RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Bike Walk RVA, a Sports Backers program, released the 2016 Richmond Region Bicycle Infrastructure Report on Monday.
The report is an update to the 2013 Richmond Region Baseline Bicycle Infrastructure Report.
The new report details the many new types of bikeways in greater Richmond. It also documents the number of miles and the location of those bikeways. A major finding within the report is that the region’s bikeway mileage has more than doubled in three years.
“Our region’s bikeway mileage has gone from 37 to 79 miles – and counting – in about three years,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Bike Walk RVA for Sports Backers. “That’s great progress. However, not all bikeways are considered equal in terms of safety and comfort for the average resident. Bike lanes that don’t offer physical protection from high-speed traffic are not likely to get more people to ride. Separated multi-use trails, like the Virginia Capital Trail, will attract new riders by the thousands. We need more protected bikeways in the region.”