While traveling or shopping Williamson Road in Roanoke, you may have noticed a slate of “No Road Diet” signs and wondered what they mean. They have been installed in in response to the recent proposals to improve the corridor, and I wanted to take a moment to describe what is – and is not – a road diet.
Public transportation is a key part of how our community connects – whether or not you are a bus rider yourself. Public transportation connects our neighborhoods; connects people to employment, medical, and other services; and it helps keep cars off the road, which means everyone else can get where they’re going a little faster.
The three public bus systems in the New River Valley have announced workshop dates where you can participate in improving the region’s transit systems. This is part of the Transit Development Plan that will look at current service and future needs.
Bikeshare by RIDE Solutions added three new stations to its growing bikeshare network this week. On Tuesday, new 10-space stations were added in Roanoke’s Crystal Spring Village, at the Riverside campus housing Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers just on the outskirts of downtown Roanoke.
At the Montgomery County chamber’s monthly “Eggs and Issues”, Thomas DiGiulian with the VDOT Salem District spoke to an early morning group about transportation in the New River Valley. While he spoke on a number of topics, it seems timely to share with you readers the status of some higher profile projects happening in the area as students head back to school and we see the last of summer’s lighter schedule.