Pocahontas State Park won free money!
Update #1 — May 19, 2014; 4:30 PM
Today, it was announced that the Richmond Regional Ride Center project won a portion of $100,000 in prize money. The bicycle project (see below) won the East Coast region of the Dig This competition held by Bell Helmets. The local project is one of three nationwide to receive an equal share of $100,000.
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Original — May 16, 2014
A major bicycle infrastructure project is competing for a share $100,000 in prize money during an online public vote that ends May 18th.
Bell Helmets has created a public competition wherein three bicycle-related projects that earn the most votes will each receive a third of $100,000. Richmond is competing in the East Coast group against three other projects.
If the proposal wins, developers of the Richmond Regional Ride Center will use the money to help rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail and construct an additional 20 miles at Pocahontas State Park, offering trails at a variety of skill levels. That would help efforts to designate the area an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center, of which there are only 17 currently in the country.
Here’s an overview of the project:
You can vote for the Richmond project here until May 18th. Winners will be announced on May 19th.