Richmond wins share of $100,000 to build new bike trails, improve old ones

Posted at 2:19 PM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-20 07:40:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) And the winner is… Richmond.

With more than 13,800 votes, the Richmond-area won a share of a $100,000 grant from Bell Helmets.

The money will be used to not only improve 15 miles of existing bike trails, but also build 20 additional trail miles.

“The goal is to incorporate approximately 15 miles of stacked-loop singletrack, and an additional 5 miles of flow trail which will focus on a progression of difficulty,” project plans indicated on “The project will also focus on improving the existing trails on-site in order to diversify the trails and improve the overall depth of experience within the system. In addition to these singletrack trails, the project seeks to develop a new gateway trail with two loops suitable for novices, children, handcycles, and bicycles pulling child-trailers.”

Richmond was declared the East Coast winner. Flagstaff, Arizona won the West Coast and Cottage Grove, Minnesota won the Central Region.

Neither of the other winning cities accumulated the vote total that Richmond did.


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