By rethinking the region’s infrastructure to support active lifestyles, southern West Virginians can improve their health and wellness with more opportunities to exercise outside, 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 and complete streets, fitness trails, and a network of connected hiking trails.
The Active Southern West Virginia staff 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.
League of American Bicyclists – Bicycle Friendly America Program
Bike/Walk SWV 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!
Stepping out in Beckley, WV
Active SWV Bike/Walk has been working with the City of Beckley, WV on its Bike Beckley initiative. The group began meeting in 2017 to embark on becoming more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. This group includes elected officials, city employees, and community members who are interested in becoming involved in Bike/Walk efforts.
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 development of a network of pedestrian infrastructure whereby both the town’s population and visitors may exercise, walk, run, hike, and bike in a safe environment. The project seeks to leverage the town’s rich history 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.
Bike/Walk SWV 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.
View the Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour Window Art Guide here.
View the Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour Complete Guide here.
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.
Active SWV How-To Guide for Bike/Walk Communities in southern West Virginia
Contact Erin Reid, Community Outreach Director, at [email protected] to learn more.
Bike/Walk is an initiative of Active Southern West Virginia, located within the offices of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.