Thank you to the more than 4,000 that have signed this petition so far! Keep it coming.
Below are some of the comments you have been sharing...
Thank you for championing this effort!
I am both a mountain biker and road cyclist. Finding safe and enjoyable paved rides is a challenge in this area. I have seen the benefits of and participated in bike tourism. I have driven hours to ride the Virginia Creeper Trail and the W&OD Trail as well as the High Line Trail in Farmville.
Get the study done, get a path started and completed, let's get it done. Thanks.
This would be a great addition to the cycling community in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Thanks for continuing to pursue this possibility.
I support this effort as a major improvement for cyclists and businesses in the area. We need more tax dollars going into funding outdoor recreation for the people that pay and create these trails.
I run the bike house (hostel) in Afton across from the entrance to the tunnel. The many cyclists who arrive in the spring on the Trans American trail (Route 76) have been struggling with traffic on 250 as they leave Charlottesville.
Fantastic idea! I would suggest making the trail two-part, one for walkers/hikers and one right next to it, but either separated or marked as separate for cyclists. This is how a lot of paths are in the Netherlands where I am from and it works great. More users next to each other create a safer feel for all users, but keeping the cyclists of the walking path makes for less accidents and a more pleasant experience for everyone. You could even consider a third, dirt lane for horseriders. These all do not have to be wide (especially not for horses) so it can be done with minimal impact. Looking forward to seeing this materialize!
This paved trail is much needed for this area.
This dedicated bike and pedestrian path from Charlottesville to the Blue Ridge tunnel is sorely needed.
The “bike lanes” that run along routes 250 and 240 are jokes. There have already been too many fatalities. This is an easy fix. Do something for the residents of Albemarle County for a change. We want to see something in exchange for all the tax dollars you receive from us!
This proposal would be a tremendous addition to the area's parks and trails offerings.
New to me was how Seattle setup several of their trails (Burke Gilman etc) - they painted a bike path line (each way) on the outside of the path and a walking area (middle). This made it nice for cyclists to always have a reasonable path along the whole trail and was a visual reminder to walkers to check before crossing side to side on the path. Realize this is further in the weeds but wanted to put it on the radar if considering path width.
It's an amazing concept, providing (among all the normal functions) eastern commercial connectivity to a unique and popular (yet isolated) tourist attraction.
Looking forward to cycling without cars while I am still young!!
The recent death of a cyclist on 250 underlines the need for safe spaces for cycling, walking, and running.
Let's do it!
Very much looking forward to a safe route from Charlottesville to Crozet. Keep up the good work!
More trails=better communities
This would be a great investment in the future of not only Crozet or Albemarle County but the Commonwealth as a whole. Let's get the wheels moving!
I love this idea, I would love to see a car free corridor open to bikes, equestrian, foot, and other non-motorized use. I think an excellent addition, it not already thought of, is some trail access parking to accommodate trailers.
This trail would enhance the livability of our area while creating a SAFE way for families and biking enthusiasts to enjoy our area.
The JWP has a paved and non-paved trail, which I enjoy. It would be nice to have space for a non-paved trail on the TNT also.
Keep up the great work! Completion of the TNT would add immeasurable value to our community!
Thank you for your efforts to make this a reality.
Looking forward to traveling up and riding it.
Would be interested if we could leverage a widened area via the railroad path through Crozet
Keep up the good work
Thank you so much for your advocacy and work on this. As a regular user of some of the trails in Charlottesville that you mentioned, we all know the answer -- if you build it, they will come -- this will be an incredible community resource and a real highlight of the area.
Can’t wait to help with this project, I already got you guys my email
This trail would make Albemarle County a tourist hot spot!
If there is one thing we miss about our home in Boulder County it's the dedicated trails away from roads. As a small family with young bike riders, we just aren't willing to ride on the paved surface roads in Albemarle County. A dedicated trail between Charlottesville and the BR Tunnel would be a great benefit to many, and would encourage more bike commuters who live west of Charlottesville.
This will be a huge moneymaker for the county and the state.
Go for it! I tried pushing for this about ten years ago, but got crickets. It's a great idea!
I believe this study would be of great value to the county and it's citizens!
This is SO needed in our community, please prioritize and I’m sure there could be significant fundraising done to support it!
I support this effort.
Please! I’m tired of driving around the state to go for bike rides!
The Three Notched is a real historic road that could use more public interpretation. Please call it something else. But I enthusiastically support this trail!
This would be a huge boon for cycling commuters and safety win considering the recent tragedies on Rt. 250. Thank you.
I live in Chesterfield but regularly meet up with friends near Charlottesville to mountain bike. The addition of a trail like this would be an awesome experience for longer rides and to ride with my family! Please consider our petition!
This would help to relieve road congestion, fossil fuel emissions, and greatly improve our health and quality of life!
The more trails, the better!
I think the Three Notched Trail would be an awesome addition to the area. I really like the Virginia Capital trail and occasionally drive down for a ride on the trail and then a stop at an area brewery and restaurant before coming home. Having a safe trail into Charlottesville and Afton would encourage me to bike far more than I do. Our area roads and drivers are mostly safe but I've lost count of the number of times I have gone around a curve and found an approaching car on my side or having gravity pull me down a hill only to have a car pull right out in front of me. To be able to bike and only have to enjoy the scenery would be wonderful. It seems a no-brainer to me that if VDOT is offering money for a study that this first step should be embraced by the county.
Thanks for your work! This would be a great asset to our community!!
This is such an amazing project!
I feel this is an essential asset to our community. It encourages health and safety.
This trail would be amazing and finally, make cycling feel safe in the Charlottesville area! I really hope it gets made and expanded from there. Would love to see it connect up to the capital trail one day and then have a trail expand to the DC trail network. Thank you for your time in putting this together!
The very idea of a car-free path to the tunnel is so exciting. I no longer ride a bike because I don't have the nerve to ride with so much angry traffic. This would be wonderful! Love this idea, I hope we can make this happen.
A resource of this length is sorely needed to allow for safe travel outside of Charlottesville by bike.
Please help make this happen!
If this trail is extended to the Crozet Tunnel in Afton, it will connect to the City of Waynesboro and Augusta County’s planned trail network, as well as Bicycle Route 76
We need a safe space to run and bike off streets. Roads are getting more dangerous as traffic increases and distracted drivers become more frequent.
More trails = more connections = more fun = more life = more good
I heartily endorse this letter.
Pays off in fitness gains!
I can’t wait for this!
This is a fantastic initiative! Focusing on the buy-in of at least some landowners along the route is likely to be key to getting government support.
This would be an amazing addition to our current trails system.
A car-free trail from Crozet to Charlottesville will improve the quality of living in Western Albemarle. Many of the commuters who live in Crozet will bike or scooter to work and back in good weather, relieving traffic and parking issues. For that reason alone, over time, it will pay for itself. It's time to make this important investment in our county!
I frequent Charlottesville to enjoy the Monticello trail and participate in Charlottesville track club events. I'd love to see more dedicated cycling paths in beautiful Charlottesville! Thank you!
Glad to support this project!
We need this.
We are in desperate need to connect our community, neighborhoods and more with safe, accessible passage. Route 250 and many connecting roads commonly shared with bikers are busy, windy and unsafe. (Bloomfield Road, specifically, isn't even safe for public school buses). Thank you for championing this need!
This proposed trail would be amazing!
The roads around Albemarle County are very popular among cyclists but are extremely dangerous as well. This trail, if built, would save lives. Please do whatever you can to support and see it through to completion.
I am glad to hear this is really a possibility! Thanks
This would be so popular! Please consider it!
I will vote for you if you make this happen.
Very exciting! A world-class trail for a world-class city!
Our family of 5 would use this trail all the time!
Please design it so that it’s safe (and wide enough) for walkers and baby strollers..... not just cyclists!!
The Virginia Creeper Trail (in Abingdon) and Huckleberry Trail (in Blacksburg) are wonderful!!"
This is an amazing project! I’d love to help support in any way.
Yes, we need this! So many would commute to Charlottesville on bikes.
Would be great to promote walking and biking. Rt 250 is so dangerous if you're not in a car - not even any shoulder to speak of.
This is a fantastic idea I support 100%!
Having something like this is long overdue for this area. Cycling in Albemarle Co is unsafe as we have seen from the numerous incidents and recent death of a cyclist. The roads are not rider friendly and the motorists are aggressive towards cyclists. Please let us know what we can do to make this a reality.
This is a GREAT idea!!!
