Bike & Pedestrian Planning

Transportation & Infrastructure

Bike & Pedestrian Planning

It is no secret that regions with well-developed bicycle and pedestrian trails and amenities attract more residents and businesses. Good bike-ped infrastructure improves communities by creating opportunities for residents to get active, connecting places in the area, and can even help reduce air pollution by taking drivers off the road. Creating great bike-ped systems starts with planning.

The River Valley Regional Commission, through a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation, helps plan, develop, and execute bicycle and pedestrian plans in order to encourage safe walking and cycling through the region’s communities as a means of alternative transportation and a perfect way to get active. To learn more about cycling and pedestrian planning in the River Valley, visit www.activevalley.org. 

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Regional bike-ped development has been successful, in part, due to the work of cycling organizations, Bicycle Columbus, Reynolds Ramblers, and Sumter Cycling, who facilitate growth through advocacy, active engagement, bicycle events, and bicycle planning. RVRC serves as a board member and provides technical assistance to both organizations. 

There are many different local, state, and federal programs that offer bike-ped funding. RVRC can assist communities in researching and applying for funding opportunities to develop bicycle and pedestrian initiatives including off-road bicycle trails, mountain bike trails, walking trails, cycling paths, infrastructure improvements, etc. 

For more information on Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian projects, citizen comments and concerns, and project ideas contact RVRC Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Staff at bikeplanner@rivervalleyrc.org or (706) 256-2910. 

Bike-to-Work is held annually in both Americus and Columbus, GA. These events focuses on encouraging citizens to make the shift from their vehicles and into their bicycles as an alternative means of commuting to work. The River Valley Regional Commission has partnered with the local businesses which reward employees who commute to work, in Columbus and Americus, using non-motorized transportation with the exception or car-pools and public transportation. Bike-to-Work Day normally occurs during National Bike Week.  For more information visit www.activevalley.org.

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For more information on Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian projects, citizen comments and concerns, and project ideas contact RVRC Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Staff at bikeplanner@rivervalleyrc.org or (706) 256-2910 or visit www.activevalley.org.