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Will the Center of the Universe Become More Bike/Pedestrian Friendly?

I recently exchanged emails with Shihan Wijeyeratne, the Sports Backers‘ Community Engagement Coordinator. He alerted me to an event coming up that Ashland/greater Hanover residents (and those who think our communities are stronger when people have more bike/pedestrian-friendly connections) should be aware of.

A bike in downtown Ashland.

“We’re hosting two ‘Bike Walk Talks’ in the Town of Ashland/Hanover County next month,” Wijeyeratne wrote. “These are informal, happy hour-style events where we hear what residents have to say about changes they would like to see made to the biking and walking environment in Hanover/Ashland. We’re hoping to use these events to build momentum as Hanover County gears up for an update of their comprehensive plan, and as we get ready to launch our next Bike Walk RVA Academy in Hanover this spring.”

And in a blog post on their website, the SBs write: The Hanover County Board of Supervisors recently created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Engagement Committee and will be exploring ways to plan for a more bikeable and walkable county in the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update. And we’ll soon be launching a Bike Walk RVA Academy in Hanover to help increase public engagement and advocacy throughout this process.

We want to tell you more about all of these exciting developments! That’s why we’re hosting two informal “Bike Walk Talk” happy hours in Hanover County over the next month. Please join us, have some food and drink, and let’s discuss how we can work together to make Hanover County a better place to walk, bike, and live for everyone.

More info on Bike Walk Talk: Mechanicsville on February 2

More info on Bike Walk Talk: Ashland on February 9 

 

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Advice for Those Resolving to Bike More in 2017

We’ve almost reached the end of 2016. Time to start those annual New Year’s resolutions that you never keep. Only this year, pick something that will really make a difference in your life, like riding a bike.

Whether you do it for recreation or to get where you want to go, owning, maintaining and riding a bike should become a part of your 2017 goals to make it a great year.

Biking the Virginia Capital Trail

Biking the Virginia Capital Trail

For the first time, I tracked my cycling miles and routes in 2016. It started out as an experiment but became very addicting and definitely spurred me to bike more often. I used the Strava cell phone app, but there are many similar options. I didn’t begin the year with a mileage goal, but once I started seeing a consistent measure of how far I could ride, how many calories I could burn and how little time difference there was between my motorized commute versus my cycling commute, I was hooked.

I eventually targeted 100 miles a week, which ideally would include mainly commuter miles. My goal was to eliminate car miles. I biked more than 4,000 miles in 2016, with slightly more than 2,000 miles during my 115 commute rides this year — not including about 400 additional miles to work assignments. I also biked another 600 miles for errands, volunteer events, meetings and more. I biked so much that I dropped my rarely-used gym membership ($91 monthly), a parking deck fee at my old job ($40 monthly) and saved about $3 a day in fuel (plus wear-and-tear on my car). I lost about 10 pounds too, a nice bonus.

The benefits of bike commuting didn’t stop there. I’ve made it a habit and look forward to riding every day. At no point have I dreaded my commute (although unexpected storms have caused me to alter plans). I have seen and appreciated so much more of the Richmond region by bike than I could ever see by car. Not so much the cool and iconic places around town, but the little things. Biking is performed at the right speed to absorb what you are seeing and it is so much easier to stop and have a closer look without having to find a parking spot. Also, it is much more convenient by bike to take a different route every time, making each commute an opportunity for a discovery adventure. I have even used off-road routes to ride my mountain bike to work on occasion, which really does turn a commute into an adventure.

By adventure, I don’t mean competing against vehicles on fast-moving 45 mph roadways. For the majority of my commutes, I ride neighborhood streets with posted speeds between 25-35 mph. It makes for a more pleasant experience. There are places where you have to cross major roads or mix in with traffic, which may take some courage and time to build your confidence, but don’t get discouraged. Follow proper biking techniques and ride predictably so drivers can adjust to your speed and give you space. I ride in a travel lane in the same direction as the rest of the moving traffic. I almost never ride on a sidewalk (though it is legal in Virginia) because it creates too many potential problems for pedestrians (and vehicles too). I use hand signals and communicate with motorists and pedestrians as best I can and expect them to reciprocate.

Bike to Work Day 2015

Bike to Work Day, May 15, 2015.