This would be a very nice addition to, and a safety improvement for, bicycle route 76. For maximal economic benefit, it should be able to serve as a connector between Charlottesville and Crozet. Routing that would allow easy access to Browns Gap Turnpike (680) east of Crozet would allow bicycle access to Beaver Creek reservoir and picturesque, lightly-traveled roads north of Crozet. Easy access to Mint Springs Park in Crozet would also be a plus.
Let me know what I can do to help
I'm grateful to the Planning Group for taking on this important cause.
Thank you so much for this- so needed as Crozet grows and traffic increases.
Sounds like a truly great idea!
This is a WONDERFUL idea! I lived in Richmond last year and LOVED the Capital Trail. I previously commuted from Augusta County to Charlottesville and on my drive home over Afton I always thought a trail similar to the Capital trail would be a great idea. I’m an avid runner and beginning cycling, so I would 100% take advantage of this. I hope it comes to fruition!
Thank you! This is such a great idea!
Would love to see a trail like this!!
Thank you for your work on this exciting project.
I really like the idea of giving cyclists a place of their own so that they no longer have an excuse for creating traffic and unsafe situations on narrow roads with blind curves or no shoulders.
I recently moved here from Summerfield NC where I served on the Town’s Trails and Open Space Committee. I would like to know of any volunteer opportunities? Many thanks!
We love biking and wish there were more local options!
Sounds like a great idea - from an environmental perspective (encourage more non-auto transportation methods), better health (mental/physical), safety (avoiding streets where cars are more likely to hit bikers).
An absolutely wonderful idea to maintain a sense of peace and tranquility in our burgeoning community.
I think this is a great idea and would be an amazing thing to see happen!
This is awesome! Thanks for spearheading!
This would be a wonderful addition for our community and a draw for tourism.
This sounds awesome
This an excellent idea that will be a boon for outdoor enthusiasts and local businesses. I imagine the Chamber of Commerce would be very supportive.
We live very close to the city-county line and would love to have more extended trail options in the area. Thank you!
This would be a really nice addition to our community.
Fully support the Three Notched trail
I've seen what trails have done to add to the vitality of my hometown of Pittsburgh. They spur new businesses and provide customers for established businesses and they enhance the value of neighboring properties. And of course, they are wonderful for cyclists, walkers, and others.
This looks like an awesome idea!
Love what you're doing! A question for down the road, I'm sure: if TNT gains traction, would there be potential for any North/South spur trails off the mainline, for instance, something parallel to Dick Woods Rd, which is a very popular (but not terribly safe) corridor for cyclists? Again, thinking of the many benefits that this type of comprehensive trail network would have not only for recreation but also for reducing vehicular traffic and congestion along 250 and 64.
This would be awesome for tourists who are always looking for new places to bike and visit
I think this is a great idea. My family and I are avid recreational bikers (and a former cyclist myself), but often have to drive over an hour for safe and scenic biking, including the blue ridge rail trail in Nelson and the Capitol Trail in Richmond...We even drive as far as West Virginia sometimes to enjoy the Greenbriar trail. A trail like the one proposed is so needed in this area, and would provide safe biking options for both cyclists and recreational bikers. I could think of many economic benefits, but as a resident I would simply be excited to use them. Many years ago I moved here from Orlando Florida and was really into road cycling. I was struck by the lack of extensive biking trails. Yes, biking on Free Union Road or Plank Road or Garth Road provides wonderful scenic rides, but these road also pose dangers to cyclists who constantly have to stay vigilant and aware of cars on very narrow, winding roads. As someone whose relatives live in the outskirts of Denver, may I also suggest the Denver/surrounding county bike trail system as a model/example for ideas. It truly connects neighborhoods, communities, and downtown spaces and creates a culture focused on outdoor recreation and biking.
Does it have to be paved? Crushed gravel like tunnel trail is my vote!
This is critical and would be a tremendous community resource
This trail would be a recreational and transportation asset for the county, and an economic engine for tourism. It has worked elsewhere, and I hope it will work here.
Live in Rockingham, work in Charlottesville
Can you please share a map of the proposed route. Do you anticipate local landowners expressing opposition in certain areas of the route, and if so is there a plan to discuss or mitigate any fears or opposition?
This would be fabulous, and help move bikers to safer route! I've noticed a bunch of cyclist traffic ( for exercise/enjoyment) goes out on Garth Road, Free Union road and Mission Home Road. It is really narrow, and as a person who drives it weekly to visit family, I worry about the bikers going through. It is also very annoying because there are cyclists who bike in the middle of the narrow road.
Would love to see this!
This would be AWESOME!
This would be awesome!
Thank you for working to make this happen! This could really help make things more accessible and safe for all!
The economic benefits of trails like this are everlasting! Get this done!!!
I think this is a great idea!
Our local company Skyclad Aerial would be interested in providing aerial photo, video and digital modeling of the route for the feasibility study. We have done similar projects for RSWA pipeline routes. www.skycladaerial.com We think the trail is a great idea.
We visit family in Crozet regularly and would all use this trail. We enjoy the capital trail in Richmond immensely.
As a biker and walker who lives on Bloomfield Road, I'd love to see this. Bloomfield, like many of our backroads is too narrow. Bikers and walkers risk death walking these roads.
This will be an amazing path for exercise and Commuting from Crozet or Waynesboro to Cville
This would be a great alternative to the current C'ville to Crozet routes. I never feel safe cycling down 250, even for a short bit. With the recent cyclist fatality at the corner of Bloomfield & 250, this is a very timely plan.
Would love to see part of the trail be wheelchair and stroller accessible! There are not enough places in Charlottesville with these options
A designated paved East-West trail will be a wonderful asset the county and the thousands of recreational users in the area. In my former position at REI in DC, we helped form the Capital Trails Coalition to link existing trails and provide advocacy for new and improved multi-use trails. The GAP and C&O Canal trail is another great example in the region to model off of. Potential to eventually link up with the proposed trail Harrisonburg trail and Front Royal trails. The more multi-use trails Albemarle County has the better.
This kind of infrastructure can save lives, promote tourism, and provide an amazing source for recreation, exercise, and good mental health.
This would be amazing!
Is there a proposed route map of the trail?
Sounds fantastic! Thank you
I’d recommend staying out of the city for the project review process timeline!
This proposed trail would be an amazing asset to the community!
This will be an amazing resource.
I strongly endorse the proposal to leverage state funds to consider the feasibility of effectively linking the City of Charlottesville to two of the most important recreational assets in the state, SNP and Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the many excellent reasons stated in the petition to support the study, the potential benefits of the TNT to families with young children, especially in the study areas, could be enormous. Although my wife and I are residents of the city, the proposed facility would enhance our ability to access truly beautiful areas of Albemarle County and support County businesses. Thank you for your efforts!
This trail would be a huge benefit to the region.
This is great - so exciting to hear about this!!
I’m in favor of this project. It will improve the quality of our lives. Thanks for your consideration.
This sounds like a fantastic addition to our community.
This is a no-brainer. :) Please help make this happen. Thank you!!
More bike trails for the area would be great!! I would use this proposed trail for sure!!
Our area really needs this kind of offering. The closest bike trails are the Piney River Trail in Nelson County and the Great Bridge Trail in Farmville. Nothing in Albemarle County. Roads are getting too dangerous. Let's do it
Great undertaking. We are all eager to have a safer bike path/trail.
This is the right thing to do and the right time to do it!
I would welcome at least a small section (1/2 mile) to be wheelchair accessible (paved).
As a citizen of Charlottesville and as an active cyclist/fitness enthusiast, this project has great interest to me personally. In light of recent events and the increased motor vehicle traffic density, I view the prospects of this resource coming to fruition in the Charlottesville area as a major quality of life improvement for local citizens.
I support this request
This would be a great addition to the county
I would love to be able to ride my bike from Peacock Hill in Ivy to Crozet.
Would be very excited for this trail!
There is such a shortage of carless biking areas near Charlottesville. This would be a wonderful community amenity.
If this trail existed, I would bike to work from the Blue Ridge Tunnel area!
This is a fantastic idea for the safety of cyclists.
Walkers, particularly those with young children, need a safe and secure place away from traffic. And cyclists, who present a real and present danger to both themselves and to motorists who attempt to pass them, often at inappropriate locations, also deserve a place to enjoy their sport of choice. This trail just makes sense, so long as it is well funded and provides both pedestrian and bike lanes.
I am a cyclist. I NEVER ride to Charlottesville, because there is no safe way over the mountain, and limited direct, safe ways once one were to go through the tunnel. 250 is a death trap. I have no issue getting from Rockingham county to the tunnel, but it becomes impossible then. IF there was a connector that was relatively direct from the BRT to Charlottesville, I think you'd be shocked at how many riders from 'over the mountain' headed that way and spent money in restaurants and breweries, etc.
This would be such a great asset to the community.
