Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Another update on UCI bicycle championships in Richmond, and companion programming

The UCI world bicycle racing championships are mostly held in Europe, but out of a ten year cycle, from one to three races are held on other continents.  This year they will be racing in Richmond, September 19th-27th.

Over the years in the run up to the event, the city has been using their hosting of this marquee event to push forward a more active pro-bicycling agenda ("Richmond Biking roundup sparked by the UCI Road World Championships held this September), as well as to use the event as a way to promote Richmond's tourism program more towards international visitors.

They've had some failures.  The city's first cycle track won't be in place before the races and the same goes for bike sharing ("City running out of time to launch bike sharing by cycling event," Richmond Times-Dispatch ).

I thought it was interesting that the local Keep America Beautiful group is organizing litter cleanups in advance of the races.

Some activists called for the racing route to be changed, to avoid Monument Avenue's memorials to the confederacy.

I am not particularly into bike racing, but I am really impressed that many of the area's museums and other cultural attractions are organizing bicycling-specific exhibits during the races--some of the exhibits will be up beyond the races. The RTD has a full lineup of the programs here, "See cycles of history at bike exhibits all over Richmond."

And many of the city's cultural institutions will be open later during the event (my sense is that it won't necessarily result in greater attendance, because most people are there to see the races--but it's still a good idea).

... and like how economic impact data touted for various sporting events tends to be overstated, according to the RTD, "Some hoteliers say bike race numbers 'really overhyped'." Although bookings are higher. It's just that some hoteliers thought that the totals touted for the number of spectators, 450,000, were comprised of all out-of-town visitors needing hotel rooms, which wasn't the case.

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At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Jon Tomas said...

I already heard UCI bicycle championships when I was a child and I really like this. in the future I wish I take part in UCI bicycle championships.

At 3:48 AM, Anonymous olivia said...

I think his style of racing will compliment another couple of our team ... a doping ban and dropped breakaway companion Kolobnev close to the finish, soloing to the win. ... performers at last week's Road World Championships in Richmond, .......
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At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

UCI championship is one of the biggest cyclic championship all over the world. I have heard that it was used to held normally in Europe but nowadays it’s also held other continents. America is lucky enough to become the host of the events because it will allow to get new cyclist. Many tourist will come to see the events and city will able to make more revenue. The city is richly decorating with colorful lights and many posters and surrounding natures also getting fresh lives. Overall it’s wonderful. I wish I could be a part of here!

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