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Sharing the benefits of bike commuting in Richmond

Christopher Long and Ross Kimball (orange)In my latest column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch I wrote about bike commuting to work, something that I’ve personally committed to in 2016. I’m saving money, but more than anything, it just makes me happy!

I wrote about three cyclists in Richmond who have replaced many car trips with a bicycle. My daily commute is approximately 18 miles round trip, which takes about 30-35 minutes, compared to 20-25 minutes by car (often taking very similar routes). Continue reading

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Active RVA’s summit featured ideas to improve region’s fitness

People discuss active transportation during the Active RVA Summit at the VCU Health systems' Larrick Center, March 7, 2016.It doesn’t take much to add a little extra fitness into your daily lifestyle, according to much of the presentations and discussions during the Active RVA Summit held Monday at the VCU Health System’s Larrick Center.

For the second year, the fitness grade for the Richmond region was a C+ on the2015 Richmond region fitness scorecard, according to Active RVA, an organization that is part of Sports Backers. Read more about the scorecard and summit on my story at Richmond.com.

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Biking & walking around Richmond region needs to get easier

Cars driving in a buffered bike lane on 9th Street in downtown Richmond.

Cars driving in a buffered bike lane on 9th Street in downtown Richmond.

I like to ride my bike. I don’t always have the time to ride, but I’ve made it a habit to ride my bike on errands and on my bike commute to work.Despite the cold winter weather and snow, as of Feb. 13, I’ve ridden about 125 miles this year, with about 25 percent of those miles coming in Henrico County, where I live. I’m healthy and able-bodied, but not all of us are so lucky.

Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA organization is helping encourage localities to become more active and friendly to biking and walking. It is hosting four informal “Bike Walk Talk” happy hours throughout Henrico this month. Continue reading

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Psyched to bike the Virginia Capital Trail

I love to bike. I also love to write about biking. The Features desk at the Richmond Times-Dispatch offered me the chance to get out and ride my bike on the Virginia Capital Trail on a beautiful fall day, with the stipulation that I had to take pictures, talk to people and write about my experience.

Not a problem, thanks for the offer. I enjoyed it tremendously. This may be a glimpse into my future as a freelance writer once I transition away from full time employment in media. Continue reading

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Lessons learned in outdoor recreation planning from John Smith Trail

John Smith TrailThis past week, my Why, Richmond, Why?!? column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch answered a reader question about the John Smith Trail in Richmond. I was a little curious too and took to my bike on a 30-mile ride to explore it a little more closely.

We’ve got all kinds of trails in Richmond these days. The Virginia Capital Trail, Garden Trail, Liberty Trail and even an RVA Beer Trail. None of them has been around as long as the John Smith Trail. Continue reading

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How Stony Point Fashion Park can bring in customers & create a destination

Bike rack at Stony Point Fashion ParkThe owner of Stony Point Fashion Park plans a $50 million redevelopment of the South Richmond mall, the company is announcing in a release to media and reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Sounds like a lot of money — five times as much as Short Pump Town Center spent on recent renovations. They seem to be targeting the more outdoorsy crowd. I may have some suggestions that won’t cost anywhere near $50 million. Continue reading

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Debunking myths about recycling in Central Virginia

TFC Recycling in ChesterReduce, reuse, recycle. Words to live by. While I love to recycle, reduce is my favorite. If we have to use products, at least choose ones that can easily be recycled.

In October, I was given a chance to tour a recycling facility to get more details about the recycling programs in Central Virginia for my Richmond Times-Dispatch column, Why, Richmond, Why?!? Readers have continued to express to me their doubts that recycling programs work and that the effort to gather and sort materials is worth the time. I was challenged to “get out from behind your desk and do a little investigative reporting” by a reader. Glad to oblige, it doesn’t take much to convince me to get up from my desk. Continue reading

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