Virginia Capital Trail aims for 2014 completion

80km paved bike trail will connect Williamsburg and Richmond

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is in the process of building a paved multi-uses trail system between the cities of Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia.

New trailheads will offer interactive electronic kiosks that teach historical content and wildlife information. The idea is to provide users with a learning experience along the way.

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundations will host a group ride-fund raiser on Saturday, 8 May to help off set costs of the trail’s construction. The Cap2Cap group ride offers the public a quarter, half and full century. It starts at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia.

“It's the first trail of this kind in our area and people are excited,” said Beth Weisbord, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “The Foundation plans to sell ad space to help keep some money coming in. We have lots of in-kind help that made the whole project possible.  Everyone from designers to architects to the paver supplier and the general contractor gave generously to the project, a great testament to how well supported we are in this effort.”

The paved trail is set to run 80 kilometres in length and begins in Williamsburg. It travels predominantly north-west and passes through Greensprings, Chickahominy Riverfront, Sherwood Forest and Charles City Courthouse.

Right now construction is taking place in New Market Heights, Varina and at the trail’s finish in Richmond. The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation plans for completion by 2014.

The trailhead amenities are funded through private and public donations. The interactive trailhead features will be located in Jamestown, at the Charles City Courthouse and in Richmond. Each trailhead offers benches, bike racks and a shade structure which houses the electronic kiosk system. 

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