Monday, August 30, 2010

Charlottesville public radio show: The Future of Cycling

Virginia Insight, a Charlottesville public radio show on local issues, hosted a good program on bicycling in Virginia. It included a brief discussion of the draft Virginia Bicycle Policy Plan.

The following people discussed making Virginia more bike-friendly: Vince Caristo - Executive Director, The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), Thomas Jenkins - Former professional mountain bike racer. Co-owner of Shenandoah Bicycle in Harrisonburg. Advocacy Coordinator for the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Ruth Stornetta, Ph.D. - Member of the cyclists’ advocacy group Bike Charlottesville and past president of the Virginia Bicycling Federation.

We don't have a direct link to the show yet. We listened to it live and we assume it will be on their archives page soon.

Giving UVA students a bike education class as part of their orientation was one of the better ideas mentioned. One issue that should be addressed in the bike policy plan is the fact that local communities receive transportation funds based on the number of lane miles, and when a road diet is used to create lane miles for bicyclists, they lose funding. Instead communities should receive incentives for implementing road diets.

The comment period for the bicycle policy plan ends Friday, September 17. We'll be posting our comments here soon.

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Just thought I'd let everyone know that the show is now posted at:,
where you can click the link to listen.

Bob Leweke, WMRA
Assistant Producer, Virginia Insight

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