Social Distance Bicycling in Western Franklin County

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 […]

Employment Spotlight: Franklin County

The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2017 data on its OnTheMap website, which is a very intuitive source for recent employment and commuting data.  This data is available for most areas of the U.S., and the West Piedmont Planning District is no exception.  Using this tool, we briefly explore employment […]

Corridor Preservation Studies Underway for U.S. Routes 220 and 29

In the absence of construction of I-73 in Virginia within the foreseeable future, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is undertaking two studies intended to preserve the capacity of U.S. Routes 220 and 29, while enhancing the safety of these corridors.  In November, VDOT hosted meetings in localities along these […]

View the Fall Foliage from Your Bike

As we head into late October, the fall weather has finally arrived and the remnants of summer have breathed their last.  If you’re looking forward to viewing nature’s beautiful transition from summer to winter, the next two to three weeks will be the critical time, according to smokymountains.com, which offers […]

Bicycling Assets in the West Piedmont Planning District

Summer is the season in which outdoor activities are in full-swing, and these activities often continue well into the fall.  Bicycling is one of many outdoor endeavors enjoyed this time of year, whether it’s mountain biking; road biking; or simply cruising the Dick & Willie, the Danville Riverwalk, or the […]