On November 1, 2011, the Richmond City Council adopted a new Bicycle Master Plan. The Plan sets forth a blueprint for completion of a 145-mile system of bikeways and support facilities within Richmond. The Plan builds upon the existing system of on-street and off-street bicycle facilities throughout the City, focusing on connections between neighborhoods, safe routes to schools and access to major destinations such as employment centers, stores and shops, parks, trails and open space areas. The Plan also includes criteria for defining different types of bicycle facilities, a listing of priority projects, recommendations for increasing the supply of bicycle parking, design standards and education and safety programs. The City of Richmond seeks to achieve the following goals as a result of the Bicycle Master Plan's implementation:
Goal 1: Expand the city's bicycle routes and parking facilities into an extensive, well-connected and well-designed network, and improve and maintain these facilities over time.
Goal 2: Increase the number of people of all ages and backgrounds who bicycle for transportation, recreation and health.
Goal 3: Make the streets safer for bicyclists, not only during the day but also at night.
Goal 4: Incorporate the needs and concerns of cyclists in all transportation and development projects
Sections from the adopted Bicycle Master Plan can be downloaded below. All development projects approved in the City must be consistent with the goals and policies of the adopted plan.