Good Morning, RVA: Biking, bussing, booking, bearing, Bobbing

Today, be like a solar panel.

Photo by: twicepix

Good morning, RVA! It’s 52 °F, and we’re in for a beautiful day. Lots of sun paired with highs in the mid 70s means I’m putting my summer road trip playlist on repeat from now until tomorrow morning when the rain returns in a big way. Then I’ll put the Sigur Rós back on–at least until next week some time.

Water cooler

It’s bike to work day! And it’s not raining! Take advantage of this confluence of extremely rare events and break out your trusty metal steed and get to work on that thing. Depending on when you’re reading this, your proximity to the event, and the speed at which you bike, you can join up with the Mayor as he bikes to work. Well, as he bikes to Ellwood Thompson’s–which is like work for a lot of freelancers probably.

Susan Howson sat down with Team Jarrett Walker and talked to them about the process of rethinking how our bus system works for the first time since…the 60s? Ever? However, before we get started rejiggering bus lines, we’ve got to collectively decide where along the continuum of ridership and coverage we want our bus system to live. What are these italicized words you ask? Read Susan’s article and take the Richmond Transit Network Plan survey to learn more!

Michael Paul Williams takes a look at When the Fences Come Down, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley’s book about segregation in metropolitan schools. Read his piece to feel very, very depressed and then slightly hopeful. A quote: “…attending a high-poverty or highly segregated African-American school has a more profound effect on student achievement than individual poverty or minority status alone.”

There are six million things going on this weekend. If each one of those things donated one dollar we could rebuild Steve Austin–I mean, we have the technology, right? Anyway, here are some things worth checking out over the next couple of days: Riverrock, Art 180’s Really Big Show…you know what, Rachel Marsh already made this list for you. Also, if your Saturday plans involve the out of doors, keep your devices pointed to Facebook as the weather may force some cancellations and delays.

From WTVR, “Bear captured from tree in Chesterfield neighborhood.”

Bob Dylan has a new album, Fallen Angels, out today. He has more albums than many people I know have years of life.


  • Kickers return to league play this weekend against Louisville City FC–Saturday, 7:00 PM, tickets are available online.
  • Squirrels have now lost 13 in a row. They return home tonight to face Erie. Get your tickets online.
  • Nats dropped nine runs on the Mets to take the series. Tonight they head south to meet the Marlins at 7:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth…And Tested Positive for Meth

Well this awful. Happy Friday, I guess.

Just so you know, you’ve tested positive…” The nurse pauses there, and shifts her eyes to the floor. My anxiety fills the silence. I expect she’s going to say something about the whirring machines that have been measuring the baby’s heartbeat, my contractions, my blood pressure, any of those things. “For methamphetamine.” Relief floods me, and I explode with laughter. Meth? I didn’t even take Tylenol during my pregnancy.

This morning’s Instagram

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