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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.


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Bicycle Infrastructure


Projects in the Pipeline

  • 01st Street / 02nd Street / 03rd Street from Spring Street to Duval Street
  • 17th Street from Dock Street to Franklin Street
  • 29th Street from Libby Terrace to Kane Street
  • Bank Street from 9th Street to 14th Street
  • Brook Road from Azalea Avenue to Charity Street
  • Dock Street from Pear Street to Main Street
  • Forest Hill Avenue from Powhite Parkway to Hathaway Road
  • Franklin Street from 14th Street to 18th Street
  • Franklin Street from Belvidere Street to 9th Street
  • Government Road from Williamsburg Avenue to 36th Street
  • Grayland Avenue from Addison Street to Harrison Street
  • Jahnke Road from Blakemore Road to Forest Hill Avenue
  • Malvern Avenue Fitzhugh Avenue to Cary Street
  • Main Street from Williamsburg Road to Nicholson Street
  • Nine Mile Road from 25th Street to I-64
  • North Avenue from Laburnum Avenue to Chamberlayne Avenue
  • Patterson Avenue from Commonwealth Avenue to Thompson Street
  • Avenue from Forest Hill Avenue to Cowardin Avenue
  • Westover Hills Boulevard from Boulevard Bridge to Forest Hill Avenue
  • Williamsburg Avenue from Stoney Run Drive to Northampton Street
  • 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

Bike Infrastructure Projects Completed

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

  • 28+ lane miles of bike lanes now complete
  • 25 miles of buffered bike lanes are designed and awaiting striping
  • Two-way cycletrack on 17th St is under construction
  • Franklin Street floating parking lanes is complete
  • 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

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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: www.RVAbikes.com
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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:

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

Bike Paths

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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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