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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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  • Join the Active Mobility Alliance Who can join? Any organization, group, club, or business dedicated to promoting walking, biking, running, skating, scooting, riding, paddling, transit or other forms of active transportation, recreation or healthful pursuit of a more active community may become a member.
     
  • 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.
     

biking/walkingPhotos (left to right): Saunders-Monticello Trail (Peter Krebs/PEC); Prolyfyck Run Crew (William Jones III); BikeCville (Naomi Johndaughter); Riverview Park (Peter Krebs/PEC).

The Piedmont Environmental Council is pulling together an alliance of organizations that share a vision of a better-connected community for walking, biking and other forms of active transportation in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Albemarle County took a significant step forward last week. On Tuesday, June 30, Brian Roy’s team at Woolen Mills lowered into place a new pedestrian bridge spanning Moore’s Creek, closing a critical gap in the Rivanna Trail. It brings what had been a little-used trail section back into service, providing everyday access to nature for nearby residents and opening the door to several enticing additional connections, including a pedestrian crossing of the Rivanna River, which is currently being studied.

The proposal to design and build a shared-use path along Route 20 from Charlottesville to the newly reopened Saunders Monticello Trail faces a crucial test at the Wednesday, June 17, Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting.

Charlottesville (and urban areas of Albemarle County) has a rich collection of murals and large-scale sculptures that incorporate community perspectives, showcase the talents of regional and international artists, while contributing to the cultural and visual vibrancy of the city.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Planning Organization is applying for a VDOT SmartScale grant in the 2020 cycle to build a shared-use path along Route 20, connecting Charlottesville sidewalks and bike lanes to the entrance of Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Saunders-Monticello Trail and beyond. In doing so, the project will link Charlottesville and Albemarle communities together and integrate the area’s most popular trail into the regional network and bring numerous economic, environmental and health benefits. The $2.5M grant request will be submitted this summer.

BikeCville is a series of relaxed all-ability group bike rides in Charlottesville, VA, hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council and other local organizations. The purpose is to have fun while raising the visibility of cycling, encouraging hesitant cyclists, educating and fostering the region’s advocacy network. All rides are free, open to all and appropriate for anyone who can ride for half an hour.

Many people tell us that they would like to bike to work. Although the roads themselves may be daunting often the problem lies at their destination--their place of employment. Happily, there are some simple things employers can do to make their businesses more bike-friendly.

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.

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.

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  • Sign up to receive periodic email updates and action alerts related to bike and pedestrian connectivity.

Volunteer Opportunities >>

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

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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