The Greater Richmond Convention Center in the historic city of Richmond, Va. will host the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) when the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s number one custom bicycle show moves to the east coast next February 26-28.
Booth registration for the show will start immediately for the 2009 exhibitors, who will be contacted by email. Open registration will start June 15, and will be accessible through the event website www.handmadebicycleshow.com.
Show founder and director, Don Walker, said Ã¢â‚¬Å“I researched all the way along the east coast and Richmond came up as the strongest candidate, all criteria considered. I then put forward three candidates to a vote among this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exhibitors, and Richmond was the clear winner. I looked at some of the largest cities as well, and while these cities might have great cycling culture, their prices are out of range for the vast majority of my exhibitors.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jack Berry, president and CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and VisitorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bureau, commended the decision. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The timingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perfect! Cycling is really becoming more and more popular in this region. Being a cyclist myself, personally IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thrilled! This is huge for Richmond and the Mid-Atlantic.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Champe Burnley, president of the Richmond Area Bicycling Association, also sees this as a good time for NAHBS to come to Richmond. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Richmond is a cycling hub with a great history. We have a strong cycling community with great facilities, which helps draw a major international show like NAHBS. We really want Richmond to be a world class cycling city. For officials and the business community, our efforts are now starting to realize a return. Officials here are really beginning to get cycling and its benefits to the community. NAHBS could not have chosen a better time to come. This marks a cycling renaissance for the Richmond area.Ã¢â‚¬Â
NAHBS will occupy the 46,000 sq. ft show hall D in the convention center. This has space for over 200 10Ã¢â‚¬â„¢x10Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ booths, and Walker expects to fill it.
Richmond is located within a dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drive of half the U.S. population, and within cycling distance of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second largest cycling club (Potomac Pedalers). Only 90 minutes by car from Washington, DC, Richmond is served by Amtrak as well, with a station about a mile from the proposed host hotel. Richmond International Airport is approximately 15 minutes by car from the convention center.
The state of Virginia actively promotes bicycling and related activities, and has designated various special routes for the purpose. United States Bicycle Routes 1 and 5 meet in the city of Richmond, and the city is known to have a strong cycling culture, ranging from racing to tourists and fixed-gear riders.
Located in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, Richmond becomes the fifth city to host the NAHBS in the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s six-year history. Houston, Texas was first, and then two years in San Jose, California, followed by Portland, Oregon, and in 2009 Indianapolis.