I strongly support a long-distance car-free path for recreation. Thank you!
This is incredible- thank you so much!
Grateful for this group and the work that they have done already to get to this point.
This would be amazing. Would love to hear more about how to help.
This would be SO great and I would get much most use and enjoyment out of this than any paved driving road.
This proposal could be a great benefit to all of Central VA and would draw tourists who visit our vacation properties in Greene
I live in Waynesboro but work in Charlottesville in outdoor industry retail. I know first-hand from working with customers for years how much locals value the Rivanna Trail System, are excited about the Blue Ridge Tunnel (we've sold a lot of headlamps to families!), and look forward to these kinds of projects happening in their backyard. These spaces are so important to creating an approachable and affordable introduction to enjoying the outdoors, resulting in individual, community, and economic health! Thank you for heading this project!
This would be AMAZING!!!!
Yes!!! Let's do this!
This would be a great addition to the community. Build up our outdoor recreation status more to compete with some of these mountain west towns that are really popular right now
I would use this all the time! Great idea!
This would be a wonderful trail!
What a great plan! Our community would love to share this resource.
This is a super idea and we need to do the feasibility study to connect Charlottesville to the Blue Ridge Mountains in a sustainable way. Please make this happen
Sounds like a truly great idea!
This is a great idea
I'd be happy to donate my skills as a photojournalist and aerial photographer to seeing this project through. (www.christyree.com)
I'm thrilled with this idea!!
We're moving to the area soon, and this trail sounds great
This would be a great addition - going from Williamsburg to the Valley would be a great thing
Glad this is moving along !!
This would be a wonderful enhancement to the area! Please support this Supervisors!!
Let's build this, community
Please DO NOT asphalt pave it....crushed stone!!
A safe place to bicycle in Albemarle County is critical, given the recent bike death on 250, and the lack of bike lanes on the roads in the County.
Love visiting the Charlottesville area and this would be a great addition!
This sounds awesome! We NEED to do this!
This trail seems like a great idea to help get people into the outdoors.
The area really needs this!
Great idea to help get people outdoors more.
This is a fantastic project. Really hope to see it come to fruition !!
I love the Rivanna Trials and Old Mills. It would be amazing if we had a connector like the one proposed.
I love to bike and living in the county, it is so unsafe to travel on most roads. And definitely, you don't bring kids. This would be an awesome addition to this area
What a great reason for a day trip to Charlottesville!
This would be so amazing! I currently have to drive more than an hour to get to a long trail that I feel safe riding (no cars)
COVID is bringing transformative change. More people will now be working from home than ever before. We need this. Just make it do Scotty.
I love going on the current trails with my family and visiting friends, it would be awesome to have a new one!
Low hanging fruit. Please review and approve. Thank you.
Multi-use pedestrian and bicycle trails are great. I am on them a lot. This one sounds especially cool.
I love this idea!
Thank you for your work to provide infrastructure for outdoor recreation and greenway projects!
If it came to fruition, The Three Notched Trail sure would get a LOT of use.
Please make this happen!
Thank you for all you are doing to move this project forward!
Connect it to skyline drive too!!
It is imperative that Albemarle County provides safe pedestrian and bike corridors if it wants to keep up with current demand and Zeitgeist.
The recent death of the cyclist on 250 in Ivy, just two years after the death of the local 'running man' not far from the same location, highlights the urgent need for alternatives.
We desperately need dedicated SAFE biking trails/corridors. We are such an outdoor community - make it safe for us!
I just think if there was some to get folks safely out of the city on a bike trail, that would be a real breakthrough in local quality of life. also, if there was a way to connect many of the rural wineries and breweries with safe bike infrastructure, I imagine the international tourism would be tremendous. like If you can fly into DC and take a train to Charlottesville, and then in minutes end up out in the beautiful countryside, that would be amazing. I really hope this can happen!!
This is a project which will have a HUGE positive impact on the quality of life of residents in this area and will attract more young families to Charlottesville.
Our business (www.badtothebone.biz) would be interested in helping with this project.
I was just dreaming about something like this!!
thank you for all your hard work! This would be so amazing and not only good for the physical health of both city and county community members, it would also be such a wonderful thing for our local economy.
Most of my family lives in Albemarle County. I grew up there and visit frequently.
Ride on friends!
If this goes through, I can ride my bike to and from work (I live in Waynesboro and work in Cville). This is something I have wanted to do for years, but it has never been safe enough. I hope to take one more car off the roads!!
Yay bikes yay pedestrians!
I'm a Huge Fan of the Blue Ridge Tunnel!
Yes! we lived near the Washington and Old Dominion "Rails to Trails" in NoVa. this would be great!
Rural roads in Albemarle County are getting more and more dangerous to ride a bicycle on- I fear for my life on my road bike. Please give us a no cars trail to ride on. The cars here are not nice to bicyclists.
we need a safe biking and walking path for our community.
We would definitely use this trail!
This is exciting!
Crushed stone would be much preferable over asphalt- thank you!
Let’s make this happen!
CvilleAlbemarle can so benefit from this!!!
100% behind this dream!
My family and I are very grateful to you for working toward this goal. It’s really vital to our region to develop alternative transportation.
Especially given the recent hit and run fatal bike accident on 250, it emphasizes the need for a safe means of transportation and recreation in Albemarle county.
Thanks for all the good work on this trail. At this time it should support the goal of getting more people out of their cars.
Happy to do anything to help with making your wonderful vision a reality!
Would absolutely love to see this connect to the south side of town, maybe even the planned Biscuit Run state park.
The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have outdoor spaces for people to use for health and well-being.
This sounds amazing!
A trail would be amazing and a way for many of us to get to work safely. I currently ride in 250 which is very dangerous.
This sounds fabulous and so needed!
Sounds like a wonderful idea.
Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you!
We need safe bike trails
I think this trail is long overdue. So many people would benefit from having this trail. We need a safe place for cyclists to bike.
We have three children who love to ride their bikes and would really enjoy more trails. New trails in Albemarle County would be a wonderful benefit to our community!
Keep up the great work! Let me know how I can help support important efforts like this!
I would love to volunteer some weekend.
I shop & see doctors & friends in Charlottesville. I would use this trail.
A fantastic initiative that will benefit locals and tourists
I'm a dog walker and the Crozet trails are invaluable to my business. My dogs have so much fun exploring new routes and we are so grateful to have them. One thing I'm advocating for is in the limited natural space we actually preserve for outdoor activity, it would be a wonderful thing to share with dogs off-leash. They have quite limited free space and notifying trail-goers that we can all share the outdoors (responsibly) would be the ultimate compromise for both parties. I recognize this being a lower priority but I guarantee the neighborhood is better off with how well-behaved and healthier dogs after getting real exercise. Nothing appreciates spaces like this more than a happy dog *would like to insert many picture examples here*!
Love this and hope it happens!!
This sounds amazing! My biggest concern would be making sure the trail is sustainably built and does not negatively impact or displace any residents that live along the path
I am an avid biker and enthusiastically support this initiative. It is long overdue.
absolutely love this idea and hope that it can be made a reality!
Avid cyclist and would love to have a way to commute from Crozet to my office in Charlottesville on the bike.
Would be amazing to reroute the rail line that runs from Crozet into town and through uva campus. Would be one of the best rail-to-trail projects I’ve ever seen!
Support this initiative. Great improvement!
Finally! Thanks for considering this recreational trail opportunity. So many greenway/rail trails bring economic, health, and social benefits to other Virginia communities (Roanoke, Damascus/Abingdon).
Would love if this was open to horseback as well!:)
I am a long-distance runner and would take full advantage of a trail like this.
I support any plan to create safe biking paths. I'd also like to request interest in Greene County for a similar path.
If you love natural areas and greenspaces stop living in tract housing. You are destroying the area and then asking for taxpayers money to put it back. Please go away.
Find a way to reach anyone walking through the tunnel to sign the petition
I would totally come to ride this trail and spend a few days in the area.
Thank you to all in this group. The time could not be better for making this trail a very exciting reality. In addition to all of the very strong reasons for moving this project and the study forward, we just recently lost an avid cyclist and beloved member of our Charlottesville community and also a personal friend of mine. It is not safe to cycle the roads in our area, and I wonder given the specific location of his accident in Ivy, if he had the opportunity to ride on this trail, would he be here with us today? A few concerned residents need not continue to influence the quality of lives for so many. Let’s shift this paradigm and move this forward! Long overdue...
I support this idea
I and my family visit Charlottesville often and we enjoy using your bike trails.
I believe this type of trail is a huge benefit for our area. As a resident of Crozet, having such a trail would offer safety and recreation.
Thank you for your hard work!!!
