Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

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

The Statewide 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 trail planning, safety education and encouragement of biking opportunities. 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 as part of park master planning and the use of non-traditional transportation corridors such as greenways in our transportation mix. Greenways add to healthy communities by providing the opportunity to use alternate transportation modes and to have a place to exercise.
 

Education

To support bicycle safety education programs, VDOT works with the Department of Education and the Department of Motor Vehicle Highway Safety Office. 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

John Bolecek 
VDOT Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
804-371-4869

Zach Hanson
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
804-786-2972

 

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