New VDOT Active Transportation Newsletter

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New VDOT Active Transportation Newsletter

I generally don’t share things like this in full, but there is a lot of good information in VDOT’s most recent Active Transportation newsletter.  Check out the safety-related projects mentioned and get involved.


Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Newsletter
Issue 3, March 2018

Welcome to the third edition of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program e-mail newsletter. With each release of the newsletter, there will be various announcements and resources that contain information related to bicycling and walking in Virginia. Virginia’s Statewide Bicycling and Pedestrian Program webpage includes maps, laws and safety tips, information on places to travel, and much more! Contact information can be found on the website or at the bottom of each newsletter. Please share any information you’d like included in future newsletters.

If you were forwarded this e-mail please use this link to add your e-mail address to the distribution list.


A recently installed two-way separated bicycle lane in Arlington provides an improved connection between the on-road bicycle lanes on Fairfax Dr and the Custis trail.


Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Bicycle and Pedestrian Emphasis Areas
VDOT is seeking comments on the bicycle and pedestrian emphasis areas for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Your input and recommendations will be valuable to implementing the programs, processes, and projects to improve non-motorized travel. As discussed at the last Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory meeting, please provide the following by March 23rd:

  • In the charts linked below, for each action step provided, add any activities to include programs, processes or projects to update or initiate; ongoing efforts that need to be enhanced or promulgated;  education or outreach for the aforementioned.
  • For the status column, please indicate your activity priority by defining as ongoing/underway, short (1-2 year), medium (3-4 year) or longer (5+ year) efforts.
  • If you know who would lead or where the activity “product” would reside, then add those to the leader and document/plan columns, respectively.

Based on your input we will review the activities for some key “outputs” to track progress. Please send your completed documents (with track changes if possible) back to and We will compile and present the consistent activity ideas for your review at the next BPAC meeting.

Bicycle Actions Chart (DOC)

Pedestrian Actions Chart (DOC)

VA SHSP Bike/Ped Overview Presentation (PDF)

Please call or write Stephen Read, P.E.(Phone: 804-786-9094 ) if you have any questions on this exercise. Thank you for your time in advance.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) and other workshops to be held throughout Virginia.

The workshops, offered through the UVA Transportation Training Academy, are part of technical assistance from Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) ‘Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian’ (STEP program, an Every Day Counts initiative) that promotes the deployment of cost-effective pedestrian safety countermeasures such as:

  • Crosswalk visibility enhancements to help drivers detect pedestrians and pedestrians know the safest location to cross the street.
  • Pedestrian refuge islands to provide a safe place to stop in the median of the roadway.
  • Road diets to reduce vehicle speeds and the number of traffic lanes, creating space for pedestrian facilities and shorter crossing distances.
  • Pedestrian hybrid beacons to provide positive stop control.
  • Raised crosswalks to reduce vehicle speeds and improve visibility.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
04/10/2018  |  Williamsburg, VA

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
04/11/2018  |  Hampton, VA

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
05/01/2018  |  Salem, Virginia

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
05/03/2018  |  Arlington, VA

Other upcoming workshops:

Traffic Calming
03/20/2018  |  Midlothian, VA

Speed Management Techniques & Applications
03/21/2018 | Midlothian, VA

Bicycles & Pedestrians – Designing, Operating & Maintaining Facilities for All Users
05/22/2018  |  Virginia Beach, VA

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility
05/23/2018  |  Virginia Beach, VA
Crash data and analysis tools

New crash data and analysis tools are available for your use :

Tableau Intersection Crash Rate Tool

  • Allows you to search and find intersection crash rates based on geographical information, intersection node number, and Potential for Safety Improvement (PSI) information.

2012-2016 PSI Information in GIS Form is Now Available for Download from ArcGIS Online

Interactive Crash Data Summary Book that includes 2004 through 2016 Crash Data

  • Tableau tool that allows you to access historical crash data information interactively. Previously provided Crash Data Summary Books only in PDF (non-interactive) format.  This tool allows you to compare historical information for specific years, Districts, road systems, etc.