Bike travel on country roads has become more dangerous in recent years. A new, car-free means to traverse the county will reduce the risk of injury to riders (and pedestrians).
This trail will be an immediate game-changer for all Albemarle County residents and will set the precedent for future action on the more comprehensive Sea to Mountains trail network!!! I fully support the initiative- let us know how we can help make it a reality!
This trail is a wonderful way to help urban dwellers enjoy our beautiful state and we should support the study.
We’re an active family and struggle to find safe places for my child with special needs to join us. Trails are difficult as he runs into woods and roads are not an option due to cars flying past.
let's PLEASE make this happen!!!!
The unfeasibility of the status quo should be studied along with the feasibility of bike trails.
Fantastic idea! Also a great draw for tourism
Thank you for doing this!
Wonderful idea!! Try to leave as many trees & native plants as possible to shade the route!
And while we’re at it, please consider upgrading state bike route number 76 through Albemarle County to a safe path.
This is a wonderful idea!
Being heavily involved in the expanding economy of Crozet I feel strongly this would be another asset to support the development of our downtown center and the local businesses that are moving out to this part of the county. It is exactly the type of project the county should be eager to fund.
Maybe a children’s discovery trail portion?
More trails the better. Rails to trails?
This is especially important because many of the roads here are too narrow or too busy to feel safe biking on or jogging along on the sidewalk
This is an exciting possibility and I fully support your efforts.
Thank you for your work!
This would be a super cool attraction to the area.
Make it happen!
It will be safer for everyone and boost tourism in your county
I would be interested in knowing more if there's a public bond opportunity for this work. I am reminded of similar work that the city of portland, Maine did recently for a similar project.
Excellent initiative! Thank you
I've got a fever and the only prescription is more bike trails!
Thank you! So many benefits to this plan!
We need safe trails! Please!
I envision this trail could resemble the Green Bay trail that runs through several towns north of Chicago, a wonderful resource!
this would be super fantastic! i love the capital trail and Highbridge trails...we NEED this!!
What an exciting idea! I'd love to be involved with future planning and/or advocacy!
"There was a FB thread I observed after the most recent (tragic) cycling fatality that upset me greatly - the post leads ""Please find other roads than 250 or 20 to ride your bike on! I've almost died of heart failure a billion times, as I come around a curve at 50, and there you are, smack in the middle of the road pushing 15-20. ... Just don't do it! Some of these roads just aren't meant to be shared! They're old, winding and too narrow, with folks that fly up and down them, everyday"". The responses to that post find excuses for automobile drivers, and why it's hard for them to avoid injuring cyclists.
There was no cognizance that perhaps the cyclists also wish not to be on 250, or put their lives in danger, but is their access to the quieter roads or destination. There are very limited options for those that live in or near Charlottesville to enjoy their sport or transit as safely as possible.
Safer options seem immensely and mutually beneficial, certainly worth exploring."
I support this feasibility study!
This would be an important addition to our trail network
I love this idea. Can we create a gravel trail so as to not affect the environment in such a negative way, please!
What a great concept!
This is a fantastic idea and one that is well overdue to keep cyclists and drivers safe. Plus, this will draw in new revenue for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
This is a great idea!
Pave it! Don’t just do gravel or crushed stone.
This would be a wonderful improvement for Albemarle County and Charlottesville
Thanks for putting this together - looks awesome!!
Think big and think long term . . . .
Let's do it.
This would be a wonderful addition to the community.
I would love to see a greenway for cyclists and pedestrians!
This is a great idea that I very much hope to see it come to fruition!!
This is a must do.
This trail would be amazing! Charlottesville is significantly lacking in greenways compared to similar cities. Adding this trial would be a huge improvement to the area.
This is an exciting project! Thank you!
"A possible and reasonably available major link between Crozet and Charlottesville is on the currently existing Dominion Power transmission line. It runs from Barracks Road in Charlottesville to the heart of Crozet. There are many existing precedents for the use of utility lines for such purposes.
Curtis Peterson "
This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for our community. It will benefit local residents and attract tourists to our county.
This trail is needed and there is a significant number of active people who would take advantage of it. We used the WOD trail in Washington D.C. area and currently drive to Nelson County to use the Blue Ridge Rail Trail. Albemarle County needs to have a similar option for residents.
This is awesome!!!
This trail would be so wonderful and well used.
I would like to bike along that trail good idea
I strongly support!
This is a great idea. Let's be sure it's feasible. Thank you.
I hope you are also voicing this need for trails and greenspace with the Crozet Master Plan group and the County. More than ever they need to know there is an important need for this especially as they consider land use designations! Nothing would make our family happier than to have miles and miles of connected trails from our back door!
Could be an opportunity to plant some native plants around the trail
These trails are necessary - and good
"Mountains to the Sea" yes, please!!!
Please add the trial. Thanks
Fully support this!
I think this is a FANTASTIC idea and fully support it!
Highly support the project
If the Crozet Tunnel project got done, then so can this project.
Sounds like a great thing for families and all lovers of nature.
There are economic, safety, recreation, environmental and health considerations for moving forward with the Three Notched Trail from Charlottesville to the Blue Ridge Tunnel (of which I am a board member) then to Staunton. There is a good possibility that it can eventually connect to the Shenandoah Rail Trail project which has been moving forward. Thank you.
I live in Greene; work at UVa and run and ride my bicycle in Albemarle and Charlottesville. I used to ride. I don't feel safe on the roads anymore.
This would be an amazing amenity for area runners with the potential for positive economic benefits to the surrounding communities! I just traveled to Greenville, SC twice this spring for races on a similar trail (Swamp Rabbit Trail), spending well over $800 on each trip for lodging, food, etc.
What a remarkable - AND SAFE - opportunity to explore for our community. Thanks for your efforts.
We need this
My daughter uses a wheelchair, and we would be really excited to have another place to walk with her!
It was safer for me to commute by bicycle from Alexandria to downtown Washing, D.C. than it is for me to go pretty much anywhere in Albemarle County. It would be incredibly helpful — and safe — and traffic calming to have commuting routes that do not involve Route 250, or curving narrow Garth Road, etc. to get from Crozet to Charlottesville. And it would be lovely to have more recreational biking and walking options as well!
I love this idea!!
I would use portions of the trail for rollerskating and know others that would too!
I love this idea. Thank you so much for championing this and moving the project forward!!
Just visited the Blue Ridge Tunnel last weekend. I love the idea of connecting that to Albemarle county/Cville!
It's not a matter of should but rather when. This is not a luxury but rather a necessity for our communities.
I think it's a great idea, but I'd focus on local connections first before taking on huge projects like this. We need a multi-use path to Monticello and some bridges across creeks.
What about a Northern Nelson County segment to tie into the Crozet Tunnel Trail, if that makes sense.
This would be an amazing resource for residents in the Shenandoah Valley as well
I fully support the trail concept and the study.
Fantastic idea. High time we caught up with other progressive communities on bike infrastructure. This would be well placed to serve both commuters and recreational cyclists.
I would LOVE to come over the mountain (as we say here in Augusta County) for a day of biking, lunch, wineries, and visiting Charlottesville. I try to go to the Capital Trail between Richmond and Williamsburg whenever possible, but would much rather have safe, car-free trails closer for me and my family, including kids!
This would be used by many far and wide!
I would drive to Waynesboro to ride into Charlottesville. I’d spend some money somewhere too
Let’s make this happen!
I just want to be able to walk or bike around town without the fear of being hit by a speeding car.
As a former resident of Charlottesville and a frequent visitor to your area, this would be an amazing addition!!
I think this is an amazing idea! We regularly bike as a family in Damascus and other locations. It would be fantastic to have something like this closer to home.
My family and I would love this trail!
I work at Western Albemarle, home of the Environmental Studies Academy. Our students are interested in volunteer opportunities for their senior capstone project. Maybe we can collaborate? I'm also a cyclist and a birder. This petition has reached the CBC email list (Charlottesville Bike Club) and the Chain Links email list. Thank you!
Thank you! We super interested and supportive!
We need to make more bike paths, bike lanes, and specially protected bike lanes. People want to drive less. People would like to produce less pollution. We need to provide people the means to do this.
Thank you. This could be one of the greatest gems in Central Virginia!
This trail proposal is incredibly popular with people in the Crozet area. For a relatively modest investment, it would reduce both traffic congestion and carbon emissions in the short term and the long term.
I look forward to hearing more about this project in the future. Thank you so much for making this a reality!
Do it ASAP, please
We enjoy the short trails around Charlottesville currently, but it would be great to have a longer trail and more options to promote outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle for families and individuals. Many of the trails within Charlottesville are overrun in the summer, and the Charlottesville and surrounding communities are so outdoor-focused that this would trail would provide another location for people to enjoy the outdoors safely.
