Archive | December, 2016

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is Open!

6 Dec

The completed T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.  Photo from Bike Walk RVA.  

This is a BIG deal.  We have an awesome new pedestrian and bike bridge across the James River, from Brown’s Island to the Manchester climbing wall!  And thanks to some serious lobbying by various groups backing the project, it is wheelchair accessible on both ends.

This is not just another way to get across the river for people on foot and bike.  I think it’s going to be one of the top public spaces in the city.  A place to linger and feel close to the water, take in the river and the city, and just feel very Richmond.

The bridge is named for Tyler Potterfield, who passed away suddenly in May 2014.  As a member of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, an avid cyclist and expert on Richmond’s history and landscape, Tyler was a major force for getting the city behind this project, and he impacted the city in hundreds of other positive ways.  (See Tyler’s obituary here).

See the RTD coverage about the opening of the bridge here.  If you’re up for being part of group photo on the bridge to say “thanks” to the city on Monday 12/12 at 12:30 p.m., rsvp here.