You can also request information on safe bike routes directly from RIDE Solutions.
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Explanation of Accommodations
Greenway/Trail: Greenways are multi-use paths providing accommodations to both cyclists and pedestrians. Greenways are commonly scenic, connecting and passing through parks and recreation centers, but they can also include sidewalks and other traditional pedestrian accommodations for short distances. Many Greenways in the Roanoke Region are identified by a small sign or plaque.
Bike Lanes: Traditional on-street lanes dedicated to bicycle use, identified by signage and road markings. In the Roanoke region, bicycle lanes are often created when roads are repaved or other maintenance work is done. The current network of bicycle lanes may seem fragmented as a result, though look for segments to be connected as maintenance work continues.
Bike Route: Bike routes generally connect existing low-traffic streets, greenways, and other bicycle paths into an organized route. Routes are identified with signage that both describes the route and warns vehicles of potential bicycle traffic. A bike route may offer no other accommodation than signage, though they are mapped out to take cyclists through safer, low-speed corridors and side streets, often with a scenic view.
Wide Lanes/Paved Shoulder: Though not specifically created for bicycles, wide vehicle travel lanes often provide just as much space to cyclists to share the road as with marked bicycle lanes. A paved shoulder is the area of roadway that parallels the travel lane; unlike wide lanes, paved shoulders are striped to keep drivers from using them as travel lanes, but unlike bike lanes they are not specifically identified for bicycle travel. They may be used for parking or for emergency pull-offs on high-traffic roads.
Alternative Routes: While not specifically a bicycle accommodations, alternative routes provide options to dangerous, high speed roadways. They are generally neighborhood streets that parallel sections or the entirety of major commute corridors, though they also include things like pedestrian bridges and other accommodations that may not be identified on a traditional map. While they may not provide specific accommodations such as bike lanes or paved shoulders, they are generally reserved for slower, smaller volumes of traffic.
Bike Racks: Bike racks provide safe, secure parking for your bicycle and indicate that cyclists are welcome at the establishment.
Bike Shops: Bike shops indicated on this map provide both bicycle sales and service. If you are new at bicycle commuting, particularly if you are using a bicycle that has been sitting around for awhile, it is highly recommended that you visit a regional shop to have your bike tuned up.
Signage: Most commonly indicates a “Share the Road” sign, but may indicate other signage notifying drivers to keep an eye out for cyclists or identifying routes and other accommodations.
Activity Center: Indicates a special road condition or accommodations that a cyclist should be aware of. May indicate areas of construction, congestion, or particularly dangerous areas. Click the icon on the map for more information.
Bicycle Friendly Business: One of the region’s Bicycle Friendly Businesses as designated by the League of American Bicyclists.
How to Use This Map
This map includes both traditional and non-traditional bicycle accommodations in the Roanoke and New River Valleys, concentrating on those accommodations most useful for bicycle commuters. By utilizing this map to explore the facilities between you and your worksite, including on-road accommodations such as bike lanes or suggestions for alternative routes, you can better plan your route to take advantage of the streets and facilities with which you are most comfortable and which best fit your skills as a rider. Novice riders may want to stick to neighborhood streets and low-traffic routes, even if it means going a bit farther out of your way; more experienced riders can take advantage of accommodations on higher-speed corridors such as Route 419/Electric Rd. By taking advantage of options such as Greenways and trails, you might even find shortcuts or scenic routes you weren’t even aware of!
To navigate the map, use the buttons along the top to jump to a specific region, or the bar along the left hand side to zoom all the way down to the neighborhood level. You may click on any of the colored routes or markers to learn more about the specific accommodation; where possible, we have included automobile speed limits, information on traffic flow and steepness of routes, and offered suggestion for alternate routes for particularly busy areas. Please keep in mind that this information is not comprehensive and may not reflect the most up-to-date information. Please report any errors to RIDE Solutions, and please do a test run of our planned route on a weekend or during a low-traffic period before your first day of commuting.