This is a positive move and would be a great attraction for your beautiful town.
I'm strongly in favor of this idea!
Car free walking/biking/hiking trails are at the heart of what makes this area so special - would love to see this plan come to fruition I have always thought that a trail from Crozet to Charlottesville would be awesome. It's not safe to ride your bike on the 250. I think many, many people from Crozet and Ivy would ride to and from work, and just use the trail for exercise as well.
This would be an amazing trail for an outdoor community
I wonder what Virginia Airway right-of-way is available beyond a few miles near Palmyra for a rail-to-trail.
As an avid runner and biker, I tremendously support this trail. It would be a wonderful addition to the county and build the outdoor community.
I’m very supportive of this trail for all the reasons mentioned above...
I would bring my bike to Cville just to ride on this! Then hit the breweries :)
Go for it! Thank you we love the trails in Crozet!
This is a great way to connect all the communities of Albemarle to the natural and historical gems it has to share!
This is such an exciting endeavor and asset to our community!
I think this is an awesome idea! My family and I would use this regularly.
People are dying riding on the road. We need safe places to bike.
Thank you for your hard work in making this happen. I recently moved to Charlottesville and was shocked at the relative lack of bike infrastructure compared to many towns of similar size and demographics. More bike trails mean happier and healthier community members, which is never a bad thing!
I ride in the Va area dozens of times a year. I wish N C did as well as Va in this area. Keep up the awesome work. When I ride in the area I spend in the area.
I think this is a great idea. The more trails, the better!
Great project. We just spent 3 days in Abingdon because of the appeal of the Virginia creeper trail. This would be a good thing for Albemarle.
This would be amazing!!!!
I love and support this!
I strongly support the proposed Three Notched Trail!
This would be a great step forward in making our community more bikeable and walkable. Happy to provide my enthusiastic support
Keep up the good work! This is an incredibly worthy effort!
Just do it !!!
This would be awesome!
This looks like a great idea!
GO FOR IT !!!
Excellent idea - happy to help rally the running community around this.
YES!! SO BADLY NEEDED IN OUR AREA !!!!!!!
I'm a landscape architect with trail planning experience and would be happy to help with resources, planning, and in an advisory capacity.
I love this!
We have seen firsthand the benefit of the Virginia Capital Trail and would love to see a similar route in Albemarle County! In C-Ville 8-10 times a year, often overnight. We run in the area and would love to see this come to fruition. Off-street cycling and running is a HUGE step forward for safety.
VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!
Great idea. Hope it happens.
Hope this happens--much needed car free run, bike, walk trail.
This project will be a game changer for the county. Will bring in visitor money also.
This would be amazing!
Amazing idea — would be an awesome resource for our community and would contribute to health and wellness for our community. Thanks! Albemarle County needs bike trails!
Please support and draw attention to the more feasible extension of the Old Mills Trail to Milton and beyond and encourage BOS support. 3 notched should not take up all the oxygen.
This would be an incredible opportunity for our area! It would have health benefits, as well as a great tourist attraction. I had the pleasure of living in Park City Utah as they expanded their trail system and it is extremely popular. Sun Valley Idaho has a wonderful network of trails connecting the state parks and town. Imagine a riding trail from Charlottesville to the Blue Ridge Parkway; I feel that would be incredibly popular!
The hiking trails and parks in Albemarle County have been a life saver for me during the COVID crisis, even with slipping falling and breaking my wrist at Ragged Mtn Reservoir!
This would be a very valuable tourist attraction for biker's outside the beautiful Albemarle County area. Thanks for considering us non-residents.
If viable, please consider extending to Keswick. We need access to the city from both East and West ends of the county.
Thank you for your work on this. If there is any simple, modest, non-urgent GIS contribution you need, please let me know and perhaps it can be a small student project in the fall of 2021. Best, John Miller 434-327-2380 is cell
I live in Charlottesville and commute to Crozet on US 250-W. I see cyclists on this beautiful stretch all the time, on a road where the speed limit is 55 mph and there is no shoulder. It is extremely hazardous, and there should be a space for cyclists and pedestrians to use safely while still enjoying this beautiful area.
Growing up in Reston, VA I was eternally grateful for the W&OD trail that runs from DC to Purcellville, VA. My love of cycling was forged on that trail at a very young age. The TCT would be a stupendous addition to our community. I don't ride my road bike anymore because I'm scared. Bike paths are the future. I support this 110%. Let me know what I can do to help.
I love to ride my road bike but literally fear for my life on the narrow roads. I live in the City so just getting to the open roads is a hazardous undertaking so instead I drive 10 to 15 miles each way so that I can bike in a safer area ... that just doesn't make sense, does it? The roads are just so busy too narrow. This would be an AMAZING addition to the quality of life in the area. Thank you for considering it.
This is so exciting. I can’t wait for this to become a reality!
It looks like a great idea. I hope it gets built quickly, maybe some of that new infrastructure funding can help pay for it. People can use it to exercise and enjoy our beautiful flora and fauna - I think that is a worthy goal.
This type of trail is exactly what is needed on so many levels - with helping to increase safety for bikers, runners, and walkers who often must compete with cars for space on our roads - at the top of the list. Thank you.
We love day trips to Crozet and spend most of our recreational time in Charlottesville. This would be a wonderful space to enjoy.
Very exciting! This area would greatly benefit from more greenway/longer pedestrian trails.
Please make this happen!
The TNT Group is doing some fabulous and vital work. This isn’t just about fun, though that’s essential too, but these kinds of initiatives are about saving our Earth. Thank you!
This would be amazing and so needed
A wonderful opportunity for our community.
Since being diagnosed hip arthritis more than a year ago, my doctors and physical therapist have recommended biking. Since then, my husband and I have been driving to the High Bridge Trail, The Virginia Capital Trail, and the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail for safe biking. It would be a blessing to us (and to the environment) to have a safe trail close to home. This would be a fantastic route that would get people/bikes etc. off of route 250 and into a beautiful stretch of trail between Cville & Crozet.
When I lived in Williamsburg I quite often used a trail that is very similar to what you’re proposing. I do remember while using the trail that I would quite often see many others using it as well. It was a very popular and well-used trail. I believe if a trail like you’re considering be completed it will be a great addition to the community.
This would be such a dream! I would volunteer to help take care of part of the pathway (clear debris, etc) if needed if it would help make it happen!
This is so exciting. I fully support this trail and have hoped for this for as long as I have lived in the Crozet area. Thanks for working toward making this happen.
This sounds wonderful! We SOOOOO need this. :)
Visionary but imperative
This is fantastic
This connector trail would be a FANTASTIC, needed addition to our community. I'd love to help support the process. Thanks for working on it.
Connect up with City trails
I love the VA Capital Trail! Having more designated paved trails sounds awesome
This would provide a tremendous benefit to the community west of Charlottesville allowing for a safe recreational option that keeps pedestrians and cyclists off the road increasing safety for the community.
The Cvl Crowell family are outdoor enthusiasts and we have discussed the very need for this type of resource in our community. I am forwarding the email i received on this matter to them. Thank you!
This is a great idea! Please proceed with this.
This is a must! Increased value for the whole community.
I grew up in Albemarle County, visit several times a year, and would love a safe trail to bike etc when I am visiting my Dad as an alternative to driving out to the reservoir and hiking up into Shenandoah (which I really enjoy). I use some portions of the Rivanna River Trail.
Safe cycling paths are so needed and important!
Love this idea! Keep up the great work!
Love this idea! I would love to see more trails in the area - esp long ones. Thank you!
This is an excellent idea. Non-vehicular trails of this type are becoming must-haves for communities like ours. It would allow a safe environment for walkers, bikers, and runners that would showcase our wonderful natural environment. It would be very helpful to have something connecting the central Charlottesville so UVA students would be able to access the trail without a car.
The trail would be a boon for commuting and tourism.
Please keep me in the loop - love to be involved with this effort!
This trail would make our visits to Virginia even more enjoyable!
I would love to help you make this happen. I am a biker and a landscape architect and would happy to volunteer to help with alignment suggestions as needed. Good luck!
Very exciting to start planning the trail
Think this is a great idea! Thanks for helping to make it happen.
I think the benefits of this trail for the community are numerous, but one of the most noticeable benefits may be the decrease in tragic accidents that happen between vehicles and bicycles/pedestrians along the Rt. 250 corridor between Charlottesville and Crozet. Drivers are moving at high speeds and often not paying attention, and there is very little room on 250 for cyclists or pedestrians to avoid cars. This trail would go a long way toward improving that situation in addition to providing our community with wonderful recreation space.
