Biking and Walking in Virginia
Projects and Studies
The Ashland to Petersburg Trail Study will identify a preferred corridor for a multi-use trail within the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico, cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond, and the Town of Ashland.
This study, developed by VDOT and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, provides planning work for two conceptual shared use paths. The first alignment runs between the Virginia Capital Trail at Jamestown and Fort Monroe. The second alignment runs from the Scotland Ferry to the terminus of the South Hampton Roads Trail in Suffolk.
This study provides planning work and an environmental assessment for a 65 mile greenway from near Petersburg, Virginia to the North Carolina border along the section of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor in Virginia.
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.
VDOT completed the Pedestrian Policy Plan in 2013. This document is a complement to our Bicycle Policy Plan released in September 2011.
From the Canal Walk in the heart of Richmond’s upscale Shockoe Valley to the Governor’s Mansion in Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Capital Trail traverses a beautiful landscape as it parallels historic Route 5.
This statewide trail will stretch west to east from the Cumberland Plateau to the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia is a favorite among bicyclists -- offering a variety of scenic and historic areas, miles of rural roads, easy trails for family rides, and tracks through woods and up mountains. The information provided here will help you plan your bicycling adventure through the state.
Trail planning as a community effort is becoming more prevalent in Virginia as communities recognize the social, economic, environmental, transportation, and health benefits of incorporating trails. Learn more about this process through this guide.
The alignment of United States Bicycle Route 1 has been updated. U..S Bike Route 1 was established in 1982.