Bike/Ped Plans, Studies, and Programs
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.
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 and in 2019, added a permanent pedestrian counter at the same site. 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.
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.
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.
The 2020 Rural Bikeway Plan will be approved at the September 2020 Regional Commission Board meeting.