Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Program began providing planning assistance to state and local transportation planners in the late 1970s. 

It seeks to maximize the utility and safety of bicycling and walking for both transportation and recreation.

At VDOT, the program plays a leadership role in advancing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, who is part of VDOT’s Transportation and Mobility Planning Division, oversees and coordinates intradepartmental efforts to shape bicycle and walking policies and practices and to ensure statewide consistency.

The planner also provides training and education and serves as liaison to other state agencies, organizations, advocacy groups and the general public.

In order to make this program successful, many people within VDOT and from other agencies participate in activities related to the program:

VDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program partners with other state agencies in the areas of multimodal transportation planning, recreational trail planning and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Program staff also assists with bicycle and pedestrian-related studies.

Multimodal Planning

VDOT and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) work together to support the development of multimodal networks by providing funding and technical assistance to projects that increase non-motorized access to public transportation.

DRPT’s multimodal system design guidelines illustrate a variety of multimodal street typologies that can be used as a comprehensive resource for planning multimodal corridors, places and regions.

Trail Planning

VDOT and the Department of Conservation and Recreation work together to encourage non-motorized access to recreational areas as part of park master planning and the use of non-traditional transportation corridors, such as trails and greenways, in our transportation mix.

Greenways provide communities with places to exercise and use alternative transportation modes safely.

Safety and Education

VDOT works with the Department of Motor Vehicles to support bicycle and pedestrian safety education programs.

These programs help educators, civic groups and parents teach children about traffic rules and safe riding, as well as help children gain bicycle handling skills. 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Spotlight

Contact Information

Virginia Department of Transportation
Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219-2052

John Bolecek 
Statewide bicycle and pedestrian planner

Zach Hanson
Bicycle and pedestrian planner

Page last modified: Jan. 30, 2018