Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

2004 CTB Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations

On March 18, 2004, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) passed the Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations. It states that "Bicycling and walking are fundamental travel modes and integral components of an efficient transportation network," and that "the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will initiate all highway construction projects with the presumption that the projects shall accommodate bicycling and walking."

Read the policy here (PDF)


Governance Documents

VDOT has two governance documents that detail how VDOT implements the CTB Policy:

Implementation Guidance (updated February 2017)

Project Scoping Worksheets

Note: The SWBPA is required on all projects (Tier 1 and 2) and documents compliance with the 2004 CTB Policy


Information for Localities (updated March 2017)


VDOT Departmental Memorandum 2-12 (PDF)

Localities using federal or state money must comply with the 2004 CTB Policy. All projects, including those that are locally administrated or that occur on VDOT right-of-way must comply. This is outlined on page four along with other information in the Coordination with Localities section.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Implementation Guide for Locality Involvement (PDF)

Localities are encouraged to develop bicycle and pedestrian plans which aid VDOT in selecting the appropriate accommodations when projects occur. Localities are also invited to participate in the project scoping process. A process for conflict resolution is also established along with other guidance and planning responsibilities.

Locally Administered Projects Manual

Locally administered projects are required to comply with the 2004 CTB Policy for state and federally funded projects. The Locally Administered Projects (LAP) Manual, Chapter 12 Project Development section (12.1 Project Scoping) allows localities to utilize their own scoping documents to meet this requirement.  Although locally managed projects are not required to use VDOT’s new scoping forms and scoping procedures, localities must document the consideration of whether bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be provided for projects that take place on VDOT right of way or are funded by VDOT.  Those decisions should be documented in project files.  Localities are encouraged to work with their VDOT District Project Coordinator to ensure projects are appropriately documented.

Page last modified: Aug. 2, 2017