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2004 Commonwealth Transportation Board Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations

On March 18, 2004, the Commonwealth Transportation Board 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) >

Supporting documentation and implementation guidance documents for localities

On Jan. 23, 2007, a letter from Richard Walton, chief of policy, planning, and the environment for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was sent to the chief administrative officer of every locality in Virginia.

The letter explains VDOT’s efforts to implement the “Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations” and discusses the updated procedures and best practices developed by VDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy Implementation Team.

A number of documents are referenced in the letter, including::

  • Guidelines for coordinating with localities
  • Planning level cost estimates
  • Updated construction and maintenance scoping forms

The letter and supporting documents are below.

PDF files: PDF


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