Friday, August 13, 2010

Draft State Bicycle Policy Plan released

Today VDOT released the final draft of the State Bicycle Policy Plan:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has developed the State Bicycle Policy Plan to ensure bicyclists are an integral component of Virginia’s multimodal transportation system, and to provide bicycle policy recommendations that will guide the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of bicycle accommodations.

The draft plan provides strategies and identifies opportunities for enhancing the implementation of the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s 2004 Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations, as well as VDOT’s coordination within the agency and with stakeholders across the commonwealth.

The VDOT State Bicycle Policy Plan, including a summary of recommendations is available for public review and comment beginning Monday, Aug. 16, and concluding Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.
In an earlier FABB blog post we noted that this draft was expected in mid-February. Since that time the state bicycle coordinator left his position, which likely delayed completion of the draft.

As stated in the title, this is a policy document. There are few specific facility recommendations. Those are left to the local jurisdictions, even though VDOT controls most roads in the state. There are recommendations for the segments of US Bike Routes 1 and 76 in Virginia. Fortunately Fairfax County has begun the bicycle master planning process to develop specific recommendations for the county.

We plan to review the document and prepare comments that we'll post here.

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