Bicycle advocacy nonprofit signs 5-year lease on Macdonald Avenue space

Richmond bicycle advocacy nonprofit signs 5-year lease on Macdonald Avenue space.
In this photo from the Rich City Rides Facebook page, founder of Richmond bicycle advocacy nonprofit Najari Smith in joined by youths at Belding Garcia Park.

Rich City Rides, a bicycle advocacy nonprofit, has signed a five-year lease for a space at 1500 Macdonald Ave., according to Amanda Elliott of the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI).

The space, currently occupied by Rich City Rides but still under development, was formerly the location of East Bay Bargains discount warehouse retail store, Elliott said. RMSI, the nonprofit that is spearheading a City Council-approved effort to revitalize Richmond’s downtown, is “thrilled” to have “Rich City” downtown.

“We definitely count this as one of our big successes for 2014,” Elliott said.

Rich City Rides, founded two years ago by Najari Smith, is sponsored by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and promotes bicycling as a primary mode of transportation in Richmond and beyond. Learn more about the many things the nonprofit does in the community here.

Smith, the chairman of Richmond’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, has been working with RMSI for the past several years, said Elliott, having been a vendor at many of its events providing bike parking and attending several business classes hosted by RMSI.