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Bike lane extended along Kent Street

A student uses the new extended bike lane.
A student uses the new extended bike lane along Kent Street. Nick Quint for Virginia Tech.

From: Transportation Services

The southbound bike lane from the intersection of Wall Street to the Owens Hall parking lot entrance has been extended.

To make room for the extended bike lane, 11 on-street Faculty/Staff (F/S) parking spaces were removed along Kent Street. 

The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities completed the work to make the street safer for people on bicycles and easier for Blacksburg Transit operators to navigate.

The bike lane project also includes the addition of a sharrow between East Eggleston Hall and the University Bookstore.

What is a sharrow?

A sharrow is a shared lane marking that clarifies where in the travel lane people on bicycles should ride. Sharrows remind people on bicycles to avoid the door zone, which is the space needed for parked vehicles to open their doors. They also indicate to people in cars that the road is a preferred bicycle route, and they should be prepared to share the road with bicyclists. 

The new sharrow between East Eggleston Hall and the University Bookstore.
The new sharrow between East Eggleston Hall and the University Bookstore. Nick Quint for Virginia Tech.

Click here for more information on specific bicycle laws and how to use a sharrow.

This new project supports the Heads Up Hokies campaign, which encourages students and community members traveling across campus on foot, or by bike, e-scooter, bus, or car to keep their heads up, act predictably, and pay attention to their surroundings. This is especially important in shared road spaces, such as bike lanes and roads with sharrows.

For more information or any questions, please contact Alternative Transportation by emailing gettingaround@vt.edu or calling 540–231–2116.


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