With its knack for connecting the past with the future, The Valentine has launched “In Gear: Richmond Cycles,” a rich collection of photographs, bikes, and historical objects that span several centuries of cycling. Curated by David Voelkel, the exhibit celebrates all things cycling – from 19th century high wheel bikes to the local stories of contemporary cyclists shared in a special media projection by multi-media artist Dana Ollstead.
At a recent opening reception for “In Gear,” The Valentine included an opportunity for members to show their bicycle and community pride through a special opportunity to purchase chrome-plated I AM RVA bike helmets. Designed with the goal of building solidarity and inclusion, the unique helmets are a visually compelling symbol of unity and pride.
Dr. Scott Keel, founder of I AM RVA, says that the goal of his organization is to encourage more people in Richmond to ride their bikes while being safe, being seen, and having fun. The signature helmets by I AM RVA both reflect the local community while enhancing cyclist visibility, says Keen who plans to keep helmet distribution exclusive to organizations in the Richmond area. Cycling enthusiasts can also purchase the helmet at www.iamrva.com as well as choose an organization they want to support with their purchase. Each nonprofit ambassador partnering with I AM RVA receives 80% of revenue for each helmet sold in support of their organization.
Sporting their new helmets, the general public can pedal their bicycles to The Valentine to catch “In Gear” on Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday. 12-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and groups. Valentine members, military and children under the age of 18 are free.