Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

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Biking and walking to work make up nearly 18% of the commute trips in the City – among the highest biking and walking commute percentages in the state! And, yet, there is tremendous opportunity to increase the number of these trips as we strive to meet our goal of reducing single occupancy vehicle commute trips to 50% by 2030. What’s more? Research has demonstrated that the more people that ride or walk, the safer it is. Try biking or walking today and help make the roads safer for everyone! 

In addition to expanding the bicycle and pedestrian network, the City encourages walking and bicycling by installing outdoor bike parking, administering the Bike Rack Giveaway Program, and sponsoring events like Bike Walk Play.

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Resources for People Walking and Riding Bicycles 

New! 2017 Program Highlights and Master Plan Status Update

New! Charlottesville Bicycle and Pedestrian Map

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Download a walking and biking map for Charlottesville. The map includes trails, bike lanes and recommended roadways, steep hills, bike racks, transit stops, and more. Or, take a closer look at Levels of Traffic Stress (LTS) for biking in the city. The higher a road's speed limit, annual daily traffic volume, number of travel lanes and traffic signals, the higher its LTS (with LTS = 1 being the most comfortable and LTS = 4 the most stressful). The presence of a bike lane lowers the LTS.



New!  Jackson-Via Elementary Safe Routes to School Improvement


As part of Charlottesville’s Safe Routes to School Program, the City is making enhancements to pedestrian crossings that serve Jackson-Via Elementary School. We’re adding curb extensions and more visibly painted crosswalks to make people walking, biking and driving more visible to one another. Construction will concentrate around the intersections of Harris Road/JPA/Camellia and 5th Street. All existing crossings will be brought up to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.



 Businesses: Request a Bicycle Rack



Is your business or institution interested in bicycle parking? Consider applying for a City bicycle rack, loaned and installed free of charge. Learn more about this opportunity. To apply, download these forms. Completed forms may be delivered to Neighborhood Development Services (610 East Market Street, on the 2nd floor of City Hall) or submitted via email to

To see an example of a staple bicycle racks loaned and installed by the City of Charlottesville, visit Firefly Restaurant on the corner of East Market Street and Meade Avenue.




Bicycles and Public Art

PublicArtBikeTourPhotoCharlottesville has a unique and thriving art scene. What better way to explore that scene than on a bicycle? We can help! Click on the image to the left for a Self-guided Public Art Bike Tour that will take you to some of  Charlottesville's best-loved murals, sculptures, and art destinations. Share your own ideas for bike-art synergy by sending your bike/ped coordinator an email mail icon

The City of Charlottesville partners with the Tom Tom Founders Festival to organize a free group ride that visits new murals painted as part of the festival. As part of the April 2016 edition of the ride, participants even had the chance to speak with the mural artists.



Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

As a bicyclist or a pedestrian, what can you expect to see on the roads in Charlottesville? Click here to find out more about programs and infrastructure. Click here for safety tips and road user guides.

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