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Impact of Trails and Sidewalks on Home Values

As a result of various benefits that trails have to offer to communities (social, aesthetic, health, recreational, alternative ways of transportation, reducing congestion), it can be argued that trails likely increase nearby property values and augment property tax revenues. However, negative externalities (invasion of privacy of residents adjacent to trails, strangers passing through the neighborhood, fear of increased noise, littering, trespassing, and vandalism) arguably could reduce property prices and the property tax base may be adversely affected.

The purpose of this report is to estimate the impact of trails on residential property values. With the help of the Project Steering Team, HRTPO staff selected a segment of the Virginia Capital Trail in James City County, obtained house characteristics data and sale data from James City County, and used a regression model to estimate the impact of the proximity

Impact of Trails and Sidewalks on Home Values

Economic Impact of Bicycle Facilities - Phase Two

The  impetus  of  this  report  is  to  estimate  the  annual  amount  of  money  spent  locally  by  visitors drawn to Hampton Roads by the Virginia Capital Trail (VCT). A survey was done to determine the annual visitor spending. An  estimate  of  annual  visitor  spending  was  calculated  by  multiplying  average  factored  spending, the  number  of  annual  trail  users,  and  the  percentage  of  eligible  respondents.  Based on the number of surveys taken and the calculation, the staff’s best estimate is that the annual visitor spending in Hampton Roads due to the Virginia Capital Trail is $3 million.

Economic Impact of Bicycle Facilities-Phase Two

Economic Impact of Bicycle Facilities- Phase One

In order to measure economic impact of bicycle facilities, HRTPO staff conducted a literature review, which served as a guide for this study, and then prepared benchmarking criteria, chose competitor cities (with the help of project steering team), and did an analysis of existing data including: path length, number of bike shops, bicycle event spending.

Economic Impact of Bicycle Facilities-Phase One

Bike Activity in Hampton Roads

HRTPO Staff used VDOT’s StreetLight data service to map the location of bike trips in Hampton Roads.

For background information, maps, and how to obtain the data for yourself click here.

Signature Paths in Hampton Roads Report

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Hampton Roads metropolitan planning area, has completed the Signature Paths in Hampton Roads Report.

Focusing on rail-to-trail paths (abandoned railroad rights-of-way converted to multi-use paths), HRTPO staff has developed a study to find the best locations for paths in Hampton Roads, using maps with socioeconomic data and destinations, real estate value impact, and estimates of usage. For each candidate rail trail, the report provides costs and both objective and subjective analyses of benefits.

The Future of Alternative Transportation

It has been written that Millennials (born 1982-2000) use cars less often and alternative modes (bike, walk, public transit) more often than those of previous generations. This analysis seeks to determine—in light of current higher Millennial usage of alternative transportation to work—whether we should plan for an increase in demand for alternative transportation to work in the future in Hampton Roads. In this effort, HRTPO staff produced three products:

  1. Mode Choices of Millennials
  2. Rethinking the Future of Alternative Transportation in Light of Millennial Usage:

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Regional Active Transportation Research Scan

As part of the development of the HRTPO 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan, and to enhance active transportation planning efforts in the region, HRTPO staff performed a Regional Active Transportation Research Scan. The purpose of the scan was to identify best practices in AT planning within the United States and abroad. This report summarizes the findings of the research scan and provides suggestions on next steps for integrating AT modes into the regional transportation system. The eight elements of active transportation planning are explained along with highlights of best practices from select cities. 

Prioritization of Active Transportation Plan for 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Project prioritization is an essential part of the development of the LRTP as scores produced from this process will aid regional decision-makers in selecting projects for the Plan.  For prioritization purposes, candidate projects are evaluated in separate categories.  For the first time in the prioritization process, the 2040 LRTP will evaluate AT projects as an independent category.  These projects were evaluated and prioritized using the HRTPO Project Prioritization Tool, an objective methodology which evaluates transportation projects based on their technical merits and regional benefits.  AT projects were evaluated on two components: Project Utility (the ability to solve an existing transportation issue) and Project Viability (project readiness).  Each component is worth 100 points, combining for a maximum score of 200 points.  Note that other transportation project categories are evaluated for Economic Vitality and therefore have a maximum score of 300 points.  Click here see the full Hampton Roads 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan: Prioritization of Transportation Projects Project Evaluation and Scoring report.  Prioritization scores for AT projects can be found starting on page 46.

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional (APBP) Monthly Webinars

The HRTPO hosts APBP webinars to promote awareness of AT issues in the region for local planners and regional advocacy groups.  These webinars provide a great opportunity to stay informed of current issues and trends in regards to bicycle and pedestrian topics.  Previous topics have included best practices, economic benefits, safety issues and data gathering considerations. 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC)

The Hampton Roads District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hosts quarterly meetings for their PABAC.  This committee focuses on "reducing traffic congestion and more livable communities by encouraging the safe and continued use of bicycle and pedestrian facilities through the multi-faceted education of the pedestrian and bicycling community, vehicle operators, policy makers and facility designers for the purposes of ensuring the recognition of pedestrians and bicyclists as necessary components of an inter-modal transportation system."  The HRTPO actively participates and contributes to the mission of PABAC.  PABAC serves as a conduit by which the HRTPO, local governments and AT advocates can communicate with VDOT on issues that are of importance concerning bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Earlier HRTPO AT Work

Greenbrier Area Pedestrian Safety Study May 2004 

Ped. Facilities Cost Model Jul 1996

Pedestrian Access Analysis Jan 1995

A Cost Model of Bikeways, Vols. I & II Mar 1994

Suffolk CBD Pedestrian Circulation & Safety Jun 1982

Regional Bikeway Facilities Plan Apr 1981

Bikeway Plan and Guidelines for Southeastern Va. May 1976

Non-Driver Studies web page