Thanks so much for making this Bike Month Commuter Challenge a success! Also a major thanks to Mayor Dwight Jones, Richmond City Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Trails coordinator Jakob Helmboldt, City Councilmen Parker Agelasto and Jon Baliles, and our partners at the Greater Richmond Bicycle Coalition, especially the bike shop partners that brought you deals for Bike Month: Pibby’s, Balance, Bunnyhop, and Pedal Power. This type of challenge would not be possible without the support of our sponsors at Giant Bicycles and Richmond2015, as well as VCU RamBikes, VCU Outdoor Adventure Program, and VCU Goes Green.
Participants: 143 (up 78%)
Total Miles: 12983 (up 100%)
Average days commuted : 9.84 (slight increase)
Average commute distance: 10 miles (up 1.5 miles)
Top 10, Days Commuted
Top 10, mileage
RideRichmond is proud to announce our Richmond Cycle Smart initiative, leading a team of trained and certified cycling instructors to educate one and all on how to ride safely, with a message for both cyclists and drivers. We partner with VDOT’s Virginia Safe Routes to School program to offer bike training to Richmond area schools, have led a number of cycling clinics and symposia over the past few years for adults and Richmond college-age population, and work with local organizations to develop new educational materials.
- Contact Richmond Cycle Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the following opportunities.
School Bike Rodeos
As a partner with Virginia Safe Routes to School, we can teach bike education and conduct safe and fun bike rodeos at your local elementary and middle school. Let’s get our kids learning early and often and help them develop the skills to ride to school to stay healthy, active, and to make our school areas safe for everyone.
Wednesday May 29th: Bike Rodeo at Pocahontas Middle School from 3:30-5:30. All kids (and their parents) welcome.
Brown Bag Lunch sessions at your office
We would be happy to lead a quick class on bike commuting at your business or place of employment. Help your company reduce its parking load, meet its sustainability and health goals, and have a little fun getting to and from work! We can help your business become a Bicycle Friendly Business!
Classes based on League of American Bicyclists curricula
Our Richmond Cycle Smart team are all League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors. We can teach basic and advanced classes including information on safe riding, basic bike maintenance, traffic laws, and more. We can also help you get plugged in to a variety of recreational riding opportunities in the area.
Thursday May 30th: Cycling Clinic at VCU RamBikes (201 N. Belvidere) from 6-8pm. All welcome.
Public Service Announcements, educational content and messaging
We developed the messaging and content for this series of driver and cyclist PSAs produced by FOX Richmond, as well as helping to plan and conduct the actual filming.
Bike Commuter Mentoring
If you’re looking for some one-on-one help getting started with bike commuting, we can help! Sign up here to be a mentor or mentee or for instruction opportunities.
On-road Skills Course
We are currently working with the City of Richmond and VCU to develop an on-road skills course at the nail shed on Belle Isle. This will be a facility for practicing traffic skills in an isolated environment for those not yet comfortable riding on the street. It will be designed with instructional signs and QR codes to how-to videos so users can learn on their own or with an instructor (email us)! Renovation currently underway with an expected completed date of mid-summer 2013.
Saturday June 22nd: RVA Streets Alive, presented by Sports Backers. We’ll have a training course set up to demonstrate road safety procedures, will be taking registrations for bike classes, and more. Come pay us a visit!
May has been proclaimed Richmond Bike Month by city council, and the Mayor challenges those who live or work in Richmond to enter the Commuter Challenge. Register to get entered in the challenge, and receive weekly tips and reminders to log your commute. You can win some helpful new commuter gear, and even a new bicycle!
Note: You must log at least 6 days to be eligible for the prize drawings.
- For registration info and logging your commutes, visit our Commuter Challenge Page.
Bike To Work Day
Friday, May 17th at Monroe Park. Gather at 7am for refreshments and speakers, including Mayor Dwight Jones. Ride at 7:30 to City Hall! Last year’s Bike to Work Day was a great success, and groups from around town gathered in Monroe Park:
By participating in the Commuter Challenge, you are automatically entered in a raffle to win either a Men’s or Women’s Giant Escape:
Note: RideRichmond never has and never will sell, distribute, or otherwise publicize personal data or information. We won’t even add you to our email lists. Really.
Bike Week III is two weeks away. You ready?
Up for the week is another Bike Swap at the VMFA. All are welcome, there will be a space for community items if you’re not a vendor but still want to swap. We plan to be in the sculpture garden, but will move to the parking deck in the event of rain. Just bounce an email to email@example.com if you plan on attending. If you’re a vendor, please bring your own table / chairs. Last year’s was big and we hope to keep building on the swap each year.
We’re also hosting a screening of Reveal the Path – the sequel to Ride the Divide. Tickets are available online at imathlete.com/events/revealthepath and the screening will be at The Byrd.
To close out the week, we’re hosting Bike Shorts. Submit your local bike films on racing, riding, or culture. They’ll be screened on 04/27 at MovieLoft. Be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the content (we’ll coordinate picking the films up and editing the shorts together).
Looking forward to seeing you there!
R.O.T.A. presents the Race to Purgatory 5. If you haven’t done this before, you’re truly missing out. Race runs $5, and be sure to bring the standard bag, pen, and lock. Saturday March 16th, at 2pm. Meet by the tracks in Scott’s Addition. This is a straight up no nonsense mess race so be prepared to sprint hard and get your deliveries in.
Don’t forget to check the Facebook event page for more details and updates.