The Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, under the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, has played a significant role in promoting and improving bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure in the Roanoke Valley. The origins of bicycle planning in the area date back over 40 years, with the first Bikeway Plan adopted in 1975. This committee has evolved through various updates and efforts, notably influenced by the Greenway Commission established in 1995. Key turning points include the League of American Bicyclists’ visit in 2008, leading to the formation of the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee and Roanoke’s achievement of Bicycle Friendly Community status in 2010, 2012, and 2016.
The committee, comprised of diverse representatives from local governments, organizations, and citizen advocates, has been instrumental in guiding bicycle-related discussions, informing regional transportation planning, and assisting in various bicycle initiatives. Prominent figures like local attorney David Harrison, City of Roanoke’s Mark Jamison, and Roanoke County’s David Holladay, among others, have been pivotal in advancing the region’s bike/ped infrastructure.
In 2016, the committee underwent restructuring due to declining participation and staff changes, leading to its current formation as the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee in 2020. Its efforts have significantly contributed to the implementation of bike lanes, routes, and sharrows across the Roanoke Valley, fostering a collaborative environment for enhancing bicycling and walking facilities in the region.