Each year, the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) holds a training conference to provide regional planners with training opportunities regarding the latest trends and developments in planning. As one might imagine, this year’s conference is online and divided into four parts throughout the month of July. The first […]
COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we live over these past four months, and with cases continuing to surge in some states, things are certainly not going the way we had hoped early on. How people and goods get around will likely be one impact of COVID-19.
Prior to about mid-March, we at RIDE Solutions had no doubt that our urban centers would continue to grow as important regional employment centers offering a high quality of life. We also had no reason to believe that more collective forms of transportation such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, and bike […]
The Danville MPO Wants Your Input for its Long Range Transportation Plan Through a Fun, Engaging Exercise
The Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), staffed by the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC), is seeking public input for its Long Range Transportation Plan update.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to take my bike to western Franklin County to enjoy all that this part of our region offers to bicyclists. During this era of social distancing, there are not many opportunities to get out, but fortunately bicycling is one of the exceptions. And […]
Many of you have likely heard about the extension of the Dick & Willie Passage Trail which opened in Martinsville/Henry County last fall. Some of you may have biked or walked the trail to see how you like it; most likely you were pleasantly surprised if you had. If you […]
Teleworking/telecommuting has always been one of several program areas RIDE Solutions has promoted to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips. However, our main areas of focus have typically been carpooling and transit (depending on the region you live or work in). Then came COVID-19, and everything changed – at least for the […]
We are now a few weeks into the COVID-19 national emergency, through which we have been encouraged to stay home; we’re also a few days into the stay at home order issued by Governor Northam on March 30th. Despite not being able to enjoy many of the things we took […]
Roanoke, VA – Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge will be awarding grant funding to a limited number of small businesses in our region to help prevent layoffs during the COVID-19 emergency. Small businesses of less than 250 employees in the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and […]
Draft West Piedmont Planning District 2045 Rural Long Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
The draft West Piedmont Planning District 2045 Rural Long Range Transportation Plan is now available for public review, and comments will be accepted until Thursday, April 9th. The plan will be adopted by the Board of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) at its meeting, following receipt of public […]