Fairfield Court public housing in Richmond is just a few months away from having a very unique addition: a professional bike track including jumps, bumps and other obstacles.
For five years Craig Dodson has worked with youth in Fairfield Court, teaching them to ride bikes and stay active through his group, the Richmond Bike Corps. His work is now moving into an empty field behind Armstrong High School that will soon be home to the bike track.
"I started looking at the field and thought this could be an amazing resource for the youth in these communities," Dodson said.
The need for the track actually came from the newly formed Armstrong High School cycling team; the first and only inner city cycling team in the country. Dodson says the team will practice on it but he'll also have volunteers working with other kids in the area as well.
"The course will be a great tool for an advanced rider all the way down to a beginner," Dodson said.
The construction of this track only started last week, there's already clearly a big demand for the track: Some of the dirt piles already have bike tracks on them.
Dodson hopes to have the track done by Labor Day and says the folks he's talked to about it are already excited.
It's something I feel they've been wanting. Whether it was skate park, or bike park, they wanted something besides basketball hoops. They wanted something better," Dodson said.
As far as costs go, Craig's organization put down the first $3,500. He is also accepting online donations, in the first 24 hours, he collected $3,000. In addition, Bon Secours agreed to match each dollar donated up to $12,500!
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