In theory, it sounds awesome. However, where is there any discussion or study done regarding the environmental impact/injury that could result from this? What impact will it have on residents who live nearby? Will there hours of usage? If open at night, what security measures or resources will there be? Thank you,
Please build it.
We want the trail!
Let’s get it done!
I’m thrilled to hear about this - it is much needed!
Yay! We want the Three Notch'd Trail!
Please build the trail for bicycling
This trail would add needed bicycle routes for both recreational and commuting uses.
Thank you for planning safe trails for exercise and encouraging outdoor activities.
How exciting! What a wonderful idea.
Love this idea and has been an economic engine in other towns (SwampRabbit Greenville)
Thank you for this effort! Exciting idea! I’m hopeful!
I would like to support the Three Notched Trail.
A long-distance trail would be an incredible addition to our area
This is an important measure to connect city and county and keep all safe. Several have died trying to cross 250 in Crozet, along with several cyclists now.
Important trail for safety reasons as well as recreation.
Biking has become one of my great loves. Thank you for helping us do this!
Please review and approve this project. I moved here from Richmond and stopped riding my bike for fear of death. This would enable me to ride again safely. Thank you for your consideration.
Environmental impact on those along the proposed trail will be an important factor...
Fantastic idea! I look forward to participating.
Thank you for your work! This would be a tremendous addition to our community resources.
You have my dedication to seeing this thru w you.
I would LOVE to be able to bike from Crozet to Cville!!! A safe trail is so needed! Build the trails and we will come!!!!!!
This is needed for safety. Would love to bike but the roads here are too narrow and dangerous.
Love this! Next step....connect to the Cap-to-Cap trail. ;)
We need safer alternatives for runners and cyclists in our communities!
Such a great idea!!
Thank you! This trail would be such a boon for our community!
Kudos to you. Behind this all the way!
I am so excited for this incredible trail to come to fruition!
This needs to be done
We previously lived in Philadelphia. The Schuylkill trail which runs from Philadelphia center city out to Valley Forge National Park and beyond was a huge attraction for bikers, walkers and skaters! A trial similar to that, especially if it can follow water will be wonderful. This study is a great idea. We need to make plans and initiate moves to build and connect trails already in place.
Thank you for your leadership on this initiative!
This sounds absolutely amazing!
Maybe more details on envisioned route would be useful. Do you think about it running along the railroad tracks from Charlottesville through Crozet?
The trail would be great infrastructure for Albemarle. We need more greenspace available to everyone.The trail would promote physical and mental health and would surely be a notable attraction for Albemarle.
Our family would donate our time, talents, and funds to help TNT become a reality.
I sign this petition in honor of Robert, who was tragically killed by a motorist while riding his bike along Ivy Rd. A designated biking trail is long overdue for this area.
In honor of Robert
I think this is an incredible opportunity for the local community.
Thanks for your efforts. This would be great!
This is a great initiative, we need all sorts of trails to make use of various strips of green space in the area and generally to encourage all residents to get outside in various ways.
I work in Charlottesville and run all the local trails in the surrounding area. As a distance runner, it would be great to have a route with zero cars to run 20+ miles
Great idea! Does this survey add me a signer of the petition? If not how do I do that?
Long overdue. If anything like the Virginia Capital Trail, or Ohio to Erie Trail, or the Neuse River Trail, it will be phenomenally beneficial and heavily used by the local population and those visiting the area. A very welcome addition.
3 Notched Trail? If it gets careful thought, yes, but we have a recent example of a big disappointment: making a biking-walking trail of the railroad tunnel of Afton mountain. It sounded like a great idea. But go try it. The entry signs say it's done. Really? Limited, parallel, one-way parking; an entry trail laid with very small gravel for almost a mile prior to the tunnel entrance; of ample width, but with some sections approaching 40° incline. For teenagers and older, yes, but not for kids under eight on a bike. Inside the tunnel, absolutely pitch black, uneven pathway with no lighting whatsoever. You'll need a darn good flashlight. And gloves, for when you trip. A mixed traffic of people on bikes and walking, in both directions; people walking fast, people walking slow; people biking fast, people biking slow; some people clumped up, some with no flashlight, some bikers with no light on their bike, occasional flooding; did I mention very uneven walkway? No attendants, no emergency phones, and cold. Bring a down jacket. Many people worked hard to bring it to fruition, I'm sure. What happened? It's not what a parent needs, for sure.
So what do I think of this 3 Notched trail now being proposed? I’ll certainly sign up, but with the suggestion that everyone on the Trail Committee try the 20 mile trail from Covington to the Homestead along the Jackson River in Bath County. Now’s there’s a trail to emulate. Parking will require a map before you go though. It’s tough to find anywhere paved to walk with a stroller. I would love to see a path that was wide enough for 2 parents with strollers to comfortably walk side by side and still allow others to pass. Thank you!
Thank you, this is awesome!
Great cause. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for your work on this. If there is any simple, modest, non-urgent GIS contribution you need, please let me know, and perhaps it can be a small student project in the fall of 2021.
Safe rides are essential.
This would enhance cycling access for a wider variety of individuals in the community.
This is exciting! I moved here from Richmond and loved the capital trail.
More safe off road paved trails are needed.
Great idea! When I lived in Arlington many years ago, I cycled regularly on the Mount Vernon and W&OD trails. Both were/are gems. Safe bike trails are a win for cyclists, drivers and communities. Build it and they will come ... to pedal, to walk, to enjoy everything our beautiful area has to offer.
This sounds AMAZING and like it would increase safety exponentially!! A wonderful idea!
I fully support the proposed Three Notch Trail
We are members of Rails to Trails and have biked many trails around the country. It’s time for such a trail in Albemarle County!
Having lived here for 40+ years, I have always wanted a safe place to ride bicycles and walk like the 4 mile trail in NOVA.
Trails support community health and well-being and can reduce the use of carbon-fueled transportation. I would love to be able to safely ride my bike to work using a trail rather than dangerous streets. Please support this trail planning!
Thank you for helping to create safer recreational pathways and improve local economies.
This is such an excellent idea/plan. Good for our economy and our health.
This is a wonderful project
I’m grateful to those who are working to create this important community resource!
This seems like such a no-brainer and valuable idea. Please support!
We are close to completing a park-to-park bike path here in Smithfield. It’s purpose is partially intended to create safe passage to and from our somewhat remote athletic field complex at Nike Park. It’s definitely a worthy cause!
This would be so nice!
I support the development of this trail!
If you need volunteer help, Mike is available.
Love the trails and that the nature, trails, and community can do! Happy to support and help!
This is an incredibly progressive and smart proposition. I agree that Albemarle county and Charlottesville residents are eager to see more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly access from town to the Blue Ridge Mountains. This would help us all in SO many ways! I agree entirely with the entire proposal and happy to be part of the planning board if needed.
I went all the way to Richmond 2 hours away to ride some paved trails yesterday. Having good trails makes us all safer , healthier and happier.
This would be sooooo cool! Thank you for coordinating.
Fantastic option for car free recreation. Look forward to it!
Please give us a safe place to ride
Thank you for your hard work advocating for this project and moving it along the approval process! We need this!!!! It’s too dangerous to bike on the roadways as most drivers are distracted while driving (ex. Texting). I’ve had many close calls!!! Thanks!
This is a win-win! Thank you for forging along and getting this done.
As a cyclist who is constantly dealing with traffic, this would be a dream come true! Let's do it!!
One of the best parts of Charlottesville is preserving the outdoor and active lifestyle. Having trails separate from roads is crucial to this and encourages folks to get out as a family and move around. Roads are just not safe for bikers and kids because drivers are not careful and never will be.
Please, please, please provide paved pathways from neighborhoods to schools, shopping, and parks. The paths should not be simply a bike lane on a roadway used by vehicles. The excessive residential development in Western Albemarle and Crozet has led to an increase in car, bus, and truck traffic on roads with no visibility or shoulders placing any bicyclist or walker at risk of death. Children cannot ride or walk to schools or parks, adults cannot walk to dining or shopping, and no one can safely enjoy outdoor recreation. The paths could provide solutions to address car traffic, parking, and road driver safety. Thank you!
The shortest trail is not necessarily the best route. Following Bicycle Route 76 or Adventure Cycling's Trans AM Trail would create a synergy for many riders who would benefit from being able to ride off the regular roadway lanes. Facilities that are built to support those tourists would also benefit the new trail users and would benefit from the additional foot and bike traffic of a new Three Notched Trail. Bike and pedestrian trails are a great economic development tool.
We should all be advocates for a bicycle and pedestrian network that safely connects the City of Charlottesville with the western part of the County.
