Good Morning, RVA: Bikes, famous farmers, blasts from the past, rocking rivers, and whole milk

Probably no rain today! I’ll take it!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 55 °F, and today will be filled with cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60s. It’s a repeat of yesterday, but with an even better chance to see the sun this afternoon. You’re gonna see the crap out of that thing on Friday, though.

Water cooler

Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day! Participating is easy! You just…bike to work. If you want to get fancy with it you can join the Mayor and some of the city’s bike folk for snacks and a ride down the Floyd Avenue Bike/Walk Street (née Bike Boulevard). Snacks kick off at 7:30 AM in the park outside of Lamplighter on Morris (pay attention, don’t get Wrong Lamplightered!), kickstands up at 8:15 AM, and coffee at Ellwoods at 8:45 AM.

Joel Salatin–the world’s all-everything farmer–is an awesome dude, and Richmond Magazine has an awesome interview with the guy. I would have never guessed what keeps him from distributing his meat to Walmart–it’s probably not what you think! Also, his idea for a restaurant sounds pretty perfect to me.

Oh. Chuck Richardson is running for mayor, says Richmond Magazine. You may remember him from his time on City Council in the 90s and when he had to resign because he was convicted of felony distribution of heroin. Here’s an article from 1995 in the New York Times all about it.

The Mayor’s office announced that the Office of Community Wealth Building has a new director: Reginald E. Gordon. Gordon replaces Thad Williamson, who kicked off the entire department under Mayor Jones (you can read about that in this interview we did with Williamson way back in 2014 right before he took the job). The new sherif in the City’s anti-poverty initiatives town previously served as the CEO of the American Red Cross Virginia Region. You can read the full press release over on the City’s website.

Are you prepared for River Rock? Do you plan on rocking the river to the sweet sounds of G. Love & Special Sauce? If so, Susan’s got you covered on this year’s event which begins tomorrow at 5:00 PM down on Brown’s Island. If not, what’s your damage?

Best .gif of the year: The Changing American Diet aka The Fall of Whole Milk.

The Department of Labor will finalize their new rules on overtime pay, which are expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million Americans. Basically, they’ve doubled the amount of money salaried folks can make (up to $47,476) and still be guaranteed overtime. This salary threshold updates automatically every three years.


  • The losing streak grows to 12 after the Squirrels fell, 0-2, to Trenton yesterday. It’s been over two weeks since they’ve won a game, but try again they will tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Kickers advance in the U.S. Open Cup with a 4-0 win over the Aromas Café FC. They’ll face Ft. Launderdale on June 1st. League play continues this Saturday.
  • Nats mashed the Mets, 7-1. Winner of tonight’s game at 7:10 PM takes the series.

This morning’s longread

Jay Walder Saves Citi Bike

Bike share is coming to Richmond this year. Here’s an interview with the head of New York City’s successful system. Let us learn things!

Even before it launched in 2013, Citi Bike struggled. Hurricane Sandy majorly damaged the brand-new bicycle fleet, software glitches set back its start date and Citi Bike’s parent company scrambled to find new investors. That all turned around in late 2014, when former MTA Chair Jay Walder was brought on as the new CEO. Today, membership is on the rise and New Yorkers have pedaled over 48 million miles on Citi Bikes.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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