Good News and Weekend Events!

11 Sep

A Buffered Bike Lane!

Yes, that’s right.  According to Church Hill People’s News, crews are out today converting the rightmost lane on each side of the MLK Bridge (aka Leigh Street viaduct) into a buffered bike lane.  Let’s hope this is the first of many that will be installed soon.  And the approaches to the MLK lane (if you’re heading east on Leigh) are also in place, with bright green paint and everything!

Traffic Skills 101

Ride Richmond is hosting a Traffic Skills 101 course this Saturday.  The course includes both classroom instruction and on-bike practice to help people ride more safely and confidently in traffic.  The fee is $25.00.

The on-bike portion will be at RideRichmond’s soon-to-be-open Binford Bike Park skills course and Binford Middle School in The Fan to be used for safety drills, and the rest of the class will cover basic traffic laws, best practices, crash prevention, and equipment and gear.  Afterward, there is a group ride to put it all into facilitated practice.

Register here!

Spoke and Hop Fest

And after that’s done you could head over to the Spoke and Hop Fest at Hardywood from 12-9 pm.  Here’s what the Hardywood site says:

Please come out and celebrate handmade bicycles, bicycling in general, great craft beer and beer making and all the cast of characters that come with each.

This event will showcase a combination of over 50 cycling advocates, vendors, Virginia breweries and fabricators at Hardywood, include all-inclusive sampling for guests, live music, film, food and demonstrations.

Proceeds from the Richmond Spoke and Hop Fest will benefit both the Richmond Regional Ride Center, an organization with the goal of rehabilitating and constructing a total of over 70 miles of off-road cycling trails in Pocahontas State Park and the James River Park System, and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild providing a foundation for our rising culture of craft beer in Virginia.

Tickets are $35 for adults in advance and includes beer samples.  Designated drivers and folks under 21 can get “special pricing,” and kids under 10 are free.

Heart of Virginia

And if that were not enough bike stuff for one day, RABA is holding its annual Heart of Virginia Bike Festival in Hanover County.  If you register today the cost is $55.  10-, 34-, 64-, and 101-mile options available.


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