Richmond ranks no. 5 in bike boom

A recent report on post-pandemic bike trips shows Richmond on the rise

Two people riding bikes down the sidewalk

The northern terminal of the Capitol Trail helps make Richmond a hub for cycling.

Photo by @basketandbike

Richmond ranked fifth in the country in a recent report on increases in cycling post-pandemic.

The study examined the popularity of bike trips across the nation between 2019 and 2022. With a growth rate of 68.5% over the last three years, Richmond came in at no. 5 on the list. Only New York City, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Las Vegas measured ahead.

The US saw a 37% increase in bike trips overall. Cycling numbers saw a major jump in 2020 and 2021 but flattened out in 2022. According to the report, this indicates that cities will need to invest in bike and pedestrian infrastructure in order to keep cycling numbers trending upwards.

Richmond has plenty of ways to see the city on two wheels, but keep an eye out for progress on the Fall Line Trail, and stay up-to-date on potential bike lane expansions near VCU.

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