Walk & Bike

 

We're working with communities in the Charlottesville and Albemarle urban core to envision and implement a comprehensive network of bicycle and pedestrian trails and greenways.

A joint project of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission & The Piedmont Environmental Council.
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  • Add Your Voice - Support the New Regional Bike/Ped Plan Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support for the recently released Jefferson Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.
     
  • Jefferson Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan Learn more about the Thomas Jefferson Planning District's regional plan.
     

The Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is an important milestone! It maps a comprehensive network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and shared use paths that connect Charlottesville and Albemarle neighborhoods to schools, shopping, downtown and natural areas while also identifying bicycle connections to and among adjoining counties. Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support!

TJPDC’s Jefferson Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan is a key milestone in the effort to make the region more connected for people walking and biking. The plan covers Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties, but it focuses on the combined Charlottesville/Albemarle urban core. With support from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, PEC has led extensive community engagement to gather data and input for the plan and to mobilize and coordinate public support for its implementation.

As part of of our extensive community engagement, we created a survey to better understand residents’ ideas about desirable places to walk, ride or run for transportation and exercise. We also asked about the barriers they face and solicited their suggestions for a better-connected community.

About two dozen cyclists gathered on the evening of June 21 in Charlottesville, garlanded their bikes with lights and reflective decorations, and set out for a relaxed four-mile celebration of the Summer Solstice. The route through Charlottesville followed a combination of quiet neighborhood streets and roads with bike lanes. The colorful and musical procession elicited reactions of surprise and delight.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) are working with communities in the Charlottesville and Albemarle urban core to envision and implement a comprehensive network of connective bicycle and pedestrian trails and greenways. The project is supported by a Strengthening Systems grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

As part of our engagement effort, we have developed a survey for residents to share their ideas for a thriving, connected community. The 13-question survey asks residents about barriers to walking, running, and biking in the area. Respondents can describe their ideal vision for better transportation options and better recreation mobility.

Interested in volunteering to help make connective greenways a reality in Charlottesville and Albemarle? Here are some ways you can get involved right now.

Charlottesville and Albemarle have many beautiful outdoor spaces but not enough connective greenway corridors. One project that will provide both is coming into view on the two localities’ southern border: the Fifth Street Hub and Trails.

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The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Imagination Foundation teamed up with Cyphertank on November 18 to follow-up a successful kickoff event with an evening of facilitated discussion about trails and greenways -- with a beat.

The Charlottesville / Albemarle Greenways Project kicked off with a packed event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on the evening of Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Approximately 175 people, including many who have been working on this issue for a long time, shared an evening of fellowship and inspiration.

Through funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, PEC is working in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission on a community engagement initiative to build support for implementation of a comprehensive greenway system. Specifically, we will be engaging the community to build a shared vision for greenways among the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and business and civic actors.

Join the Conversation

Add your voice >>  

  • Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support for the recently released Jefferson Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.

Share your ideas >>

  • Add your comments, ideas and draw some of your favorite routes or indicate trouble spots on the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission’s wikimap.

Volunteer Opportunities >>

  • This is a community-led project and we need your help! 

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  • Learn about upcoming opportunities to get involved. 

Have questions?

Contact Peter Krebs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-977-2033 x.7065

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