State Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
VDOT has a designated State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to oversee and coordinate activities related to program for the Department. The State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator is part of the Transportation Planning Division and has one full-time assistant who is dedicated primarily to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. Their responsibilities include:
- providing training and education on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design issues
- assisting with the development of promotional and educational material about bicycling and walking in Virginia
- serving as primary liaison with other agencies, planning organizations, localities, and the public on bicycle and pedestrian activities and programs
- leading intradepartmental efforts to shape bicycling and walking related policies and practices and ensure their consistency statewide
- coordinating and participating in the Internal Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, the Bicycle Advisory Review Team, and the Bicycle Advisory Committee
- representing VDOT at state and national forums on bicycle and pedestrian issues
Contact the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to learn more.
Each of VDOT's nine districts has a designated Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to assist with implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. In general, their role in the program is to provide local support to encourage and implement bicycling and walking related efforts within their respective districts. Responsibilities of the district coordinators include:
- acting as liaison with the local bicycling and walking community and municipalities
- providing planning and design information and technical assistance
- participating in the Internal Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Contact your District Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to learn more.
The Internal Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force (ITF) is responsible for ensuring consistent implementation of the bicycle and pedestrian program within VDOT. The ITF periodically reviews, evaluates and recommends modifications to VDOT's bicycle and pedestrian policies and practices. It is the primary venue by which information on bicycle and pedestrian issues is distributed internally through VDOT. The ITF consists of the District Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators as well as representatives from the following VDOT divisions:
- Location and Design
- Local Assistance
- Structure and Bridge
- Traffic Engineering
- Transportation and Mobility Planning
Contact an ITF division representative to learn more.
The Bicycle Accommodations Review Team (BART) is a multi-disciplinary team within VDOT with knowledge in aspects of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design and safety. BART provides reviews proposed plans to ensure consistency in bicycle and pedestrian facility design. BART reviews highway plans for state-maintained roads that include a bicycle or pedestrian accommodation and TEA-21 funded projects that include a bicycle or pedestrian component. The team, which includes representatives from the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, the Location and Design Division and the Traffic Engineering Division, meets regularly to review and comment on pending plans and recommend changes as appropriate. The team also meets on-site with designers and local agencies to discuss design issues.
VDOT established its Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) in 1989 as a forum for open communication and information exchange between the Department, other state agencies, federal agencies, advocates and citizens regarding bicycling issues across the Commonwealth. Members of this committee meet periodically to discuss VDOT policies, standards and practices that affect the bicycling community. The committee members are asked to share this information with the bicycling community and other interested groups. The committee's format provides an opportunity for members to address a variety of issues and foster mutual understanding. The committee works together on specific projects such as bicycle race permits, "Share the Road" signs and informational materials.