2014 Women’s Forum Scholarship Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce that we got many, very good applications for our scholarship to the Women’s Forum in March, a part of the National Bike Summit hosted by the League of American Bicyclists.  The applications were so good, in fact, that we have chosen to send not one lady, but three, to the Women’s Forum!

Before getting into who won, let us take a moment to thank the Coalition Theater (website and Facebook) for their generous fundraising benefiting RideRichmond.  Their support has been instrumental in both creating these scholarships as well as our forthcoming Ladies Leader Jerseys for the Bryan Park Training Criterium Series, the Tuesday night race series in Bryan Park which had its 40th season last year.

The inaugural winners are:

  • Helene Negler is a long-time Fan resident who has watched the city grow and change, recently taking this notice by bike.  She got her advocacy start with the recent Floyd Ave Bike Walk Street discussions.
  • Jackie Kruszewski chooses to bike commute sometimes, even though she owns a car and lives next to a good bus line.  She monitors bike legislative efforts and serves on the board of Partnership for Smarter Growth but has been searching for an “in” to the bike advocacy world.
  • Tessa McKenzie commuted by bike all the time when she lived in Portland but says Richmond isn’t quite as inviting.  She’d like to help make it better.  Outside of working for VDH, she teaches spin classes at Boho Bicycle Studio to many who feel the same.

We wish we could have sent everyone who applied, and we are excited by the energy all the applicants had for making Richmond more bikeable for everyone.  Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for our winners’ experiences at the Women’s Forum and for the next scholarship opportunities!

RideRichmond’s first scholarship: your trip to the Women’s Bike Summit!

RideRichmond is proud to announce its first scholarship to support Richmond bike advocates and to grow the movement.  Last year we sent RR board member Keeley Laures to the Women’s Bike Summit in DC.  This year, we are going to send someone new (maybe you or someone you know!).

Why the League of American Bicyclists’ Women’s Bike Summit?  The ridership of women is viewed as an ‘indicator species’ of a town’s bike friendliness.  A healthy bike culture is full of ladies riding, for sure, but it’s also important that women are involved in decision making, planning the movement, and all things related to crafting and spreading the message.  This is one of the best and fastest-growing conferences to attend to get in the mix, meet the right people, and learn some of the ropes.  We want the recipient of this scholarship to go learn, mingle, and get energized and to bring it all back to Richmond.

Please apply and/or share with all the ladies you know!


The Women’s Bike Summit is March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  It is followed by a Virginia advocates breakout session (attendance is a requirement of selection for this grant).  RideRichmond is covering your registration and travel costs, and we can work with other attendees to find you a place to stay.  Be prepared to travel to DC on Sunday, March 2nd and return to Richmond March 4th.

  • If you are interested in attending the full National Bike Summit (March 4th and 5th, returning March 6th), let us know.  We may be able to help that happen, as well.


Ladies, please send info@riderichmond.net an email with info about yourself, interest in bikes, experience working in the community, and anything else you think will be pertinent.  Include a phone number and a good time to call, because we may choose to follow up with a quick chat.

  • The deadline for selection is Monday, January 20th at 11:59pm.  We will announce the winner on or before Friday, January 24th.

We should disclaim that we are very thankful for all bike advocates, regardless of gender.  This scholarship is specifically for women, but all should try to make the Women’s and National Bike Summits if possible!

Bicycle Film Festival – Richmond – 2013

The Bicycle Film Festival returns to Richmond this weekend, Sunday September 8, with events starting Friday September 6th.

RideRichmond is  providing Legend libations at Friday and Saturday’s events, so come hang out with us!

From the Facebook event:

Friday, 9/6
BFF Opening Party @ Bunnyhop Bike Shop
349 South Laurel Street
8pm -10pm
FREE. Come by. Say hi. Get stoked.

Saturday, 9/7
BFF Pizza Crawl @ Carytown Bicycle Company
3112 West Cary Street
4pm Registration
5pm Ride
$10 for pizza & crawl
$20 includes t-shirt

Sunday, 9/8
BFF Film Programs @ The Byrd Theater
2908 West Cary Street
Different film programs @ 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm
$10 per program
$15 for all-day pass

Please participate in the City’s Bike Master Plan survey!

Help make sure bike infrastructure goes where you and yours will use it to create a city where anyone can bike safely, quickly, and comfortably.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes and can be viewed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RVA_Bike_Survey

Bike Month 2013 Stats and Wrap-up

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 employers:
City of Richmond and RPS (11)
University of Richmond (10)
Virginia State Agencies (10)
Federal Reserve Bank (8)

Some articles:
RVA News article
Richmond.com article
Facebook event – pictures and comments


Top 10, Days Commuted

Stephen Smiley
Martha Joslyn
Olivia Coffey
Joey Parent
Ian Jordan
Lauren McClellan
Paul Ginder
Anthony Traino
Jens Holzhäuser
Josh Starliper


Top 10, mileage

Karl Schmitz
Brian Basnett
Tammy Harrison
Mitchell Culver
Stephen Smiley
Miriam Ford
Martin Steiner
Steven Salpukas
Martha Joslyn
Angie McGarvey