I’ve spoken with dozens of bike commuters in the past year, learning from their habits and best practices. Distances ranged from 2-3 miles daily to more than 30 miles round trip. Their reasons for biking varied from saving money, better fitness, better mental health to being more environmentally friendly. A few were able to reduce the number of cars they owned. Some combined their bike commute with a bus ride. Many talked about how biking improved their social life and helped them make new friends. For those commuting year-round it gets much tougher in the peak of the summer heat and the freezing low temperatures of the winter. Planning ahead matters.

Need more motivation? Here are a few suggestions for anyone planning to commute by bike:

Get a bike. Simple. It doesn’t take an amazing and expensive bike, but find one that fits your body and your commute.For instance, years ago I used to ride my mountain bike long distances on paved surfaces because I didn’t own another bike. Then I bought a used road bike with a rack and my comfort levels went way up. Also, make sure the bike is tuned up, the tires are pumped and the brakes work. Bike shops can do this cheaply or an internet search can teach you. Add a bike bottle cage to hold a water and I suggest you travel with a bike lock just in case. Consider a bike repair kit too.

Accessorize. There are things you’ll need to make a commute safer and more fun. Bright clothing is encouraged, but not required. Helmets are encouraged, but not required. I almost always wear one and end up having to wash it occasionally because of sweat. I wear regular athletic clothing, including my footwear. If you’re going to ride longer distances and plan to change your clothing once you reach your destination, consider padded bike shorts too. Dress in layers so you can remove them if you get hot or can add if you get cold. In the cold months, a good pair of gloves or even bar mitts (shields for your hands to protect from the wind) will make a ride more comfortable.

Bags. Get a bike bag of some sort, especially if you add a bike rack. Panniers, saddlebags, bike bags…whatever you call them, they can become essential to enjoying a daily bike commute. Backpacks work too, but they will make you sweat and add weight to your body.

Lights. Bike lights for the front (white) and back (red) are required by Virginia law when it is dark. I suggest rechargeable USB lights that are easy to attach and remove — worth the extra money. Get in a habit of recharging them often so you don’t get stranded if they lose charge.

Bike lane on Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County

Bike lane on Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County

Plan your route. Know where you are going before you bike. Use an online mapping tool to plan and measure the distance. That will help you to know about how long it will take to ride and you’ll know where you are (most of the time). Ride the route for fun before you do it as a commute to become more familiar. Pick safer routes away from high motorized traffic volumes whenever possible, even if it means you might ride a little further. Enjoying your ride and removing stress from fast-moving cars is worthwhile. Don’t like a route? Change it. If you get tired of a route, try a new one. Add routes past your favorite beverage and food stops. Become a bike tourist in your town.

Establish a routine. For me, this was the key. Eliminate the excuses and commit. Start with the essentials and don’t be too hard on yourself when you forget something. Put all your bike gear in a consistent location. Packing ahead of time helps so that you can double check and hopefully not leave essential items behind (keys, wallets, credit cards, access passes to a workplace, etc.). If you are packing clothes to change into once you reach work, make sure you pack everything (including shoes, belts, socks/hosiery, undergarments, etc.). I usually pack my lunch ahead of time, often the night before so that I gain a few more minutes in the morning. It all adds up to more time to ride if you plan ahead.

Of course, not every day will work out to be a bike day, depending on your line of work. Knowing your day and what meetings and out-of-office times ahead of time is essential. For some, keeping a nice set of work clothes at the office for those “needs to be pressed” days really helps. Not every office has understanding employers, bike parking, showers, company car to borrow, access to public transit, etc. Parents with little children have to plan around daycare and school schedules and often around their spouse’s schedule as well. Find your comfort level…and then gradually push yourself until you’re able to bike more often.

If your bike commute isn’t safe enough, ask for better bike infrastructure and for more consideration to be given to non-vehicular travel from your locality. Be prepared to ask several times and make time to attend public meetings and events where your voice can be heard. Check in with Bike Walk RVA for more advocacy information. If you bike commute by trails, consider volunteering with rvaMORE, the local trails advocacy group.

If transit can help boost your commute, consider adding a bus, taxi or some other mode of travel before you slump back into the cocoon of your personal vehicle. I’ve taken the bus about 10 times when weather was predicted to be a factor in my bike commute but I really wanted to avoid the car. Again, it takes planning ahead, but definitely worth the effort.

