The Fayetteville BPAC (Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Committee), a program of Active SWV, was just awarded a $5,000 grant from the Center for Active WV through the 2022 Be ActiveWV Grant Program. The grant program is made possible through a partnership between West Virginia College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and West Virginia Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, Bureau of Public Health. Funds were awarded to projects that focus on increasing access to physical activity in different ways, including improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
The Fayetteville BPAC was founded in 2019 following the town passing a Complete Streets policy. The BPAC had already planned to mark a 5k route through town, and the awarded grant funds will support the following projects designed to augment the 5k route.
Upcoming Bike Infrastructure Projects in Fayetteville
First, the funds will support the installation of a covered info kiosk at the Town Park including the 5k route map and closest entrances to other trail systems, space for announcements about local physical activity opportunities, and a bike maintenance station.
Second, two additional bike maintenance stations will be installed, one at Janutolo Park and one at Fayetteville PK-8.
Third, two demonstration clinics will be held, both led by local bicycle shop owners/instructors – one at the kiosk and one at Fayetteville PK-8.
Lastly, two bike racks will also be installed. One at the Fayetteville PK-8, and another near Town Hall located on Fayetteville’s main street.
These project are projected to be finished by May 2022. The goal is to improve the bike-ability and walk-ability through town, allowing people to confidently be active in those areas.
“We, Fayetteville BPAC, are extremely excited to be able to fulfill a need of promoting pedestrian and bicycle friend initiatives, identified by members of our community in our 2014 Comprehensive Plan. With this grant we will be able to provide multiple bicycle repair stations and racks throughout our Town. We will also be able to highlight and promote the already amazing trails that we have to offer in our area.” Says town Superintendent and BPAC committee Member, Matt Diederich.
Kickstart your Community
If you are interested in learning more about how to create wellness infrastructure in your community, please email info@activeswv to get started.
You can also find some information about bike/walk infrastructure, complete streets policies, and more on our website here.