Blacksburg Bike Counts: Volunteer Call

The Town of Blacksburg’s Corridor Committee is conducting another Bike Count, which is designed to generate usage figures to help Blacksburg plan and design appropriate bicycle facilities and to measure the positive benefits of those new facilities.  The Town of Blacksburg is currently developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and the bike count information will be used along with other data previously collected to help route planning throughout the Town. The proposed counts will take place on Wednesday, September 28th (7 am- 7 pm) and Saturday, October 1st (10 am – 2 pm) at key points along corridors routinely used by bicyclists.   Additional basic information, such as frequency of wrong-way riding and riding on the sidewalk, will be collected.

The Corridor Committee needs over 50 volunteers to help conduct the counts.  Volunteers will be asked to fill a two-hour shift at one of the count locations.  Each volunteer will be required to attend a 45-minute training class - the date and time of which are to be determined, to receive an assignment, to learn how to complete the count forms, and what to do with the information when the shift is completed.

Please volunteer two hours of your time to assist with this project.  To participate, please contact:

Beth Lohman

A summary report of the 2009 count data can be viewed on the advocacy page.

Bike the US for MS – Arrives in Blacksburg

Bike the US for MS, a group based here in Blacksburg, organizes an annual cross-county bike rides to benefit Multiple Sclerosis causes.  This year, the organization is riding the Trans America route and will be coming through Blacksburg on Sunday, June 6th.  The organization would love for local cyclists to join the group on the ride into town.  There are 30 cyclists in the cross-country group, and they would like to have 50+ riders coming into town on Harding Avenue. The cross-country group is camping in Troutville the night of June 5th and will be departing for Blacksburg around 8:00 am.  There is a planned refreshment stop near the Catawba Country Store around 10:00 am.   Riders and supporters are welcome to come out and join us for the whole ride or anywhere else in between Troutville and Blacksburg.  Riders can register online at here, or just email us and let us know they want to participate.  For more information, contact: Mason Cavell by email or by phone (206)498-7954.

2010 Radford Ride for Silence

Ride of Silence The annual International Ride of Silence was observed locally in Radford on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Hosted by Pathways for Radford and the NRVBA, eighty-nine (89) riders and several supportive bystanders participated in the local ride. Uniformed and plain-clothed officers came out on bicycles to ride with the participants and show support. Several police vehicles and one ambulance escorted the long procession of riders; lights on, silently announcing our presence. We were a highly visible sign that the cycling community is strong, vibrant and willing to take its rightful spot on public roadways.

To those who spread the word and especially to the 89 cyclists who showed up to honor the lives of Bonnie Tinker, Bruce Rosar, Joe Mirenda, Rueben Williams and Adam Little, THANK YOU!

Thanks also to:

  • Ellen Taylor for printing up the safe riding tips that were distributed to all participants,
  • Pathways and the NRVBA for financing the 25 signs posted along the route, and
  • David and Leslie for helping collect signs after he ride.

Special thanks to fellow members of the members of the Ride of Silence Committee: Laurie Buchwald, Carol Colby, and Frank Taylor.

-Submitted by Katrina Cometa