NOTE: Phil Riggan is a transportation planner for the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. This article was not written as a part of his work program. However, if you have any questions or want to share your bike commuting tips, post them in the comments or contact him at priggan@richmondregional.org.

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25 Miles of New Bike Lanes Could Look Like This…

Plastic posts separating car from bicycle traffic.

Plastic posts separating car from bicycle traffic.

Blogging on the Sports Backers’ website, Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan offers a summary of Tuesday’s big bike lane meeting, where city planners presented designs for 25 total miles of new bike lanes in 10 or so different corridors.

Hepp-Buchanan described some those designs as being “in the near-final stages and others in earlier, more conceptual stages.”

It’s been over a year since the City striped a new bike lane on our streets, and people are eager to see more. The excitement was palpable, radiating from the packed room of around 140 attendees…While people were excited about the new mileage, not everyone was as excited about the actual designs. The big takeaway: people want physical protection from traffic. Only one corridor (Franklin Street) provided physical separation in the form of plastic posts, and even that protection was sacrificed for a couple of blocks to make room for on-street parking.

Click here to read more from Hepp-Buchanan and here to check out the designs on the city’s website. Comments on the new designs will be accepted through mid-December.

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Pushing Richmond for 20 (More) Miles of Bike Lanes

I wanted to pass along this email from BikeWalk RVA because I think it’s hugely important in moving us forward as a city that’s friendly to bicyclists and incentivizes bicycle travel.

rvabikelanesmeeting_emailheaderThe City of Richmond hasn’t striped a new bike lane in over a year, but that’s about to change. On November 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., the city is hosting a big meeting at the Main Library on Franklin Street to publicly vet plans for OVER 20 MILES of new bike lanes. These include 90% plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Franklin St. between Monroe Park and the Capitol at 9th St and 30% plans for seven other bikeway corridors in the city that would combine to make 20 new miles of bike lanes in Richmond!

The consultants and City of Richmond staff need you to be there to provide support and evaluate the bikeway designs! They need to know that you support building bikeways that are safe, comfortable, and intuitive for families, those new to riding, and visitors to Richmond. Bike lanes should be protected with flex posts, planters, parked cars, or other barriers whenever possible. If not, as we have learned from other bike lane projects, people will drive and/or park in them.

The plans being presented will be in different stages of completion, so your feedback is going to be super important in informing what the final products look like.

Here are a couple of questions to consider going into the meeting: 

What makes you feel most comfortable when riding in a bike lane? Would you prefer physical protection separating you from traffic (plastic posts, curb, planter boxes, parked cars), or are painted stripes enough? What is most likely to get more people riding?What would it take for an 80-year-old grandmother to feel safe riding to the store? Or for her to feel confident allowing her 8-year-old grandchild to bike to school?

 

Click here to let BikeWalk RVA know that you’ll be there in support of more bike lanes in Richmond.

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High Bridge Trail State Park Offers Variety of Great Ways to Explore Farmville

High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville

This past weekend I spent the day hiking and biking the High Bridge Trail State Park in and around Farmville. The weather was perfect and the trip wound up being a rewarding physical challenge.

High Bridge Trail State ParkThe trail is a former rail bed and the surface is crushed and compacted limestone, suitable for whatever bike style you prefer. At 31 miles long, it’s primarily programmed for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. It is approximately 10-12 feet wide (think double track) and there are no steep climbs or downhills – remember, trains once ran this hills and trains don’t like steep climbs and descents.

It is easy to know where you are at all times as the trail is well-marked, with distance markers every half mile. Most of the entire corridor is at least partially shaded and there are few road crossings due to the power that railroad companies have always had in limiting interruptions to safe passage for their trains.

The most significant feature of the park is the High Bridge itself. It is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States, according to the Virginia State Parks.

If you are hiking, most visitors park at the River Road trailhead and walk about a mile to the bridge. The view of the valley below and the Appomattox from the bridge is fantastic and certainly the highlight for most visitors.

High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville

In my handful of previous visits to High Bridge, I had only biked the trail. I usually park in Farmville and bike the 10-mile round-trip to the bridge and back. This trip, I had more time (and my family didn’t come with me), so I decided to hike 4.5 miles from Farmville, after leaving my bike at River Road for the return trip.

