Richmond’s great network of hiking and biking trails are no accident. They were advocated for, planned and built by trail users. Volunteers have worked with city park staff for more than two decades to develop and maintain the trails and our region is better for them.
Over that time, Richmond has become more known as a great outdoors town. The trails are just part of the reason. We need to remain dedicated to protecting what we have and fight for more trails, especially ones that help connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial areas, employment centers and more.
Credit: Leslie Kehmeier
The Richmond region is a great place to ride a mountain bike. We’ve got huge parks with trails. We’ve got small parks with trails. We’ve got trails along both banks of the James River. We’ve got trails in the urban core of the city and plenty out in the counties too.
REI’s MTB Project sent writer/photographer Leslie Kehmeier to Richmond to find out what we’re all about for their Epicenter series, which was “created in partnership with PeopleForBikes, is a series highlighting communities that have invested in cycling infrastructure and grown into full-blown mountain bike destinations as a result.” Continue reading
I bike often. On my best weeks, I strive to ride at least 100 miles. Most of those miles are part of work commutes and errand runs, replacing motorized vehicle miles.
I measure the miles with a smartphone app called Strava. It is an incredibly useful (and addictive) tool for runners, hikers, cyclists and more who want to measure the distances they cover and map where they are going or where they have been. Continue reading