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MTB Project eats up Richmond’s singletrack trails

Belle Isle Bike Skills Park

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

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New job! Bike & ped planner for the Richmond region

My new job with the Richmond Regional Planning District CommissionFor those who know me best, I have finally taken the long-awaited next big step in my career, one that will take me away from media and into urban planning.

I’ve accepted a position as a planner for the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission‘s Urban Transportation Planning Division. My primary focus will be biking and pedestrian planning, but I will be able to participate in many different areas of transportation planning for the Richmond region, which is exactly what I have been searching for. I could not be more fortunate and so grateful for this new opportunity. Continue reading

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Biking past 1,000 mile mark in 2016 quest to become a bike commuter

deleteI don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but this year was an exception. I asked for some better cycling gear (used road bike, padded bike shorts) and slowly building myself up to becoming a bike commuter. For someone who often doesn’t have time to work out, there is no better solution that to work out while getting to the places you need to be and biking has been good for my body too (I’ve lost 10 pounds).

I braved several cold rides in January and February (including a few below 20 degrees) that convinced me that I could handle the 9-mile distance from my house to my downtown office. My back up plan has always been to take the bus on rainy days or days where I couldn’t bike, but I’ve even decided to ride in the rain if needed. 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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‘RVA Snapshot:’ A shared vision for the Richmond region

deleteI attended the recent community update from the Capital Region Collaborative entitled “RVA Snapshot: A shared vision for the region.” It left me even more committed to helping make Richmond a better place for us all to live.

The report was as well-presented as the event was well-attended — the meeting room at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Workforce Development and Conference Center on East Parham Road was packed. It was also filled with hundreds of the Richmond region’s most influential and forward-thinking business leaders, politicians, planners, nonprofit organizations and community leaders.

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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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Grateful to HandsOn for ToolBank’s ‘Turning Tools Blue’ volunteer event

Turn Tools Blue

Volunteers with Richmond Community ToolBank, Oct. 18, 2014

I am on the board of directors for the Richmond Community ToolBank. We’ve been working for nearly three years to prepare the Richmond affiliate of ToolBank USA. Continue reading

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