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Mayor hopes to connect downtown Richmond to Virginia Capital Trail

Posted at 1:08 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 13:08:15-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mayor Dwight Jones wants to see Richmond continue to transform into a more bicycle-friendly city.

Jones took part in "Bike to Work Day" Friday morning.

He led a group of cyclists down Richmond's new Bike/Walk Street (also known as Floyd Avenue) to Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market in Carytown.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones cuts the ribbon on the Bike/Walk Street.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones cuts the ribbon on the Bike/Walk Street.

"This is the beginning of a great infrastructure being put in place," Mayor Jones said before the ride. "For those of us who plan on hanging around Richmond for a little while, we'll be able to look back and say that we were part of the beginning of this great bicycle mania."

Jones said he hoped Richmond would add more Bike/Walk Streets in the city.

He said the city was working to identify more streets to transform into Bike/Walk Streets with the goal to connect downtown Richmond to the Virginia Capital Trail. The trail stretches from Rocketts Landing in Richmond to Williamsburg.

"With this project Richmond is saying that people that walk and bike for transportation are just as important as people who drive," Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan said. "That it's OK to go slower than what we are accustomed to in the name of safety and comfort."

Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan

Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan

Richmond's new Bike/Walk Street runs two miles along Floyd Avenue from Morris Street in the Fan to Thompson Street in Carytown.

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