On Sunday, May 14, 2017 the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation partnered with RideSolutions to create a new bicycle tour called History by Bike.

    The four-mile bike route began at the Compton-Bateman House in Villa Heights and then wound through the Melrose Neighborhood past other historic homes. For the inaugural ride, volunteers from the RVPF were stationed at each site to give a brief history for the riders. In the future, RideSolutions will promote this route, called the “Melrose Historic and Endangered Sites,” as a self-guided tour.