It'd be wonderful to have some sort of greenway/trail to use for commuting via bicycle from Crozet to Charlottesville!
This is a terrific endeavor--it is the way of the future!
I am interested in seeing a proposed route, or is that premature?
Please support this petition! We need this trail to encourage our neighbors to enjoy the area's wonderful resources!
This would be a huge improvement to our quality of life in Albemarle County!
I would love to have the option to avoid some of the busier roads and reduce risk exposure while riding.
Let’s get this done! Time for safe long runs!
As an avid runner and outdoors enthusiast and as an advocate for recreational tourism, I would love to see this come to pass. It would be a huge boon for the area in so many ways!
This would be awesome!!! How can we help!
This is a great idea. I love biking but refuse to ride on roads with cars. Thank you!
I work in Charlottesville/Albemarle and spend a lot of time (and money) there, so I'm invested in this project.
I can assist in survey studies, both in data collection and analysis
A wonderful idea that benefits the community in multiple ways - thanks for your support.
Look to pilot program mkt trail Columbia, mo.
Very interested in seeing how interaction with VDOT goes; as a trail builder (AMPPL Trails) we are looking to establish similar relationships to use VDOT corridors for trail building, and to seek some funding for trail building from VDOT.
I support the feasibility study.
Would be an excellent asset to the community and provide a bicycle path giving an alternative to riding on 250.
I strongly support this feasibility study.
A very important initiative that will make a positive impact for generations to come if implemented.
I would love a trail like this for both recreation and commuting to work.
Really hope a trail like this could be added to the cross country and other publicized cycling routes for safety reasons. I have to drive Garth Road regularly, which consists almost entirely of blind curves and hills (with no shoulders). It’s not appropriate for shared use and is a tragedy waiting to happen.
thank you for your leadership with this very valuable project..for generations to come
So many people want to bike to work - to UVA from Ivy and Crozet - but can't for fear of fatal car accidents. Please consider this to help us reduce our carbon footprint (and stay healthier at the same time)
I Support the trail
I think this would be an incredible amenity for the area. As a runner and biker, I would use this extensively.
We need this trail!
I think it would be great to have such trail in the western part of the county..
This is so very important for everyone!
This would be fantastic! We spent 2 months in Madison, wisconsin last summer where the availability of bike trails was tremendous. Trails are used by bike commuters and recreational cyclists. There are e-cycle stations throughout the city. Wouldn't it be great to begin building a culture of biking here in our area? I think so! I hope it happens sooner than later.
Wonderful idea. I frequently run the Rivanna Trail and have trouble with some sections that require crossing busy roads and sections of highways. This would be an incredible addition to local trail options.
We need this for safe cycling. The newly paved roads on popular cycling routes are even narrower than they were, with no hardpack shoulder! Had a friend get killed by a car, while cycling on the safest bike route leaving Charlottesville. A path that direction would be a huge help.
Three Notched Brewery may help with promo. They are super liberal over there :)
As an avid cyclist for 11 years in the projected trail area, I'd be happy to help in any way I can to make such a trail a reality. I've become quite concerned for the safety of cyclists along 250 as traffic has continually increased over the years. Without any alternative in many places, it has become impossible to regard bike commuting to Crozet or Charlottesville safe enough to consider doing on a regular basis in spite of the desire many of us have to leave the car at home.
This would be amazing, please let us know how else we can help.
I grew up in charlottesville area and recently moved. I worked for shawn Tevendale at Blue Ridge Cyclery. This is a trail I think Charlottesville and the sournding area would hugely benifet from.
Yes, this is awesome. Last summer we enjoyed the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg so much, but it would be amazing to have something closer. Also great for tourism/restaurants etc dotting the path.
I am a local cyclist and bike racer and I’m so excited about this!!
This trail would be huge in allowing the residents of this area to safely commute by bike from new areas that are currently unsafe. I believe it would also serve as a tourist attraction to cycling and fitness enthusiasts bringing money into the region. These sorts of efforts are necessary as a part of modernizing our transportation infrastructure as we move away from our extreme dependency on fossil fuels. This effort and others like it aren’t even a question of SHOULD we do it, it’s a question of how quickly can we do it.
When I visit my parents in NoVA I always ride the W&OD because I love it and I feel safer off of the road. This would be a wonderful addition to the Charlottesville area!
I often come to Albemarle to ride my bike, and enjoy the restaurants. Another trail is another great reason to come there.
This trail would be awesome
This would be a great addition to our area...
Make this happen.
Keep up the good work
I like to ride bikes.
This would be a total game changer for cycling in this area. Your efforts are appreciated.
This trail would be an amazing resource for the greater Charlottesville Albemarle area. Biking soared in popularity during the pandemic. And people currently drive over an hour to the closest comparable trails, including the Highbridge trail in Farmville, the Virginia blue Ridge Trail in Piney River, and the Virginia capital Trail in Richmond. The demand is clearly present and the benefits to the community would be enduring.
Trail width, drainage, areas of trail construction subject to weather woes like moss/leaves/etc. that can expose users to accidents
Please move forward with this project.
I lived in Arlington, Virginia for many years. The WO&D trail there was fantastic! When I first spent time on that trail riding my bicycle or jogging, I was stunned at how much use the trail got from bike commuters going to and from Arlington and points west to Rosslyn, DC and even Maryland. Of course, it also got heavy recreational use and helped people in the area be healthier and happier.
We need a safe paved trail somewhere around here. Please! It could also bring money to the county as people could stop at certain businesses along the way.
Ready for more car-less bike trails, especially now that I am recovering from an accident resulting from a car that didn’t yield right of way to me (on bicycle)! Legs bashed up but grateful because could have been much worse.
Our walking paths, like the Rivanna Trail System, are the best thing about Charlottesville! Walking the paths got me through the quarantine, and I'd to continue walking for health, beauty and sanity for the rest of my time here in Charlottesville/Albemarle.
So glad someone is working on this important issue!
I grew up were there was a bike path and kept people safe ! We also need to be more active as community to keep healthy and safe
I lived in Charlottesville for about 20 years, and now live in a county with an amazing bike trail system (you rarely need to get in the car for anything). It is a wonderful thing to have, both for recreational and practical purposes, and is one of the few things that would make Albemarle County even more amazing than it already is. I hope this project works out!
This would be great. Riding on the roads with cars is scary and dangerous. Most drivers are cool and courteous, but the ones that are not are a real danger. There was a biking death very recently on 250 and Bloomfield Road. Sad and scary. Give cyclists a safe place to ride.
Keep up the great work!
I've long worried about bikers on roads as it causes the driver to break the law by driving over the double yellow line; I've seen any number of "almost" serious accidents for those in cars/trucks and the bikers. To have a trail for bikers only would be an asset in the community if it would reduce bikers on roads designed only for vehicles. "Share the road" causes drivers to break the law constantly by crossing double yellow lines as there are so many curves in our County. This is a very dangerous situation and I worry about it on every drive into Charlottesville.
The proposed location for a trail makes an enormous amount of sense. The payoff in terms of road safety would be huge, not just safety on 250 but also Garth and Dick Woods, which are all not safe for bicycles and cars to share, not to mention people on foot. I think it would be enormously popular with locals. And would lead to greater tourism influx to Charlottesville and to western Albemarle.
This would be an amazing quality-of-life amenity for our community. I love it!
I'm in favor of expanding this local trail.
I am a former Virginia resident. This is a fantastic idea for the community!
Thank you for undertaking this! My husband, two sons and I would love to get involved and help out.
this connector trail would be fantastic!
I grew up in Albemarle County. My father lives in Crozet. When I return to visit we love to go on bike rides and hikes. This trail would be a lovely way to connect parts of the county to the city, allow for the safer commuting, and promote wellness of the community.
The biking / running infrastructure is lacking in the area. There are no great places to take kids learning to ride a bike outside of Riverview Park and the local skate park. A trail dedicated to bikers / walkers would be superb.
This would be so beneficial for our community!
Let's do it!
Charlottesville and Albermarle County are one of my favorite places to run and train!
I would like to also see the Old Mills trail extended from I-64 to Glenmore. Would be helpful to have broader coordination between city and county instead of silos.
This is the FUTURE of high quality life.
Due to the expansive urbanization in Albemarle, it is imperative to expand eco-friendly transportation and recreational activities for the community to improve the overall mental health for our communities. Please make this project a PRIORITY!
I have family in Charlottesville and would love to enjoy this trail with them!
I love this idea!!! Thank you!
Would be great to have a safe route to the mountains from CVille (via human power)!
Anything that can get people outside in nature, and exercising, is a great idea.
As someone who runs on many roads in Albemarle county, I would love to have a safer running route!
