Let’s talk about sharing the road.
By: Brantley Tyndall, Bike Walk RVA
Bike Walk RVA (a program of Sports Backers) was recently awarded a grant from DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office to help educate people on how to behave around the new bike lanes in Richmond. Bike Walk RVA produced three different billboards (below), which were posted in seven different locations around Richmond and on several GRTC buses. You may have seen them around during the month of May (also known around here as #RVABikeMonth).
Bike lanes are relatively new in Richmond and we understand people are still learning. There are nearly 25 miles of bike lanes on the ground now, nine of which are buffered from car traffic. That doesn’t include such trails as the Cannon Creek Greenway, the Virginia Capital Trail, the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, and the traffic-calming changes to Floyd Avenue. And there are approximately 25 more miles in design and almost ready to hit the ground. It’s important that we all know the rules in regards to driving and biking on and around bike lanes, for the safety of everyone. First and foremost, please don’t drive or park in bike lanes. It’s the RVA way.
In a previous grant from DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office, Bike Walk RVA produced the RVA Bikeways Guide, which won the 2016 Governor’s Transportation Safety Award for Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety. This printed guide helps illustrate all the different types of infrastructure on the ground or in design, and how we should all behave around them. The RVA Bikeways Guide is available online here.
Bike Walk RVA also hosts an electronic map of all the dedicated bikeways in the Richmond region on our website. The RVA Bikeways Map is available online here.
Finally, Vision Zero is the idea that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries while traveling from one place to another on our streets. Vision Zero is a combination of engineering our streets for safety, enforcing our traffic laws, and educating drivers, pedestrian, and bicyclists. Please know how to share the road. More information on safely sharing Virginia’s roads is available online here.
Vision Zero starts with you. Please take the #VisionZero pledge today.