I was ambitious, hoping to bike the entire trail (62 miles, out and back) after hiking 8 miles. I fell short, calling it quits after biking 37 miles. It was a lot hotter than I expected and I ran out of water (dumb) and energy (I shouldn’t have skimped on lunch). I never made it east of the High Bridge, missing out on the towns of Rice, Moran and the east end of the trail, which is located just shy of Burkeville.

Because the trail is a former railway line, it is a better match for the speed of a cyclist or on horseback. Other than the bridge, there just isn’t as much to see for hikers and the distances are too great, but Virginia State Parks is working on that.

Under the bridge at High Bridge Trail State Park in FarmvilleThis summer, they opened a spur trail (not bikeable) on the south end of the bridge at Camp Paradise, an earthen fortification from the Civil War. The loop trail offers a chance to see the structure from underneath the bridge and to walk along the banks of the Appomattox.

Seeing the massive bridge from below was amazing. It was originally built in 1853 and has been through many upgrades and repairs and has obviously seen its share of history. The steel girders and ancient brick piers are so much more impressive up close from underneath.

From a cycling standpoint, one thing I’ll say about trying to bike the entire trail – it is mentally tougher to tame than I expected. I’ve biked that distance before, but not after first hiking 8 miles. That wasn’t it. Maybe it was the lack of cold water or hunger messing with me, but the trail west of Farmville has a monotonous sameness to it. And it seemed like it was uphill both ways.

Headed west from Farmville, as I rounded each bend, I continually expected some downhill. When I reached the end of the trail in Pamplin City, I figured I’d turn around and coast back into have a beer once I got back to Farmville. Didn’t happen. Even after looking at the topography after my ride, I’m still not convinced the trail isn’t uphill in each direction.

Enough about me. I witnessed lots of families out for perhaps their first distance bike ride. One such family said they made it about halfway from Farmville, decided it was too long and turned around. The mother promised they would be back, saying that they were working on improving their endurance.

If you go, Farmville is about 60 miles from Richmond. Expect a parking fee at the state park trailheads ($2 to $3 depending on the day of the week). Parking at the trailhead in Farmville was free.

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Report: RVA Could Host New Cycling Event in 2017

Riders in last year's team trial world championships navigate Richmond's roads.

Riders in last year’s team trial world championships navigate Richmond’s roads.

Late summer sojourns to the mountains and the Rivah have meant a long gap between posts here at RichmondOutside. But the trips are over, the kids are headed back to school and it’s time to get back Richmond’s booming outdoor scene. It’s perfect timing, too, because here comes more (possible) proof about the boom.

Cyclingtips.com recently reported that a new UCI road cycling event could be headed to Richmond. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Michael Better, wrote that “two new UCI stage races for the United States are being planned for 2017, in Colorado and Virginia…The proposed East Coast event, based in Richmond, Virginia, does not appear on the draft calendar of the 2017 UCI America Tour. The proposed date for the Richmond (race) is believed to be early September.”

I first saw the report from Cyclingtips.com in RVAMag.com, and if you were here for the UCI World Cycling Championships a year ago, I don’t need to tell you how exciting this would be. Better went on to write that the proposed new UCI races would be stages races, but “shorter than usual — perhaps four or five days — and use one centrally located hotel as a base, utilizing surrounding towns for stage starts and finishes, rather than travel from town to town.”

Tim Miller, the chief operating officer at Richmond 2015, the organizing committee for the 2015 world road championships, is rumored to be overseeing the new Richmond stage race, Better reported, but Miller did not return a request for comment.

Stay tuned!

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The Kickstand — Bike Rental, Sales, Service Shop — Now Open on Va. Capital Trail

IMG_0382Man, it’s hot out there. Maybe not the best day for a ride on the Virginia Capital Trail, at least not midday. But when it cools down — maybe in September? — there are great options for riding Virginia’s newest greenway.

Back in late May I wrote about Richmond Cycling Corps unveiling The Kickstand, a bicycle rental, sales and service shop right on the Cap Trail (as it’s affectionately known). Well, the Kickstand opened in July, and it’s even cooler than I imagined.