This would be so awesome!! I am in full support and hope it ends up being feasible.
I’m a resident of Nelson County and would welcome a bike route to Cville! There is really no safe corridor to bike to Cville from Nelson currently.
this is a no brainer to approve :)
It would be ideal if there was room for bikers and walkers going each way (especially if Bikers hope to commute on it which would suggest they would be going quickly) in order to keep children, the elderly and other pedestrians safe. I’d rather have any trail than no trail but this would be the ideal.
I am always looking for destination bike trips for me and my family. I would definitely love to have a new, closer vacation. My current favorite destination is the Virginia Creeper Trail
I work in Charlottesville.
What a great idea!
This is a wonderful idea that would allow many in our local communities to enjoy recreational activities away from rural roads. Thank you for all the work you've done to bring this idea forward!
This would be amazing!
So happy to hear of this plan.
There’s no question this would be a great addition to our area.
This is a great idea . Let me know how I can help.
Really love this proposal! Thanks for considering.
As a beginner biker I need a safe place to ride that has NO cars zipping past me.
Along with more affordable housing, this is one of the best ideas I've heard for the county in a long time. I strongly support moving forward!
So excited about the possibility of adding to the areas amazing natural areas!
My dear coworker Robert Bowman was recently killed by a motorist while biking in Ivy. He was an experienced and cautious bicyclist. Let’s promote this healthy joyful activity in our area by ensuring bicyclists have a safe path on which to travel.
Get this trail made! The main roads in the area are a popular spot for cyclists without a better, safer option around. We owe it to them and everyone else to give them a safer spot to ride. This project may save lives. Get going, it's long overdue.
Having lived in Crozet for 10 years before moving closer to Charlottesville, I'm aware of the popularity of biking and running along 250 and Garth Road. It always seemed like people were risking their lives to do so, as the recent death of a cyclist on 250 has shown. A trail connecting Charlottesville to Crozet and beyond would be huge asset to the county, both for recreation and commuting. I would personally welcome the opportunity to ride a bike without constantly being on the lookout for cars.
Biking in Albemarle County has become increasingly dangerous over the last 20 years, as more and more cars fill the roads. Cyclists die every year on Albemarle roads, and this trail is an ideal way to keep runners and cyclists safe. I wholeheartedly support the concept of this trail.
Thank you for working to improve pedestrian infrastructure!
I would love to see this built to get bikes off the 45mph+ county roads for safety reasons. My family would love to have a local safe place to ride! We’re huge fans of the Creeper Trail south of Abingdon, VA. Would love to have something similar in this area.
this would be amazing!
I work in Charlottesville and do a lot of runs around Charlottesville this would be a great addition to our trails and safer option than our roadways.
I am a former resident of Crozet, and have seen many people bike, run, and walk along 250. A safe way to do these things would be a huge benefit to all! Now living a little further away, I would be very interested in biking to Crozet, and through the Blue Ridge Tunnel!
The trail would be great!
Greenways make life on earth better. So, thank you.
This corridor ought to remain open all hours of the day and night so that pedestrian and bicycle travelers may pass safely without having to detour back to the nearest highway to return home or bicycle to a place of work that requires them to be on duty for rotating shifts.
The more we can get bicylists off the roads the better!
Running, hiking, and cycling was the highlight of my 5 years in CVille, and a large reason I hope to move back in the future. Growing traffic is a menace. This project is sorely needed!
I’ll come ride it!
This trail would add greatly to the quality of life in the Albemarle/Charlottesville region.
We need this trail. Start the process.
Get it done.
What a fantastic idea! I’d love to see it to fruition—and help if I can!
This would be Awesome! A bunch of us bikers in the Valley could then bike to work ! What a money saving idea ! Saving over 1500 Dollars in gas alone Please move on this now, for our future generations and before we are to old to enjoy it
Since the founding of the Rivanna Trails Foundation, and later the Crozet Trails Crew and the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, volunteers have been the primary drivers of trail building and protection in this region. Volunteers have scouted trails, obtained permissions from public and individual landowners, used professional techniques to build and maintain safe and environmentally sensitive trails, organized work parties of up to 200 people, and worked closely w/ City and County staff and officials to secure permanent easements. Volunteers have scouted and built most of the trails in county-owned parks. Volunteers have conducted natural history surveys and met w/ abutting neighbors of new parks before trail building has even started. Volunteers have proposed a solid plan for moving forward with this Plan, making use of grant funding that will not always be available and that will go to other communities as it has in the past when we, as a community, have not taken advantage of the opportunity. Yes, pursuing this money in order to do a feasibility study, will take staff time, but volunteers will step forward to help as they always have in the past. I encourage the Board of Supervisors to support the request to apply for the VDOT grant to conduct a feasibility study of a multi-use trail that will enrich our community even more than our other community trails do.
Family riding. Bike commuting. A destination that would draw in tourists. An amazing resource for our community. The Monticello and Riverside trails are used heavily ... and this would be on an entirely different scale. This is a huge opportunity!
The benefits are obvious. Let’s do the study!
Having a real like this would be a huge plus for cyclists in the area. I commute to work on my bike nearly every day and based on the inattentive drivers in Cville, I want nothing to do with riding on county roads nearby. This trail would be a great alternative.
Now is the time to define a trail corridor for inclusion in the comprehensive plan for protection. Land use changes in the future may adversely impact trail development unless that concept is fully developed now.
Thank you so much for this effort. As others have said, the need is great. In 2019, I rode on the Great Alleghany Passage (GAP), which required this type of planning. It is a huge boon to the communities through which it passes. Why not do it here?
Very much looking forward to using and enjoying this project once completed.
We strongly support this effort.
Just wanted to say this idea is such an opportunity! We are becoming an outdoors mecca with the crossroads of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail(Did you know Waynesboro is the largest trail town along the entire length!), Route 76 (bicycle), and now the uniquely popular Blue Ridge Tunnel. It would be foolish not to consider a Three Notched Trail that would link other trail networks to this unique point in the country.
The argument that there are not enough resources at present or projected misses half the point of planning. Not all planning leads to immediate implementation. Just as important, it may identify key scarce resources that need to be protected to preserve options for the future - like redirecting development at the margin to prevent an avoidable loss of a strategic future option. This country is based on citizen initiative, not waiting for government to get its act together.
Would like to get emails to stay abreast of project - already have many commitments so unlikely to be able to volunteer much at this time but want to support this project!
This is literally the best idea anyone has ever had except for when I had the idea to marry my wife.
The past year's restrictions have made me so appreciate the ability to explore our beautiful community outdoors so much more..this trail would add so much potential to do even more of this.
A safer path for cycling and walking that part of the county would be appreciated
We would like to see the trail continued eastward at some point, along the Rivanna River Trail. With the car congestion on Route 250, this extension would allow people to bike to work from both west and east of Charlottesville.
Friends and I are frequently searching for places in Charlottesville/Albemarle where we can do long runs with minimal traffic. We drive to rural areas in the county to access roads that provide a long enough distance for our runs, however, we have to continually be aware of cars/traffic while running these routes. it would make us feel safer and our runs more enjoyable if we could run freely without having to worry about avoiding cars. Thank you for your consideration.
Wonderful idea — thank you for spearheading!
We visit Charlottesville regularly to see family and want to bike somewhere safe.
One of the best things the area could do for tourism and quality of life.
We need more safe tails for cyclists (old and young) to ride on. I would like to take my grandkids on safe trails. So many people are afraid to ride on the roads in Cville & Albemarle County. We only have a short Greenway to ride on safely in Waynesboro.
Fantastic idea! I am a runner and a biker...this would be awesome!
Great idea and definitely something that will be well utilized here.
Our daughter and her family live in Charlottesville. We love it here and spend a lot of time hiking the beautiful area.
We would love to have a long, safe multi-purpose trail close to home, instead of having to travel a couple hours to get to one.
Great this is getting done. Long overdue!
Please add a car-free safe bike trails. I’ve already been hit by a careless driver. Also, some drivers, for some reason, are aggressive toward bikers.
This is a fantastic idea!
I live near the Blue Ridge Tunnel and would be thrilled to use this proposed trail to ride/run/walk to Crozet or to Charlottesville. I find it too dangerous to ride or run along the existing roads. The trail would be marvelous for are residents of all ages as well as for those visiting C'ville and the mountains.
This would be an incredible addition to the lifestyle of Charlottesville! Having lived in Minneapolis with its extensive multi-use trails, we have experienced the community, health, family time and pure joy that this kind of system can provide.
I think this is a great idea and it has my full support.
We support nature trails and public outdoor places and safe places to walk and bicycle. Thank you!