Making Things Happen

16 Sep

The RTD published a profile today of Lloyd “Bud” Vye, fellow Richmonder and advocacy director for the Virginia Bicycling Federation.  To the degree that there has been progress at the state level on bicycling in recent years, Bud has assuredly had a hand in it.  He’s also a great example of staying on a bicycle into one’s later years: at 79, he’s still going strong and is hoping to ride the entire Capital Trail after its completion.

Next weekend there is an opportunity for you to make your own mark by helping to create cycling infrastructure in Richmond.  The city is moving forward with creating a road skills facility at the Old Dominion Iron and Nail Factory on Belle Isle.  Next Saturday, 9/22 from 9 am to noon, volunteers will be helping to patch concrete, clean off the concrete floor, and begin stenciling/painting the skills courses on the floor.  Please RSVP to Jake Helmboldt:

There has been quite a bit of press recently surrounding the 2015 World Cycling Championships.  It appears that the old problem of regional cooperation — or more precisely, lack thereof — is showing its face in discussions between organizers and the counties, especially Henrico.  Michael Paul Williams penned a column earlier this week with yet another plea for increased regional cooperation (not just for the races), while a RTD article today reports that planning for the race is “on track.”

C’mon counties!  There is no doubt that you’ll benefit greatly from this event.  And you weren’t involved in the initial bid and planning because, well, you’re not part of Richmond and you seem to like it that way.  I can see finding it hard to justify sinking money into a ball park, but these races are going to bring so much business and exposure to the region, it only makes sense — if only from a self-interested standpoint — to pitch in and make them the best that they can be.  This is the closest the region will get to hosting something like the Olympics, so let’s do it right.


3 Responses to “Making Things Happen”

  1. Brian September 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM #

    It also appears Richmond does not want a Greater Richmond. How does RIchmond commit to such a big undertaking without getting the input and involvement of the entire region? This is like your neighbor asking you to help pay for his new big screen TV because he cant afford it but you can benefit by coming over every now and then to watch a game. Give me a break.

    • bikeablerichmond September 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

      I think there’s plenty of blame to go around in that case if you look at history. I’m just not sure in this case at what point the city was supposed to incorporate the counties in the planning. The race is still 3 years off. And the city spent a lot of time coordinating with the counties on the new ballpark (leaving aside whether that’s a good use of money) and then they just decided to pull out of the deal. You have a point, though, that if the city was expecting to get a good bit of money from the counties, earlier communication would have been a plus.

  2. Ron Corio September 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM #

    Love your last paragraph. The counties do not seem to want a Greater Richmond.

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