As noted in the Comprehensive Plan, Blacksburg 2046, bicycling is a desired alternative transportation method as well as a desired recreational and fitness activity for many Blacksburg residents. While Blacksburg 2046 addresses the need for additional bicycle routes through planning, bicycle parking must be addressed for destinations throughout Blacksburg. In particular, the downtown area is a priority for an assessment of bicycle parking as it is adjacent to campus and includes many destinations for cyclists. Recognizing the need for this assessment, town staff completed an inventory of bicycle parking in the downtown area as well as a review of best practices, issues, and opportunities regarding bicycle parking. In addition to addressing cyclists’ needs for more bicycle parking in desired locations, the town would like to eliminate rogue bicycle parking, (where bicycles are locked to street furniture elements such as parking meters, benches, and street lamps), and reduce damage to town property.
The following study includes sections that address what cyclists desire for bicycle parking, best practices, innovative bicycle parking, an inventory of existing parking, existing issues with bicycle parking, and opportunities and implementation steps to expand bicycle parking.
Bicycle Parking Study (8.27mb pdf)