Rivanna Trails

RTF Remembers Matt Kayhoe

07 Oct 2016 9:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Matt Kayhoe, former RTF board member and professor at the UVa School of Architecture, passed away this past August. He is remembered as one of the beloved early builders of the Rivanna Trail. Matt regularly participated in work parties, added his architectural expertise to the design of both trails and bridges, and held everyone to high standards of work. In one memorable board meeting he spoke from the heart about the struggle he was having deciding whether or not to allow bicycles on the RTF trails. "I don't like the idea of having bikes on our trails, but when I was a child I had plenty of safe places to ride my bike. For children living in Charlottesville today, riding bikes on streets is not a safe alternative. We must open up our trails to bicycles for the sake of the children." Matt is remembered as a teacher with high, sometimes tough standards, but he was passionate, and he had a heart of gold. We are grateful for his work on the Rivanna Trail.