Richmond’s bike sharing system jumps off the starting line

By Matt Crane | Richmond magazine

RVA Bike Share’s first svelte metallic docking station hit the pavement outside City Hall last week, and an official launch is planned for Aug. 29.

“It’s a bit scary. This is unlike anything the city has done,” says Jakob Helmboldt, Richmond’s pedestrian, bicycle and trails coordinator.

The first phase of the program will provide 220 eight-speed bikes spread over 20 carefully spaced locations throughout downtown, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Fan, Museum District and Scott’s Addition. High-tech cycles with electric-assist motors will join the fleet a few months after the initial roll-out. Canada-based Bewegen Technologies Inc. is supplying the bikes, which are funded by a federal grant of $1.06 million, supplemented by $280,000 in city capital improvement dollars.

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