Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
Safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian facilities provide the public with access to local and regional destinations, connections with other modes of transportation, and increased mobility. The MPO works with planning staff from the local jurisdictions to ensure bicycle and pedestrian needs are being considered in local and regional transportation plans.
In the near future, the SAWMPO will begin developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The MPO will begin the process by:
- Organizing an inventory of the existing conditions of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and previous regional and local planning efforts related to bicycle and pedestrian activities.
- Creating a phased plan to update the current individual locality plans and combine them into a regional plan that will make connections throughout the region.
Ultimately, the SAWMPO will develop a prioritized list of recommendations for bike and pedestrian facilities to create regional non-motorized connectivity.
Previous Planning Efforts and Individual Locality Plans
Central Shenandoah Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The Central Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Plan was adopted by our local jurisdictions in 2005. It identifies and recommends appropriate bicycle facilties for key roadways in the Region including bike lanes, shared lanes, and expanded shoulders as well as separated bike paths. The Plan also makes recommendations for signage, bicycle maps, brochures, education, and safety-conscious initiatives. The Plans creates a comprehensive network of cycling facilities connecting neighborhoods, communities, and key destination points in our Region.
View the Central Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Plan.
City of Waynesboro
The City of Waynesboro's Bicycle Plan focuses on developing an interconnected system of on-street bicycle routes that serve all of Waynesboro's neighborhoods. A special focus is placed on creating connections between Downtown, parks, schools, and retail areas. The City is working towards encouraging bicycle use as a safe and important part of the transportation system, providing safe and convenient bicycle access from neighborhoods to major destination areas, developing a completed bicycling network that meets the needs of different types of bicyclists, and integrating bicycle planning both public and private development activities.
City of Staunton
In 2015, the City created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to City Council. The Comittee developed a two-year Work Program, and collaborates with City staff and administrators to make Staunton more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. The City is currently researching locations for a greenways trail, and searching for funding to conduct a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the City.
Similar to most other rural counties, Augusta County has a limited number of sidewalks and on-street bikeways. Paved multi-use pathways parallel to SR 636 (Lifecore Dive) and SR 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) will completed in 2015. While opportunities exist to walk and bicycle, they are focused on recreation, not transportation. Many of the County's quiet rural roads are well-suited for, and used by, advanced cyclists. Popular with local bicycle advocacy groups, there are unsigned on-street bicycle routes within and running through the County.
Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Resources
A great resource for cyclists of all levels is the region's Bike the Valley website, which encourages bicycling in the Central Shenandoah Valley. It details scenic rides with maps and turn-by-turn directions, and provides links and information on paved trail facilities in the region. Helpful links to various resources for cyclists are also provided through the site.
- The Central Shenandoah Valley Greenway Plan
- Bike Virginia
- Safety and Rules of the Road
- Bicycling and Walking in Virginia
- Virginia Bicycling Federation
- Adventure Cycling Association
- League of American Bicyclists
- Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
- Harrisonburg Resources for Biking and Walking
- Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition