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UCI Legacy: Accessible Trails & the Richmond Regional Ride Center

The UCI World Championships in Richmond have ended, but the event helped bring lasting improvements to the region. Bike lanes are growing and the 50 mile Capital Trail is complete. Another initiative expanded off-road bike trails and created some of the first in the country designed for people with disabilities. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Pedal-Powered History and a Passion for Bikes

The UCI Road World Championships has sparked an interest in the history of cycling, from the high-wheeled “penny farthing” to high tech racing bikes. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with bike historian Jesse McCauley to learn about his passion for these human-powered vehicles and the exhibit he curated at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.

Virginia Community Colleges Building Degrees with No Textbook Costs

College students can spend more than $1000 each year on books and supplies. Virginia’s Community Colleges are addressing that burden by offering courses that don’t require pricey textbooks. The goal is to build entire degrees with zero textbook costs at each of the 23 colleges across the state. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Urban Archeology Corps Uncovers Gravel Hill History

For the last ten weeks, Richmond teens have been taking part in an initiative called the Urban Archeology Corps. Part of the National Park System’s goals to increase diversity, the program is focusing on the history of Gravel Hill, a 18th Century community of free African Americans in Varina. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

As ADA Turns 25, Advocates Continue Work Toward Equality

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark law extending civil rights to millions of people across the country. Longtime disability rights advocate Jim Rothrock was at the signing ceremony. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spoke to him about the impact of the ADA and the challenges that remain.


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