The VDOT Tableau Crash Tool now includes crash data through November of 2017.
Virginia Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The remaining 2018 meeting dates for the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting are:

April 17th (Richmond)  
July 26th (Richmond)
October 24th (Roanoke)

The April and July meetings will be held at 600 E. Main St Richmond, Virginia in the 24th floor board room. The October meeting will be held in Roanoke at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission.

Fiscal Year 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Metric Report

VDOT has released the Fiscal Year 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Metric Report. The two documents linked below contain information on bicycle and pedestrian accommodations constructed in Virginia over the past fiscal year.

Useful VDOT online maps:

Various Announcements:

  • Congratulations to the winners of Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award for the 2017-2018 school year. The Virginia Safe Routes to School Program received over 150 submissions for 72 different crossing guards from around the Commonwealth and chose six as the Most Outstanding based on their dedication and demonstrated willingness to go above and beyond for their communities. The winning crossing guards are listed on the Virginia Safe Routes to School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day webpage.
  • FHWA has released a new resource titled Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity. This resource focuses on pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity and provides information on incorporating connectivity analysis into State, metropolitan, and local transportation planning processes. It describes five core components of pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity, including network completeness, network density, route directness, access to destinations, and network quality. It outlines a five-step analysis process, and highlights methods and measures to support a variety of planning decisions. It includes references and illustrations of current practices, including materials from five case studies conducted as part of the research process.
  • Information for cities regarding the road diet process and urban maintenance payments were made in the VDOT Urban Manual.
  • The 2018 Land Conservation and Greenways Conference will be in Roanoke, Virginia – April 23 to 25th.
  • VDOT Safe Routes to School 2018 Non-Infrastructure Grant applications are due March 23, 2018.
  • FY19/20 Transportation Alternatives Program requests are posted.


Upcoming webinars

3/7/2018: Bike-Ped Portal – National Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Archive

This project builds on the success of NITC’s first Pooled Fund project that created the first national bicycle and pedestrian traffic count archive, named Bike-Ped Portal. The next step for Bike-Ped Portal is to improve its usability for both data providers and data users, specifically transportation professionals.
Recordings of PBIC webinars

1/30/2018 – Selecting Countermeasures for Uncontrolled Crossing Locations
Presented by: Gabe Rousseau, FHWA; Lauren Blackburn, VHB; and Charlie Zegeer, UNC Highway Safety Research Center

12/14/2017 – Safety Performance Measures for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Presented by: David Kopacz, Federal Highway Administration; Amy Schick, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

12/11/2017 – Determining the Safety Impacts of Bicycling and Walking Investments
Presented by: Daniel Carter and Raghavan Srinivasan, UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

11/8/2017 – Addressing Speed-Related Crashes with a Focus on Protecting Children
Presented by: Nancy Pullen-Seufert, National Center for Safe Routes to School; Leah Walton, National Transportation Safety Board; Margot, Los Angeles Department of Transportation; and Nina Haiman, New York City Department of Transportation.

10/18/2017 – Making Signals Work for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Presented by: Peter Koonce, PE, of Portland, OR.

9/13/2017 – Design Innovation and the MUTCD Experimentation Process
Presented by: Bill DeSantis, VHB; and Dave Kirschner, FHWA.

8/31/2017 – Part II: Policies to Prepare for an Automated Future
Presented by: Mollie Pelon, NACTO; Susan Handy, UC Davis; Joe Iacobucci, Sam Schwartz Engineering; and Art Pearce, City of Portland.

8/16/2017 – Part I: The Promise and Challenges of Automated Technologies
Presented by: Justin Owens, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; Bernardo Pires, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Insitute; and Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics.

06/12/2017 – Improving Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Using Truck Side Guards
Presented by: Alexander Epstein, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; and Kris Carter, City of Boston.

05/17/2017 – Measuring and Visualizing Multimodal Networks
Presented by: Eliot Rose, ICF; Dan Goodman, Federal Highway Administration; Eli Glazier, Toole Design Group.

More recorded webinars are available on the PBIC site here




John Bolecek
Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
Virginia Department of Transportation

George Rogerson
Location and Design
Policy and Procedures Section Manager

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