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Recreational Trails Program Grant Cycle (2013-2014) Now Open
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a matching reimbursement grant program that provides for the creation and maintenance of trails and trail facilities. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds the program, which DCR administers in Virginia.The Application Deadline is 4:00 pm, 5 December 2013. The RTP Manual and Application are online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/trailfnd.shtml.
City of Roanoke Continues Installation of Bicycle Lanes
The City of Roanoke continues installation of bicycle lanes through the annual paving and resurfacing program. In 2013, 7 miles of bicycle lanes were added along Melrose Avenue/460 and Brandon Avenue. Additionally, more than 11 miles of bicycle lanes were installed as part of the 2012 paving program (Peters Creek Extension, 13th Street, and Brandon Avenue) bringing the total bicycle lane mileage in the City of Roanoke to more than 25 miles (nearly 790% increase since 2005).
Transportation Alternatives Program - Application Deadline - November 1, 2013
The Transportation Alternatives Program grant application deadline is November 1, 2013. In addition to VDOT TA statewide funding, as a TMA MPO the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVAMPO) also has TA funding available for projects in the RVAMPO study area. Visit the VDOT Transportation Alternatives Program page for additional information.
Regional Pedestrian and Transit Vision Plans Survey
The Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVAMPO) is currently developing a Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan and a Regional Transit Vision Plan to facilitate development of a regional multimodal transportation network in the Roanoke Valley that accommodates and encourages walking and public transit as alternative ways to get from one place to another. The study area covers the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton, and the urbanized portions of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke Counties. Provide your input by completing the Regional Pedestrian and Transit Vision Plans survey.
2013 National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPD)
The City of Roanoke, with assistance from the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVAMPO), recently completed the 2013 National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project. Volunteers conducted manual counts of bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout the City on the official 2013 NBPD counts dates (Thursday September 12, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Saturday September 14, 12:00 - 2:00 pm). 2012 was the City of Roanoke's initial year of participation in the NBPD project which will be conducted annually each September. Click here to view the City of Roanoke 2012 NBPD report. The 2013 NBPD report will be available in the coming months.
RVAMPO Awards $28.2 Million in RSTP Funds
The Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board (MPO) approved over $28 million in funding for 15 transportation projects in the Roanoke urbanized area over the next six years. Local governments, Valley Metro, and other eligible transportation agencies submitted over $33 million in project requests to be funded by the new Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSPT). The top three projects included $12.7 million to finish construction of the Roanoke River Greenway and two studies: one to conduct a transportation and economic impact assessment of the proposed Norfolk Southern intermodal center in Elliston, and the other to look at the feasibility of a multi-modal transportation center in downtown Roanoke that would help evaluate the future needs of Valley Metro public transit service and passenger rail service.
Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO- 2012 Update Approved
On March 22, 2012, the RVAMPO Executive Board approved the Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization - 2012 Update (update of the 2005 Bikeway Plan). The Bikeway Plan covers the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton, and the portion of Botetourt County and Roanoke County within the RVAMPO 2035 MPO study area. Click here to access the Bikeway Plan - 2012 Update.
Roanoke Area Cycling and Commuter Resources
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission - Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Planning - Provides links to bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway planning data, guidance documents, mapping (printable and Interactive), safety, and other bike/ped resources.
RIDE Solutions - Bike and Walk - Offers a range of services and information to promote alternative transportation in the region (540.342.9393)
City of Roanoke - Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) Program - In 2010, the City of Roanoke was designated as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
VDOT Bicycling and Walking Program - Links to plans, maps, laws and safety tips, and other VDOT resources and guidance.
RoanokeOutside.com (Biking) - One-stop portal for cycling and outdoor recreation information in the greater Roanoke region.
Roanoke Valley Greenways - Official site of the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission.
Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau - Outdoor Adventures - Cycling - Cycling and tourism information for the greater Roanoke region.
Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area MPO - 2012 Update
The Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO - 2012 Update, approved by the RVAMPO Executive Board on March 22, 2012 is an update of the 2005 Bikeway Plan. The Bikeway Plan covers the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton, and the portion of Botetourt County and Roanoke County within the RVAMPO 2035 MPO study area.
Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO - 2012 Update
Cover, Resolution, and Acknowledgments
Table of Contents and Acronyms
Section 1: Bikeway Plan Introduction
Section 2: Bicycle Accommodations - Guidance and Resources
Section 3: Overview of Existing Bicycle Accommodations
Section 4: Corridors for Consideration of Bicycle Accommodation
Section 5: Bicycle User Survey Summary
Appendix A: VDOT Roadway Functional Classification Definitions and Maps
Appendix B: VDOT Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations
Appendix C: VDOT State Bicycle Policy Plan Recommendations Summary Table
Appendix D: Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee Representatives
Appendix E: City of Roanoke Complete Streets Policy
Appendix F: Roanoke County Code of Ordinances
Appendix G: League of American Bicyclists 2008 Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop Action Items
Appendix H: Virginia Logos Supplemental Guides Signs Program VDOT Traffic Engineering
Appendix I: Bicycle User Survey Open-Ended Responses and Comments
Bikeway Plan Mapping - All mapping associated with the Bikeway Plan is viewable on the RVARC Online Map.
Click here to download the entire document in one file (large file 22MB). Printed copies and CD/DVD copies of the Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO - 2012 Update are available at the Regional Commission.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Professional Development Series -2013
The Regional Commission will host the following APBP webinars in 2013. All webinars will be held at the Regional Commission (upstairs conference room) from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Webinars are open to all interested parties and individuals and are offered free of charge. Space is limited to approximately 25 participants. Most presentations offer credit for professional certification. Click here for more information on the APBP Professional Development Webinar Series and a description of each webinar.
- February 20 - Driving Deaths Down: Proven Countermeasures that Work
- March 20 - Dynamics of Effective Advisory Committees
- April 17 -Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities
- June 19 - What's in There for Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling
- August 21 -
Getting Better Data for Better Decisions: Improving Performance Measures and Outcomes
- September 18 - Integrating Spatial Data to Develop Community Priorities
Regional Greenway and Trail User Count Program
The Regional Greenway and Trail User Count Program, initiated in 2009, uses TRAFx automated counters (infrared and magnetic) to collect use data for area greenways and trails. The goal of the Regional Greenway and Trail User Count Program is to obtain current, accurate, ongoing, and continuous use greenway and trail use data for general planning, maintenance, and management purposes, and to compare baseline data to future use as the greenway network is expanded, connected, and promoted. The following data are collected as part of the program:
- total counts
- date and time of each count
- hourly, daily, weekly, and yearly use totals and averages
Currently user counts are being conducted at the following locations:
- Lick Run Greenway - at 10th Street
- Lick Run Greenway - at 581/Valley View Mall
- Mill Mountain Greenway - near top of Mill Mountain
- Murray Run Greenway - near tennis courts
- Roanoke River Greenway - near Rivers Edge Sports Complex
- Roanoke River Greenway - between Memorial Ave and Bridge Street
- Roanoke River Greenway - Moyers Sports Complex - Salem
- Tinker Creek / Roanoke River - at Underhill / Regional Water Pollution Control Center
Past count locations include:
- Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Four Gorges Trail
- Appalachian Trail (between Route 311 parking lot and McAfees Knob)
- Lick Run Greenway - at Commonwealth Avenue
- Roanoke River Greenway - West Riverside Drive
- Roanoke River Greenway - near IGA
Regional Greenway and Trail User Count Program - Monthly Counts - 2010 - 2013
Roanoke Valley Greenways - Rankings by Total Counts (current count locations)
Greenway / Average Daily Count/ Percent of Total Greenway Use
Lick Run Greenway at 10th St / 55.5 / 5.7%
Lick Run Greenway at Valley View/581 / 32.6 / 3.4%
Mill Mountain Greenway / 35.7 / 3.7%
Murray Run Greenway Trail / 49.3 / 5.1%
Roanoke River Greenway at 17th St / 91.2 / 9.4%
Roanoke River Greenway at Moyers Complex / 142.9 / 14.8%
Roanoke River Greenway at Rivers Edge / 504.1 / 52.1%
Tinker Creek Greenway at Underhill / 57.1 / 5.9%
Roanoke River Greenway (at River's Edge Sports Complex)
May 2010 - April 2013
Source: RVARC 2010-2013