It’s located in the grassy parking area just west of the Intermediate Terminal Building, next to where Gillies Creek enters the James River. You can’t miss the repurposed shipping container, now that it’s painted teal and has dozens of bikes arrayed around it. It’s soft opening was July 16, and the shop hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m.

The Kickstand also sells basic bike gear, like tubes and chain lube, and offers an on-site mechanic for tune-ups and tweaks. Maybe the coolest aspect of the venture is that it offers jobs staffing the shop for the RCC youth. Part of that job description is trail patrol. Every day the Kickstand is open, the kids, who have been trained in first aid and basic bike maintenance, head out for a 20-mile round trip on the trail offering mechanical assistance, first aid, water, and other aid to any trail users who might need it. They will also be available by calling a designated number, with the Kickstand serving as dispatch.

If you need to rent a bike, the Kickstand is now your place in downtown Richmond. To learn more, click here.

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Richmond Cycling Corps to Open Bike Rental Shop on Va. Capital Trail

On May 14th, I wrote about how Richmond Cycling Corps is moving its headquarters to a formerly vacant building much closer to the kids the group serves (mostly in Fairfield Court). As I said in that post, RCC always seems to be up to something big. Now comes more evidence. This summer they’ll launch a new venture — a bike rental shop on the Virginia Capital Trail in Richmond called The Kickstand. I recently caught up with RCC Director of Development Matt Crane to find out more about it. Here’s our interview.
An aerial view of the Sugar Pad (water front concrete structure) RCC's "Kickstand" bike rental shop will be located.

An aerial view of the area where RCC’s “Kickstand” bike rental shop will be located.

RO: How long has this been in the works? Who’s idea was it? How did it come together?

MC: The Kickstand came about from an idea hatched by Richmond Cycling Corps Executive Director Craig Dodson in late summer of 2015. He was spending significant time on the Virginia Capital Trail, especially the section by Rockett’s Landing, and was struck by the incredible volume of trail users. He immediately realized the potential for a bicycle rental service there. Through the Richmond Bicycle Studio, our full-service bike shop, we’ve received a significant number of queries about bicycle rental over the past few years. A rental service had always been in the back of our minds as an expansion of earned income for RCC; seeing the potential on the Capital Trail put it all together.
The last piece to fall into place, and which truly made the whole thing click, was the realization that The Kickstand project would not only serve as earned income for RCC, but would provide a means of creating employment for the youth in Richmond’s East End public housing that RCC serves.
Putting all of this into place was only possible because of the support of the City of Richmond, which has been a steadfast supporter from the inception of the project. Seed funding from The Robins Foundation has allowed us to get started on this right away, and we are incredibly grateful for that.
RO: Can you give me some of the basic details for the Kickstand? Where will it be located exactly? When does it open? Hours of operation? How many kids will staff it? Will it offer anything besides bike rentals? What kinds of will be available bikes? Open all year? Seasonal?
MC: Location: Grassy parking area just west of the Intermediate Terminal Building next to where Gillies Creek enters the James River
Opens: TBD. Looking at mid-June.
Hours: 8am-12pm, 4pm-8pm. Open Spring, Summer, Fall.
Staff: 3-5 youth
Rentals: Fleet of Kona bicycles, including hybrids of all sizes and a tandem.
Offers: Mechanical assistance and repairs, basic supplies, cold drinks
Also: Bicycle Patrol of RCC youth! In the style of a ski patrol, these youth will be equipped with first aid training, and will be prepared to offer mechanical assistance, first aid, water, and other assistance to trail users. They will be available by calling a designated number; The Kickstand will serve as dispatch.
The Va. Capital Trail near the Richmond/Henrico line. Credit: VDOT

The Va. Capital Trail near the Richmond/Henrico line. Credit: VDOT

RO: What do you hope the kids get out of this?

