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Last Updated: 2018-04-23

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Floating Parking

“Floating Parking” will be seen more and more on streets throughout Richmond as more bike lane projects are striped. One of the first areas you’ll see it is on Franklin Street. This parking arrangement allows for bike lanes to be located along the curb, with parked cars providing a degree of separation from the moving traffic. Though it will look different, parking in a floating lane is essentially the same as a typical curbside lane. Just follow a few basic rules:

  • Don’t park in the bike lane.
  • Park next to the buffer, not in it. Treat the buffer like the curb. This will give you space to get in and out of your vehicle without being in the bike lane.
  • Look for cyclists while crossing the bike lane when getting in or out of your vehicle.
  • If a peak hour (“rush hour”) or time limit restriction is in place, it will be posted on the sidewalk, the same as traditional parking lanes.
  • On Franklin Street during the morning peak (7AM-9AM) the floating parking lane next to the bike lane buffer will be open to traffic. The remainder of the day it will serve as a parking lane.
  • Anticipate 2-4 weeks for new traffic patterns and for drivers to adjust to the new lane configurations.


Bicycle Infrastructure

  • 25 miles of bike lanes completed
  • 25 miles of buffered lanes starting construction in 2018
  • Franklin Street “cycletrack” from Monroe Park to the Capital starting construction in March 2018

RVA Bike Share

  • First deployment of 220 bikes and 17 stations, focusing on downtown and nearby areas
  • Second 220 deployment electric pedal assist bikes and double system to size to 440+ bikes and 40+ stations coming Summer 2018
  • Corps Logistics is handling the RVA Bike Share operations. Please contact them with questions or customer service needs at 1-877-782-2453
  • Message from Mayor Stoney to potential sponsorship partners

  • Visit: www.RVAbikes.com
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Bikes, Completed Projects

As the City continues pressing forward to make Richmond more bike friendly, several projects have been completed:

  • Buffered bike lanes on West Leigh Street
  • Buffered bike lanes on the Lee Bridge
  • Buffered bike lanes on the Manchester Bridge
  • Construction of the City’s first bike-boulevard on Floyd Avenue [completion May 2016]

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Richmond’s First Bike Master Plan is Now Complete!

The City of Richmond and our consultant team from the firms Michael Baker, Jr., and Alta Planning and Design has developed the City’s first ever Bicycle Master Plan which details a proposed network of improved bike infrastructure throughout the City. This document was developed with extensive public comment and feedback and will serve as a blueprint as the City continues to build a more inclusive bike infrastructure. With nearly 3,000 responses to the online survey and several hundred comments and markups made with the online mapping tool, the City is confident that this plan moves Richmond in the right direction to improved biking convenience and safety.

Though this plan provides a degree of prioritization of projects for development of a connected network based on a range of factors, it is intended to be a living document that will evolve as the City moves forward with implementation and as new opportunities arise. Some details are more general as some projects will evolve as we move towards implementation and make determinations on the most suitable type of infrastructure and improvements along a particular street or corridor.

The complete plan and appendix can be accessed here:

Richmond Bicycle Master Plan [164.52 MB]

Appendix E – Corridor Inventory [37.47 MB]


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Several noteworthy completed projects include:

  • Buffered bike lanes on West Leigh Street
  • Buffered bike lanes on the Lee Bridge
  • Buffered bike lanes on the Manchester Bridge
  • Construction of the City’s first bike-walk street (bike boulevard) on Floyd Avenue

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Contact Us

Jakob Helmboldt, AICP
O: 804.646.7141
C: 804.640.2528
Jakob.Helmboldt@Richmondgov.com

Contact Information:

Department of Public Works
City of Richmond
Pedestrian, Bicycling and Trails bikeped@richmondgov.com

900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond VA
23219 USA
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