Breaking Barriers: How RADshare and Bobcat Are Reshaping BMX

Published on May 7, 2024

Dig into the world of BMX empowerment with RADshare, led by Nate Hanger and Steve Crandall. Through their organization, they're redefining BMX culture by emphasizing access, inclusion and excitement. With the help of Bobcat® equipment, they're overcoming challenges, building excitement and creating a brighter future for BMX enthusiasts in Richmond, Virginia. 

At the BMX Scene: a Story of Access and Impact 

In the heart of the vibrant community of Richmond, there’s a passion for BMX that's not just about riding, but about access, inclusion and building opportunities. Meet Nate Hanger and Steve Crandall, co-founders of RADshare, a movement that's reshaping BMX culture through empowerment and community engagement. With their organization, they're providing local youth access to mentors, bikes, cycling equipment and more. Not only that, they’re sparking excitement and opportunity through the sport they love. 

Sparking Thrills and Revolutionizing BMX 

Nate talks about the infectious thrill that comes from bringing Bobcat equipment to RADshare tracks. 

(The kids) see the Bobcat equipment and they get excited. They know something cool is happening and something new is coming, so there’s this air of excitement.

Nate Hanger

Co-Founder of RADshare

RADshare isn't just about providing bikes and helmets; it's about breaking barriers and introducing something fresh to the community. Steve emphasizes the importance of community interaction, highlighting events where kids ride together with BMX professionals.

It’s not necessarily like a spectator and performer kind of dynamic. It’s like the kids and the riders and all the pros – everyone’s riding together.

Steve Crandall

Co-Founder of RADshare

This inclusive approach breaks down barriers and fosters meaningful connections between riders of all ages and backgrounds. 

A Transformative Partnership: Enhancing BMX Track Quality 

Maintaining BMX tracks and courses is no easy feat. Nate acknowledges the challenge, "BMX tracks and courses in general require a ton of maintenance, and RADshare is a volunteer organization." With the support of Bobcat equipment, like the L28 small articulated loader, the T770 compact track loader and the RP22.40 reversible plate compactor, they've been able to accomplish more than ever before. Steve agrees. He’s impressed at how the tools from Bobcat Company have enabled RADshare to complete more work, efficiently and safely, ensuring the enjoyment of all participants. 

We were able to get a week’s worth of work done in four days. Using equipment that’s sustainable and safe for all the young people coming out – that’s pretty crucial.

Steve Crandall

Co-Founder of RADshare

Dream, Dare, Do: RADshare and Bobcat’s Message of Possibility 

For Nate and Steve, it's about envisioning a better future and taking action to make it a reality. "Just having a vision and putting forth the effort … anything is possible," Steve says. The RADshare message to the community is simple yet profound: Build your own fun. It's about seizing opportunities, embracing challenges and creating a space where everyone can thrive. 

In the world of BMX, RADshare and Bobcat are digging, shaping, and paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future – one jump, one trick and one community event at a time. With passion, dedication and the right equipment, anything is possible. 

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