your free bike to rent from Charlottesville Parks & Recreation staff. We are located in Darden Towe Park. Take the first right after the boat launch parking lot. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Participants must turn in their car keys or ID to Charlottesville Parks & Recreation staff when picking up their rental. Keys and IDs will be returned to participants when their bike and helmet is returned.

Bike Pick-Up Map
  1. Rules
  2. COVID-19 Protocol
  3. Inclement Weather

Participants are required to provide their contact information and sign a liability waiver before their rental starts.

Please maintain 10 feet distance between your bike and other riders/walkers. Give warning when passing others and keep distance while passing.

Wear a bike helmet at all times.