Virginia Capital Trail is giving rise to tourism and small business opportunities in the area

Published on : Monday, July 31, 2017

Virginia Capital TrailThe Virginia Capital Trail is providing tourism and small-business opportunities in the Richmond area in less than two years after opening.

Pedego RVA, which earlier this month opened a shop selling and renting electric bicycles, offers tours on these bicycles in which customers can take a ride to destinations along the trail.

“Anyone of any athletic ability can ride (an electric bike),” said Jeannie Welliver, a project manager for the city of Richmond’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

Welliver took a spin on one of the electric bikes Friday afternoon as part of a Richmond Region Tourism-sponsored field trip. About 70 people attended the event in which they had the chance to see the trail at Four Mile Creek Trailhead in Henrico County and to test out Pedego electric bikes and Basket & Bike bicycles.

Welliver said she liked various options and styles of bicycles to fit the needs of different consumers. The electric bicycles are “easy to use,” she said.

Basket & Bike is another company that has been created to capitalize on the Virginia Capital Trail. It offers excursions to destinations along the trail, including Upper Shirley Vineyards and Jamestown Island, as well as offering bicycle and helmet rentals and picnic lunches to cyclists.

Cap Trail Bike Shuttle, which opened in April, is another business that started as a result of the Virginia Capital Trail. The business runs a van, which seats 12, and a bicycle trailer, which can hold up to 17 bicycles. Cap Trail targets “people who want to ride the whole trail, but not double-back,” said Cheyenne Burnham, a co-founder of the Cap Trail Bike Shuttle.


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