Just found out! Hopefully the weather will cooperate on 7/11.
Did you know that in addition to the all of the new lanes and sharrows in Richmond, we also have a (relatively) new greenway with a biking and walking path separated from motorized traffic? If you haven’t had a chance to try out the Cannon Creek Greenway (or maybe didn’t even know about it), this Saturday is a great day to check it out. Not only is it a great trail, it also serves as a nice way to travel between the city’s north side and Shockoe Bottom. And if that’s not enough to lure you, there will also be free food!
If Bicycle Y’all wasn’t enough, you’ll also have an opportunity to join a free 5K Public Safety Bike Ride this Saturday organized by the Richmond Police Department (register here). Kids have to be 8 to participate, and the first 100 kids under 18 who register will get a FREE BIKE and helmet! A community festival will take place at the end. Action begins and ends at Calhoun Family Investment Center, on Calhoun Street near Chamberlayne near Gilpin Court.
The end of May clearly does not mean the end of bicycle-related fun in Richmond. Bicycle Y’all is the best sign of that. With all of the bike stuff happening in Richmond, particularly the beginning of the UCI championships in less that 100 days (!), you can expect we’ll be on a roll (heh) with such things.
In this case it’s the folks behind Secretly Y’all. According to the RVA Mag piece about the event,
…the group brings people together in a place around town every other month to share personal stories in front of each other.
“An event where people tell true stories in front of a live audience based on a theme, that’s kind of our bare bones,” King said. “We ask for submissions, people submit stories to us.”
The storytelling events usually take place at Balliceaux, but this time the group launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough cash to rent to the old GRTC depot at Cary and Robinson (site of the last street art festival). Attendees can expect, not surprisingly, stories about or incorporating bicycles, but also bike sculptures, four square beer, music, and a story bike! And other great stuff.
Co-organizer Kathleen Brady describes the goal this way in the RVA Mag article:
“A big part of the Bicycle Y’all event is to invite in as many people to listen to stories, but also kind of realize that the roads are for everybody in the city,” Brady said. “Cars, bikes, people walking; these roads belong to all of us.”
Heck, yeah! Tickets are $10 and available here.
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 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 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!