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

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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:

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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 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
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Introducing Richmond Cycle Smart

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.

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!


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Bike Month is here!

Commuter Challenge

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.

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:

Photo Credit: Phil Riggan

By participating in the Commuter Challenge, you are automatically entered in a raffle to win either a Men’s or Women’s Giant Escape:

Giant Bicycle Dealers in Richmond: Coqui Cyclery | Pedal Power

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.

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