In a recent regional survey, 97% of respondents said that it was “very important” or “important” to them that Richmond be a bikeable and walkable city. But Richmond lags behind other cities of our size in terms of the actual miles of bike infrastructure on our roads.
Bike Walk RVA and the Sports Backers created the Bike Infrastructure Report to capture an assessment of how we’re doing, as a region, at meeting that “very important” expectation.
The big finding of the baseline report may not surprise many Richmonders. If you use the roads at all around our region, you know – we’ve got very little infrastructure. Collectively, across Richmond City, Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield counties we have only 18.25 miles of bike lanes and almost all of the these miles are fragmented.
For the thousands of Richmonders that need safe, family-friendly routes to get to school and work, the Bike Infrastructure Report shows how much room for improvement there is and helps to paint a picture of how we can get there as a region. The report chronicles other cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington DC to identify what they’ve done to make their roads safe and inviting for bikers of all ages and abilities. It maps out where our infrastructure is and where it might be missing. And it tees up our next steps.
Building bikeable communities doesn’t happen overnight but it DOES happen and this is Richmond’s starting point.