Just in time for RVA Bike Month and the “soft re-opening” of downtown, Venture Richmond teamed up with Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA program to install seven new high-capacity bike racks throughout downtown.
Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, describes the project to bring more bike racks downtown below!
Over the past several weeks, I’ve seen a noticeable increase in people of all ages and abilities biking around Richmond – some for recreation and some for transportation. And some for both! As reported by NBC12, Richmond-area bike shops are booming, and several new bike lane projects are underway.
As people slowly start to return to work and begin frequenting downtown shops and restaurants in greater numbers, we hope the increase in biking for transportation will continue. And like my kids say, if you give a mouse a bicycle, it will ask for more bike parking!
That’s why on Friday, May 1, Brantley Tyndall from Bike Walk RVA and I donned masks and gloves and met on Broad Street to start deploying seven new Downtown RVA-branded bike racks. Like the existing racks we installed last year on Grace Street between 4th and 5th Streets, each rack is large enough to comfortably lock 10 bikes, ensuring plenty of capacity (and space for social distancing).
It was a very satisfying day of work in this otherwise strange time, and I felt good knowing we were doing something for the community. We even ran into Kelli Lemon shooting a Facebook Live broadcast as we were installing a rack in front of Urban Hang Suite and she was generous enough to load us up on much-needed caffeine. Thanks, Kelli!
Happy RVA Bike Month, Richmond. We hope you keep up your biking habits and enjoy your cushy new bike parking when you go downtown.
Image Credit: Kenney Starks via Instagram