Ashland Ticket to Ride – A bike, walk and run family friendly event

Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 11.57.05 AM.pngBike, walk or run through the main streets of Ashland and enjoy “train” stops along the way to learn some fun facts about the town of Ashland. Get your boarding pass punched at each stop and enjoy some wonderful discounts at the restaurants and shops in Ashland.

The trip begins at the Railroad Track trail beside the tracks on Archie Cannon Drive. There is a Public Works Complex parking area just west of the tracks on Archie Cannon where participants may park. Biker, runner and walker waves will leave between 2:15 and 2:30 pm. The trip ends at the Ashland Library.

Ashland Main Street Association mascots, Tinder and Cinder will be at the Visitors Center. This is a family friendly event. Everyone can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the most pedestrian/bike friendly town in Central Virginia.

The route is approximately 4.5 miles round-trip.

Weather permitting. No rain date. Event is free to participate.Ticket-to-Ride-Poster

Facebook.com/bikewalkhanover • bikewalkhanover@gmail.com

*This is an open road, participate at your own risk event. All regular open road rules apply for bikers, runners and walkers. Public restrooms are not available so please plan ahead.

‘Tis the season for a parade

A couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to participate in the Ashland Holiday Parade. It was a beautiful fall day – perfect for a walk, run or ride through the town of Ashland. Thank you to the organizers for this opportunity and to all the volunteers who made this parade a success.

This Sunday we will do it all again in Mechanicsville. Weather is forecasted for a bit cooler, but another beautiful day to get outside. Join us if you can!

Petition for Active Living Opps in Hanover

Help us create a safer, inclusive, connected community, and support active lifestyles across Hanover. Bike Walk Hanover is circulating this petition to show our county’s Board of Supervisors that active living is of interest to our community, and it needs to be included in the revised Comprehensive Plan.

As part of the Comprehensive Plan update process, a survey was conducted to gain community feedback about walking and biking infrastructure in Hanover County. An overwhelming 83% of respondents said they wanted to walk, run, or bike more than they currently did. The top five reasons people found it difficult to be active in Hanover, however, were unsafe road, lack of biking infrastructure, volume of traffic, lack of connected routes, and lack of places to go.

Why is the proposed Active & Healthy Living chapter important?

Based on the Bike Walk Hanover Survey results, a new Active & Healthy Living chapter is proposed to be added to the Comprehensive Plan. The chapter’s purpose is to ensure Hanover’s communities are planned and designed to promote active living that encourages physical activity and exercise, strengthen social interaction, improve air and water quality, and improve access to healthy foods.

Use your voice to support this chapter in our revised Comp Plan. Our Board of Supervisors will be voting on these additions. There are several BOS members that do .not think these additions are needed.What is the Comprehensive Plan?

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Hanover’s Comprehensive Plan for 2012-2032 is a long-term guide for growth and development within the County. Past growth and land development trends are analyzed to estimate the County’s future needs. This analysis is used to outline goals, objectives, and projections of the County’s needs for the next 20 years.

The plan is reviewed for updates every 5 years. It was last updated in 2012, and is currently being reviewed for updates in 2017.

Designing communities for active and healthy living means safer ways for people to share the roadways, connect throughout the County, and get to places they want to go.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/hanover-county-board-of-supervisors-active-and-healthy-living-in-hanover-county-va/fbog/837863928?recruiter=837863928&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page

 

Call to Action

Please attend the December 5th Board of Supervisors meeting if you can, and send an email to your Planning Commissioner and Board member supporting the Active and Healthy Living chapter (see link below).

The Comprehesive Plan 2017 page on the County website has been updated with the draft Plan recommended by the Planning Commission. This is the Plan that will be considered at the public hearing scheduled for Dec. 5, 2017, at 7PM.

https://www.hanovercounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2343