Lauren Hansen 757-925-1660
Oct. 24, 2011
STATE BICYCLE POLICY PLAN PUBLISHED
VDOT continues to support multimodal transportation solutions
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently completed the 2011 State Bicycle Policy Plan identifying the agency’s vision and goals for the future of bicycling in the commonwealth. The plan ensures that bicyclists remain an integral component of Virginia’s multimodal transportation system.
The new plan institutes the needed framework for establishing and maintaining a transportation system that encourages bicycling by providing infrastructure accommodations for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.
The plan also is intended to improve public health and safety by reducing traffic congestion and emissions contributing to air pollution.
Strategies and opportunities have been identified in the plan to enhance the implemented Commonwealth Transportation Board’s 2004 Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations, while addressing stakeholder concerns across the commonwealth.
The recommendations outlined in the policy will be used throughout Virginia to assist in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of bicycle accommodations.
The Virginia State Bicycle Policy Plan contains four main recommendations:
- Clarifying bicycle accommodation policies
- Providing staff with resources to integrate the requirements of bicyclists in projects and programs
- Improving outreach and coordination on this transportation alternative
- Evaluating the established bicycle plan performance measures
This plan is the first in a three-part series that VDOT has undertaken to establish the vision for the Commonwealth’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.
Future steps include the creation of a pedestrian policy plan and an implementation document for both plans.
The Bicycle Policy Plan was created with the assistance of a Policy Implementation Team and the Department’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.
To view the finalized State Bicycle Policy Plan, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/bk-default.asp .
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