Since July 2016, I have been a transportation planner with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization. My primary areas of focus are bicycle and pedestrian planning. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this website are mine.
Who I Am
Earned my master’s degree in Urban Planning at VCU in May 2015 — focusing on the environment, parks, transportation and nonprofits — in large part because of my dedication to becoming part of the solution to push outdoor initiatives, bike- and pedestrian-friendly initiatives and to help the James River and Richmond’s great parks and recreational opportunities. I just want to help make where I live an even better place.
2 responses to “Contact”
I’m a long time James River trail runner and I had a couple issues nagging me and I didn’t know where to turn. My son, James, is familiar with your writing and passion for the river. He sent me info on your site. And after surveying it, I think I’m coming to the right guy.
I don’t mind sharing the trails with bikers. It makes me happy to see them having fun and I know they’ll bring resources to help expand the trail system. But I have two observations. First is the increased use of the Huguenot Flatwater section from the bridge to Rattlesnake Creek. There are a couple of sections that stay muddy. The bikes are pumping up moisture. I think signs need to be added to close the trail when it’s wet like North Bank and Buttermilk. The next observation is the Slave Trail. The bikers have extended a trail a good ways east into a patch of woods. I love it. My concern is the section between 95 and the Manchester dock. There’s been some minor clearing going on and even a small tree cut down (I’m sure it was a handlebar hazard). I just think that eventually the city will do something with this historical area. I would hate to see it become an issue between the recreationists and the city. I think there may be enough room to have another path parallel. My last observation is the standing water under the new Huguenot Bridge, especially on the west side. I’m guessing no one foresaw the potential drainage problem and now’s there’s no money to fix it. The woods that are now perpetually wet and will eventually die.
Thanks for all you do to promote the river! Take care, Alan
After all these years, why am I the last to know? LOL