Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

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Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

VDOT’s Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program began to provide planning assistance to state and local transportation planners when it was established in the late 1970s.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program seeks to maximize the utility and safety of non-motorized modes for both transportation and recreation.  It plays a leadership role in advancing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations as routine practices.

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

The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner also provides training and education and serves as a liaison to other 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 partners with other state agencies in the areas of recreational trail planning, education in bicycle and pedestrian safety and the encouragement of opportunities for non-motorized transportation. Program staff also assists with bicycle and pedestrian-related studies.

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 greenways in our transportation mix. Greenways provide communities with places to exercise and the opportunity to use alternative transportation modes safely.


VDOT works with the Department of Education and 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


John Bolecek 
VDOT Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Zach Hanson
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219


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