Thursday, April 2, 2015

City and Sports Backers Announce New Course for RVA Streets Alive!

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill were joined by City Council member Parker Agelasto and Richmond City Health District Deputy Director Dr. Danny Avula today in announcing a new course for the third annual RVA Streets Alive! festival on Saturday, June 20.

RVA Streets Alive! will take place in Byrd Park and encompass the areas between Fountain Lake and Swan Lake. The event will close Boat Lake Drive, Swan Lake Drive, Lake Road, and Amelia Street between Shields Lake and Swan Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow residents and visitors to use these streets to be active through running, walking, biking, and many other physical activities. Vendors will be on site offering health and fitness information and interactive demonstrations.

“I am pleased that through the City’s Healthy Richmond Campaign, we continue to partner in presenting RVA Streets Alive! to encourage healthy and active lifestyles,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This year’s event will be held in Byrd Park on June 20, as the venue provides open green spaces, scenery and an outstanding atmosphere for residents to be active in various activities.”

The Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign and the Richmond City Health District partner with Sports Backers to host the RVA Streets Alive! festival. The event is free and open to the public. It was created to promote and celebrate active and healthy lifestyles throughout communities by opening up roads and streets safely to the public for physical activity.

“The variety of free activities offered at RVA Streets Alive! is what makes it so much fun,” said Lugbill. “With everything from biking and jump roping to pickleball and zumba, as well as fitness demos from the Active RVA Warriors, it’s a great opportunity to discover a new, healthy passion.”

In 2014, more than 10,000 people attended and interacted with more than 40 vendors.

“RVA Streets Alive! is a fun and exciting way for children, families and individuals of all ages to learn more ways to be active,” said Richmond City Health District Deputy Director Dr. Danny Avula. “Our goal is to put people on the road to engaging in regular physical activity and a healthier lifestyle.”

As part of a larger initiative to increase physical activity to the region’s most vulnerable communities, a grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has provided support to RVA Streets Alive! for the past three years. For more information about RVA Streets Alive!, or to sign up to be a vendor, please visit

Richmond Announces Decrease in Purchased Gas Cost

Beginning with the first utility bills in April 2015, natural gas customers of the city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will see a savings on their monthly utility bill.  DPU is lowering the Purchased Gas Cost (PGC) portion of the natural gas utility bill from $0.575 to $0.425 per Ccf (100 cubic feet). By law, the city passes along the cost of the natural gas it purchases and delivers to its customers, dollar for dollar without any markup.   Other components of the natural gas bill – the distribution charge and customer charge – are unchanged.

The PGC rate of the average residential customer who uses 70 Ccf’s of natural gas per month will pay approximately $78.64 compared to a current bill of $86.74.  This equates to a 26 percent reduction in the PGC rate charged by (DPU), and an overall 12 percent reduction in the entire natural gas bill.  Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones stated, “We welcome the opportunity to pass along these savings to our customers. The City will continue to review and adjust the gas costs on a quarterly basis to reflect the price that DPU pays for natural gas.” 

Across all energy sectors (electricity, heating oil, propane), natural gas prevails as the most efficient and economical choice of fuel for home heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. DPU offers information and programs year-round to encourage customers to better manage their utility bills and seek assistance before bills become unmanageable.  DPU also encourages customers to consider enrolling in the Equal Monthly Payment Plan in order to avoid large seasonal fluctuations in their monthly bill.  More information about EMPP and other programs is available by calling 646-7000 or visiting DPU’s website at