MC: Our youth will gain summer employment, interaction with the community, on-the-job training, and a chance to offer their experience and value as cyclists toward helping other riders.
RO: What do you hope the Richmond community gets from the rental shop?
MC: Richmond stands to gain significantly by opening up the beautiful Virginia Capital Trail to more users. Anyone in the community will now have access to the trail — both those without bicycles, or those who do not have the ability to ride or drive their bike down to the trail. This will also open up tourist use of the trail — currently there is no bicycle rental available on the trail itself. Visitors to Richmond will have the ability to use the Va. Capital Trail on bicycles.
RO: How does this fit with the RCC mission?
MC: The RCC mission is about so much more that bicycles; at heart, we are an empowerment program for youth in poverty. We choose the bicycle as our tool for the momentous task of breaking youth free from systemic poverty. Providing employment, and connections to the community, is essential to this. The Kickstand will open up new paths to employment.
RCC believes not just in empowering youth, but in creating a sustainable non-profit operation through empowered income generation. By creating self-sufficient funding through earned income, we are able to more solidly position ourselves to be of maximum service to our youth. We have made a commitment to never let them down, and by taking care of our financial future, we are ensuring that the opportunities we provide will be available for years to come.
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Richmond Cycling Corps Is On the Move

Our friends at Richmond Cycling Corps always seem to be up to something big. Case in point: the above video (shot by Jack Anderson) showcasing the new headquarters they’ll be moving into. (Click here to donate to the cause.)

From their website:

We have made a commitment to empower young people living in poverty by fully placing ourselves and our resources at their service. We are now ready to enter the fabric of the community we serve so that we can be of maximum availability and usefulness.

Richmond Cycling Corps has purchased an historic building, at 2123 Fairmount Avenue, just seven blocks from Fairfield Court public housing in Richmond VA’s poverty dense East end. We are turning this building into a resource unlike anything our youth have yet had access to. It will serve as the base of operations for the nation’s premier youth cycling program, but more importantly, as a home away from home with access to mentors and virtually unlimited resources for their empowerment. The opportunities provided by this project will establish a beacon toward the future, a vision for a life beyond poverty. One youth at a time, we will lead them toward the mainstream, and toward the unlimited future that is theirs to work for once they get there. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 1.39.43 PMThe only way out of public housing is to literally get out of public housing. The youth Richmond Cycling Corps is committed to serving are all growing up in this condition. By and large, they are the third or fourth generation in their family to do so. If nothing changes, nothing changes. 

The most important fact of this project is that we will be accessible to our youth. However, transportation and equipment storage logistics are noteworthy as well. We stand to gain significant savings in time and costs by more wisely locating our resources.

We feel, to our core, that the work we do with young people represents a commitment toward the future. The public housing environment is perhaps the most significant factor pertaining to the growth potential and future stability for the youth we work with. We know that the most vital step we can take toward our goal of breaking the cycle of poverty is to invest in the communities which foster it. 

Highlights:

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VCTF Marks Cap2Cap Ride’s 11th Year

Tomorrow the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation’s Cap2Cap ride will go off for the 11th straight year. For the previous 10 the event had two start/finish lines: one in Williamsburg and one in Richmond at Rocketts Landing.

This year VCTF Executive Director Beth Weisbrod told me, they decided to consolidate the event at a single location at the Charles City County Courthouse– “which was a bit of a risk,” she said. “But we hope it will up the party factor, to have one big party as opposed to two smaller ones.”

The Virginia Capital Trail where it crosses Parrish Hill Creek: Credit: VDOT

The Virginia Capital Trail where it crosses Parrish Hill Creek: Credit: VDOT

Weisbrod said they should hit their goal of 2,000 or so participants riding one of four distances: 100, 60, 25 and 15 miles. Not quite the 2015 record of 2,400 riders but not bad at all considering the trail itself has been open since October 2015.

Now that the Jamestown-to-Richmond trail is complete, Weisbrod said that the mission of the VCTF has morphed from one of overseeing promotion of the trail to “promotion, enhancement and continued development…and let’s throw some maintenance in there, cause we’re doing some of that, too.”

No longer just a cheerleader for the trail’s completion, the VCTF now works to provide amenities like  bike racks, bike fix-it stations, benches, and rain shelters, Weisbrod said. All of those — 35 “non-sign amenities” — are currently in the works for different sections of the 55-mile trail and should in by late summer.

laughThe group also has installed 9 trail counters in different locations along the path, which will help with resource allocation once they have a long period of reliable data.

“These numbers are absolute gold. The more trends we can discern, the more valuable they’ll become,” she said.

If you live in Richmond and you haven’t checked out the Virginia Capital Trail yet, head down to the Richmond trailhead at Great Shiplock Park (at the intersection of Pear and Dock Streets) with a bike and head west. Jamestown is just about 55 miles away…

 

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