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.
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One of the countries represented at this week’s UCI races is Rwanda. The team’s been steadily developed by former US pro cyclist Jonathan "Jock" Boyer and has become a symbol of hope, change and unity. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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.
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.
Culpeper, Virginia is home to an extensive collection of America’s audio-visual heritage. The Library of Congress “Packard Campus” works to protect, restore and digitize millions of recordings. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited the site and brings you some of its aural history.
For more than three decades, a Virginia-based company has distributed rare varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited Southern Exposure Seed Exchange to learn how their techniques can be used by home gardeners.
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.
This summer, college students are working in National Parks across the country as part of Mosaics in Science program. The two-year-old program aims to increase diversity in STEM fields and the Park system. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more from a Mosaics site in Shenandoah National Park.
The Richmond Youth Jazz Guild is marking a milestone after eight years of working with the community’s young musicians. More than $1 million in scholarships have been awarded to Guild students. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
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.