By rethinking 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.
Active SWV Bike/Walk is committed to making walking and biking safe, fun and convenient by advocating for protected bike lanes, safe and complete streets for pedestrians, fitness trails and a network of connected hiking trails.
Getting Started in Mount Hope, WV
Active SWV’s Pedestrian, Bike and Trail Coordinator, Andy Davis, began working through the Americorps VISTA program with the town of Mount Hope in early 2016. Together their focus has been on the development of a connected network of pedestrian infrastructure whereby both the town’s population and visitors may exercise, walk, run, hike and bike in a safe environment. The projects seek to 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 and, in turn, strengthen the local workforce to serve both the budding tourism industry and new businesses attracted to the region.
Active SWV Bike/Walk has specifically worked in Mount Hope to develop safe streets for pedestrians, a “Complete Streets” approach to city development, a designated 1-mile fitness trail and the establishment of a Rails-to-Trails, all in conjunction with the city’s Comprehensive Plan for redevelopment. Mount Hope is the future home of the planned Coal Heritage Discovery Center which will act as a central hub to the city’s trails and active living amenities.
The City of Mount Hope has added the Bike/Walk Mount Hope page to its website with more information about the projects Active SWV Bike/Walk is assisting with!
Active SWV board of directors members and community stakeholders at the site of the future Coal Heritage Discovery Center in Mount Hope.
The following are some announcements and updates from local media outlets covering our activities and projects:
- 2/25/16 – Mount Hope plans trails to tie in with other budding initiatives
- 5/19/16 – Mount Hope plans bike projects in hopes of getting more people active
- 8/11/16 – Mount Hope moves forward with Biking initiatives
- 10/10/16 – Active SWV, Bicycle Union teaming up for Bridge Day bicycle valet service
- 1/13/17 – Mount Hope Vows to be More Bike-Friendly
- 4/11/17 – Mount Hope gets funding help for trail project
- 2/7/18 – Two artists chosen for Mount Hope Mural
- 2/23/18 – Mural to be Step Toward Mount Hope Revitalization
- 2/22/16 – Bike, Trail Coordinator Named
- 2/29/16 – Mount Hope plans trails to tie in with other budding activities
- 8/18/16 – Mount Hope moves forward with biking initiatives
- 4/17/17 – Mount Hope gets help with Trail
- 1/6/17 – Complete Streets Policy set to pass in Mount Hope
- 4/6/17 – Fayetteville Businesses Receive Bicycle Friendly Designation
- 4/20/17 – Mount Hope Phoenix Fitness Trail
League of American Bicyclists – Bicycle Friendly America Program
Active SWV Bike/Walk uses a variety of guidelines in its facilitation and assistance of bike and pedestrian improvements, including the standards set forth by the League of American Bicyclists. After submitting an application to be officially recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community, Mount Hope, WV received an Honorable Mention in May 2017! In addition to the public commendation, the city also received valuable feedback on what further steps can be taken to earn a higher ranking. And most importantly, this feedback will guide Mount Hope towards becoming more bike/walk friendly!
Active SWV plans to continue to make use of these guidelines to assist communities in southern West Virginia develop strategies for pedestrian, bicycle and trail improvements.
West Virginia Explorer
Visit Southern West Virginia
Stepping out in Beckley, WV
Active SWV Bike/Walk to be working with the City of Beckley, WV on its Bike Beckley initiative. The group began meeting in 2017 to embarks on becoming more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. This group, which includes elected officials, city employees, and community members who are interested in becoming involved in Bike/Walk efforts, meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. As one of West Virginia’s population centers, Beckley has lots of potential for improvements and great ideas!
- 4/29/18 – Bike Beckley is Turning Heads outside West Virginia.
- 7/6/18 – Bicycle Racks installed on New River Transit Buses
Active SWV How-To Guide for Bike/Walk Communities in southern West Virginia
The staff of Active Southern West Virginia seeks to help the communities of southern West Virginia reach their fullest potential in providing opportunities for people to be physically active. Communities are made up of people and communities should be accessible to people, by all modes of movement! Active Southern West Virginia can offer support to the communities of southern West Virginia that seek to become more bicycle friendly. Our Active SWV Bike/Walk program and its staff will work alongside members of your community to assess the best ways to plan the transition.
We hope our How-To Guide for Bike/Walk Communities can assist with efforts in your community to facilitate more opportunities for physical activities. Please use it as a workbook to identify the ways to increase connectivity and safety for bikes and pedestrians on a path toward a more Active community!
Bike/Walk is an initiative of Active Southern West Virginia, located within the offices of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.