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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

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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.


Roanoke Valley Bike, Hike & Bus Map2014 Bike, Hike, Bus Map

The Regional Commission has released its all new Roanoke Valley Bike, Hike, & Bus Map which includes area bicycle accommodations (bicycle lanes, bike routes),  Valley Metro and Smartway bus routes, greenways, trails,  local parks, Carvins Cove, Mill Mountain, Explore Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and other activity centers in the Roanoke Valley. Free copies of the map are available at the Regional Commission (313 Luck Avenue SW Roanoke VA 24016) or via the RIDE Solutions online request form.

Note: Additional Interactive and printable maps – including greenway, trail, and transit maps – are available on the Regional Commission’s Maps page.


Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee

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The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee (Regional BAC) is a standing committee organized and hosted by the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. The Regional BAC was established in 2008 following a recommendation from a Bicycle Friendly Community workshop hosted by the League of American Bicyclist (LAB) in Roanoke. The Regional BAC is composed of representatives from local government (cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and the Town of Vinton) Regional Commission, Roanoke Valley Area MPO, VDOT, Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission, RIDE Solutions, Roanoke Regional Partnership, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Virginia Bicycling Federation, area bike shops, and citizen advocates. Currently, the Regional BAC meets bi-monthly (third Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am at the Regional Commission) and serves a forum for discussion of bicycle-related topics and to facilitate the provision and promotion of bicycle accommodations, information, and resources in the greater Roanoke area. More specifically, the Regional BAC informs and/or forwards relevant topics and information to the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization’s (RVTPO) Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) and Policy Board for discussion or action; assists in updating and implementing the Bikeway Plan for the RVAMPO; assists in the annual National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project; and conducts other activities as requested or relevant.

If you are interested in participating on the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee contact the Regional Commission for additional information.


RIDE Solutions

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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.

Bicycle Routes
Incident Reporting Tool
Commute Calculator
Bicycle Rack Request
Change Your Perspective
RIDE Blog


National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project

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Since 2012 the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO), with assistance from the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee, local governments, and volunteers has participated in the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project a nationwide effort to provide a consistent model of bicycle and pedestrian data collection for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. Each year staff and volunteers conduct manual counts of bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout the RVTPO study area during specified dates and times during the month of September.

Roanoke Valley Area MPO 2012 NBPD Summary Report

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed each year to assist with the NBPD Project. Contact the Regional Commission for additional information.


Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan for the Roanoke Valley 2015

Pedestrian Plan Cover PageThe 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

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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.


 Bike/Ped Links and Resources

 

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