Bike Walk SWV is a project initiated by the Active Southern West Virginia non-profit organization, located within the offices of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.
By redeveloping the region’s infrastructure to support active lifestyles, southern West Virginians can improve their health and wellness with more opportunities to get outside and exercise, while increasing economic activity and job creation.
Bike Walk SWV is committed to making walking and biking safe, fun and convenient by advocating for protected bike lanes, safe streets for pedestrians, fitness trails and a network of connected hiking trails.
Plans To Expand Starting With Mount Hope, WV
The VISTA Pedestrian, Bike and Trail Coordinator, Andy Davis, will engage in the development of a connected network of pedestrian infrastructure whereby both the town’s population and tourist may exercise, walk, run, hike and bike in a safe environment. VISTA efforts will leverage the town’s historical past to attract visitors interested in adventure and cultural tourism. These efforts will create opportunities for the town’s population to become more physically active as well as increase employment to serve both the tourist industry and new businesses attracted to the region.
Specifically, the VISTA will assess the infrastructure needs of the community; develop a project to include safe streets for pedestrians, protected bike lanes, a fitness trail and the establishment of a rail-trail, all in conjunction with the planned Coal Heritage Museum in Mount Hope.
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