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Last Updated: 2021-03-09

People are already getting some much needed exercise on the new bike lanes in the Brook Road, Malvern and Patterson Avenues area. They look great and provided extra safety for those out for a ride. Take a look

If you’re wondering what the various pavement markings mean in bike lane areas, they’re explained in this video.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

What Are They?

The pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB) is a traffic control device designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy or higher-speed roadways and uncontrolled intersections. The beacon head consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens. The lenses remain “dark” until a pedestrian desiring to cross the street pushes the call button to activate the beacon. The signal then initiates a yellow to red lighting sequence consisting of steady and flashing lights that directs motorists to slow and come to a stop. The pedestrian signal then flashes a WALK display to the pedestrian. Once the pedestrian has safely crossed, the hybrid beacon again goes dark.

What should I do when I encounter one?

Watch this short video to understand the process for pedestrians and motorists.

Where are they?

The first Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon is located at the intersection of Grove Avenue and Somerset Avenue.

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Will there be more?

The table below shows the list of intersections where PHBs are planned.


  • Belvidere Street at Virginia War Memorial
  • Broad Street at 16th Street
  • Forest Hill Avenue at Bland Street
  • Forest Hill Avenue at Huguenot High School
  • Hull Street at Silverwood
  • Hull Street at Worsham Way
  • Laburnum Avenue at Holton Elementary School
  • Leigh Street at Abner Clay Park
  • Main Street at 24th Street (GRTC)
  • Main Street at Libby Hill Park / Pear Street
  • Semmes Avenue at Canoe Run Park
  • Semmes Avenue at Carter Jones Park

1st/2nd/3rd Streets Bike Lanes (Spring Street to Duval Street)

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.

To find bikeways throughout the city Click here

Bicycle Infrastructure

Work may be delayed during inclement weather

Projects Under Construction:

  • Forest Hill Avenue from Powhite Parkway to Hathaway Road
  • Jahnke Road from Blakemore Road to Forest Hill Avenue

Projects in the Pipeline:

              Bike infrastructure designed and awaiting implementation

  • Bank Street from 9th Street to 14th Street
  • Government Road from Williamsburg Avenue to 36th Street
  • Nine Mile Road from 25th Street to I-64
  • Westover Hills Boulevard from Boulevard Bridge to Forest Hill Avenue
  • Williamsburg Avenue from Stoney Run Drive to Northampton Street

Links to plans for bike infrastructure projects:

Bike Infrastructure Projects Completed

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

              32 miles of bike lanes completed

  • 17th Street (South) – two-way cycletrack Dock Street to Franklin Street (East)
  • 29th Street from Libby Terrace to Kane Street
  • Brook Road from Azalea Avenue to Charity Street
  • Dock Street – Pear Street to Main Street (East)
  • Floyd Avenue – the City's first bike-boulevard Thompson Street (North) to Laurel Street (North)
  • Franklin Street from 14th Street to 18th Street
  • Franklin Street (West to East) – floating parking lanes Belvidere Street (North) to 9th Street (North)
  • Grayland Avenue – Addison Street (South) to Harrison Street (South)
  • Lee Bridge – buffered bike lanes
  • Leigh Street (West) – buffered bike lanes Dinneen Street to Myers Street
  • Lombardy Street – Broad Street (West) to Brook Road (South)
  • Main Street (East) – Williamsburg Road to Nicholson Street
  • Malvern Avenue Fitzhugh Avenue to Cary Street
  • Manchester Bridge – buffered bike lanes
  • North Avenue – Laburnum Avenue (West) to Chamberlayne Avenue
  • Patterson Avenue from Commonwealth Avenue to Thompson Street
  • Semmes Avenue – Forest Hill Avenue to Cowardin Avenue (North & South)

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RVA Bike Share

  • Inaugural deployment of 200 bikes and docking stations took place in summer 2017
  • Additional bikes and stations are on order, as are upgrades for our existing fleet to convert them to electric assist.
  • Conducting site review and pre-planning for additional stations and electrical connections
  • 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:

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So You’ll Know

Here is some guidance to help you better understand:

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:

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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

Bike Paths

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Contact Us

Jakob Helmboldt, AICP
O: 804.646.7141
C: 804.640.2528

Contact Information:

Department of Public Works
City of Richmond
Pedestrian, Bicycling and Trails

900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2595


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