Righteous Rides

14 May

There are a lot of good reasons to use a bicycle to get around.  Brantley Tyndall, who’s active in the Richmond cycling scene in all kinds of ways (not the least of which includes being a major force behind VCU’s increasing bike-friendliness), has a great post on RideRichmond that hits the nail about why it’s great to ride.  In this case it’s not just about everyday riding, but also why he’s participating in the Climate Ride from NYC to Washington later this month.  If after reading you feel inspired to be a sponsor, head over to this link.  He is raising funds for some great Richmond organizations, including RideRichmond, Tricycle Gardens, Pedal Power, and Enrichmond.

Speaking of riding for a good cause, Richmond.com recently reported that a record number of riders signed up for the annual Capital to Capital or Cap2Cap ride between Richmond and Williamsburg (riders can start at either end) that benefits the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.  I’m sad to report that I was not one of them: the commencement ceremony where I teach is always on the same day!

I’m happy to see so many people supporting the foundation, not just because of the money raised, but also because it sends a clear message that people support the trail’s construction.

To readers of this blog that may seem like a no-brainer.  Yet I’ve been left with the impression that Henrico County (not known for its enthusiasm for bicycling infrastructure) has not been especially helpful in efforts to get the Varina section of the path completed.  For a while they apparently wanted only a widened shoulder on Route 5, which would have made that section of the trail (and probably the Richmond section as well) much less appealing, especially to families and less experienced riders.  Especially if you happen to live in Henrico, it can’t hurt to contact your representative on the Board of Supervisors and the County Manager Virgil Hazelett and let them know you support the trail as designed by VDOT and as it exists in the already completed sections, namely as a separated path.

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