One More Week of Bike Month!

25 May
From ilovebicycling.com.

From ilovebicycling.com.

Maybe I’m just bike-delusional, but I feel like I’m seeing more people on bikes these days.  Nice weather certainly helps.  Discounts at Bellevue merchants might play a role, not to mention all the Bike Month events that have gotten so many of us out, feeling free on two wheels.  Whatever it is, it’s good.

We have only one more week of Bike Month, but I’m going to go with the assumption that it’s just the beginning of a rekindled love affair with bicycles in Richmond (or for some of us, just another four weeks of a long-term relationship).

Here’s what’s in store this week:

Tuesday May 26 – Bryan Park Summer Racing Series

Wednesday May 27 – The Rise of Bicycle Boulevards and Bike Lanes in Richmond

Friday May 29 – Bon Air > Downtown Bike Train

Friday May 29 – Floyd Avenue Fun Ride

Saturday May 30 – Armstrong Bike Park Day

Saturday May 30 – Pedal Through Petals Garden Tour

Sunday May 31 – Richmond History Tour

Bike Month Week 3 + We Have a Plan!

17 May
Mayor Jones announces the completion of Richmond's first Bicycle Master Plan at Friday's Bike to Work Day rally.

Mayor Jones announces the completion of Richmond’s first Bicycle Master Plan at Friday’s Bike to Work Day rally.

Bike Month Week 2 in Richmond was pretty busy, with a bike rodeo in Church Hill, commuter bike trains, and Bike to Work Day commuter stations and a rally downtown.  This week is even more packed, with rides around Wetlands, Windsor Farms, playgrounds, and Church Hill; bike safety classes; and a restaurant flash mob!  See the full list with links below.

At Friday’s Bike to Work Day rally, Mayor Jones officially announced the city’s first-ever Bicycle Master Plan.  The RTD story on the plan is here, and you can find more pics of Bike to Work Day on the Bike Walk RVA Facebook page here.

The Master Plan is not a set-in-stone deal, but gives our bike-ped coordinator and the new city traffic engineer (yay!) a starting point in terms of priorities, goals, etc.  As the RTD reports, the city has 12 new projects outlined for the next 4 years, including a pair of protected bike lanes on Franklin and Main downtown, and four additional bike-walk streets similar to Floyd Avenue:

  • E. Grace Street from Laurel Street to N 9th Street
  • S. Meadow Street from W. Broad Street  to Colorado Ave.
  • E Marshall St/Glenwood Ave from Mosby St. to Government Road
  • Maple Ave. from Park Ave. to Grove Ave

More on that later.  For now, we have some biking to do!  Here’s all the great stuff happening this week:

Monday May 18 – Traffic Skills 101 – Bike Safety and Education Class

Monday May 18 – Windsor Farms Tour

Tuesday May 19 – Bryan Park Summer Racing Series

Friday May 22 – Bon Air > Downtown Bike Train

Saturday May 23 – Giro di Playgrounds

Saturday May 23 – Bike the Wetlands!

Saturday May 23 – Church Hill Bike Saunter and Picnic

Saturday May 23 – Traffic Skills 101 – Bike Safety and Education Class

Sunday May 24 – Bikes Mean Business Restaurant Flash Mob

And don’t forget that 10 businesses on the Northside are offering discounts and special offers to customers who arrive by bicycle this month.  A map of the businesses can be found here, and below is the list:

  • Once Upon a Vine (raffle for $50 gift certificate)
  • Rich’s Stitches (10% discount)
  • Stir Crazy Café (10% discount)
  • Omega Grecian Restaurant (10% discount)
  • The Mill (10% discount)
  • The Eclectic Cottage (10% discount)
  • Little House Green Grocery (10% discount)
  • Expressions Hair Salon (10% discount)
  • Nicola Flora (10% discount)
  • Bellevue Dry Cleaners (10% discount)

Bike to Work — Treats and a Rally!

13 May

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Bike to Work Day is this Friday.  Could be that for you bike to work day is every day, which is awesome.  If it’s not, why not give it a shot?  You could find yourself addicted.

