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The State Bicycle and Pedestrian Program promotes bicycling and walking throughout Virginia. These web pages provide information about the program and bicycle and pedestrian projects conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), as well as the Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations.

State Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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

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

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

The state Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner provides training and education and serves as a liaison to other agencies, organizations, advocacy groups, and the general public.

In order to make the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Program successful, many people within VDOT and from other agencies and interests participate in activities related to the program.

VDOT also partners with other state agencies in the areas of healthy communities, safety education and encouragement of biking opportunities. Program staff also assists with bicycle and pedestrian-related studies.

Healthy Communities

VDOT participates in the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Chronic Disease's healthy communities project. This project, which is one of 11 projects nationwide being supported by the Center for Disease Control, focuses on making the places where people live, work and go to school healthier by introducing physical activity into the community environment.

VDOT and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are working together to encourage non-motorized access as part of park master planning and the use of non-traditional transportation corridors, such as greenways, in our transportation mix. Greenways add to a healthy community by providing the opportunity to use alternate transportation modes and to have a place to exercise.


To support bicycle safety education programs, VDOT works with the Department of Education, the Department of Health's Center for Injury Prevention and the Department of Motor Vehicles. 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


Page last modified: Feb. 17, 2016