Founded in 2012, the Trail Ambassadors are a dedicated, trained group of volunteers who do regular patrols of the Trail. The program is supported by the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Below we’ll provide some program information as well as answer some frequently asked questions.
So what does a Trail Ambassador do?
Trail Ambassadors are required to perform a minimum of two patrols per month from April-October. After each patrol, an Ambassador submits a Trail Report. Here are some of the services Trail Ambassadors provide while on patrol:
• Concierge services: advise users on the amenities, water stops, views, tourist spots, etc.
• Safety Advice (Please see the Rules of the Road)
• First Aid Administration, including dialing 911, if the situation warrants
• Minor Bike Repair: flat tire fixes, recommendations for local bike shops
• Trail Reporting: Trail conditions, necessary repairs, all reported to VCTF
• Litter Pickup
What does the training involve?
In order to become a Trail Ambassador, interested candidates must complete training and pass a background check. Ambassador training consists of two sessions of two hours. Training sessions include both an informational portion regarding the history and function of the program as well as a Trail portion (usually conducted on bike).
What gear do I need to become an Ambassador?
You’ll be issued an orange safety vest, identification cards and a first aid kit. You will need your own cell phone and bike, but Ambassadors can run or walk as well. In the event you wish to do litter pickup, trash bags and litter grabbers will also be provided.
Interested? Complete the interest form below.