To help reward your diligent commuting or entice you into biking addiction, Bike Walk RVA has organized commuter stations at five different locations from 7-9 am.  You can get treats, smiles, and high-fives as you make your way to work:

  • Floyd and Morris (VCU Monroe Park Campus)
  • 2nd Street north of the Belvidere Bridge (VA War Memorial)
  • Leigh and 11th just west of MLK Viaduct (MCV)
  • 10th and Cary (James Center Plaza)
  • Leigh and Lombardy (Across from Sugar Shack)

And if you already have your bike at work, why not head over to the James Center at noon for a Bike to Work Day Rally with Mayor Jones?  Here’s the scoop:

Bring or buy your lunch from one of downtown’s many food trucks, grab your bike, and gather with your friends and colleagues in the James Center Plaza (corner of S 10th St. and E. Cary St.) for a Bike to Work Day Rally and ride.  Mayor Jones will make a special announcement a little after noon, followed by a group ride up Main St., around Monroe Park, and down Franklin — following the route of the proposed protected bike lanes on Main and Franklin.

We’ll end in front of the Capital around 1 PM and send you on your way to work, smile on your face!

RSVP here if you plan to attend.  See you there!

Bike Month Week 2: Bike to Work Day, Church Hill Bike Parade, and Much More!

8 May
The Taco Crawl got a great turnout.  From Bike Walk RVA.

The Taco Crawl got a great turnout. From Bike Walk RVA.

Lots more great stuff going on next week, including Bike to Work Day May 15.  Especially if you bike to work downtown or can otherwise make it, consider heading to the Bike to Work Rally with Mayor Jones at noon at the James Center downtown to show your support for bike infrastructure in the city!

Monday May 11 – Downtown Bike Lanes meeting

May 12-14 – Bike Counts

Thursday May 14 – 5Point Film Festival opener to Dominion Riverrock

May 15-17 – Dominion Riverrock

Friday May 15 – Bike to Work Day Rally with Mayor Jones

Friday May 15 – Bon Air > Downtown Bike Train

Saturday May 16 – Church Hill Bike Parade and Rodeo

Trying Out a Protected Lane on Brook Road and Loving It

5 May
Wouldn't it be great to be able to do this all of the time?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do this all of the time on Brook Road?  To encourage people of all ages and abilities to use bicycles to get around as well as have fun, we need spaces separated from cars (and lowering that speed limit wouldn’t hurt either).

About 80 riders of all ages turned out for the first-ever Spring Fun Family Ride on May 3.  

The event was organized by Bike Walk Northside and Bikablerichmond.com to encourage bicycling for fitness, transportation, and fun — and to highlight the need for a protected bicycle lane on Brook Road to connect Northside neighborhoods with VCU and downtown.  Rag and Bones Bicycle Co-op was on hand to help riders with bicycle adjustments and give away free bikes, and Holton Elementary School Principal David Hudson was joined Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan as costume contest judges.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, including Bike Walk RVA folks and Union Presbyterian Seminary for lots of support!

Winners of the costume contest got free tickets to the Children's Museum of Richmond.

Winners of the costume contest got free tickets to the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

Members of Rag and Bones Bicycle Co-Op were helped by bicycle guru Kirk O'Brien  in taking care of adjustments and repairs.

Members of Rag and Bones Bicycle Co-Op were helped by bicycle guru Kirk O’Brien in taking care of adjustments and repairs.

This Week’s Bike Month Fun

4 May

If you break out your light saber right now you can probably make it to the Star Wars ride!  Otherwise there are lots of other great possibilities:

Monday May 4 – May the Fourth Bike With You (Star Wars ride)

Tuesday May 5 – Cinco de Bike-o Taco Crawl

Thursday May 7 – Craft Brewery Cruise

Friday May 8 – Bon Air > Downtown Bike Train

Saturday May 9 – Cap2Cap Ride, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation

Richmond’s First Bike-Friendly Business District Coming to Northside

30 Apr

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There are a lot of ways to encourage people to use bicycles to get around: building bike lanes and providing parking, organizing rides, and providing incentives, to name a couple.  The idea of a Bicycle-Friendly Business District (BFBD) is to encourage or take advantage of bike-friendly conditions, and give people a little extra nudge to make that shopping or restaurant trip by bicycle by offering them a discount or some other perk.

For the month of May, a total of 10 businesses (and counting) on Bellevue and MacArthur Avenues in Richmond’s Bellevue neighborhood are participating in Richmond’s first BFBD.  From the Bike Walk RVA press release: “It will serve as the city’s first self-proclaimed bicycle-friendly business district, and participating businesses will offer discounts and other special deals for people who arrive by bike during the month of May. Participating businesses will be identified by window-clings displayed in their front windows starting May 1.”  Most are offering discounts of 10% for those who arrive by bike, and some are doing a raffle for cycling customers.

So hop on your bike and ride — down the block or across town — and support these bike-friendly businesses while saving some $$.  A map of participating Bellevue businesses and nearby bike racks can be found here (participating businesses highlighted in green).

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