Will Richmond be the 29th U.S. City with Protected Bike Lanes?

21 Sep

As noted in my previous post, the city’s Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee met earlier this week to discuss resolutions that will allow Richmond to use local and (mostly) federal funds to build separated bicycle lanes or “cycle tracks” on Franklin and Main Streets downtown.  Those resolutions made it through committee and are now up for discussion at Monday’s full city council meeting (9/23 at 6 p.m.).

Bike Walk RVA and the Greater Richmond Bicycling Coalition are organizing folks to come and speak in favor of the resolutions at the meeting:

Can you join your friends at Bike Walk RVA and the Greater Richmond Bicycle Coalition in testifying in support of funding these projects?

Please RSVP here so we know how many people to expect >>

Completion of these projects is essential to building a bike-friendly RVA. Council needs to know that all eyes will be on Richmond in 2015 for the World Road Cycling Championships, and we want to show the world we care about making sure people can get around our great city by foot and by bike in a safe and comfortable manner. This is the future of transportation in our city and it’s time to start planning, funding, and building the new Richmond.

Thanks for making Richmond a safe and comfortable place to walk and bike.

Max Hepp-Buchanan
Director of Bike Walk RVA
Sports Backers

P.S. Your voice is louder in person, but if you can’t make the Council hearing on Sept. 23, write Council an email in support of these projects.

As the tag line for this post suggests, protected bike lanes are no longer a rare thing in U.S. cities.  The list from People For Bikes of 28 cities that have installed such lanes includes cities you might expect like Portland and Seattle, but also cities like Champaign, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Milwaukee, WI; and Syracuse, NY, not to mention a few smaller ones I’ve never heard of!

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2 Responses to “Will Richmond be the 29th U.S. City with Protected Bike Lanes?”

  1. gwelymernans September 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    Is the council expected to support these resolutions?

    • bikeablerichmond September 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

      I haven’t heard much one way or the other. Some advocates feel that a majority of council members are in favor of bike infrastructure. That may be true, but I have yet to see real proof in concrete terms, and there’s always the issue of whether and what they hear from constituents in their district, especially if the project impacts their district.

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