As a rider on the trail, I’ve been more of a tourist than purely out for a ride. I’ve toured much of the 52-mile trail along Route 5 by car, but I’m fascinated by the possibilities for new perspectives from the seat of my bike. Clearly, I’m not alone, as the trail is bringing people by the thousands out for a spin (see numbers the VCT’s daily counter).
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The Virginia Capital Trail may have taken a couple of decades of planning and construction, but by all measures, it has been a success so far.
“The trailside counters are on a pace that put first-year usage of the trail above 550,000, with daily averages for both cyclists and pedestrians continuing to trend upward,” wrote Beth Weisbrod, the executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, in an Op/Ed column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Continue reading
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
So many of us in the Richmond region have been anticipating the completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile paved path that parallels much of state Route 5, beginning in Richmond east of the floodwall and running along Dock Street through Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Charles City and James City before ending in Jamestown.
I took a media tour Tuesday (by bus, not bike, unfortunately) of the trail between Great Shiplock Park and the new Four Mile Creek Park trail head in eastern Henrico County. For the second day in a row, a story I wrote was the Metro section centerpiece story, in large part because I was able to get decent photos. I really appreciated the opportunities to get out of the office. Continue reading