Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Hosts Multi-region Alternative Transportation Social

On Friday August 23rd, The Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission hosted this year’s Multi-region Alternative Transportation Social at Stonebridge Park. The Social is an annual event held between the Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission and the New River Valley Regional Commission to share ideas and information about alternative transportation projects – anything to do with cycling, walking, or taking public transit. This year’s event was attended by almost 50 people.
 
“By hosting this yearly social, we give stakeholders from across the two regions a chance to share their ongoing projects and get input from others in the alternative transportation field,” says Regional Planner II, Amanda McGee. “This is a great opportunity for localities to learn from others’ successes and failures while working with alternative transportation.”
 
This year’s event was held at Stonebridge Park, located in Roanoke County. We thank Roanoke County for their generous use of the facility, and also thank the Town of Vinton for help with identifying a good site for our event. Stonebridge Park offers ready access to the Wolf Creek Greenway, one of the oldest greenways in the Roanoke Valley. Greenways offer a valuable bicycle and pedestrian resource in our Valley, and we were happy to showcase this facility to our New River neighbors.
 
This year had several exciting topics for discussion. Presenters gave valuable updates on Virginia Tech’s new e-scooter program; the RideShare App created by Ride Solutions; changes to transit systems in the Roanoke Valley; transit planning in Radford; the New River Valley Bikeway, Walkway, and Blueway plan update; and on-road site visits conducted by the Roanoke Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to survey accessibility of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in our area. These robust and varied presentations helped staff to make new connections between projects and to share opportunities and hurdles they have encountered in developing their programs.
 
Next year, it’s New River Valley’s turn to host and we can’t wait to see what exciting new topics they will have to share.

About RVARC
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) is one of 21 regional planning agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Member governments include the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke; the cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem; and the towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton. The mission of the Regional Commission is to be a leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth, quality of life, and the sustainability of this region.