"Build it and they will come." Borrowed from the movie "Field of Dreams," this was the mantra of those of us who believed in the Virginia Capital Trail (VCT) before its completion two years ago. There were those who did not believe this "expensive bike trail" would have an impact on the community in any way.
While bicycling the entire length of the VCT (both ways) last month, I smiled, knowing we were right. They have come, and not just the cyclists. There are walkers, joggers, birdwatchers, and mothers with strollers all using this wonderful trail. They come from near and far - local residents, travelers and tourists alike.
Businesses have come also. There are bikes for rent at numerous businesses along the trail from just east of Great Shiplock Park to the Jamestown Marina, a short distance from Mile Marker 0. New eateries - for those of us who "ride to eat and eat to ride" - are popping up all along the trail too.
There are so many breweries and restaurants near Great Shiplock Park now one could do a pub crawl without saddling up. While Ronnie's BBQ (mile marker 45) and Cul's Courthouse Grille (mile marker 20) have been providing sustenance to cyclists since day one, now there's the Fork @ Five (mile marker 36), Upper Shirley Vineyards Restaurant (mile marker 30), Indian Fields Tavern (mile marker 22) and Spoke & Art (mile marker 3, and which only has drinks, chips and ice cream presently but plans to have food service by next spring). One need not go hungry while traversing the trail!
-Deana Sun, President of the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists
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