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  • 1. April 25, 2013New RiverValleysBikeway,Walkway, Blueway Plan

2. Virginias New RiverValleyPlanning District Commission Boundary 3. Virginias New RiverValley Population: 179,967 4 Counties 1 City 10Towns VirginiaTech Radford University 4. Regional Profile: Average Commute = 19 miles/23 minutes Annual miles traveled = 11,874 Annual Costs: $7,587.77 Household Median Income: $42,057 Transportation Costs = 18% 2030: 1-in-5 people will be over 65 28% Adult obesity 19% Children in povertyBackground Information 5. Regional Challenges: Incomplete bike/ped downtown Transit systems growing State/Federal Match (competitive) Planning & Programming disconnect Land = missed opportunities Lack of connections Virginia, 2007 Outdoors Survey: Walking for pleasure = #1 Driving for pleasure = #3 Bicycling = #13Background Information 6. Before 7. Before 8. Before 9. Before 10. Established a DiverseWorking Committee The PDC met with a variety of partners to startfrom the ground upRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 11. Guidance fromWorking Committee: Identify regional assets Establish common goals and priorities Resource for local and statewide planning Improve mapping and tables Level of detail for information sharing Utilize to pursue funding Support tourismRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 12. Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway PlanLate 2011 Local ReviewMid 2011 Meet 5 Core AreasEarly 2011 Data CompleteEarly 2010 1-on-1 MeetingsMid 2009 Local Data CollectionEarly 2009 Vision and Goals2008 Bikeway/Walkway Committee 13. Elements of the System:1. MultipurposeTrails Facilities physically separated from motorized trafficby an open space or barrier.2. Hiking/Mountain BikingTrails Natural surfaced facilities that are predominately usedfor recreation.3. Shared Road Facilities Facilities within the existing right-of-way such aspaved shoulders, designated bike lanes, or markedSHARROWS.4. Blueways Facilities that accommodate the variety of water users.Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 14. After 15. After 16. After 17. After 18. After 19. RadfordArea 20. FloydArea 21. GilesArea 22. PulaskiArea 23. Planning Process Behind the Scenes Vision/goals were easy to agree on Bikeway/Walkway Committee = great input Tough integrating into 1 plan and 1 data set Facilities = 4 categories for flexibility Data aligns withVGIN + Google Earth imagery CAD/GIS converted to Photoshop = attractive Tables need work to maximize resourcefulnessRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 24. What is in the Plan? Executive Summary A RegionalVisiono Historyo Elements of the Systemo Purposeo Objectives Definitions Tables and Mapso Divided into 5Areas (4 counties & 1 city)Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 25. How will it be used? Simply a planning resource Integrate into Statewide Plans (VDOT) CTB Policy for Bicyclists and Pedestrians Aligns multijurisdictional connections Flexibility = Design for local needs ProjectWebsite: Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan 26. Questions?Contact: Elijah Sharp(540) 639-9313emial: