Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning
The Regional Commission conducts bicycle & pedestrian planning activities through the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (urban), Rural Transportation Planning program, and RIDE Solutions.
For information about Greenways, see Greenways and Outdoor Recreation.
Interactive Bicycle Map
The Regional Interactive Bicycle Map provides information on the region’s cycling infrastructure and related cycling resources to facilitate cycling as an efficient, safe, economical, healthy, and environmentally responsible means of transportation and recreation in the greater Roanoke area. Map information includes: on-street bicycle accommodations, routes (commuter, signed, alternate and themed), greenways and other shared use trails, Blue Ridge Parkway access, US Bicycle Route 76, Bikeway Plan for the RVTPO and Rural Bikeway Plan corridors, local bicycle shops, League of American Bicyclists designated Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and public transit routes.
Note: Additional Interactive and printable maps – including greenway, trail, and transit maps – are available on the Regional Commission’s Maps page.
Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization Transportation Technical Committee, is to facilitate regional collaboration with diverse stakeholders in planning bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the Roanoke Valley. The Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, formerly known as the Bicycle Advisory Committee, was established in 2008 following a recommendation from a Bicycle Friendly Community workshop hosted by the League of American Bicyclist in Roanoke.
RIDE Solutions provides alternative transportation options – ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), biking, public transit, walking, and guaranteed ride home services – to residents living within the greater New River and Roanoke Valleys and Region 2000 regions of southwestern Virginia.
In 2017, the Regional Commission completed a study of USBR 76, a nationally designated bicycle route which extends through Botetourt and Roanoke Counties. In partnership with locality staff, the Regional Commission worked to craft non-binding recommendations for improvement of this corridor. Find out more about this document here.
Bike/Ped Count Programs
Roanoke Valley has been counting bicyclists since 2010 through the Regional Greenway and Trail User Count Program. From 2012 to 2017 the RVTPO participated in annual National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project counts, a nationwide effort. In 2015, VDOT installed permanent bicycle counters on Memorial Ave. More recently, the RVTPO is developing partnerships with Virginia Tech and VDOT to create a regional bicycle and pedestrian count program with automated counters, using newer technology and counting methods.
Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan for the Roanoke Valley 2015
The Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan for the Roanoke Valley includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton, and the portion of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties within the RVTPO 2040 study area. The Plan can be read online or downloaded. An interactive map of the pedestrian infrastructure recommendations is also available.
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 Bikeway Plan for the Roanoke Valley Area MPO – 2005 Update. The Bikeway Plan- 2012 Update 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.
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
Download the entire Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO – 2012 Update (large file 22 MB). Printed copies and CD/DVD copies of the plan are available at the Regional Commission. All mapping associated with the Bikeway Plan is available on the RVARC Interactive Bicycle Map.